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When a luminary of business, sports, or stage and screen buys or sells a New York City apartment, the news is quickly picked up by the gossip columns. However, in July 2022, a number of high-priced transactions set new neighborhood records and were of great interest to the real estate industry as well as the entertainment industry. Below, we take a look at notable real estate transactions of the past month.

Paul Allen — Sold for $101,000,000

4-East-66th-Street-01 4 East 66th Street (CityRealty); Paul Allen (Flickr - dragonmart shop)
As the second quarter of 2022 drew to a close, the estate of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sold a penthouse and a lower-floor unit (presumably a staff or guest apartment) at the James E.R. Carpenter-designed 4 East 66th Street. The Wall Street Journal announced the sale and noted that if counted as one property, it is the most expensive co-op sale in New York history, beating out the 2015 record of $77.5 million for an apartment at 834 Fifth Avenue on the next block. The property was not publicly listed at the time of the sale, and Page Six just identified the buyer as Julia Koch, philanthropist and widow of David Koch.

Diandra Luker — Sold for $17,000,000

114-East-65th-Street 114 East 65th Street, #TH (Douglas Elliman)
114-East-65th-Street Diandra Luker (Flickr - Grupo La Siesta)
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Diandra Luker is a film producer, but her real estate dealings have kept her almost as busy as her film projects in recent years. In 2021, her ex-husband Michael Douglas bought her out of the Mallorca estate they bought when they were together. More recently, she sold her Upper East Side townhouse for just under the $17.5 million ask (h/t New York Post).

From the Listing:
Exquisitely renovated inside and out, this 20’-wide triple-mint single-family townhouse delivers the extreme rarity of triple exposures with its entire Western side untouched by a neighboring building offering light and openness that is incomparable to other houses. Built for Gilbert C. Brown between 1899-1900 in the Beaux-Arts style by Buchman & Deisler, this landmarked 5-story home was extensively restored by renowned architect Campion Platt with no detail overlooked. Featuring a gracious layout with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 5 wood-burning fireplaces, 3 gas fireplaces, 2 staff rooms with separate kitchen, beautifully proportioned rooms with exceptional finishes, and walls of windows that provide abundant natural light throughout the house.

Molly Howard and Ben Lovett — Bought for $14,800,000

27-Vandam-Street-01 27 Vandam Street, #TH (Compass)
27-Vandam-Street Ben Lovett (Flickr - Liz)
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When the Federal-style townhouse at 27 Vandam Street was constructed in 1823, it rose on grounds where former President John Adams once lived. More than 100 years later, dancer/choreographer Paul Taylor used the top floor as a dance studio and created ballets for his eponymous dance company there. It continues to attract artists and creatives - the most recent buyers are Molly Howard, CEO of luxury fashion line La Ligne (not pictured), and Ben Lovett, a founding member of Grammy Award-winning band Mumford & Sons. The Real Deal announced both the sale and that it set a new record for the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District.

From the Listing:
Located in the National Register of Historic Places section of the South Village and landmarked by the New York City Landmarks Commission, 27 Vandam Street is part of a rare row of exceptional Federal-styled townhomes. Together with the vision of Erica Goetz, formerly of Matthew Baird Architects, the current owners meticulously gut renovated the entire home, retaining much of the original masonry and details, such as the high parlor ceilings, the original staircase railing and factually replicated crown moulding while implementing every modern necessity and luxury. Ideally situated on the cusp of the West Village and Soho, this exceptional turnkey single-family townhome offers 5,100 square feet of interior living space, generously proportioned over 4 stories plus skylit lower level. There are 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms and nearly 1,200 square feet of private outdoor space, including a manicured, 60-foot deep Bluestone garden.

Eric Wittouck — Bought for $12,932,800

730-Fifth-Avenue Aman New York Residences (Douglas Elliman)
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On the same week that an apartment at Aman New York Residences recorded a $75.89 million sale, one of the highest closed sales of the year, public records showed that Eric Wittouck, a descendant of the family that founded Belgian sugar refinery Tiense Suicker, bought a pied-a-terre in the building. While the family fortune is certainly a factor in Mr. Wittouck's high net worth, Forbes notes that his savvy investments have helped it grow. These now include a Fifth Avenue condo in an acclaimed building.

Carmelo Anthony — Listed for $12,850,000

508-West-24th-Street-01 508 West 24th Street (CityRealty)
508-West-24th-Street 508 West 24th Street, #5NS (DD Reps); Carmelo Anthony (Wiki Commons)
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Professional basketball player and Olympic medalist Carmelo Anthony is a free agent, and there has been much speculation over which team he will join next following a season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Amidst all this, he found time to redesign and relist the High Line apartment he shared with ex-wife La La. In a statement to 6sqft, broker Aaron Seawood of Triplemint extolled the apartment's privacy, flexibility, views, and private outdoor space.

From the Listing:
Nestled alongside the iconic High Line, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom full-floor showplace invites you to live your best New York City life with an expansive, flexible layout, premium designer finishes, private outdoor space and epic views that capture the energy and essence of the city. A private elevator with double-door access to the north and south wing of the home invites you inside this impeccable 4,556-square-foot sanctuary. Ten-foot-tall ceilings dotted with designer lighting soar over solid rift and quartered white oak floors, while wide art walls provide the ideal backdrop for your private collection. Whether your day includes comfortable relaxation or lavish entertaining, the spectacular southern wing obliges.
508 West 24th Street has 2 available listings from $5.995M.

Amy Schumer — Bought for $12,500,000

19-Cranberry-Street-01 19 Cranberry Street, #TH (Corcoran)
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When actress/writer Amy Schumer listed her "Upper West Side dream apartment," she teased her next move in a statement to The Wall Street Journal: "If you leave this borough, what borough do people usually move to? It’s not rocket science.” The New York Post confirmed it by announcing that she bought a Brooklyn Heights townhouse for $1.5 million over the last asking price. The townhouse was famously featured in Moonstuck, but was equally significant off-screen: Owner Edwards Rullman was the chairman of the Historic Preservation Committee of the Brooklyn Heights Association, and a key figure in the neighborhood's designation as New York's first historic district. (P.S. The Upper West Side apartment is still on the market for $15 million).

From the Listing:
At 26’ wide, with garden and gated parking, this 30-window, light-filled, 4-story, 5+ bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse has been impeccably renovated with restored original charm and exquisite attention to detail, resulting in comfortable and stately opulence. This peerless effort has seamlessly modernized this 1829 home for generations to come. Grand in scale, with sunny, large-scale rooms throughout, the corner townhouse is private, intimate, and considered at every turn. With all of the infrastructure inside and out already redone, you need only kick back and enjoy this glamorous hideaway with a European flair, perfect for robust life or entertaining friends.

Cara Delevingne — Bought for $10,800,000

34-Gramercy-Park-East The Gramercy (Evan Joseph for Sotheby's International Realty)
34-Gramercy-Park-East Cara Delevingne and Jimmy Fallon (Wiki Commons
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On Hulu hit Only Murders in the Building, Cara Delevingne's character was last seen wreaking havoc on the Upper West Side. But in real life, the actress/model is making her next New York home downtown in the Gramercy penthouse combined and transformed by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and his wife, film producer Nancy Juvonen (not pictured). Following Mr. Fallon's extensive renovations and eclectic decoration, the apartment features a "saloon room," recording studio turned soundproof pantry, and secret playroom with "jailhouse intercom" to an upstairs playroom.

From the Listing:
Celebrating the bones and architecture of the famed 34 Gramercy Park East, while transforming the space into a singularly enhancing home, this jewel box is perched atop the southwest corner of the historic landmark. Features of the approximately 4,950-square-foot home include original, restored window frames and casings throughout, original, restored hardwood floors throughout, and the highest quality fixtures and finishes combined with a curated collection of treasured vintage and antique finds from around the world. Off the entry is an elegantly proportioned living room, papered in rare vintage wallpaper from the 1940's and paneled in skewed wood-planking designed by Bednark. Move into the west-facing eat-in kitchen, the heart of the home, which has awe-inspiring views over Gramercy Park, featuring state-of-the-heart home appliances, and custom cabinetry with E.R. Butler hardware. The “piece de resistance,” of the home's eighth floor is the west-facing “Saloon Room.”

Cecily Brownstone — Sold for $9,200,000

81-Jane-Street-01 81 Jane Street, #TH (Engel & Volkers)
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Appropriately enough, syndicated food writer and Associated Press Food Editor Cecily Brownstone lived in a duplex in a West Village townhouse that featured a large kitchen and enough room to accommodate her extensive cookbook collection. She was friends with James Beard, Julia Child, and Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Beck (of Joy of Cooking fame), and received many interesting visitors in her home. Following her death in 2005, her estate has sold her townhouse.

From the Listing:
This historic 20.75’ wide townhouse is located in the heart of the West Village Historic District, on a beautiful tree-lined street with Belgian Block pavers – one of only a few such streets left in New York City. 81 Jane sits at one end of a noteworthy row of six Greek Revival townhomes developed by Peter Van Antwerp in 1846/1847. Adjoined by picturesque townhomes on both sides, this four-story home plus a basement is set on a lot over 87 feet deep with a large, terraced garden and roof balcony. The interior square footage is approximately 4,582 and the exterior (private garden and top floor terrace) is over 900 square feet. The house has retained many original details throughout including the wide-plank pine floors on every level, pocket doors and beautiful dentil moldings on the parlor floor, six decorative fireplaces throughout, and the wrought-iron Greek Revival hand railings with elaborate castings.

George Irish — Sold for $9,000,000

15-Central-Park-West 15 Central Park West, #10K (Engel & Volkers)
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In 2007, Hearst Newspapers president George B. Irish bought an apartment at 15 Central Park West, which is a few blocks north of Hearst Tower. He stepped down shortly after, and has most recently sold his apartment for well above the $5.8 he paid for it.

From the Listing:
Located in the tower of Robert A.M. Stern’s definitive parkside address, Fifteen Central Park West, this corner three-bedroom home offers partial Central Park views through northern, eastern, and western exposures. A gracious foyer welcomes you to this well-proportioned 2,519-square-foot residence and leads to the expansive corner living room with large windows offering dynamic city views of Lincoln Center and a beautiful planted garden below. This quiet and generous space and the adjacent formal dining room, both bathed in natural light, are perfect for entertaining. The windowed, marble-clad eat-in chef’s kitchen features a breakfast bar, large center island, and top-of-the-line appliances.
15 Central Park West has 14 available listings from $3.995M.

Sonja Morgan — Listed for $8,750,000

162-East-63rd-Street-01 162 East 63rd Street, #TH (Leslie J. Garfield)
162-East-63rd-Street Sonja Morgan (Flickr - Social Life)
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For almost the entire time The Real Housewives of New York City has been on the air, star Sonja Morgan has been trying to offload her Upper East Side townhouse; the New York Post notes that it has been on and off the market since 2010. She remodeled the house during the pandemic, and has recently relisted it.

From the Listing:
Enter this prestigious home owned and renovated by Mrs. John Adams Morgan through the garden floor entrance. A bright foyer draws you into the home and leads you into the gallery where you will be graced by lavish mosaic hardwood floors that guide you into the living room. This tasteful living space boasts tons of natural light from the solarium’s floor-to-ceiling windows. French doors open to the 35 foot deep masterfully manicured garden with a fountain and koi pond. The second floor exudes class and luxury. Featuring a large formal dining room with wall coverings by world famous Gracie Studio and a gorgeous marble mantelpiece housing a wood burning fireplace. The eat-in kitchen is drenched in sunlight from enormous windows over the sink and is fashioned with decorative marble by Country Floors, a Subzero fridge, and a Thermador oven/stovetop.

Julia Haart — Listed for $125,000/month

70-Vestry-Street 70 Vestry Street, #PHS (Corcoran)
70-Vestry-Street-02 Julia Haart (Flickr - BlogHerAnnual)
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In Netflix hit My Unorthodox Life, much of the action took place in the Tribeca penthouse star Julia Haart shared with estranged husband Silvio Scaglia. It was listed for $65 million in April 2022, and the New York Post revealed that it was listed for rent earlier this summer. Not only is this the most expensive Tribeca rental currently on the market by far, but it also ranks among the city's most expensive rental listings (per CityRealty listings). It is available fully furnished.

From the Listing:
The Crown Jewel of Tribeca, Penthouse South, located atop Robert A.M. Stern’s masterpiece, 70 Vestry, is a magnificent triplex villa on Tribeca’s ’Gold Coast’ with 360-degree views and breathtaking panoramic Hudson River and city skyline views from thirteen rooms and three floors. This luxurious one-of-a-kind home offers grand proportions, luxury amenities, exquisite finishes, state-of-the-art comforts, unmatched private outdoor space and truly spectacular views in every direction. Extraordinary for large-scale entertaining and private living, this unmatched, spectacular home is comprised of an astounding 7,808 interior square feet and 3,687 square feet of private terraces on every level with an interior elevator, as well as two chef’s kitchens, 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 3 powder rooms.
70 Vestry Street has 1 available listing for $65M.

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