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When the houses prominently featured in Full House and Home Alone hit the market earlier this spring, along with the former homes of John Lennon and Paul Reubens, home specialist Tomer Friedman told CNBC that because “you’re buying something that’s super unique and that is very rare,” such homes can command a higher price. Los Angeles agent Josh Altman concurred, saying “there’s definitely this Hollywood cachet of ‘I bought so-and-so’s house.’” On the opposite side of the country, there is little question that a famous name can help a real estate listing stand out in a crowded market, and that buyers of these homes can dine out on that for years.

At the same time, while CNBC cited the popularity of a California house where a murder by Charles Manson's followers took place, previous owners can prove highly polarizing for New York buyers. Appraiser Jonathan Miller cites that as a potential factor in why Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch’s beautifully appointed custom penthouse remains on the market years after it was initially listed, and something similar may be at work at Ivana Trump’s longtime townhouse, which experienced another price reduction. However, the homes of less controversial figures were among the purchases, listings, and other transactions that took place among New York's luminaries in June 2024.

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8 East 12th Street
8 East 12th Street Greenwich Village
353 West 21st Street
353 West 21st Street Chelsea
78 Irving Place
78 Irving Place Gramercy Park
The Greenwich Lane, 140 West 12th Street
The Greenwich Lane, 140 West 12th Street Greenwich Village
166 Perry Street
166 Perry Street West Village

Peter Barbey — Listed for $32,000,000

Great Room with terrace access The Greenwich Lane, #PH8 (Corcoran Group)
Kitchen with terrace access
Primary bath with windowed soaking tub
Landscaped terrace with city views
As June 2024 wound down, the estate of Village Voice co-founder Bruce Fancher found a buyer for his Gramercy Park apartment a few months after listing it. Publishing executive Peter Barbey, who sold the newspaper in 2020, is undoubtedly hoping for a similarly quick turnaround on his pied-a-terre in The Greenwich Lane, where fellow mogul Michael Ovitz recently sold his condo in the top sale of the week. The Wall Street Journal announced the listing and reported that Mr. Barbey and his wife, Tony Award voter Pamela Barbey, are not saying good-bye to the city, but moving to the Upper East Side to be closer to family.

From the Listing:
Experience the pinnacle of luxury and sophistication at this Greenwich Lane penthouse, a masterpiece of design and sophistication nestled in the heart of the iconic Greenwich Village. This stunning 3-4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom residence spans 4,027 square feet of meticulously curated interior space, with soaring 10-foot+ ceilings, complemented by an astonishing 3,148 square feet of private wrap-around terraces offering stunning panoramic views of downtown and Midtown Manhattan. Designed by world renowned designer Clodagh, this home exudes elegance at every turn.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $32,000,000

Rupert Murdoch — Price reduced to $28,500,000

Interiors with glimpse of mezzanine One Madison, #PH (Compass); Rupert Murdoch ((David Shankbone - Own work, CC BY 3.0,
Primary bedroom facing the Empire State Building
One Madison triplex penthouse
Private terrace overlooking the Empire State Building
A few months after media mogul Rupert Murdoch relisted his triplex penthouse at the top of One Madison, he has reduced the price further. At this rate, he is poised to take a deep loss on it, having purchased it from the developer for $43.01 million in February 2014 (as per public records).

From the Listing:
At the pinnacle of One Madison, the Triplex Penthouse spans almost 7,000 square feet of expansive living space from the 58th to the 60th floor. The striking double-height windows offer panoramic 360-degree vistas of the skyline and both the East and Hudson Rivers. Providing an unparalleled viewpoint of Manhattan and its iconic structures.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this residential marvel exudes sophistication and timeless elegance. The heart of this magnificent home is the double-height Great Room, with its soaring ceilings and a generous 586-square-foot terrace that invites entertaining against a backdrop of the city. The thoughtful floor plan also includes a formal dining room and a gourmet kitchen equipped with the finest appliances, complemented by a library and powder room on the main level for added sophistication.
4 Available Listings for Sale from $3,795,000
2 Available Listings for Rent from $30,000/month

Adam Neumann — Relisted for $24,995,000

78 Irving Place living room 78 Irving Place, #PH (Douglas Elliman); Adam Neumann (Wiki Commons)
Dramatic staircase connecting all levels
Primary bedroom with
Private rooftop terrace
Will the third time (at least) be the charm for former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann? The New York Times announced that he has relisted his Gramercy penthouse for just under $25 million, marketing it separately from either a first-floor duplex or a carriage house next door for the first time. If it sells for this price, Mr. Neumann will take a loss on it, having paid $27.5 million for it in 2017 and embarking on extensive renovations that included, but were not limited to, a “starlight installation” over the bed in the primary suite, a "Yellow Submarine"-inspired secondary bathroom, and high-end finishes throughout.

From the Listing:
A stone’s throw from Gramercy Park, 78 Irving is a one-of-a-kind townhome in the sky. Boasting 6,630 square feet and expanding over 3-stories, this full-service condominium penthouse reigns supreme. A keyed elevator opens directly into your foyer where you’ll be immediately struck by the spectacular spiral staircase designed by world-renowned architect Pietro Cicognani.

Natural sunlight floods the entire floor thanks to the numerous windows across three exposures, and a skylight above the staircase. No expense was spared in the renovation of this home, with meticulous detailing by Windsor Smith and expertly crafted lighting by John Rosselli & Associates. The home whispers of quiet luxury, with even the finest of details made important.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $24,995,000

Ivana Trump — Price reduced to $19,500,000

10 East 64th Street, Upper East Side mansion
10 East 64th Street 10 East 64th Street, #TH (Douglas Elliman); Ivana Trump (Wiki Commons - Manfred Werner - Tsui - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)
Living room with crystal chandelier
Bedroom with crystal chandelier and gold-trimmed fireplace
Primary bath with pink marble tub
Nearly two years after her death, the longtime Upper East Side home of Ivana Trump remains on the market. Its most recent price reduction comes to $7 million off the original ask of $26 million when it was listed in November 2022. However, the money saved could very well go straight to updating and redecorating – features like a gold-embossed marble fireplace, a leopard-print office, and crystal chandeliers may have been the height of sophistication when she bought and renovated the house in the 1980s, but come across as garish in the age of quiet luxury.

From the Listing:
Grand and lavish, this limestone townhouse, on a highly coveted block known for its magnificent residences, is truly unparalleled. Built in 1879, this Adamesque home stands apart for its crisp, columned facade and mansard roof, as well as its one-of-a-kind gold and black grilled doors. Designed for luxurious living and the highest caliber entertaining, the six story residence sprawls over 8,725 square feet and features an additional 700 square feet of outdoor space.

Entering the home through stately double doors, you are greeted by a regal, formal gallery. Under a large, Italian crystal chandelier and surrounded by gilded custom-paneling, the jaw-dropping entry sets the tone for this majestic townhouse. A powder room clad in silk damask wallpaper sits next to the gated elevator that services the entire home.

Gossip Girl — Listed for $10,995,000

Great Room with city and river views The Beekman Residences, #PH51 (Douglas Elliman); Jordan Alexander (Berry English - Vimeo: Vogue x Gossip Girl HBO (view archived source), CC BY 3.0,
Living room with fireplace
Kitchen with terrace access
City and river views
On both the original Gossip Girl and the Max revival, the characters’ lavish homes commanded almost as much attention as their wardrobes and plotlines. This includes a penthouse at the top of The Beekman Residences that influencer Julien Calloway (portrayed by Jordan Alexander; pictured above) called home on the reboot (h/t New York Post). Off-screen, residents are equally well connected with access to the Beekman Hotel’s services and amenities, not to mention restaurants by Daniel Boulud and Tom Colicchio an elevator ride away. It comes on the market less than four years after the seller, advertising powerhouse David Angelo, bought it for $10.4 million in October 2024.

From the Listing:
Welcome home to Penthouse 51, your new oasis soaring high across the sky! This is a luxurious top floor penthouse at The Beekman Residences, connected to the iconic and cleverly stylish Beekman Hotel, and is located on the edge of the Financial District, and a stone’s throw away from Tribeca! The Penthouse boasts almost 17 foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the 50’ long by 20’ wide great room.

In this room, you’ll find breathtaking panoramic downtown cityscape views, and both Hudson and East River views, as well as the New York City skyline. PH 51 is an entire full floor penthouse, assuring residents the utmost of privacy. The unit maintains three bedrooms, three and half baths, and 3,554 square feet of indoor space, as well as a 155 square foot private outdoor terrace, custom designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen.
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7 Available Listings for Sale from $1,400,000
1 Available Listing for Rent for $15,000/month

Danny Meyer — Listed and entered contract for $8,500,000

Danny Meyer in Greenwich Village loft
Chef's kitchen with breakfast bar
Staircase connecting both levels
Family room with custom built-ins
In 1987, shortly after Union Square Cafe opened, hospitality executive Danny Meyer bought a loft apartment in Greenwich Village and installed a state-of-the-art kitchen. In the years that followed, Mr. Meyer’s restaurant empire has significantly expanded, as has his former apartment: After he sold it in 1998, it was combined with the eighth floor below. When the New York Post announced the listing, it noted that this was the first time it was selling as a two-story property. Less than a month after it was listed, it entered contract for the asking price.

From the Listing:
This extraordinary 4,660-square-foot duplex loft, offered for sale for the first time, features unparalleled light with majestic views stretching all the way to One World Trade Center and the New Jersey skyline, and presents an exceptional opportunity to own a sprawling and stunning residence in one of the city's most iconic neighborhoods. As you enter this remarkable space, directly from your keyed-access elevator, you're greeted by soaring ceilings and truly expansive windows that flood the interior with natural light. Whether you're hosting a dinner party with dozens of friends or simply enjoying a quiet evening at home, you'll appreciate the versatility and elegance of this exceptional residence.

Sasha Bikoff — Bought for $8,200,000

Living room with coffered ceilings 39 East 79th Street, #10/11A (Corcoran Group)
Formal dining room
Foyer with curved staircase connecting both levels
Central Park views
Acclaimed designer Sasha Bikoff’s portfolio includes the 2018 and 2023 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouses, Upper East Side restaurants Flex Mussels and Hoexters, and luxury residences all over New York City. Public records show that she now has a prewar Upper East Side apartment of her own to decorate in a building that once counted Emily Post among its residents.

From the Listing:
Extraordinary opportunity to purchase a chic high-floor corner duplex spanning the 10th and 11th floors of one of the Upper East Side’s most sought-after boutique buildings. This stunning home offers grand scale, impeccable light, and a flexible layout to create a very special home.

Enter a semi-private landing into a gracious gallery with double-height ceilings and an exquisite spiral staircase. The enormous corner south/west facing living room is sun-flooded with Central Park views, complete with a wood-burning fireplace. The gracious corner formal dining room with north and west exposures is conveniently connected to the kitchen by a butler’s pantry with a bar, sink, wine fridge and dishwasher. The renovated eat-in kitchen features a large center island and a separate breakfast nook for informal dining.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $3,995,000

Ethan Hawke — Sold for $6,300,000

Living room with brick-lined fireplace 353 West 21st Street, #TH (Brown Harris Stevens)
Kitchen with banquette and separate dining area
Staircase in the entrance foyer
Private landscaped terrace
353 West 21st Street, brick townhouse
When actor/writer Ethan Hawke sold his Chelsea townhouse for $5.687 million in 2013, it was nearly twice the $3 million he paid for it in 2005. More recently, when it changed hands again, it was only on the market for a few weeks when it entered contract this spring. Gimme Shelter reports that a bidding war ensued after an all-cash offer, and public records show that it ultimately closed for above the $5.98 million asking price.

From the Listing:
353 West 21st Street is a beautiful property that consists of a four-story, south-facing, 21-foot townhouse in Landmarked district. The total lot size is approximately 21×90 feet. Within the home there is 3,600 square feet of living space plus a fifth story consisting of a dry unfinished basement containing mechanicals and storage shelves. The ground floor is a legal second unit.

In total the home has six bedrooms and five bathrooms – four full and one half. The large backyard consists of a professionally maintained native-plant garden, with a sunken patio protected by a large, retractable Sunsetter awning. The garden is maintained by an automatic drip watering system.

Irina Shayk — Listed for $4,200,000

West Village apartment living room 166 Perry Street, #1C (A&I Broadway Realty); Irina Shayk (Conde Nast Russia - Vimeo: 325596113 (view archived source), CC BY 3.0,
Dining area and kitchen with center island
Primary bedroom
Basement-level rec room
Model Irina Shayk's resume includes such high-end brands as Marc Jacobs, Versace, and Miu Miu. Her elevated sense of style applies to apartments as well, as her West Village apartment demonstrates. When the New York Post announced the listing, it noted that the open layout is underpinned by state-of-the-art technology, including a voice-controlled sound system, a smart thermostat, a movie theater setup, and a smart shower in the primary bath.

From the Listing:
With its modern interiors and beautiful sculptural glass facade, this exquisite building provides an oasis of tranquility and privacy in the heart of West Village. The condo is fully equipped with wired lighting, security systems, and power shades, including block-out shades. Enjoy a movie theater setup with a projector and screen, along with a convenient home office space, ideal for those who work remotely.

The kitchen boasts state-of-the-art appliances, which has been further customized by celebrated NYC designer, Laura Kirar. The living area is designed for comfort and technology integration, featuring a voice-controlled sound system and smart thermostat to always ensure the perfect ambiance.
2 Available Listings for Sale from $3,500,000

Jeremy Strong — Listed for $1,650,000

233 Kent Avenue, Jeremy Strong's former apartment 233 Kent Avenue, #3 (The Agency Brokerage); Jeremy Strong ( gdcgraphics -, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Kitchen with stainless steel appliances
Primary bedroom with balcony access
Private balcony overlooking treetops
While filming Emmy Award-winning drama Succession, actor Jeremy Strong observed that “trophy real estate is necessary to show the rarefied world that these characters live in.” However, the same cannot be said for its portrayers: After filming scenes in luxury Hudson Yards and Upper East Side towers, Mr. Strong came home to an apartment he rented in a boutique building in Williamsburg. Shortly before he won his first Tony Award, the New York Post revealed that that apartment is now for sale.

From the Listing:
Enter this bespoke floor-through 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom to discover a contemporary haven, where every detail has been meticulously curated to elevate your living experience. Towering ceilings reaching approximately 10 feet create an expansive atmosphere, while an abundance of natural light pours through oversized windows, casting a warm glow upon the space.

The heart of the home, a modern chef’s kitchen, invites culinary exploration with its premium amenities. Revel in the culinary delights prepared on the built-in WOLF gas cooktop and oven, accompanied by the convenience of a built-in steamer and range vent. A Fisher & Paykel dishwasher stands ready to tackle cleanup, while the Samsung refrigerator keeps ingredients fresh.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $1,650,000

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