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New York has long been acclaimed as one of the financial, artistic, and cultural capitals of the world, and luminaries of all stripes know it. Over the past few months, many notable celebrity real estate transactions involved the sale of homes linked to bold-faced names. However, October saw a number of purchases along with the new listings.

1. Ron Perelman - Listed for $75,000,000

Ron Perelman Upper-East-Side-01 Ron Perelman and his East 63rd Street townhouses
The past year has seen many of us reevaluate our priorities and make changes accordingly, and financier Ron Perelman is no exception: He has listed a pair of adjacent Upper East Side townhouses on East 63rd Street, and a statement to The Wall Street Journal read in part, “This period has given me the space to think carefully about myself and my business and to reset my priorities. I realized a less complicated and less leveraged business life would allow me to focus on what I love most about MacAndrews & Forbes Inc., seek new investment opportunities, as well as allow me to have better and more present time with my family.” The homes are being listed separately, but could sell as a pair - they are connected via a doorway and a set of stairs.

2. Stephen Ross - Reduced to $62,500,000

Stephen Ross 25-Columbus-Circle-01 Time Warner Center via The Corcoran Group
When Hudson Yards opened, even its developer, Related CEO Stephen Ross, was dazzled: In preparation for a move to 35 Hudson Yards, Mr. Ross and his wife listed their apartment for $75 million in July 2019. Some of the couple's art collection could be included in the sale if the buyer requested it, and the penthouse features design by Tony Ingrao and spectacular views. However, that failed to entice in a struggling market. The Real Deal reported that the price was reduced by nearly 17 percent.

From the listing:
This extraordinary penthouse residence, the top floor of the South Tower at the Time Warner Center, is being offered for sale for the first time. This approx. 8,274-square-foot apartment is a rare combination of grand space, incredible light, dramatic views and excellence in design and execution.

Designer Tony Ingrao’s vision was to create one of the most sophisticated, stunning and elegant residences in New York City. The level of custom finishes throughout is unparalleled, beginning with the private elevator entrance’s inlaid stone floors and continuing into the dramatic 42’ long living room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Central Park, dual fireplaces, doors and flooring made of Bubinga wood, and beams and moldings of Padouk wood. Off the living room is a handsome wood-paneled corner den with fireplace.
Time Warner Center has 7 available listings from $4M.

3. Jennifer Lawrence - Purchased for $21,900,000

Jennifer lawrence 17-Jane-Street-01 Rendering via Minskoff Equities/David Chipperfield Architects
Jennifer Lawrence is well-known for her acting awards, an Academy Award among them, but the New York Post observes that she has more quietly amassed a collection of Manhattan real estate. She sold an Upper East Side penthouse, still owns an apartment at 443 Greenwich Street, and more recently made the first purchase at 17 Jane Street, a rare West Village condo offering. The building is close to Jackson Square, the entrance to the High Line, popular restaurants and shops, and, importantly for her art gallerist husband Cooke Maroney, Greenwich Village and Chelsea’s famous art scenes.

4. Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany - Listed for $12,900,000

Jennifer Connelly 17-Prospect-Park-West-01 17 Prospect Park West via Douglas Elliman
How times have changed - when Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany bought a Park Slope mansion for $3.7 million in 2003, they were considered outer-borough pioneers. The couple has since moved on to Brooklyn Heights (where their new home briefly held a price record), and their Park Slope home’s 2015 sale for $12.4 million set another real estate record. The New York Post traced these transactions and broke the news that it is back on the market.

From the listing:
This limestone mansion perched on Prospect Park is certainly among New York City's most spectacular homes. Replete with turn-of-the-century detail yet finished with the most modern amenities, perfectly integrated to create a seamless and breathtaking masterpiece which is both boundlessly elegant and so easy to live in. Built in 1899, and designed by renowned architect Montrose W. Morris, this mansion sits on the corner of Prospect Park West and Carroll Street. Featuring utterly glorious original detail throughout including stained glass windows, mahogany columns, herringbone floors and delicately carved mantels and five working gas fireplaces, to name but a few. Sun floods into the home from three sides, including the largest with south facing exposure. 25' wide with stately proportions throughout, words do not do justice to the beauty of the detail and scale of this home.

5. William Zeckendorf - Purchased for $11,000,000

William Zeckendorf 960-Park-Avenue-01 The Norma via Douglas Elliman
William Zeckendorf’s eponymous firm is behind some of the city’s acclaimed residential buildings, including 15 Central Park West, 520 Park Avenue, and 50 United Nations Plaza. But where does the developer himself hang his hat? As of this October, a six-bedroom apartment in a J.E.R. Carpenter-designed cooperative on Park Avenue. The New York Post reported the sale and the news that he purchased it from another real estate scion, Jane Goldman of Solil Management.

From the listing:
Located on Park Avenue and 82nd Street sits one of Manhattan's most prestigious white-glove prewar co-operatives. Residence 3E is a spectacular 12-room full floor residence meticulously renovated and designed by renowned Andrew Sheinman of Pembrooke & Ives. Entering through a private elevator vestibule, you will walk into a 14'x18' gracious gallery foyer detailed with a custom fabricated bronze and glass entry door, custom moldings, fabricated marble and granite floor with stainless steel inlays. All the entertaining rooms flow off the grand gallery entrance and allows easy access to all the entertaining rooms including the living room, dining room, salon, eat-in-kitchen and library/media room. This residence enjoys 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Every room is architecturally and beautifully proportioned, 10' ceilings, over-sized windows facing both East and South, wood burning fireplace, solid hard wood flooring, custom moldings, motorized shades, sound proof windows, security alarm, washer/dryer and central air conditioning. This elegant and refined home is one of those rare residences that not only provides generous space for entertaining, but also has private and serene living quarters with all the comforts one could possibly hope for in a home.
The Norma has 4 available listings from $2.6M.

6. David Angelo - Purchased for $10,400,000

David Angelo 5-Beekman-Street-01 The Beekman Residences (Interior image by Tim Waltman via Douglas Elliman) )
It has been a busy summer for David Angelo: Shortly after the founder of advertising agency David&Goliath set up an LLC known as Scrappy LLC, he used it to purchase the penthouse in The Beekman Residences for $10.4 million, in a discount from its asking price of $12.5 million. The New York Post identified Mr. Angelo as the buyer and notes that the advertising magnate will have access to the amenities and services of The Beekman Hotel, which is in the same building. It’s a bit of a way from Madison Avenue, but is surrounded by almost every subway line in New York City.

From the listing:
With 16' ceiling heights and glass windows to match, the pinnacle penthouse at The Beekman Residences encompasses the entire 51st floor, exhibiting panoramic 360-degree views from the downtown cityscape, river-to-river views, and the iconic New York City skyline. Comprised of three bedrooms and three and half baths, spread across 3,554 square feet, the penthouse features seven-and-a-half-inch wide oak flooring throughout and a 155-square-foot private terrace custom designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen.

This sanctuary in the sky provides modern luxury living at its finest with a nearly 50' long great room showcasing double exposures of the river, all three bridges, and the city's iconic skyscrapers through floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for grand entertaining or relaxing next to the 16' marble fireplace.
The Beekman Residences has 5 available listings from $1.5M.

7. Susan Sarandon - Sold for $7,900,000

Susan Sarandon 147-West-15th-Street-01 La Fabrique via Eitan Gamliely for Sotheby's International Realty
Well, that was quick! A few short weeks after Susan Sarandon listed her Chelsea loft, the apartment entered contract. Details were not available on the buyers, but the broker noted that many prospects had something in common with the Academy Award-winner: She bought it to accommodate her growing family, and families with school-aged children were especially interested. Most recently, it sold for its full asking price.

From the listing:
There are four exposures including a sixty-foot-wide expanse of southern light. Enjoy dramatic vistas of Manhattan's most iconic buildings. Views of the World Trade Tower to the Empire State Building are showcased from this vast and open grand scale loft. From sunrise to sunset, the light is captivating. The outdoor terrace and balcony, wood-burning fireplace and over 6,000 square feet of flexible space are what sets this loft apart from all others. Breathtaking views, stunning light, high ceilings, gallery walls, and expansive space are the qualities that provide both functionality and flexibility. From the moment of entry, creative energy and imagination inspire. While currently designed as a five-bedroom loft, an immense corner library can easily be adapted to a sixth bedroom.

A key-locked elevator entry on the eighth floor opens into a private gallery foyer and leads into a show-stopping living space. This floor is comprised of a palatial living room, a library, a den with a wood-burning fireplace, an open kitchen, a large dining area, lounge, a sumptuous main bedroom, a guest room, a laundry room, voluminous storage and three full baths. The drama begins in the colossal living space. This wide living expanse features a curved staircase that doubled as audience seating for the Oscar winner's children's performances and celebrity dance recitals.

8. Toni Morrison - Listed for $4,750,000

Toni Morrison 66-Leonard-Street-01 The Textile Building via Brown Harris Stevens
A few years before her death in 2019, celebrated author Toni Morrison bought a Tribeca loft with a library/writing room and generous built-in storage space - the better to accommodate her extensive works and awards, which include a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize for Literature. 6sqft announced that her estate has listed the apartment.

From the listing:
Beautifully and artfully renovated, this loft features an open kitchen with gourmet appliances and ample storage, a massive open living and dining room with a gas fireplace, and spectacular northern exposures across Manhattan's skyline.

The primary suite has a huge dressing area and walk in closet with custom built ins, and a bright, spa-like bathroom with double sinks, a soaking tub, and a glass rain shower. The main bedroom is a sunny open corner facing north and east with spectacular views. The guest bedroom has access to a full bath with a Japanese soaking tub, there is a large laundry room. The third bedroom has been converted into a library and writing room, but could easily be returned to its former use.

9. Fred Astaire - Listed for $3,995,000

Fred Astaire 863-Park-Avenue-01 Fred Astaire and 863 Park Avenue via Compass
After Hollywood legend Fred Astaire left his Park Avenue apartment, the next buyers hardly changed a thing. As a result, interior designer Garrow Kedigan bought it for $2.3 million in estate condition in 2012. Eight years and an extensive renovation later, the New York Post announced that it is back on the market for $3.99 million.

From the listing:
863 Park is an early pre-war building on Park Avenue, in fact it was the first residential building on Park Avenue erected above 57th Street. Built in 1907 in a Neoclassical style with beaux-arts detailing, it is an outstanding example of fine architecture on Park Avenue with its deep classical cornice and its limestone clad stone plinth/quoining at the base of building, which set it apart from the other brick buildings surrounding. This residence is on the 9th floor of the building and is quite unique, with the building's only Juliet Balcony running along the building's south facing facade, which allow the apartment to boast wonderful natural light, with south and eastern exposures.

The apartment is in the classic style, with prewar charm and character as well as gracious windows and tall ceilings. The home also has a unique floor plan, reminiscent of the Parisian flat featuring the room to room enfilade arrangement of rooms. Perfect for entertaining. The apartment was re-imagined and designed with much attention to its heritage by acclaimed designer Garrow Kedigian, who also brought his love of enfilade to the residence.

10. Penny Marshall - Listed for $3,900,000

470-West-End-Avenue-01- Penny Marshall The Belvoir via Brown Harris Stevens
Acclaimed actress/director/producer Penny Marshall is well known for her work on the Midwestern-set Laverne and Shirley and A League of Their Own, but the multi-hyphenate was a New Yorker first: She was born in the Bronx and bought a penthouse on the Upper West Side in the early 1980’s. She sold it in 2017, a year before her death, and the New York Post announced that it is back on the market.

From the listing:
This enchanting sundrenched jewel features magnificent wrap-around terraces and amazing river and skyline views. Perfectly perched on the top floor of a distinguished full-service prewar co-op, this stunning 6-room penthouse offers a flexible layout with grand proportions.

Soaring beamed ceilings over 11', classic moldings and pristine hardwood flooring beautifully enhance this spectacular residence. With 18 windows spanning 4 exposures, the home is resplendent with an abundance of glorious natural light. The sprawling Great Room has a wood-burning fireplace and large windows overlooking a fabulous corner wrap terrace. A vast windowed kitchen with vintage tin ceiling provides ample room for dining, a butler's pantry and a laundry area.
The Belvoir has 2 available listings from $1.3M.

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