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From screen actors to fashion designers, from authors to musicians to entrepreneurs, New York attracts the top talent in all industries. Indeed, this July, bold-faced names in business and entertainment alike were connected to recently listed and sold condos, co-ops, and townhouses throughout the city. See the most prominent names and homes below.

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220 Central Park South
220 Central Park South Midtown West
One Central Park, 25 Columbus Circle
One Central Park, 25 Columbus Circle Central Park West
The Richmond, 201 East 80th Street
The Richmond, 201 East 80th Street Yorkville
39 East 72nd Street
39 East 72nd Street Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
167 East 69th Street
167 East 69th Street Lenox Hill

Stephen Ross

25-Columbus-Circle-1 Stephen Ross via Flickr - Cory Seeman; Time Warner Center via Evan Joseph/The Corcoran Group
Hudson Yards has attracted attention from tourists, architecture enthusiasts, and wealthy buyers alike, and The Wall Street Journal says that its developer, Related CEO Stephen Ross, is not immune: He and his wife, jewelry designer Kara Ross, (not pictured) announced plans to move into a penthouse at 35 Hudson Yards. In preparation, they have listed their penthouse at the top of Time Warner Center. Some of the couple’s extensive art collection has been included in listing photos, and it could be included in the sale if the buyer requested it.

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 apartment is a rare combination of grand space, incredible light, dramatic views and excellence in design and execution.

Designer Tony Ingraos 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 entrances 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.

Beside the den is a dramatic 22' dining room with beautiful marble floors, textured skin walls and far-reaching views of the City and Central Park. The professional chefs kitchen has a center island with sink and gas cooktop, top-of-the-line appliances, Alba Chiara marble countertops and custom sycamore cabinetry by Poliform. A cozy breakfast area off the kitchen leads into a corner north-west facing media room with views over the Hudson River.


220-Central-Park-South-1 Sting via Wiki Commons; 220 Central Park South via Vornado Realty Trust
Over three years after entering contact, Grammy Award-winning musician Sting has closed on his apartment in the “villa” portion of 220 Central Park South originally listed for $70 million. The Real Deal broke the news and noted that he and wife Trudie Styler (not pictured) sold their apartment up the street at 15 Central Park West for $50 million at the end of last year.

Gloria Vanderbilt

39-East-72nd-Street-1 Gloria Vanderbilt via Flickr - Famous Fashionistas (First); 39 East 72nd Street via Douglas Elliman
Fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt passed away earlier this summer, but the impeccable style and taste she and her family were known for lives on in the form of an Upper East Side townhouse her father, Reginald Claypool Vanderbilt, owned, dividing his time between there and Newport. Ms. Vanderbilt herself lived in the house from the time she was born until her father died and she left to live with her mother in Paris. Curbed announced that the home in the Upper East Side Historic District has listed for $50 million.

From the listing:

Brand new, meticulously renovated 27-ft wide, 7-story, 18,408 SF townhouse with 12 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, 3 powder rooms, and approx. 1,500 of outdoor space on picturesque block. Once home to Gloria Vanderbilt, this historic townhouse has been completely restored and is currently set up as three separate units that can easily be recombined in any configuration, used as rental property, or separate guest and staff quarters. This is truly a trophy property.

Sourcing materials from around the world, the recreation of this distinguished building was rooted in the historic context of the neighborhood. The sandstone clad facade and cooper cornice stand out, yet blend harmoniously with the surrounding architecture, and firmly establish the building as a modern landmark.

Inside, the residences feature ceilings up to almost 12', 3 gas fireplaces, and stunning finishes, including kitchens with limestone floors, Calacatta marble slab counter, marble tiled walls and backsplash, custom cabinetry with SA Baxter hardware and top-of-the-line appliances by Gaggenau, Viking Tuscany, and Miele. The bathrooms feature either Calacatta or Blue de Savoie marble floors, walls, and vanities with eucalyptus accents, Kalista fixtures, Toto lavatories, and Victoria and Albert free-standing tubs. Additionally, the building has a large central elevator in addition to individual private elevators within each residence.

Ann Brashares

167-East-69th-Street-1 Ann Brashares via Wiki Commons; 167 East 69th Street via Compass
One typically thinks of downtown New York where artists’ abodes are concerned, but this Lenox Hill townhouse may challenge that assumption. It was previously owned by the Sculpture Center, Mark Rohtko and Larry Gagosian have been among its neighbors, and its current owners are best-selling author Ann Brashares and her painter husband Jacob Collins (not pictured). 6sqft reports that it has returned to the market following a price cut and broker change. However, at a price of $14.995 million, the prospective buyer will need more than an artist’s salary.

From the listing:

167 East 69th Street is a rare 25' wide carriage house with a stunning Neo-Georgian facade designed by Charles E Birge in 1908. This home spans over 7,000 square feet and features five bedroom with a ground floor studio space with dramatic 14.5 foot ceilings and a highly sought after garage! The home features arched windows, a chef's kitchen which opens onto a 400 square foot landscaped terrace, massive skylights, and a 4th floor set back with two bedrooms and the ability to create a roof deck with additional outdoor space.

Educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Charles Birge is well known for his work with William Randolph Hearst, the design of the Bankers Trust Company building on 57th and Madison Avenue and the North River Savings Bank at 51 West 34th Street.

Jason Blum

16-Sidney-Place-1 Jason Blum via Flickr - The Geek Lens; 16 Sidney Place via The Corcoran Group
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Jason Blum’s production company is best known for horror movies like Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Get Out, and Us, but there’s nothing scary about the Brooklyn Heights townhouse he and his wife, television writer Lauren Schuker Blum (not pictured), just purchased. The New York Post reports that the couple got a bit of a deal on the property originally listed for $11.8 million. Features include an elevator, custom staircase, soaring ceilings, gas fireplace, chef’s kitchen, full-floor master suite, and open-air cabana.

From the listing:

Entering on the parlor level, you are greeted with 12' ceilings and buffed cement floors that offer radiant heat, running the length of this floor's deep footprint. The living room affords over sized custom, wooden Marvin windows, a gas fireplace and passage to the open dining room. To the left are two options to ascend through the home- a custom stainless steel, glass, and walnut cantilevered staircase and the centrally located elevator. The dining room, comfortably seating eight, empties to the sun-kissed kitchen with Valcucine cabinetry, high end appliances and floor to ceiling Bliss Noram narrow-sightline steel windows that yield backyard breezes and doors that give way to the deck, dining patio with grill, open air cabana with water wall and an elegantly planted, low maintenance yard. A smartly hidden powder room and entry closet finish off the parlor floor.

Next is the full floor master suite. The master bedroom has custom leather wall built-in cabinetry, a vanity table and en suite bathroom featuring dual sinks, a freestanding soaking tub and a walk-in steam shower with a floating white stone bench. A walk-through closet connects the third floor den that features a gas fireplace, small home office and a large back terrace.

The fourth floor has two equally large front and back bedrooms, each with adjacent studies. They are tied together with a shared bath with dual sinks, dual toilets, a soaking tub and rain shower.

Renee Fleming

200-West-86th-Street-1 Renee Fleming via Flickr - StateTheatreNJ; The St. Germaine via Douglas Elliman
As Grammy Award-winning and critically acclaimed opera singer Renee Fleming prepares to join her husband in Washington, D.C., it’s curtains for her Upper West Side penthouse. The Wall Street Journal reports that the apartment is the combination of two apartments into one magnificent home with a wraparound terrace, large gallery walls, and separation of master suite and secondary bedrooms. Its location on West 86th Street allowed her easy access to the Metropolitan Opera House.

From the listing:

This stunning penthouse home offers nearly 3,000 square feet of gorgeous interiors surrounded by lovely landscaped terraces with River and City views. The loft-like living room has a wood burning fireplace and sliding glass doors leading to one of the many outdoor spaces. The kitchen is in perfect condition, offering custom cabinets, top-of-the-line appliances including a wine fridge, extra beverage drawers and opens to the formal dining room with its city views and greenhouse windows.

The master wing has a large sunny bedroom, a wood burning fireplace, bathroom with stall shower, a windowed dressing area and walls of closets and storage space. On this side of the apartment is a very separate suite of offices or 5th bedroom with its own entrance and terrace. The other wing houses three more bedrooms and two additional bathrooms.

Ramona Singer

201-East-80th-Street-1 The Richmond via Douglas Elliman
Well, that was quick – just over three months after Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer listed her Yorkville apartment for $4.995 million, The Real Deal reported that the sale closed for just over $4 million. She is settling into a new home on another part of the Upper East Side, and familiar furniture is easing the transition.

From the listing:

This spectacular impeccably renovated four bedroom corner apartment is everything you are looking for in your new home.

A gracious entry gallery leads into an expansive corner living and dining room with 9'3" beamed ceilings and crown moldings. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer incredible sunlight, sunsets, and brilliant city views from open South and West exposures.

The open eat-in chef's kitchen is windowed with wonderful city views, white marble countertops and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.

This perfect layout allows for the master bedroom to be separate from the other three bedroom wing. It has open views to the west, a walk-in closet along with a wall of closets and an en-suite white Carrera marble bathroom with a soaking tub, glass enclosed shower and double vanity.

Audrey Gelman

↓ 685 East 18th Street – Just purchased for $3,200,000

Townhouse | 6 beds, 2.5 baths | 4,917 ft2
685-East-18th-Street-1 Audrey Gelman via Flickr - Djego Dreygon; 685 East 18th Street via Rise Media/The Corcoran Group
She’s a co-founder of women’s workspace The Wing, he’s a co-founder of popular lyrics annotation site Genius, and power couple Audrey Gelman and Ilan Zechory (not pictured) have established a gorgeous new home base in Ditmas Park. The New York Post reports that the townhouse's rare touches include a wraparound porch, Tiffany-style stained glass, garden with magnolia tree, and two-car garage.

Judy Holliday

158-Waverly-Place-1 Judy Holliday via Wiki Commons; 158 Waverly Place via Douglas Elliman
In 1952, a Life magazine article appeared featuring popular actress Judy Holliday in her Greenwich Village apartment. The New York Post says that she lived in it from around 1940 to the early 1950s, during which time she appeared in classic films like Adam’s Rib, On the Town, and Born Yesterday. The unit has changed hands many times since then, and is back on the market for $3.18 million.

From the listing:

The sprawling floor plan offers two bedrooms at opposite ends of the home. On the northern side, Landmarks-protected tree top views grace the tastefully appointed living room / library which boasts a stunning wood burning fireplace. Adjacent to the main living room, is a custom dining banquet room, outfitted with original furnishings from rhe Waverly Inn restaurant.

Ample custom cabinetry, an in-wall TV, elevator, and beer/wine bar round out this remarkable room and entertaining space. Enjoy your second wood burning fireplace in the den / media room with a perfectly framed southern window looking over the historic Waverly Place gardens of the adjacent townhomes. The kitchen is designed specifically with small-bone cabinetry, a large capacity refrigerator/freezer and a viking range that fully vents to the exterior.

At the far southern end of the home lies the dream like master bedroom. Listen to the birds chirping and the fire crackling in your third wood burning fireplace as you peer through eastern and southern windows again over the historic gardens. Period piece William Morris wallpaper throughout, treetop landmarked views, and THREE WOOD BURNING FIREPLACES. "It's like out of a movie."

Maya Angelou

29-East-129th-Street-1 Maya Angelou via Wiki Commons; 29 East 129th Street via Warburg Realty
Maya Angelou is admired for her poetry, prose, and activism, and she had yet another talent: an acumen for Harlem real estate. She purchased a brownstone for only $275K in 2001, then served as its landlord while living nearby. Her estate sold it for $1.98 million in 2016; in its most recent sale, it closed for just under its listing price of $2.65 million. The New York Post points out that this was not her only foray into Harlem. Her four-story, single-family brownstone at 58 West 120th Street sold for $4.07 million in 2016.

From the listing:

Amazing opportunity to purchase an income producing building with three full-floor rental units, including a luxury garden level duplex. All units have updated and modern appliances, cabinets, and amenities, and the entire building is fully equipped with a fire sprinkler system throughout.

The garden level duplex is a beautiful two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath unit with a walk-in closet and a master bedroom suite complete with its own bathroom. The serene backyard is spacious and includes a patio ready for gardening and entertainment.

Heading up to the second and third floors, each settle into their own spacious one-bedroom apartment with hardwood flooring throughout, bathed in natural light from multiple grand windows. Housing the top of the building is a roof which was recently upgraded.

Downstairs is a full cellar with a generously outfitted with a common laundry room and enormous amounts of storage space for each apartment. Not only is this building just blocks away from the Harlem Metro North, it is also a walk away from restaurants, Whole Foods, and the beautiful Marcus Garvey Park.
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