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19 East 9th Street entrance (CORE Group NYC); Misha Nonoo (Flickr - cma_in_nyc) 19 East 9th Street entrance (CORE Group NYC); Misha Nonoo (Flickr - cma_in_nyc)
As New York history goes, the city's wealthiest and most powerful have traditionally gravitated to Old World buildings on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. However, today's impresarios seem drawn downtown, whether for converted lofts, historic townhouses, or eye-catching new construction. That was especially evident among the notable sales of the last full week of November 2022.

Charles Desmarais

30-Park-Place-01 The Four Seasons Private Residences, #70A (The Corcoran Group)
Tribeca condos
NYC condos
30 Park Place
From body care products to dietary supplements, Athena Club brings innovative design, high-quality ingredients, and expert assistance to every product they sell. Co-CEO Charles Desmarais sought similar qualities in real estate, and all are on display in the Tribeca condo he recently closed on.

From the Listing:
Welcome to Apt. 70A at The Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown. Occupying half of the floor, this four-bedroom residence captures sweeping views of Midtown and the Hudson River. The primary bedroom suite boasts dual primary bathrooms, a walk-in customized closet and dressing room. A corner living room, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, laundry room, and separate service entrance complete this residence. There are fully automated Lutron shades and customized window treatments and closets throughout.
12 Available Listings for Sale from $2,995,000
9 Available Listings for Rent from $15,950/month

Michael and Tina Chambers

178-Prince-Street-01 178 Prince Street (CityRealty)
At the end of 2008, Tina Chambers surprised her husband, investor/marathon runner Michael Chambers, with an eight-mile run with elite road racer Richard Kiplagat as a 40th birthday gift. Mr. Kiplagat met them at their Soho apartment, but will have to meet up somewhere else for a rematch: Public records indicate that the couple has sold that apartment in what appears to be an off-market transaction.

Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess

19-West-9th-Street-01 19 West 9th Street (Core Group NYC)
Designer Misha Nonoo has garnered as much attention for her friendship with Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex as for her acclaimed direct-to-consumer capsule wardrobe. She brought a similar sense of style to her Greenwich Village apartment. Architectural Digest notes that she updated the apartment following the end of her first marriage; more recently, public records indicate that she and now-husband Michael Hess have sold it to investment banker Andrew Olinick.

From the Listing:
As featured in Architectural Digest, Apartment 3/4 is a meticulously renovated, top-floor duplex, filled with intricate details, high ceilings and beautiful moldings, in addition to five marble wood burning fireplaces and private outdoor space.

Just two short flights up is the first floor boasting a carefully renovated kitchen with high-end appliances, generous walnut counter space, and a large pantry. A spacious proper dining room anchors the kitchen with its own marble burning fireplace, recessed lighting and painted wood floors. The north side of the first floor presents a perfectly detailed double living room with white exposed brick, double height ceilings and a windowed home office. The bonus hidden bedroom, with a nearby full bathroom, is well suited for a guest room, children’s play room or home office.

Ryan Fortwendel and Jake Sargent

41-Barrow-Street-01 41 Barrow Street (Compass)
West Village townhouses
NYC townhouses
Village townhouses
After years as an e-commerce executive for Marc Jacobs, Ryan Fortwendel brought his creativity and eye for aesthetics to Minna, a brand of sparkling teas. His husband, Jake Sargent, is the co-founder and publisher of Atmos, a biannual magazine that explores climate and culture, years after co-founding Magic Hour VC. The couple is no stranger to second acts and is embarking on another, having just sold their West Village townhouse.

From the Listing:
This remarkable 19th-century showplace combines original details with contemporary designer updates to create an inviting sun-splashed sanctuary in the heart of the historic West Village. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms and expansive living space, this 21-foot-wide townhouse is an ideal destination for peaceful relaxation and lavish entertaining.

Arrive on the parlor level to discover a sprawling living room featuring original wide-plank pine floors and a relined, working wood-burning fireplace surrounded by the original carved mantelpiece. Chic Jean Prouvé-inspired porthole shutters decorate classic six-over-six windows throughout the home. A sunroom dazzles with conservatory windows that soar over new Cle herringbone brick flooring and a custom modern handrailing. Enjoy all-season sunlight in this special space while a custom-built bar and beverage center keep refreshments close at hand. A glass door here leads to the home’s ultra-private outdoor space, a lovely terrace ideal for al fresco dining and lounging surrounded by a planted wall and outdoor shower.

Gerard Mossé

71-Grand-Street-01 71 Grand Street (The Corcoran Group)
During the lead-up to the Soho and Noho rezoning, opponents feared that this would lead to the eviction of the artists that brought the neighborhoods to prominence. However, one appears to have left of his own accord: Public records show that abstract artist Gerard Mossé, who has lived and worked in New York since 1986, has sold his Soho loft to finance executives Isabelle Fleming and Blair Fleming. In doing so, he made a tidy profit, having purchased it for $1,525,000 in October 2013.

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