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After months of living, working, and exercising from home, buyers of all stripes are craving more space than a typical New York City apartment can provide. That was certainly evident from the celebrity listings of August 2021 - some have decamped to larger homes elsewhere, while others have purchased apartments with extensive square footage among the amenities. We take a look at August's most notable listings and transactions below.

Jacqui Sabra - Sold for $60,000,000

2-East-88th-Street-01 2 East 88th Street via CityRealty
Well, that was quick! A triplex penthouse on the Upper East Side was shown for only one day this spring, but that was all the time it needed to attract interest from several billionaires. The sale closed last week for $60 million, $20 million over ask and the highest price paid for a co-op since 2015. The seller is banker/producer Jacqui Safra, and Mansion Global identified the buyer only as a New Yorker with small children.

Jeff Bezos - Purchased for $23,000,000

Jeff Bezos’ trip to space captured considerable attention earlier this summer, but the Amazon CEO also generated headlines here on Earth: He purchased a $23 million condo at 212 Fifth Avenue, where he already owns a penthouse and two units below it. The New York Post notes that with this purchase, he now owns $119 million worth of real estate in the building.
212 Fifth Avenue has 1 available listing for $10.6M.

Rebekah Mercer - Listed for $13,500,000 and $9,250,000

240-Riverside-Boulevard-01 The Heritage via Douglas Elliman
Early in the Trump administration, a stretch of branded buildings on Riverside Boulevard successfully lobbied to have the former president’s name removed from their buildings in protest of his policies. More recently, Realtor reported that an entity linked to conservative donor Rebekah Mercer has listed two units, the three-bedroom above and a four-bedroom condo, at 240 Riverside Boulevard.

From the listing:
Suite 2 at The Heritage, 240 Riverside Blvd, gives new meaning to luxury. This full-floor home is beautifully outfitted with the finest finishes, spacious rooms and views that are sure to impress even the most discerning of lifelong New Yorkers and the global elite who flock here. Entering Suite 2 from the private elevator bank requires special fob access, giving homeowners the utmost discretion and security when entering their home.

The space comes fully outfitted with approx. 12' ceilings, heated bathroom floors, centralized lighting, multi-zone A/C, audiovisual equipment apartment-wide, and electric window treatments for all oversized windows, making life just a little more convenient. The stunning chef's kitchen is fully equipped with the best appliances on the market, capable of entertaining for huge numbers of guests or a small, intimate group just the same.
The Heritage has 10 available listings from $775K.

Billy Bush - Listed for $16,000,000

224-West-22nd-Street-01 Billy Bush via Wiki Commons; 224 West 22nd Street via Compass
When disgraced television personality Billy Bush sold his Chelsea townhouse at a loss in 2017, his broker told The Wall Street Journal, “It’s more challenging to sell a townhouse today than it was 12 months ago.” How times have changed - townhouses are in hotter demand than ever, and this particular townhouse has been fully renovated with steel reinforcements, optimal waterproofing, touchscreen automation in all rooms, and new electric, plumbing, and HVAC systems. The New York Post announced that it has returned to the market for $16 million, or more than twice the $7.425 million Mr. Bush got for it.

From the listing:
Over the span of several years, with the vision of the architecture firm The Turett Collaborative and exceptional builders, this beautiful and modern home being built to the highest standards, is currently in construction and will offer all of the space, functionality, keen design, privacy, and impressive features a discerning owner and investor could hope for, either as a primary residence or a pied a terre with private amenities in NYC. There is still time for a buyer to take advantage of the flexibility to customize the home with the owner's seasoned team, or bring in their own team, before further buildout. With approximately 7,640 square feet of interior space, coupled with approximately 1,065 square feet of exterior space, not including the roof deck, the 20 x 102 lot has been maximized to feature an approx. 30 foot rear yard, approx. 10 foot gated front courtyard with stoop (pending approval), 2 private terraces, and 3 additional balconies. This 20-foot wide townhouse with North and South exposures provides an unrestricted architectural design that harnesses light and space, creating a single-family dream home in one of Chelsea's most convenient locations.

Khajak Keledjian - Sold for $14,500,000

140-Franklin-Street-01 140 Franklin Street via Lets Reimagine Real Estate
Intermix boutiques are located in hip New York neighborhoods, and its co-founder has applied that philosophy to his own apartment: The New York Post recently announced that Khajak Keledjian sold his Tribeca penthouse. While it closed for below the $18.5 million it was listed for last year, the sale was nevertheless one of the highest in the last full week of August 2021, and Mr. Keledjian made a profit on it, having purchased it for $10.75 million in 2018.

From the listing:
With 19th century architectural history and generous proportions, this 4-5-bedroom lofted duplex penthouse designed by renowned architect, Winka Dubbeldam, in the heart of one of Tribeca’s most coveted doorman condo buildings welcomes you home. Experience privacy and luxury with only 11 other residences, and stunning designer details in this beautifully renovated home with a sprawling layout of over 5,000 square feet of interior, and 2,200 square feet of exceptionally landscaped terrace.

In the grand double-height great room defined by light, scale, volume, and proportion, you will find original cast-iron columns, a gracious 25-foot-long skylight illuminating the space throughout, a wood-burning fireplace, wide plank Brazilian wood flooring, and oversized south-facing windows. The apartment’s endless wall space creates the ideal backdrop for your enviable art collection, while multiple seating areas offer a sense of intimacy without compromising the openness and integrity of the loft. The entire apartment is outfitted with a high-end security system, Nest thermostats, Lutron lighting, and Sonos sound system. Rest comfortably knowing there is complete sound isolation between you and your neighbors.
140 Franklin Street has 1 available listing for $14M

Scott Rudin - Sold for $13,100,000

The same week Jeff Bezos (see above) closed on his newest NoMad apartment, embattled film and Broadway producer Scott Rudin’s home in The San Remo closed in an off-market deal. The Wall Street Journal announced the sale and identified the buyers as Sparknotes founder Dan Weiss and literary agent Amy Berkower. Mr. Rudin has owned the apartment since before 2000, but he may not be saying good-bye to New York, though - the paper reports that he bought a West Village house from former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter in February 2019.
The San Remo has 4 available listings from $6M.

Kenneth Lowe - Purchased for $12,762,875

157-West-57th-Street-01 One57 via Douglas Elliman
It doesn’t look like Kenneth Lowe had to go on House Hunters to find his New York City apartment - the founder of HGTV bought a sponsor condo at One57, according to The Real Deal. He paid $1.5 million under the asking price in an all-cash deal.

From the listing:
At approximately 3,200 square feet, 46A is a gracious three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home that epitomizes glamorous living at One57. Designed by Thomas Juul Hansen, the home features luxurious touches throughout. Through the foyer, the corner great room houses the open living and dining area that is further highlighted by ceilings almost 12’ high and 39 linear feet of picturesque Central Park views.

The masterfully designed eat-in kitchen by Smallbone of Devizes features custom hand-painted white cabinetry and an integrated top-of-the-line appliance package by Miele and Sub-Zero. Down the hallway adjacent to the kitchen are the secondary bedrooms each with an en-suite bath finished with the finest natural materials such as Green Onyx and Bianco Dolomiti marble.
One57 has 16 available listings from $3.6M.

Olivier Sarkozy - Listed for $11,500,000

Shortly before banker Olivier Sarkozy and designer Mary-Kate Olsen got married in November 2015, the couple embarked on an ambitious renovation of his Turtle Bay townhouse. The project never got off the ground, though, and Mr. Sarkozy has listed the townhouse following their divorce. The New York Times reports that the house was also home to Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan, who created Turtle Bay Gardens after buying and rehabilitating a cluster of area townhouses.

From the listing:
This rare 9,000-square-foot residential treasure of immense scale exists behind a Regency-style façade with Flemish gables on New York's fabled Turtle Bay Gardens. 226 East 49th Street was built in the 1920s by a consummate New Yorker, Charlotte Hunnewell. Charlotte's home and gardens are masterpieces inspired by her love for artists, her love of Italy and France, and her strong belief in the obligations of Aristocracy. Charlotte was originally from the Back Bay in Boston and heir to a vast railroad and banking fortune.

After coming to New York and longing to live amongst artists, writers, and intellectuals, she purchased all the houses on the north side of 48th & south side of 49th Streets, collaborated with the architects Edward Dean and William Bottomley to create one of New York's most attractive residential enclaves. The most outstanding achievement of the development was to connect all the gardens in a setting that feels like a fairy tale. The house is 38 feet wide and five stories with a garage. The current configuration allows for many different uses and possibilities. The property is in architect-ready condition and can be viewed in person by appointment.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka - Listed for $7,325,000

2036-Fifth-Avenue-01 David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris via Wiki Commons; 2036 Fifth Avenue via Compass
When Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka bought and renovated a Harlem brownstone, the purchase brought renewed attention to the neighborhood. The family’s primary residence is now their East Hampton estate, but Mr. Burtka told The New York Times, “It will always have a soft spot in my heart.”

From the listing:
A meticulous restoration led by award-winning architect, Jeffery Povero of Povero&Company, results in this immaculate 20' wide, 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom single-family townhouse, featuring approximately 8,000-square-feet of light-flooded interiors with gorgeously restored woodwork and custom details. Upon entering the home's parlor floor you are greeted with soaring 12' ceilings, original dark-wood wainscoting and a gracious central hallway that leads you to the back parlor lounge outfitted with one of three gas fireplaces throughout the home. The centerpiece of this room is a vintage bar that was sourced from an old hotel and restored with new appliances, plumbing and electrical including two running, built-in taps. A fully stocked butler's pantry allows for the convenience of easy entertaining.

Henrik Lundqvist - Listed for $2,995,000

225-West-83rd-Street-01 Henrik Lundqvist via Wiki Commons; The Bromley via Brown Harris Stevens
Shortly after New York Rangers legend Henrik Ludqvist announced his retirement after 15 seasons, the hockey star's name appeared in headlines beyond the sports page: The New York Post revealed that an Upper West Side condo he once owned is back on the market. The NHL player and Olympian sold it in 2010 with an asking price of $1.75 million.

From the listing:
Extremely rare high-floor and fully renovated split two-bedroom, two-bath condominium home with a west-facing wall of oversized picture windows, soaring 10-foot ceilings, invisible speakers from Stealth Acoustics (Sonos-friendly), and incredible Hudson River, New Jersey, and evening sunset views from every room. The current owners underwent a slab-to-slab renovation sparing no detail and rending a new-construction home in the well-established and centrally located Bromley Condominium.

The level of craftsmanship to create this masterpiece cannot be overlooked. All of the electric and plumbing was updated, the floors were replaced with wide-plank 7 inch solid-oak, and the central air conditioning system operates on three zones with wall thermostat operation and Honeywell smart operation which allows the user to control the temperature setting from anywhere in the world.
The Bromley has 5 available listings from $949K.

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