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Advancements in technology allow people to work from anywhere on the planet, and arenas and filming locations are scattered all over the world, but New York nevertheless remains at the center of the financial, entertainment, and sports universes. As a result, it continues to attract luminaries from all those fields. We take a look at celebrity-linked real estate listings and deals from November and December 2021.

Jack and Suzy Welch - Listed for $25,000,000

In 2018, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch joined the ranks of the moguls who have purchased at the ultra-exclusive 834 Fifth Avenue. He and his wife Suzy spent a year renovating the apartment, at which time they discovered bricked-up windows in the kitchen. Mr. Welch died in 2020, and The Wall Street Journal reports that Mrs. Welch has listed the apartment following her purchase of an Upper East Side townhouse.

From the Listing:
This impressive triple-mint residence in one of Rosario Candela’s most prestigious prewar cooperatives enjoys spectacular views of Central Park and the City’s skyline with 90 feet of frontage on Fifth Avenue. The sun-flooded rooms with over 11 foot ceilings are perfectly suited to gracious living and grand-scale entertaining. A private elevator vestibule leads to a grand, marquetry-patterned entrance gallery.

The living room and adjacent library have almost 40 feet of frontage on Fifth. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the living room and a marble wet bar off the library. The massive, square formal dining room is perfect for large-scale events or more intimate dining. A 6 foot wide hallway leads to the bedroom wing that extends along Fifth Avenue. The luxurious Park-facing primary bedroom suite has two exquisite onyx bathrooms, generous closets and a large windowed dressing room. The secondary bedroom also faces Central Park and has a wood-burning fireplace, two large closets and an ensuite bath.

Daniel Stephen Hafner - Sold for $23,500,000

212-West-18th-Street-01 Walker Tower via Compass
At the beginning of December, Kayak CEO and co-founder Daniel Stephen Hafner sold his high-floor home in Walker Tower. The New York Post notes that it closed for half a million less than he paid for it in 2016, and $4.5 million less than its $28 million ask when it was listed in 2017.

From the Listing:
Unparalleled luxury awaits at this expansive 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath residence with two terraces at the iconic Walker Tower. Perched high above Chelsea with spectacular panoramic views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River from every room, this masterfully renovated residence is waiting for a most discerning buyer.

The elegant foyer leads into the grand living room with its high coffered ceilings and floor to ceiling casement windows. A separate library or dining room is adjacent with access to a south-facing terrace. The custom eat-in kitchen by Smallbone is equipped with marble and limestone countertops, Dornbracht fixtures, Sub-Zero, Viking and Miele appliances. The second terrace which has beautiful southern and western views can be accessed from the kitchen and secondary bedroom suite. The main floor also features the gracious primary bedroom suite with breathtaking eastern and southern exposures and 3 closets, including one large walk-in. The gorgeous en-suite marble bath features a cast iron bathtub, steam shower, radiant heat floors and Waterworks fixtures.
Walker Tower has 2 available listings from $9.95M.

Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark - Purchased for $14,500,000

Luxury brand Chrome Hearts has outposts on the Upper East Side and in the West Village; coincidentally, so do its owners. Richard Stark and Laurie Lynn Stark own the Upper East Side mansion that once housed their brand’s boutique, and the couple recently purchased a West Village townhouse with a wood-burning fireplace and roof deck with enclosed den and wet bar (h/t The Real Deal). It is located a short walk from their downtown boutique.

From the Listing:
Exquisite, newly renovated and expanded, West Village townhouse with over 6,000 square feet of combined interior and exterior space (4,451 interior and 1,697 exterior) located on Prime Perry Street! Set on a gracious 21' by 95' lot this home has a welcoming and beautiful Parlor with high ceilings and a wood burning fireplace. There are five bedrooms and four and a half baths, four glorious outdoor spaces and an elegant, newly built, sun-filled penthouse with wet bar and both north and south terraces on either side, which highlight spectacular city views!! The Garden level of this home is a delicious and spacious guest suite with its own kitchen, laundry and separate entrance. The present owners used it for guests, but this floor could easily be rented, should one choose, as the house has a C of O for two units.

Taijuan Walker - Listed for $14,250,000

A palatial Upper East Side penthouse boasts 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, multiple wood-burning fireplaces, nearly 3,000 square feet of private outdoor space, and a history with a former professional athlete: Taijuan Walker, New York Mets pitcher, once rented the apartment for $39,000/month. The New York Post announced that its current owner has put it on the market for slightly more than the $14.1 million he paid for it in 2008.

From the Listing:
Welcome to The Legacy Penthouse nestled in the heart of the Upper East Side, a 5-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom, 6,700-square-foot duplex suffused with elegant design elements and an abundance of natural light. Wood-burning fireplaces, ostrich blue slate accent walls, and custom built-ins punctuate a loft-like expanse of neutral tones and modern lines. The home spills out onto several private terraces and balconies, adding nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of luxurious living, dining, and entertainment space. On the lower level of the home, a key-locked elevator opens into a spacious entry and lounge area and then flows into a 35-ft great room with a wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows designed by Costas Kondylis. An adjacent guest bedroom has its own fireplace and is perfect for use as a library/den.

JJ Redick - Listed for $8,500,000

While JJ Redick’s extensive basketball career never included any of New York’s teams, the recently retired star athlete nevertheless enjoys a connection to Brooklyn: He and his wife Chelsea (not pictured) moved there from Los Angeles to be closer to family, and embarked on an extensive renovation shortly after purchasing a DUMBO penthouse for $6 million. The Wall Street Journal announced that they have listed the penthouse but plan to stay in Brooklyn, preferably closer to their children’s school.

From the Listing:
Presenting a one-of-a-kind, impeccably renovated designer Duplex Penthouse in DUMBO. With deeded parking included and perched on the top floor of a former warehouse that was thoughtfully converted to luxury condominiums in 2016 with the utmost attention to design and detail, this is Brooklyn's standout trophy condominium. The gorgeous European-style oasis at 51 Jay Street,featured in Architectural Digest and curated by top designer Michael Aiduss, reflects the discerning taste of the highest of standard.

Besides stunning and spacious interiors, the piece de resistance of exquisite Penthouse B are the views and fabulous terraces wrapping around both floors of the apartment for the ultimate outdoor pleasure and entertaining experience. The transformation of this exclusive 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom gem focused on creating a residence with a feel of integrity, crafting the spaces to make them seem more formal in their architectural organization while embracing modern elements including expansive walls of encasement glass framing the home.

Soledad O'Brien - Purchased for $4,950,000

This just in: Acclaimed journalist Soledad O’Brien and husband Bradley Raymond (not pictured) have purchased a gut-renovated Harlem penthouse with 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and a private roof terrace with two cabanas, a basketball half-court, and Central Park and skyline views. The New York Post announced the purchase and notes that they got quite a deal on the penthouse - it was listed for $8.97 million in 2018.

From the Listing:
One-of-kind, truly triple-mint penthouse deserves every superlative you can think of and then some! This exceptional true home allows one to enjoy the space of a townhouse but with more light, views and amenities! Boasting six bedrooms and six and a half baths, this sprawling, luxurious yet comfortable bespoke palace is 5,810 square feet inside and has a flexible layout meant for living and entertaining, from intimate family gatherings to large soirees. A custom glass and stainless steel stairway off the main foyer leads to the spectacular 4,000-square-foot roof terrace, which features a Wolf BBQ grill and Sub-Zero outdoor kitchen with granite countertops and all-weather stainless steel cabinets, two fully furnished cabanas, a 12-person dining table, basketball half court, trampoline and mesmerizing views of Central Park, the City skyline, and St John the Divine! An unparalleled residence with 10 to 11-foot ceilings situated on the southwest corner of the building, this light-filled apartment was completely gut-renovated just a few years ago. No detail was overlooked, from the almost countless custom-fitted closets and storage, brand-new solid oak floors, low-level Venetian plaster walls and every modern convenience one could desire.
Central Park Plaza Condominium has 1 available listing for $2.2M.

David Benioff and Amanda Peet - Sold for $4,650,000

This past fall was a busy one for power couple David Benioff and Amanda Peet: Not only were they both executive producers of new Netflix series The Chair, but they also sold their Tribeca loft in an off-market deal after 16 years of living there. The Real Deal announced the sale and reported that it went for almost 50 percent more than the $3.15 million they paid for it in 2005.

Sumner Redstone - Sold for $2,350,000

Over the last years of his life, the drama surrounding media mogul Sumner Redstone’s estate, heirs, and female companions could have been fodder for a ViacomCBS show, including, but not limited to, the time he sued to evict a former girlfriend from an apartment in The Carlyle. However, the sale of this apartment closed quietly at the beginning of November 2021, with the seller listed as his daughter Shari Redstone, executor of his estate and chairman of ViacomCBS.
The Carlyle has 3 available listings from $535K.

Sandeep Mathrani - Purchased for $1,990,000

Before Adam Neumann’s ignominious departure from WeWork, the company announced grand plans for WeLive, communal living space all over the world. This did not live up to expectations, and Mr. Neumann’s successor, Sandeep Mathrani, does not appear inclined to continue with it: The New York Post announced that he recently bought a triplex penthouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant. It was only on the market for a short time, having listed in October and closed in mid-December.

From the Listing:
This fabulous south-facing penthouse triplex three-bed. two-bath with huge private terrace and stunning views oozes super-creative vibes. The open floor-plan is the perfect blend of Modernism with the original character and industrial feel you seek preserving details such as the original maple factory floors, soaring 20+ foot ceiling height, 90+ year-old exposed brick and an original freight elevator door.

The rhythm of the space is perfect: colors, volumes, full and empty spaces, materials and transparencies alternate in impeccable harmony. Sun-drenched on all floors through, this 1,818-square-foot loft is filled with light all day through tons of oversized windows and even features a solarium with a skylight! This apartment has a rich history of artists and musicians using the space as inspiration for their works.

Debra Winger and Arliss Howard - Listed for $1,775,000

300-West-109th-Street-01 The Manhasset via Warburg Realty
“Love lifts us up where we belong” this case, into a prewar apartment on the Upper West Side. Debra Winger, who is known for her role in An Officer and a Gentleman, purchased the apartment for $1.85 million in 2015 with her husband, actor/screenwriter Arliss Howard (not pictured). More recently, the New York Post reports that the couple has listed the apartment.

From the listing:
High ceilings, hardwood oak strip floors, oak millwork and trim throughout are just some of the hallmarks of this serene renovated two-bedroom co-op apartment at the Manhassett in excellent condition. All the rooms are generous and well proportioned. The living room with its oversized windows is large enough to hold a grand piano and looks out over the trees on 109th Street; the dining room doubles as a library but can easily be converted to a third bedroom.

It has a charming bay window and window seat. The primary bedroom has excellent closet space and fits a king-size bed easily. Its bathroom ensuite is voluminous, boasting a separate shower and a glorious tub for at least two - you might want to buy the apartment for the bathroom alone.
The Manhasset has 4 available listings from $1.2M.

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