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At one point, it was taken for granted that New York's richest and most famous would gravitate to classic buildings on the Upper East Side or Upper West Side. However, as October's listings connected to bold-faced names show, downtown neighborhoods and historic buildings are in high demand with a newer class of celebrities.

Lewis Hamilton - Entered contract with ask of $49,500,000

Lewis Hamilton is a six-time Formula One champion, but things didn’t move quite so quickly for him in the New York real estate market: He listed his triplex penthouse in celebrity favorite 443 Greenwich Street for $57 million in May 2019, having never moved in, and it has been on and off the market ever since. More recently, it entered contract with an asking price of $49.5 million - 13.2 percent below the original listing price, but above the $43,991,455 Mr. Hamilton paid the sponsor for it in 2017.

From the listing:
Penthouse H is the crown jewel of 443 Greenwich Street, an enclave of exclusivity in the heart of Northwest Tribeca. Measuring over 12,000 interior and exterior square feet, Penthouse H features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half bathrooms, 20’ soaring ceilings, multiple terraces, a plunge pool, and two dedicated parking spaces. This is a rare combination of volume, character, light, and luxury beyond imagination.

Sprawled across three levels, with direct building elevator access and a separate a private elevator, Penthouse H is the largest residence in the building. The dramatic great room boasts 20’ ceilings with coveted character details echoing the original 19th-century book bindery factory including pine beams with steel fittings and seventeen restored windows. Spectacular light streams through corner exposures, north and west, playing a creative light story at all times of day.
443 Greenwich Street has 4 available listings from $6.8M.

Thierry Despont - Listed for $25,000,000

182-Franklin-Street-01 182 Franklin Street via Douglas Elliman
Thierry Despont's New York portfolio includes the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, the Woolworth Tower, 220 Central Park South, and interiors at 53W53. However, for the past 25 years, the acclaimed architect has called a Tribeca townhouse home. The Real Deal announced that he has just listed the townhouse, which features a studio where he'd paint and sculpt at the end of the workday.

From the listing:
182 Franklin Street was constructed in 1915 and was acquired by its current owner approximately 25 years ago and was converted into this stunning 10,000-square-foot single family home. Entering off of Tribeca's picturesque Franklin Street, the inviting foyer leads you to a staircase and elevator connecting all the floors. The rear of the first floor is currently set up as an artist's studio, but would ideally make a wonderful children's playroom, media room, solarium, swimming pool, etc.

The primary suite occupies the entire third floor complete with tremendous marble bath, dressing room, sauna, and enormous closet space. Three very private and special bedrooms suites are scattered throughout complete with their own kitchenette and full baths. The grand dining room easily converts to a spectacular billiards room which shares the fourth floor with the chef's eat-in-kitchen. The crown jewel of this home is the penthouse great room on the fifth floor.

Leonard Bernstein - Sold for $24,000,000

When composer Leonard Bernstein’s Park Avenue penthouse entered contract with an asking price of $29.5 million in June 2021, it was the year’s top co-op contract. However, city records show that it ultimately closed for $24 million, an 18.6 percent discount from its last listed price. The New York Times reports that it was sold by the estate of art collector and philanthropist Carol Feinberg, who purchased the apartment from Mr. Bernstein with her husband in 1974.

From the listing:
Perched atop one of New York City's most exquisite prewar buildings, this sprawling 14-room apartment has it all – 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, stunning views of the city and Central Park, unparalleled natural light, grand-scale rooms, and significant private outdoor space. An embodiment of old-world glamour, this special apartment features soaring ceilings and original architectural details such as the original wood-burning fireplaces and wide-plank wood floors. But perhaps even more impressive than its glorious bones are the panoramic views from both the indoor and outdoor spaces on both levels. Enter the residence from the private elevator landing which opens to a 34-foot grand gallery.
895 Park Avenue has 3 available listings from $850K.

Sharen Jester Turney - Listed for $18,500,000

240-Park-Avenue-South-01 Sharen Jester Turney via Wiki Commons; 240 Park Avenue South via Compass
Former Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Jester Turney’s resume also includes about a decade at Neiman Marcus, and she brought her sense of style and high-end finishes to her NoMad apartment. Features include windows treated for UV protection and privacy, cashmere coverings for the wall in the media room, and a home office that served her and her husband Charles (not pictured) well in the early days of the pandemic. However, in the wake of the couple's decision to consolidate their real estate holdings, The Wall Street Journal reports that they have listed the apartment.

From the listing:
Never before seen - Penthouse 17 at 240 Park Avenue South is a glamorous and elegant home boasting striking views, unparalleled high-end designer finishes and a perfect layout. Able to impress the most discerning audience, this bespoke residence is truly an entertainer's dream! Located in the heart of the Flatiron district and towering over Gramercy Park, the penthouse was painstakingly hand-crafted by B Five Studio in conjunction with Silver Rail Construction. Featuring Italian porcelain floors and custom hand-applied plaster walls with humidification and radiant in-floor and in-wall heat throughout.

The residence is accessed through a keyed elevator landing with a private entrance gallery with large art walls and art lighting. The stunning great room features a gas fireplace with limestone surround and built-in state of the art audio and lighting controlled by Crestron. The living room includes a large dining area, dry bar, and views of Gramercy Park, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings through a series of giant fenestrations and museum glass UV protected floor to ceiling windows. The Penthouse has a private elevator gallery, 12-foot custom mold ceilings, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder room, living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, pantry, laundry room, home office, and dedicate HVAC and AV rooms. The eat-in kitchen is equipped with electrically operated upper cabinets and stainless-steel base cabinets by Eggersmann, a German high-end maker.
240 Park Avenue South has 6 available listings from $5M.

Paul McCartney - Entered contract with ask of $10,500,000

1045-Fifth-Avenue-01 Paul McCartney via Wiki Commons; 1045 Fifth Avenue via Sotheby's International Realty
We can work it out...even if that means taking a loss. When Olshan Realty’s market report announced that Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy (not pictured) found a buyer for their Fifth Avenue triplex, it noted that they purchased it for $15.5 million in 2015. The unit directly overlooks Central Park, but is being delivered in white box condition and in need of renovations.

From the listing:
Direct views of Central Park are mesmerizing throughout this exceptional duplex Penthouse. Situated above the tree line, the residence comprises the 15th and 16th floors, with additional space on the 17th floor. Each floor is graced with dazzling western views through 40 feet of floor to ceiling windows with glassed terraces directly overlooking Central Park.

The view encompasses the Jacqueline Onassis reservoir with the carpet of Central Park's plush greenery laid out at your feet and continues south and north as far as the eye can see. The breathtaking views are matched only by the open and generous interior space which is a clean palate awaiting your vision. The apartment is a white box and is ready for your architect to create a one of a kind custom residence.

Orlando Bloom - Sold for $7,100,000

155-Franklin-Street-01 Orlando Bloom via Wiki Commons; The Sugar Loaf Building via Douglas Elliman
In Tribeca, the landmarked Sugar Loaf Building has come a long way from its days as an industrial warehouse. Not only does Taylor Swift own two penthouses in the building, but Orlando Bloom bought a loft in the building and flipped it less than a year later. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen later lived in the apartment. Most recently, the New York Post announced that it sold and closed in an all-cash deal in less than three weeks.

From the listing:
This spacious and fully renovated corner unit overlooks cobbled Leonard Street and receives sunlight from 11 large windows facing south and east. Soaked in neighborhood character and charm, the residence features original exposed steel columns, timber beams, and white-painted brick walls paired with modern high-end appliances and luxurious touches by Dumais Interior Design.

Perfectly situated on a quiet side street in the heart of Tribeca’s historic loft district—a neighborhood dotted with upscale restaurants, boutiques and galleries—this residence is a 10-minute stroll from lush parkland on the Hudson River or the street life of Soho.

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds - Listed for $5,695,000

As the past owners of this Turtle Bay townhouse show, the rooms can be used to suit any lifestyle or interest. When Grammy Award-winning singer/producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds lived in the house from 1998 to 2004, there was a recording studio in the home. However, this has since been turned into a wine cellar. We wonder what mark the next buyer will put on the house - the New York Post reports that it has listed.

From the listing:
Welcome to 241 E 52nd Street, the former residence of 12- time Grammy award-winning artist Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. A short distance from United Nations Plaza, this elegant, turnkey Turtle Bay townhouse offers an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of New York City. This home, constructed in 1899, evokes the best artisanry of its time, including a breathtaking wrought-iron spiral staircase connecting floor after floor of splendid architecture and millwork. Featuring a private garden and terrace, spacious sun-filled rooms, tall ceilings, six fireplaces and a beautiful French country kitchen, this five-level home is the epitome of Midtown luxury.

Olympia Dukakis - Listed for $4,295,000

A short time after winning an Oscar for her role in Moonstruck, a film mostly set in Brooklyn, Olympia Dukakis and husband Louis Zorick (not pictured) bought a loft in a landmarked Noho building. Her children have listed the apartment in the wake of her death earlier this year, and listing agent Wendy Juan told Architectural Digest about the many celebrations that took place in the home.

From the listing:
This quintessential 3,100-square-foot corner loft welcomes all-day, natural light from 3 exposures and features a grand-scale entertaining space, gracious 3 bedroom layout, and open city views from 15 oversized classic windows! The custom Poggenpohl kitchen with center island is open to the entertaining area, featuring deep granite countertops, abundant custom cabinetry, along with top-of-the-line appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, a 6-burner professional Wolf stove along with two extra freezers. Nearby, French doors open to a second and third bedroom. The primary bedroom is positioned in the corner for maximum comfort and privacy. Additional amenities include a fully equipped laundry room, custom lighting on dimmers throughout, an abundance of closets and a storage cage in the basement, if that's not enough.

Sara Sampaio - Listed for $3,450,000

438-East-12th-Street-01 Sara Sampaio via Flickr - Jessica Reality; Steiner East Village via Compass
Roughly three years since she purchased a $3.51 million apartment in luxury condominium Steiner East Village, model Sara Sampaio has put it back on the market for just under what she paid for it. The New York Post reported on the sale and observed that she is spending more time in Los Angeles these days.

From the listing:
Residence 6R is a south facing, split three-bedroom, three bathroom residence in the premier Steiner East Village. In pristine condition, notable highlights include oversized casement windows, nearly 11-foot ceilings, luxurious finishes, a massive chef's kitchen, rooms of generous proportions and an abundance of southern light. Meticulously designed by Paris Forino, the interior features seven-inch-wide plank European white oak flooring, 8' high interior doors with burnished brass hardware and custom architectural millwork throughout.

Satin lacquer custom Italian cabinetry, limestone and Calacatta marble countertops and blackened metal hardware compose the expertly crafted open Chef's kitchen equipped with appliances by Wolf, Bosch and Sub-Zero. The primary suite features floor to ceiling windows, a large walk-in closet, and an en-suite five fixture primary bath with Waterworks fixtures. The serene space features herringbone Bianco Dolomiti mosaic floors complemented by the luxury of radiant heat, Bianco Dolomiti-clad walls, a soaking tub and separate glass-enclosed shower. A custom white lacquer Italian vanity cabinet with blackened metal accents and ample storage is topped by stunning Calacatta Ice marble.
Steiner East Village has 5 available listings from $1.5M.

Shaun White - Entered contract with ask of $3,000,000

As Shaun White trains in the hopes of a fourth gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics, maybe he can do so with one less thing on his mind: His East Village apartment, which has been on and off the market since 2017, has entered contract after being back on the market for less than a month. The New York Post broke the news of the sale and notes that model Heather Marks also has an apartment in the building (it has since entered contract with an asking price of $1.675 million).

From the listing:
Come inside this stunning and south-facing two-bedroom, two and one half-bathroom sunlit highly coveted penthouse at the A building. The expansive and open layout features two split bedrooms, two and a half baths, soaring 12’ +/- ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the fabulous downtown views. Outfitted with the finest finishes, the apartment also includes a large south-facing private terrace that can be accessed via the living room and primary bedroom, making the space ideal for entertaining and private enjoyment.
The A Building has 2 available listings from $920K.

Henrik Lundqvist - Sold for $2,750,000

What a score - the New York Post announced that roughly six weeks after it was listed, an Upper West Side home once owned by Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist has sold and closed! Mr. Lundqvist 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 6 available listings from $935K.

Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson - Listed for $2,500,000

53-Horatio-Street-01 Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson via Flickr - 775314717PL00149_Los_Angele; 53 Horatio Street via Douglas Elliman
Months after a Zillow sketch went viral, Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost entered the real estate market by listing his apartment shortly after welcoming his first child with wife Scarlett Johansson. The New York Post notes that this is only one piece of the power couple's extensive real estate holdings, which include homes in the Hamptons and Los Angeles.

From the listing:
Endlessly chic 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom garden duplex with private patio available at 53 Horatio Street! Unit 2 has an abundance of charm to make this the picture-perfect home. Through the entry foyer, the well-proportioned living room features exposed brick, a wood-burning fireplace and French doors to a Juliet balcony overlooking an intimate private garden.

Adjacent is the windowed kitchen with a suite of integrated stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher and a faience tile backsplash. The secondary bedroom continues to stun with shuttered windows and an exposed tub for ultimate relaxation. A separate water closet and generous closet space completes the bedroom suite. The garden level acts as an extension of the main living area but can be conceived in a multitude of ways and offers access to the private outdoor area.

Bettina Werner - Listed for $2,399,999

15-Broad-Street-01 Bettina Werner via Flickr - Tibino Fine Art; Downtown by Starck via New York Living Solutions
The work of Bettina Werner, also known as the Salt Queen for her innovative use of colored salt crystals, can be found in the Whitney Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, and her Financial District apartment. The New York Post announced that she had relisted it for $1 million below its original ask in 2017, but more than the most recent ask of $1.89 million in March 2020. Her work is on display in all the listing photos, and information on the pieces may be found here.

From the listing:
This 21st floor remarkable, breathtaking 2-bedroom 2-bathroom and home office with in-unit washer and dryer condo kept in pristine condition and now available for sale with immediate move-in and a magnificent view of iconic historic buildings. 15 Broad has an outstanding 28,000 square feet of unequalled amenity spaces that makes living here unique and special. Feeling like a 24-hour hotel lifestyle building with the same doorman and concierge.
Downtown by Starck has 9 available listings from $990K.

Anthony Rapp - Listed for $1,950,000

Talk about life imitating art! In the wake of his success in the musical Rent, much of which takes place in an Alphabet City loft, Anthony Rapp purchased a loft apartment of his own in a Noho building that was originally the headquarters to the American Waltham Watch Company. 6sqft broke the news and noted that Mr. Rapp's apartment is decidedly more luxurious than the one in the show - features include a sophisticated kitchen with high-end appliances, custom storage, and office nook with a reclaimed wood wall commissioned by contemporary artist Michelle Peterson-Albansoz.

From the listing:
Offered for the first time in 23 years, this expansive NoHo studio loft features beautifully restored original details, soaring high ceilings and low monthlies. Located on prime Bond Street overlooking the cobble stone streets below, 1 Bond Street is an exclusive and iconic cast-iron pre-war condo, a rare find. Freedom of movement abounds the ~1,250 square feet with refinished original knotted pine hardwood flooring throughout.

Juxtaposed in a contemporary medium gray, strikingly ornamental restored tin ceilings adorned with cornices and accentuated by Corinthian columns soar over twelve and a half feet tall, highlighting the palatial proportions of this former factory floor. An enormously scaled living and dining room showcase the home's potential for hosting at more than eighteen by twenty-four feet. Anchored by a large industrial warehouse pendant, as a nod to the space's ancestry, the open plan kitchen is oriented to maximize storage space featuring warm textural granite countertops, Viking range, Subzero refrigerator, and custom mahogany cabinets with glass panel fronts and handmade custom metal drawer pulls.

Richard Thomas - Sold for $1,850,000

180-West-58th-Street-01 The Alwyn Court via Brown Harris Stevens
In a far cry from Walton Mountain, Richard Thomas grew up in New York City and owned a pied-a-terre in the landmarked Alwyn Court. The New York Post announced that he sold the pied-a-terre at the beginning of October, and city records show that it closed for 7.3 percent less than the last listing price of $1.995 million.

From the listing:
Arriving through the grand entrance gallery, take in the stunning hardwood floors, lovely moldings, 11’2" ceilings and gracious proportions. With a perfect flow for relaxing at home or entertaining, the spacious living/dining area is waiting to welcome you home or accommodate a large dinner party with northern light pouring in and a working wood burning fireplace flanked by craftsman built bookcases.

The well-appointed windowed kitchen is a chef’s delight with a 5-burner Viking stove, Miele refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, Anne Sacks tile backsplash and thick marble countertops. For tranquility and relaxation the spacious en-suite primary bedroom can easily accommodate a king-size bed and sitting area, while the custom closets provide an enviable amount of space for your wardrobe needs. The large light-filled second bedroom also provides two closets with ample storage.
The Alwyn Court has 2 available listings from $1.3M.

David Burke - Discounted to $1,650,000

28-Old-Fulton-Street-01 David Burke via Flickr - Family Reach; Eagle Warehouse & Storage Company via Compass
David Burke Tavern and Mister French remain in-demand New York restaurants, but acclaimed chef David Burke has turned much of his attention to New Jersey after moving to the state in 2016. His Brooklyn Heights loft has been on and off the market, and was reduced by $600K at the end of October.

From the listing:
As a landmark building, The Eagle Warehouse is a full service doorman building that dates back to the 1890s. Walt Whitman was an editor for the Brooklyn Eagle Newspaper when it is was housed in the warehouse. Townhouse G is one of the largest apartments in the building, boasting loft like living with soaring 14-foot ceilings in a 2,700-square-foot triplex space that is without question, impressive.

One could say it is a house within a building that has a doorman, a full service gym, bike storage and much more. The apartment can allow for 3-4 sleeping areas, a separate dining room, living room, den, office/studio/work space, and a cooks kitchen to die for. An ample island and counter space is there for a chef's spread. Townhouse G was previously owned by the renowned chef David Burke. The kitchen has quartz countertops with Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances. There are two newly renovated bathrooms, plus enormous walk in closets throughout the three levels.
Eagle Warehouse & Storage Company has 3 available listings from $1.4M.

James Johnson - Rented for $16,500/month

57-Reade-Street-01 Reade57 via Nest Seekers
It has been a busy fall for basketball star James Johnson - shortly after signing with the Brooklyn Nets, he signed a lease on a spacious New York apartment. A source told Gimme Shelter that he loved the layout and the location - not only is it in the heart of Tribeca, but it's a short subway ride from the Barclays Center.

From the listing:
Situated in one of Tribeca’s premier new condominiums, this downtown residence epitomizes luxury and offers a dynamic living experience. Spanning a generous 1,900 square feet, this large 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home highlights the building’s finest features: an open floor plan, high ceilings, walls of windows and unique outdoor space. An exquisite palette ready for move in, 7B harmoniously blends practicality and urban chic to create the ideal Tribeca apartment. This triple mint apartment features wide teak flooring throughout, beautiful custom Walnut and marble built-ins, and top of the line finishes and appliances. Upgraded with a new lighting scheme with recessed dimmable led and halogens throughout, this spacious residence is truly one of a kind and the biggest on its floor. Upon entering, you are welcomed by a long gallery foyer and double-door coat closet for guests. The living room enjoys views of the historic Sun Building to the east, a comfortable space accented by floor to ceiling windows, private balcony, and reading/office alcove. The master bedroom also relishes in morning light from a wall of east-facing windows. Complimented by a large walk-in-closet, the primary suite also comes with a 5-piece, en suite primary bath with double vanity, Carrera marble tops, Koehler faucets, separate stall shower, and Kohler toilet. The other two bedrooms, also considerable in size, face west with floor-to-ceiling windows and boast large closets and close proximity to full baths—one with double sinks, Carrera marble tops and bathtub, and one with a glass-encased shower, custom lighting and wall of glass.
Reade57 has 8 available listings from $1.15M.

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