Kravitz Pulls Pad Off the Market

cityfile · 02/09/09 09:00AM

• Lenny Kravitz has been trying to sell his penthouse at 30 Crosby Street for the past few years; most recently, he slashed the price of the loft from $18.75 million to $14.995 million. Is he now planning to give up entirely? Over the weekend, the listing for Kravitz's 6,000-square-foot pad (which used to be located here) was pulled down from the Corcoran website, although whether the rocker plans to try again with a new broker is anybody's guess. [Cityfile]
Richard Gere and wife Carey Lowell aren't just trying to unload their apartment at Palazzo Chupi. They're looking to sell their farmhouse in Water Mill, too. The 1.2 acre estate, which includes a guesthouse, art studio, and pool, is currently listed at $8.8 million. [NYM]

Simmons Gets Comfortable on Liberty Street

cityfile · 02/05/09 09:39AM

• It looks like Russell Simmons has given up on plans to sell off his duplex at 114 Liberty Street, which suffered extensive damage on 9/11 and has been on-and-off the market ever since. Back in 2006, the pad was on the market with a $7.2 million price tag. Following a year-long renovation—and after moving out of the Saddle River home he shared with his ex, Kimora—Simmons is living there himself. The 8,000-square-foot apartment (with 3,000 square feet of outdoor space) now sports a design by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, "incorporates many Hindu and Buddhist ideas," and has its own yoga room, naturally. [NYP]
• Willem de Vogel, a partner at the private equity firm Three Cities Research, sold his 2,950-square-foot loft at 105 East 29th Street for $2.3 million. [CF]
• Béla Szigethy, co-CEO of The Riverside Company, and his wife Alice, have sold their 16th-floor apartment at 90 Riverside Drive for $3.5 million. [CF]

JLo and Marc Spread Out in Brookville

cityfile · 01/27/09 07:49AM

• So much for those rumors that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are in the process of splitting up: The couple has paid $2.05 million to purchase their next-door neighbor's five-bedroom house in Brookville, Long Island. [Newsday]
• Private equity exec Allen Thorpe and his wife, artist Meghan Mackay, paid $9 million for a six-bedroom apartment at 235 West 71st Street. [Cityfile]
• Hedge fund manager Ricky Sandler and his wife Mara have paid $19 million for Kitty Carlisle Hart's former penthouse duplex at 1185 Park Avenue. [NYO]
• Dallas Cowboys receiver (and soon-to-be reality TV star) Terrell Owens has cut the price of the five-bedroom home in Moorestown, NJ that he's been trying to sell for more than a year now. It's now listed at $2.96 million. [Luxist, Prudential]

Paltrow's Hamptons Expansion, Another 15 CPW Listing

cityfile · 01/26/09 08:11AM

• It looks like Gwyneth Paltrow's Amagansett property is about to get a bit bigger. A trust in her late father's name paid $2.8 million last month for 2.32 acres of land that just so happens to be adjacent to properties already owned by Gwyneth and her mom, Blythe Danner. [Newsday]
• Apollo Real Estate partner Lee Neibart, who paid $7 million for a 16th-floor condo at 15 CPW earlier this month, has already re-listed the three-bedroom pad. It's now on the market for $8.2 million. [Cityfile, BHS]
• The 13-bedroom, Georgian-style mansion at 152-156 East 81st Street, which was listed for $45 million in October, is now available at a discount. The 12,000-square-foot manse is now a mere $42 million. [Cityfile, Sotheby's]

John Leguizamo Sells in Gramercy Park

cityfile · 01/15/09 08:08AM

It took close to a year, but John Leguizamo and his wife Justine have finally unloaded their four-bedroom apartment at 45 Gramercy Park North. The 11th-floor spread, which the couple purchased in 2004 and first listed in January 2008 for $5.85 million, was sold for $3.65 million to Samuel and Elizabeth White. Photos of the apartment and a floorplan after the jump!

50 Cent Gets Desperate in Connecticut

cityfile · 01/06/09 09:00AM

50 Cent has dropped the price of his 19-bedroom, 51,000-square-foot Farmington, Conn., mansion by $4 million. It's now $14.5 million, just in case you've been looking for a home with a subterranean nightclub. [Daily Star, KWR]
• Barlas Baylar, the founder of Hudson Furniture, paid $3 million for a three-bedroom pad at 133 West 17th Street. [Cityfile]
• Texas-based banking CEO Kenneth Dubuque paid $3.5 million for a seventh-floor pied-à-terre at 124 East 84th Street. [Cityfile]
• Two apartments at the Plaza are now available for substantially less than their original purchase prices. [Real Deal, Halstead, Warburg]
• Fitness guru Lydia Bach has sold her Victorian-style home in Southampton for $6.5 million. [Newsday]

Kenneth Cole Cuts Prices, Billy Joel Gives Up

cityfile · 12/23/08 08:57AM

Kenneth Cole has sliced $2 million off the price of his penthouse at 101 West 79th Street. Cole originally listed the four-bedroom apartment for $18.95 million. He just reduced it to $16.95 million, but it's unlikely Cole and wife Maria Cuomo will have much stuff to move out if they find a buyer. Although the fashion mogul has owned the apartment since '85, the family spends most of its time at homes on Sutton Place and in Westchester. [Cityfile, Carol E. Levy]
Billy Joel has taken his Centre Island mansion off the market after failing to find a buyer for the $32.5 million property. Joel bought the waterfront estate, which is known as Middlesea, for $22 million in 2002. It's also where he tied the knot with Katie Lee back in 2004. [Newsday]
• Katharine Muir has listed her five-story, eight-bedroom townhouse at 42 West 71st Street for $7.3 million. [Cityfile, TE]

Money Manager Lists West Village Penthouse

cityfile · 12/22/08 08:27AM

• Bruce Bent II, an exec at his father's embattled money management firm, Reserve Management Company, and his wife, food writer Rebecca Bent (left), have listed their full-floor penthouse at 99 Jane Street for $16.5 million. [NYT]
• Model Shalom Harlow sold her one-bedroom apartment at 259 Bowery for $1.9 million. [BTL]
• Merrill Lynch exec George Bianco and his wife Shirley paid the bargain-basement price of $2.2 million for a 19-foot-wide brownstone at 123 West 85th Street. [NYT]

Energy Exec Buys on Wooster

cityfile · 12/15/08 09:15AM

• David Ratcliffe, the CEO of Southern Company, the fourth-largest utility company in the U.S., has paid $2.075 million for a two-bedroom pied-à-terre at 7 Wooster Street. [Cityfile]
• Samir Billan, the owner of the Upper East Side French-restaurant Michelle's Kitchen, has sold his 17th floor apartment in the Rupert Towers on Third Avenue for $1.7 million. [Cityfile]
• Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen appear to be one step closer to building their dream house in LA. They've closed on the purchase of a 3.6-acre vacant lot of land in Brentwood—which they were first rumored to be buying in August—for $11.75 million. [BTL]

Natasha Lyonne Sells, Alan Alda Buys

cityfile · 12/11/08 08:24AM

• Natasha Lyonne has sold her penthouse studio in the Gramercy Towers on East 16th Street for $440,000. The once-troubled actress is now renting in the East Village. [NYP]
• The owners of two 15 CPW condos who listed their ninth-floor apartments as part of a package deal for $21.5 million back in August, have lowered prices for a second time. You can now buy the combo deal for $18.495 million. [Cityfile, Corcoran]
Alan Alda and his wife Arlene have paid $3 million for a two-bedroom, 51st-floor apartment at the Millennium Tower on West 67th Street, the same building where they purchased two adjoining apartments in 2000 for $4.9 million. [NYP]

Beekman Place Mansion Discounted Again

cityfile · 12/08/08 08:14AM

♦ The Georgian mansion at 21 Beekman Place, which was owned by the the late William Rupp and has been at the center of an legal battle for years now, underwent its second price cut last week. Originally listed by Sharon Baum for $25 million in March, it's now down to $15 million. [Cityfile, Corcoran]
♦ Ron Tysoe, the former CFO and vice chairman of Federated Department Stores (now Macy's), has sold his 32nd-floor apartment at the Trump International for $6 million. [Cityfile]
♦ Opera singer Placido Domingo has paid $999,000 for a one-bedroom apartment at 425 East 58th Street. [Real Deal]
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have put their Bel Air mansion on the market for $8.5 million. [LAT]

Ledger's Former Loft Remains Empty

cityfile · 12/05/08 10:07AM

Finding someone willing to rent the spooky loft where Heath Ledger overdosed hasn't been an easy job. Ten months after brokers first began quietly shopping Ledger's former apartment at 419-421 Broome Street—and five months after the official, $26,000-a-month listing was posted—brokers at the Corcoran Group have pulled it off the market. Photos of the three-bedroom loft are here. [Page Six, previously]

Portman Seals a Deal, A-Rod Chops Prices (Again)

cityfile · 12/02/08 08:24AM

Natalie Portman has closed on the sale of her three-bedroom condo at 165 Charles Street for $6.55 million, two months after it was first reported that the apartment had gone into contract. The buyer is listed in property records at Monkway Properties Inc. [Cityfile]
Alex Rodriguez has lowered the price of his Trump Park Avenue condo for the second time since first listing it for $14 million back in September. The 4,600-square-foot spread can now be yours for the bargain basement price of $10 million. [Page Six, Modlin Group]
♦ Philip Morris vice president Charles Wall paid $4.42 million for a 10th-floor apartment at 170 East End Avenue, the same building where art dealer Dominique Lévy picked up an eighth-floor spread in October. [Cityfile]

Wyclef Jean Faces Foreclosure in Florida

cityfile · 11/21/08 10:56AM

It looks like Wyclef Jean and Damon Dash will have lots to chat about the next time they get together. The former Fugees star's mansion in Miami Beach has gone into foreclosure and is set to be auctioned off in three weeks. (Dash's own apartment troubles were revealed in August.) Palm Beach Post gossip columnist Jose Lambiet reports that Wyclef and several partners took out a $2 million mortgage in 2004 to purchase a canal-front estate next door to Anthony Shriver, the brother of Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger. He later embarked on a massive renovation of the property, but never ended up paying off more than $177,000 in construction costs, leading to the first in a series of liens and fines and leaving the home unfinished for more than two years. (Perhaps Wyclef should have been counting his pennies and not investing in his porn collection?) Court documents now show that Wyclef and his partners owe the bank $2.4 million, and the home is scheduled to be auctioned off on December 12th. A photo of the half-finished manse after the jump!

Justin Timberlake Closes the Deal in Tribeca

cityfile · 11/19/08 08:20AM

♦ Less than a week after it was reported that Justin Timberlake had gone into contract on a fifth-floor condo at the Pearline Soap Factory in Tribeca, the pop star has already closed on the deal. According to property records, Timberlake picked up the three-bedroom condo for $4.774 million, nearly half a million less than the asking price of $5.25 million. (He purchased the pad via an LLC called Just Us I.) You can see photos of his new place here. [Cityfile]
♦ Fortress Investment Group co-founder (and former billionaire) Randal Nardone has closed on a "glass-walled duplex skyhome" at 101 Warren Street for $22 million, more than a year after going into contract. [NYO]

Lenny Goes Lower, Bommer Looks to Sell Once Again

cityfile · 11/17/08 09:19AM

♦ Lenny Kravitz has slashed the price of his SoHo penthouse yet again. Most recently listed for $18.75 million, the loft on Crosby Street is now on the market for just $14.995 million. [Curbed, Corcoran]
♦ Hedge funder Scott Bommer and his wife Donya are looking to unload another eight-figure apartment. The Bommers set records when they paid $46 million for a co-op at 1060 Fifth in January and then sold it for $48.5 million a few months later. Now they've put their 29th-floor apartment at the Ritz-Carlton on the market for $35 million, less than four months after purchasing it for $28.5 million. [NYT, Corcoran]
♦ Sundance Film Festival co-director Geoffrey Gilmore and film producer Julie le Brocquy have paid $2.475 million for a three-bedroom condo at 25 Central Park West. [Cityfile]

Timberlake Picks Up a Pad in Tribeca

cityfile · 11/13/08 10:16AM

It looks like Justin Timberlake plans to spend more time in New York now that he's gone into contract on a condo at the Pearline Soap Factory at 414 Washington Street, according to the Post. Timberlake's 3,000-square-foot loft, which was listed at $5.25 million, comes with three bedrooms, 14 floor-to-ceiling arched windows, Sub-Zero appliances, and views of the Hudson River. Photos of the apartment where JT will soon be rocking Jessica Biel's body are below.

Bronfman Sells Amagansett Manse at a Loss

cityfile · 11/11/08 08:01AM

Edgar Bronfman Jr. has closed on the sale of his 8,000-square-foot home in Amagansett, which he originally purchased for $12.5 million in 2005 and listed for $15.8 million in 2006. The final sale price was just $12.67 million, which means after adjusting for taxes and inflation, Bronfman actually took a $1 million loss on the property. Photos of the home are here. [Page Six]
Albert Hammond Jr. has reportedly gone into contract to sell his 1,200-square-foot co-op at 141 East 3rd Street, which he picked up for $770,000 in 2005 and put on the market for $1.199 million back in August. [NYM]
♦ Lisa Kerkorian, a former tennis pro and the ex-wife of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, has lowered the price of her Bridgehampton home. After more than a year on the market, it's been reduced from $12.7 million down to $7.995 million. [Newsday]

Hedge Funders Sell, Rosie O'Donnell Closes

cityfile · 11/10/08 08:44AM

♦ Hedge funder James Torrey and his wife Podie Lynch have put their duplex at 131 East 66th on the market for $14.5 million. The Obama fundraiser (and father of New York PR queen Serena Torrey) says the couple is now planning to downsize to a smaller apartment. [NYT, Corcoran]
♦ Exis Capital founder Adam Sender has listed his three units at 15 Broad Street for $10.995 million, after picking them up for a total of $8 million in June 2007. [NYT, PDE]
♦ More than a year after going into contract on a condo at 247 West 46th Street, Rosie O'Donnell has closed on the two-bedroom apartment for $1.97 million. [Real Deal]
♦ German film director Werner Herzog paid $630,000 for a one-bedroom pied-à-terre at 7 East 14th Street. [Real Deal]

A-Rod Gets Desperate

cityfile · 10/30/08 07:46AM

Alex Rodriguez has already lowered the price of his Trump Park Avenue condo by $1.5 million, just a month after first putting it on the market. It's now listed for $12.5 million, although A-Rod is also willing to rent it out instead, assuming there's anyone willing to pay $50,000 a month for an unfurnished apartment. [NYP, Modlin Group]
♦ Divorce attorney Zoltan Hankovszky has sold his townhouse at 88 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights for $10.8 million. That makes it the most expensive sale ever recorded in the neighborhood. [Brownstoner]
♦ The West 9th Street townhouse once occupied by Elizabeth Jagger—she rented one of the five apartments in the building until recently—is now on the market for $7.95 million. [NYP, Corcoran]