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In the West Village, a Penthouse With a Pool for $43.5 Million

By: Vivian Mario
Published: 8/31/2018Source: The New York Times

Featuring Dana Power’s sale at 160 Leroy Street, West Village and Laura Rozos’ sale at 9 College Place, Brooklyn Heights:


Michael Rubin, the billionaire sports merchandiser and part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, has picked up a sprawling new penthouse in Manhattan’s West Village.

The price for this apartment, at the Herzog & de Meuron-designed 160 Leroy Street, was $43.5 million, which was the most expensive closing in New York City for the month of August, according to public records. Monthly carrying charges total $24,942.

The sponsor unit comes with a private landscaped rooftop deck, a lap pool and panoramic cityscape and Hudson River views. It’s also a short drive from Madison Square Garden, where Mr. Rubin can drop in to watch the 76ers and the Devils play when they’re in town.

In additional to holding minority stakes in both teams, Mr. Rubin is also the founder and chief executive of Kynetic, which operates online retailers, including Fanatics, a purveyor of licensed sports merchandise.

The month’s runner-up sale, at $40.25 million, was a massive townhouse at 110-112 East 76th Street, near Park Avenue; it was sold to an unknown buyer by the developer Joseph Chetrit. The eight-bedroom house, which was listed for $51 million in November, was one of a trio of townhomes created from six brownstones Mr. Chetrit purchased on 76th Street 11 years ago from Lenox Hill Hospital, for a total of $26 million. No. 110 is the largest of the three: It is 36 feet wide and has a total of 15,000 square feet of interior space, with six levels, including a roof terrace with a penthouse, plus a full finished basement.

There were several other pricey townhouse transactions in August, including the West Village house of the jewelers David and Sybil Yurman, which in past years was the site of several movie shoots. Also, Helen Lakely Hunt, a daughter of the Texas oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, sold her house on the Upper West Side.

Among the other notable sales in Manhattan, the opera star Marilyn Horne sold her Upper West Side co-op; the fashion designer Naeem Khan sold his SoHo apartment; and Bruce Crawford, the former chief executive of the communications giant Omnicom Group, bought a West Village apartment.

In Brooklyn Heights, the actress Mary-Louise Parker purchased a five-bedroom top-floor apartment, just weeks after selling another unit in the neighborhood.

The penthouse acquired by Mr. Rubin is at the north end of 160 Leroy. Its most recent list price was $51 million.

Penthouse North has 7,700 square feet of interior space, with five bedrooms, five full baths and three powder rooms, along with a great room, family room, library and screening room. There are four wood-burning fireplaces, and the unit also comes with staff quarters and a parking spot.

The rooftop terrace comprises 4,944 square feet, and in addition to a 27-foot pool, it includes a powder room and Bulthaup kitchen with a Wolf barbecue grill, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Miele dishwasher.

Madeline Hult Elghanayan, Lauren Muss, Kirk Rundhaug and Dennis Mangone of Douglas Elliman represented the developer, Ian Schrager; Dana Power of the Corcoran Group represented Mr. Rubin.

The curved glass luxury condominium at 160 Leroy Street, 14 stories high and with 57 residences, was built in 2017.

Among the other August sales at 160 Leroy, Jennifer Stengaard Gross, the daughter of William H. Gross, a founder of the asset manager Pimco, bought Penthouse South for $28 million. The apartment, which is smaller than Penthouse North, was on the market for $31.5 million. Also: No. 14B North, a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath unit, sold for $20.12 million; and 12A North, a five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath unit, for $12.9 million.

The Yurmans, who operate jewelry stores bearing their name worldwide, sold their bow-fronted townhouse at 66 Morton Street for $15.5 million. They paid $17 million for it more than three years ago, which was above the original $13.9 million asking price. 

The most recent buyer used the aptly named limited liability company Diamond in the Rough Holdings.

The house, described in a recent listing as “diamond in the rough,” is four stories high and 25 feet wide with about 5,800 square feet of space. The distinctive facade, spacious interior and outdoor garden have made it a sought-after locale for filmmakers. It served as Harrison Ford’s residence in “Working Girl,” Matthew Broderick’s in “The Night We Never Met” and Winona Ryder’s in “Autumn in New York.”

Ms. Hunt, a psychologist and philanthropist, also took a loss on the sale of her Beaux-Arts townhouse at 352 Riverside Drive, between 107th and 108th Streets. She sold the limestone-and-brick house, which is five stories high and 26 feet wide, for $11.6 million. She bought it about 10.5 years ago for $15.75 million.

The 9,000-square-foot house has nine bedrooms, six full baths and three powder rooms, along with a 1,840-square-foot finished basement, according to the Corcoran listing. There is a lavishly landscaped rear garden and a roof garden with Hudson River views.

Also on the Upper West Side, Ms. Horne, the celebrated mezzo-soprano, sold her longtime home at the Park Ten co-op on 66th Street, near Central Park West. The sale price was around $4.3 million.

The unit, No. 28B, is a duplex with 2,175 square feet, configured with three bedrooms and three and a half baths, along with a den and dining room. The apartment also has a 10-by-9-foot terrace off an oversize living room. Ms. Horne undoubtedly enjoyed its convenient location just a few blocks from Lincoln Center, where she has performed numerous times.

Downtown, Mr. Khan, the Indian-American fashion designer, and his wife, Ranjana Khan, sold their full-floor loft at 129 Greene Street for nearly $8 million. The 3,731-square-foot apartment on the third floor has two bedrooms and two baths, with high ceilings and oversize windows that look out onto the cobblestone street.

Mr. Khan is best known for his intricately detailed dresses, which have been worn by well-known women, including Michelle Obama.

At 100 Barrow Street, Mr. Crawford, the longtime Omnicom chairman who is about to retire, and his wife, Christine Crawford, paid $4.15 million for a 10th-floor apartment at 100 Barrow Street. This unit has two bedrooms and two and a half baths.

In Brooklyn, Ms. Parker — using the limited liability company Shiny Happy People — traded one Brooklyn Heights apartment for another. She paid $4.3 million for a top-floor unit at 1 Gracie Court. The five-bedroom, four-bath home overlooks Brooklyn Bridge Park and offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, according to the listing with Stribling.

In July, Ms. Parker, best known for her starring role in the TV series “Weeds,” sold a five-bedroom, four-bath duplex at 9 College Place for $6.2 million.


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