New York PostJennifer Gould Keil
Oct. 20, 2011
Jennifer Aniston’s appetite for downtown real estate appears to be insatiable. Despite recently purchasing two West Village apartments at 299 W. 12th St. -- which she bought in the name of her late dog, Norman -- the actress is already on the prowl for a new love shack where she can hook up with her boyfriend, actor-screenwriter Justin Theroux. (We wonder how Aniston, who lost Brad Pitt to Angelina Jolie, feels about stealing Theroux from his longtime gal pal Heidi Bivens.)
Aniston was recently spotted, with two unidentified men, checking out an $8.7 million, ninth-floor pad at 50 Gramercy Park North. Our spy says she might be looking for a new apartment because the presence of paparazzi has already “ruined” the West Village for her. The three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo that Aniston saw is 2,873 square feet, with nearly 12-foot ceilings and great views of Gramercy Park.
The residence, like other units in the Ian Schrager-developed 50 Gramercy Park North, comes with a key to the park, the only private park in the city. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld owns a smaller, 2,151-square-foot three-bedroom in the building, which he has on the market for $5.2 million.
That’s a classic!
The estate of Coleman Jacoby, a three-time Emmy-winning comedy writer whose credits include “The Phil Silvers Show” and who had the distinction of introducing Jackie Gleason to Art Carney, has just sold his old townhouse at 350 E. 84th St. for $3.95 million. Sources say the buyer is an Australian real estate developer.
The 20-foot-wide, red-brick townhouse was built in 1862. It includes a garden and a terrace and was listed for $4.5 million.
Broker Tristan Harper of Prudential Douglas Elliman did not return phone calls.
Dibs on $9.5M Hamptons manse
Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs.com, a home-design marketplace for professionals and amateurs alike, just closed on a $9.5 million Hamptons mansion. The 3,500-square-foot, cedar-shingled house on South Main Street in Southampton has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Built in 1958, it sits on 1.7 acres and includes two fireplaces, a waterside pool and 245 feet of frontage on Lake Agawam.
Corcoran Group broker Tim Davis declined to comment.
Martinez on the move
Celebrity chef and Mexican cookbook author Zarela Martinez has chopped the price on her three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom townhouse at 312 E. 53rd St. down to $2.895 million. She originally put it on the market for $3.295 million in June before cutting the price.
The Turtle Bay townhouse, built in 1866, is 2,280 square feet and also has a large garden. The ground floor, not surprisingly, includes a chef’s dream kitchen with a Garland range. The parlor floor still has its original wide-plank oak floors and a library/den overlooks the garden.
While Sotheby’s has the listing, we hear that Martinez is currently shopping for a new home with Wendy Jackson of Nest Seekers International.
We hear . . .
That actor/comedian Taylor Negron, who came to town to direct “Who Loves You Baby” at the SoHo Playhouse, is renting a one-bedroom on West 82nd Street for $2,595 a month. It was listed by Citi Habitats’ Matt Sadewitz. Negron recently filmed “Vamps,” an Amy Heckerling film with Sigourney Weaver and Alicia Silverstone. Negron, perhaps best known as the pizza guy in Heckerling’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” is also developing a play about yoga entitled “Downward Facing Bitch.”
It’s a Goodyear for Rosen
Real estate developer Aby Rosen is a prominent art collector, so it’s no surprise that his latest real estate purchase has ties to the art world. Rosen has just closed on Old Westbury’s A. Conger Goodyear House for $3.4 million.
Rosen’s gotten quite the deal, given that interior designer Eric Cohler -- who has a Master’s degree from Columbia in historic preservation -- bought the historic house in 2007 and then spent more than $2 million restoring and renovating it. The asking price was $4.599 million.
The glassy mansion, which we hear Rosen is keeping for himself, was built in 1938 by Edward Durell Stone and sits on 5.5 acres. Goodyear was a founder and the first president of the Museum of Modern Art.
“I gave it as much love and money as I could for four years,” Cohler said. “I rescued it and restored it to collector’s quality. Aby will bring it to the next level -- museum quality. If anyone is the right steward for this home, it’s Aby.”
Rosen declined to comment. Cohler was represented by Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Emma Iacovone.