A record breaking $65.8 million sale in The Plaza
As reported by The Real Deal, a new record has been set for priciest condo in The Plaza. Both the buyers and sellers are anonymous in the $65.8 million deal for unit 1109, which closed at the end of October. Prior to that, the 12,000-square-foot condo was last sold in 2008 for $45.9 million. The 2023 sale breaks the record set by real estate developer Harry Macklowe and ex-wife Linda Macklowe’s 2007 sale of seven contiguous apartments in The Plaza for $60 million.
Along with clinching The Plaza price to beat, the sale is among the most expensive deals to close in New York in 2023, per The Real Deal. It currently ranks as the fourth top sale, after $80 million and $75 million units at Vornado’s Central Park South and the $67.9 million sale of 1165 Madison Avenue’s penthouse this spring. Neither the buyers or sellers of unit 1109 have been identified.
A Beverly Hills home with a musical past is picked up for $10.5 million
“Splish Splash” singer Bobby Darin’s former home in Beverly Hills has sold for $10.5 million, per Mansion Global. Darin lived in the North Rodeo Drive property between the years of 1967 to 1969, at which point the home was passed to Noel Blanc, who once voiced Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig of Looney Tunes (reprising the roles once voiced by his father, Mel Blanc).
Darin may be the most notable musician to have owned this Beverly Hills home, but its musical connections are much more broad—and modern—than just the ’50s crooner. The home’s guest house includes a state-of-the-art recording studio, and according to Mansion Global, the space has been used by a slew of musicians, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Carlos Santana, and Whitesnake. The immediate surroundings of the home have copious Old Hollywood credentials, too, with Gene Kelly’s home of 50 years located just down the block and Lana Turner’s much buzzed-about home—the site of the 1958 Johnny Stompanato stabbing—located four blocks down.
The 1922 build and its guest house measure 6,900 square feet and have been meticulously renovated to modern standards. Though the expansive recording studio rightfully claims much of the attention, the home’s backyard is an asset in and of itself. Landscaped to frame a waterfall pool, the space offers a secluded retreat for homeowners and visitors alike. The listing was held by Michael Rabbani of Rodeo Realty.