Good news! Our pal Mariska Hargitay, the Law & Order: SVU star, has finally nabbed a buyer for the Beach Street duplex she shares with her husband, actor Peter Hermann; the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath penthouse has just gone into contract. It spent five months on the market, and Hargitay isn't getting what she initially asked for: The original price tag was $6.495 million, but it was later slashed twice to $5.495 million. Brenda Powers of Brown Harris Stevens, who shares the listing with Elizabeth Lee Sample, wouldn't say what the final price was, except that it's "close to asking." (They couldn't host typical open houses — no surprise given the owner — and every visitor had to sign confidentiality agreements, which might explain the delay in finding a buyer.) No word yet on where Hargitay will end up, but she's been seen at 11 Spring Street — the big, weird Soho building briefly owned by Lachlan Murdoch and now converted to condos — with Corcoran broker Robby Browne. An e-mail to Hargitay's publicist went unanswered. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
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