105 Fifth Avenue
2-bed, 2-bath, 1,500-square-foot co-op. Ask: $995,000. Sell: $880,000. Maintenance: $1,370. Ten weeks on market.
"Young love, young money," Halstead's Robin Horowitz says, sighing. She's describing her buyers, an Italian and a Midwesterner, both in their twenties, who met at a conference given by their international parent company, Merrill Lynch. The two fell in love and bought this Fifth Avenue pad, but, being finance types, they waited for the price to fall more than $100,000. "It went on the market in February at $995,000," says Horowitz, who sold the place with her sister and partner, Nancy. "In April, the sellers lowered the price to $850,000, and within three weeks they had three separate offers, all above the new asking price." Love conquers all.
Upper West Side
270 West End Avenue
3-bed, 3-bath, 2,400 square-foot co-op. Ask: $2.25 million. Sell: $2.075 million. Maintenance: $1,995. Three months on market.
Today, it's one of the most family-friendly buildings on the Upper West Side, but this small prewar co-op wasn't always so: In 1983, one dad in the building redefined "overprotective" by putting out a (successful) hit on his daughter's 22-year-old ex-boyfriend. The building seems to have recovered nicely from the scandal, however: Douglas Elliman's Richard Ferrari (who made the deal, along with Drew Glick) reports that the sale of this classic seven "from one Wall Street family to another" came off without a hitch.