170 Fifth Avenue
4-bed, 3-bath, 4,800-square-foot condo. Ask: $7.5 million. Sell: $7.1 million. Five months on market.
This duplex in the former Sohmer Piano headquarters overlooks the Flatiron Building, but since the apartment is under the building's 23-karat-gold-leafed cupola dome and includes roof rights, its views are spectacular in every direction. The buyer of this extravaganza is Greg Carr, founder of the Prodigy online service and a leader of Witness, a human-rights activist group. The final price was a bit off what the sellers were asking, but it wasn't market jitters that caused it to fall -- just construction delays. Corcoran's Susan Caldwell represented Carr; Sotheby's Stephen McRae, the seller.
BETH LANDMAN KEIL
Upper East Side
200 East 65th Street
2-bed, 21/2-bath, 1,645-square-foot condo. Ask: $1.995 million. Sell: $1.975 million. Charges and taxes: $2,450. One year on market.
Before signing, the buyer asked herself whether it would be smart to move from her low-rise prewar into a glossy thirty-fifth-floor condo. "Her children advised her not to, especially her daughter," whose Battery Park City apartment is a wreck, says William B. May's Tressa Weg Recanati. The buyer, a retiree, gets park views and a Jacuzzi -- and maybe her daughter as a neighbor, says Recanati, who's going to be searching for a second apartment nearby.