400 East 56th Street
1-bed, 11?2-bath, 1,000-square-foot co-op. Ask: $460,000. Sell: $437,500. Maintenance: $1,064. One week on market.
The buyers of this Sutton Place co-op were already subletting in the building, with three months to go on their lease. An independent broker, Kathy Matson, had found them a place at the same address, and they were all set to buy -- until the seller pulled out when it came time to sign a contract. Just in time, a neighboring apartment opened up and the sale went through with weeks to spare. The buyers even prefer the new one, which has a terrace. How did Matson find another apartment there in such short order? She lives in the building herself.
416 East 11th Street
1-bed, 1-bath, 653-square-foot condo. Ask: $335,000. Sell: $335,000. Charges and taxes: $389. One day on market.
It's no surprise that a luxe new East Village building, like this six-story condo off First Avenue, would offer high-speed Internet access, a satellite dish, and shiny stainless-steel kitchens. Except . . . aren't all the hip young Web programmers who live in these places out of work and short on cash? Nonetheless, BFC Partners (the developers), working through Insignia Douglas Elliman broker Linda Rubin, sold this apartment the day it came on the market, without dropping the price so much as a cent. And the next direction of the New East Village may be coming into focus: The buyer is an investment banker.