Is Dick Cavett apartment-hunting? The comedy writer turned talk-show star turned regular New York Times contributor has been sighted near Central Park checking out sprawling, “large scale” spaces, according to a source. Cavett, who hosted his best-known show in a pair of stints from 1968 to 1982, has had mixed luck with real estate. The Stanford White house he and his late wife, the actress Carrie Nye, owned in Montauk was completely destroyed by fire in 1997, whereupon the couple reproduced it precisely, down to the hinges. On the upside, Cavett was one of the few sellers conducting major deals last fall in the Hamptons; he sold 77 acres in Montauk to the town, county, and state, preserving it all as parkland, and taking in $18 million. Messages left with Cavett’s publicist requesting comment went unreturned.
In the East Village, musician John Legend looks ready to wheel and deal. His two-bedroom, two-bath condo on East 3rd Street—featured on this page several months ago, when it hit the market—just got a price cut from $1.245 million to $1.195 million.