24 BENNETT AVENUE, APARTMENT 31–34B, HUDSON HEIGHTS
The Facts: An 1,830-square-foot, five-bedroom, two-bath co-op.
Asking Price: $899,000.
Maintenance: $1,380 per month.
Agents: Nick Rafello and Jim Rosenbloom, the Corcoran Group.
In 1991, this mostly Dominican neighborhood was just beginning to be talked about among opera singers and Juilliard graduates seeking cheap rents and thick, sound-dampening walls. It was also the launching pad for one of the more unlikely major stars of the decade: Macaulay Culkin, the lippy young thing who, with his troubled family, moved out of this apartment after the smash success of Home Alone. How do we know he lived here? The young actor who rented the place next, Patrick Boyd, spent months forwarding the Culkins’ mail. The apartment continued to exude some thespian good luck, even after the Home Alone star was long gone: Boyd has carved out a nice career of his own, acting in Broadway touring companies and the like, buying the apartment in 2000 and selling it for a nice profit in 2005. These days, it’s owned by a nonactor couple who have just put it on the market.