SELLER: Greta Van Susteren
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: 1,582 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Less than two months after she abruptly resigned from her longtime anchor duties for “On the Record” at Fox News and was immediately replaced by Brit Hume, Greta Van Susteren listed her 1,582-square-foot Midtown Manhattan condo, as was first revealed by the eagle-eyed property gossips at Realtor.com, with an asking price of $3.195 million. The two bedroom and 2.5 bathroom ultra-urban aerie, for better and/or worse, depending on one’s real estate point of view, located on a high floor of a 27-story tower directly above perpetually frenetic Times Square, was purchased by Miz Van Susteren and her husband, high profile Washington, D.C.-based attorney and self-described “ambulance chaser” John P. Coale, in June 2006 for $2,571,081.
A long entrance hall with generous walk-in coat closet passes a discreet powder room and laundry closet before it drops in to a nearly 600-square-foot combination living/dining/kitchen with hardwood floors and two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a prime perch from which to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it passes through Times Square as well as to view of the world-famous “Ball Drop” on New Year’s Eve. Thankfully, like all the windows in the apartment per listing details, those in the living/dining room are fitted with motorized black out shades to block out the pulsating riot of magnificently chaotic but non-stop neon that emanates out of Times Square at night. The somewhat compact but efficiently arranged kitchen, open to the living and dining area over a good-sized work island with integrated two-stool snack bar, is expensively outfitted with Italian oak cabinets, sandblasted mirrored backsplashes and customized lighting. Desirably separated at opposite ends of the apartment, both bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and the master additionally provides two walk-in closets. Residents of the luxury tower are provided with 24-hour concierge and doorman services, and entertainment lounge with billiards, a state-of-the art fitness center with virtual golf module, a business center with conference room, a landscaped plaza on the fourth floor and a rooftop observatory.
Earlier this year the Beltway power couple — she’s a former criminal defense and civil trial lawyer who rose to prominence in the mid-1990s when she covered the O.J. Simpson trial for CNN and he once served as an advisor to Sarah Palin — sold an historic late 18th-century house in downtown Annapolis, MD, for $1.05 million. Our research indicates the Van Susteren-Coales continue to own an 11,810-square-foot 1960s contemporary on 1.69 mostly wooded acres on the affluent suburban outskirts of Washington, D.C. that they picked up in late 2001 for $2.425 million as well as multi-unit combination condo in a picturesque mid-19th-century building in downtown Nantucket, MA, they’ve owned since 1999 when they bought it for $1,282,500 million.
Listing photos and floor plan: Douglas Elliman Real Estate