January 17, 2013
The seven-time Emmy-winning writer and producer David Chase has picked up a penthouse once owned by the late author and activist Susan Sontag in West Chelseaâ€™s London Terrace Gardens for $9.65 million, according to the Real Estalker. The celebrity-heavy building has housed at different times such notables as Debbie Harry, Tim Gunn, Rufus Wainwright, Katherine Helmond, Nicole Kidman and â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€ cast members Chris Kattan and Bill Hade.
The 20th floor, 2,700-square-foot penthouse was sold by Sontagâ€™s estate in 2006 for $3.95 million to interior designer William Diamond. Diamond had gutted the unit, but was unable to complete his renovation after losing his money in Bernie Madoffâ€™s Ponzi scheme, and eventually sold the apartment in 2009 for $4.4 million.
In 2011, Chase picked up another Chelsea home for $6.95 million, a five-bedroom, four-story townhouse on West 22nd Street, which sold last June. And according to the New York Post, Chase was spotted this week touring morning-show host Kelly Ripaâ€™s 76 Crosby Street penthouse, listed for $24.5 million. [RES, NYP] â€“Christopher Cameron