It was a busy few weeks for Katie Couric. She stepped down from NBC’s “Today” after 15 years co-hosting the broadcast — and bought a home in East Hampton, N.Y., for close to its $6.3 million asking price.
Couric bought a two-story, cedar-wood-shingle house on about an acre-and-a-half. Built in 1995, the structure measures about 7,000 square feet with seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and a pool, according to property records. Couric declined to comment.
The property sits about five blocks from the ocean in an area of East Hampton Village where New York Knicks head coach Larry Brown and rock-concert promoter Ron Delsener own homes. Jack Lasersohn, a general partner at Vertical Group, a Summit, N.J., venture-capital firm, sold the house to Couric.
The 49-year-old journalist joins CBS in September as anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News.” She will also contribute to “60 Minutes” and anchor CBS News prime-time specials, according to the network.
'The Gambler' cashes in
Singer Kenny Rogers and his wife, Wanda, sold their 27,000-square-foot, French-castle-style mansion in Atlanta for close to its $10 million asking price.
Rogers paid $2.75 million in 2002 for the six-bedroom home, several years after the 5.2-acre property had been repossessed by a bank. (The home was built around 1990; the bank started out asking $12 million in the late 1990s, and over five years had gradually lowered the price, Rogers says.) The singer adds that he spent several million dollars renovating the property, which is in the Buckhead section, and turned it into a showcase for an interior-decorating company he owns. Each bedroom was designed with a theme (Asian, safari), the outdoor pool has a Grecian motif and the entry hall has 40-foot ceilings and a Moroccan-styled seating area. The home’s furnishings were included in the sale. Yinka Adesokan, an Atlanta-area businessman, bought the property.
Rogers has some experience buying and selling expensive real estate. He sold late oilman Marvin Davis a 25,000-square-foot house in Beverly Hills, Calif., called “The Knoll,” for more than $20 million in 1984, a record price at the time. He recently purchased a 7.2-acre property in Sandy Springs, Ga., not far from Buckhead, and plans to build a residence there, according to his broker, Joe Sofet, who says the singer is considering buying another property in Buckhead. Sofet works at Prime Business Investments (PBI) in Atlanta.
Vilar to sell part of duplex
Money manager Alberto Vilar, who was arrested in May 2005 on charges he misappropriated client funds, has agreed to sell the bottom floor of his Manhattan duplex for $4.5 million. The identity of the buyer couldn’t be learned.
Vilar put the entire 20-room co-op apartment at United Nations Plaza on Manhattan’s East Side on the market in September for $14.5 million. In March, he reduced the asking price to $12.5 million while separately listing the bottom portion of the home for $4.5 million. Now that he’s found a buyer for the lower part, Vilar has taken the upper floor off the market, according to the property’s listing. It’s not clear how the two portions of the property are to be separated.
The 11 rooms to be sold include four bedrooms, media and maid’s rooms, a library and a master-bedroom suite. Vilar bought the property along with four other apartments at the building during a 13-year period that began with an eight-room purchase in 1992, according to his listing agent. The apartments were turned into a duplex in 1998. The total cost of the apartments and renovations couldn’t be learned. Gerald Crown and Doug Russell of Brown Harris Stevens have the listing.
Vilar, 65, one of the principals and founders of Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc., awaits trial in Manhattan federal court on criminal charges including investment-adviser fraud, money laundering and securities fraud. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.