The Real Deal New York

Celeb photog buys at revived High Line building

May 04, 2012 12:43PM
By Katherine Clarke

245 10th Avenue, Norman Jean Roy's unit and his photos on the May issue of Vanity Fair

Famed fashion photographer Norman Jean Roy has purchased a 2,519-square-foot West Chelsea condo at the Della Valle Bernheimer building atop the High Line, according to public records filed with the city today. Roy, who regularly photographs for the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Harper’s Bazaar, bought the unit at 245 10th Avenue for $3.38 million, records show, slightly less than the asking price of $3.5 million. The unit was listed with Herve Senequier, Leonard Steinberg and Matthew Amico of Prudential Douglas Elliman.

When contacted by The Real Deal, Steinberg, whose team took over marketing of the High Line project from the Corcoran Group last year, said the building is currently 90 percent sold or in contract. The current sell-out status marks a turnaround for the building, which was originally slated for a 2007 opening but was derailed with construction delays and the financial crisis. At one point, 10 units were in contract with Corcoran, but buyers were offered refunds on their deposits. Zero of the units were sold when Elliman took over in April 2011.

Steinberg declined to comment on the new ownership of the two-bedroom, three-bathroom unit and the identity of the buyer’s broker was not immediately clear.

The unit features a 45-foot living room, oak floors and Lualdi frameless doors.

For this month’s issue of Vanity Fair, Roy photographed “The Good Wife’s” Julianna Margulies, “Homeland’s” Claire Danes, “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey.” The TV stars were all pictured in bed together. The snapper has also shot celebs such as Kim Kardashian, Zac Effron, Robert Pattinson and George Clooney.

Roy was not immediately reachable for comment.

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