“Zero Dark Thirty” producer and Oracle heir buys domed downtown pad

TRD New York /
Jun.June 20, 2013 04:00 PM

Film producer Megan Ellison, the daughter of billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison, has purchased a $2.8 million apartment at the Police Building in Lower Manhattan, according to On-Line Residential.

Ellison, whose production and distribution company Annapurna Pictures, produced director Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated epic “Zero Dark Thirty,” bought the penthouse at the former New York Police Department headquarters at 240 Centre Street in a deal that closed two weeks ago.

The Corcoran Group’s Tom Cooper and Elizabeth LaGrua represented Ellison in the deal, while brothers Pini Azulay and Arik Azulay of the newly created boutique real estate firm the Azulay Group represented the California-based seller. The brothers were at real estate firm NOVO when the deal closed.

Pini Azulay told The Real Deal that Ellison had viewed the property only once before submitting an offer just one hour later by phone. The property had come on the market five days earlier with a $2.9 million price tag. Ellison, also based in California, will use the property as a pied-à-terre when she is in town.

“She knew what she was looking for,” Pini Azulay said. “She was looking for something very unique and you’re not going to find any other apartment like this in New York.”

Cooper and LaGrua declined to comment.

Indeed, the apartment, formerly the radio room of the police headquarters, which dates back to 1907, has some interesting features, including a partially domed ceiling supported by exposed steel arches. The 1,750-square-foot spread has one bedroom and one bathroom, according to the listing.

Ellison’s father is the CEO of software company Oracle and is one of the richest men in the world, according to recent reports.


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