Geraldo Rivera’s ex-wife sells UES clapboard home

Though not good for the weather now, the spread includes a treehouse
By Zachary Kussin | February 14, 2014 05:12PM

From Luxury Listings NYC: A 25-foot-wide clapboard home that dates back to 1866 — and belongs to the ex-wife of television personality Geraldo Rivera — has traded hands for $7.5 million, according to city records filed today.

Cynthia “C.C.” Rivera sold the spread, which features a 14-foot-high clapboard treehouse in its south garden, in a deal that transferred late last month, according to the deed. The home, located at 128 East 93rd Street, is only one of five clapboards on the Upper East Side, according to previous reports.

“[My daughters] thought it looked like Stuart Little lived in the treehouse,” Rivera told the New York Post last year of the little hideout, which she decorated with a table, chairs and stuffed animals inside. “We loved it. They’d have tea parties there with their friends.”

Rivera bought the home for $6.6 million in 2000. She and the talk show host divorced earlier that year.

An entity named LMJJ Partners LLC — with Mark Ostroff as its managing member, according to the deed — made the buy. Ostroff appears to be the New York-based CEO of International Asset Management Limited — a London-based investment management firm. He did not immediately respond to a message seeking confirmation and comment.

Rivera could not be reached for comment.

The 4,372-square-foot home hit the market early last year for $10.5 million, as previously reported. The listing underwent several price cuts before reaching its final asking price of $7.695 million, StreetEasy shows.

Besides the neat treehouse, which can reportedly accommodate between four to six little girls, the home has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and an additional garden space. Other features include a wood-paneled library, wine cellar, elevator and some 19th century details, like wide-plank wood flooring, crown moldings and high ceilings.

The Corcoran Group’s Robby Browne, Wendy Sarasohn, Jamie Joseph and Chris Kann had the listing.

Browne, who handled Rivera’s purchase with Sarasohn in 2000, said the owner sold the home in a downsizing effort now that her two daughters are in college.

“There’s nobody at home anymore,” he said.

“C.C. had tons of houseguests from all over the world, and she always threatened to put them in the treehouse if they misbehaved,” Sarasohn told the Post last year.