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$14.7M Duplex Offers A-List Amenities Slightly Off Paparazzi's Radar

By Andrea Swalec | April 25, 2013 6:47am

LITTLE ITALY — A 4,660-square-foot duplex, billed as providing the perks "high-net-worth individuals" want with the privacy they often need, has been listed by a real estate broker with some renown of her own for $14.66 million.

The four-bedroom duplex on the 11th and 12th floors of 129 Lafayette St. has 13-foot ceilings and windows on four sides, plus a location set apart from the glare of most paparazzi flashbulbs, according to broker Dana Power of the firm TOWN Residential.

"It's south SoHo, it's south of the radar. It's a neighborhood that's going to be a little more discreet for a celebrity," she said, noting that the "highest quality of buyers from native New Yorkers to international buyers" had viewed the home.

Power, who declined to reveal any bold-faced names, has had her own brushes with fame as an actress with parts on "The Sopranos" and in the movie "It's Complicated."

The asking price of the deluxe condo listed earlier this month spiked by more than a third since 2009, when it was listed by Corcoran for $9.65 million.

Power said the city's hot real estate climate supports the price jump. 

"That was a very different market," she said. "There's a demand for inventory."

The condo located where SoHo, Little Italy, Nolita and Chinatown meet has a 2,400-square-foot wraparound terrace, three-and-a-half bathrooms and views of the Empire State Building and the Financial District.

"You walk in and you have the space, the light and the views," Power said. "You have this feeling that you're at the heart of New York."

Big spenders looking to live the high life in the short term can rent the unit in the pre-war former manufacturing building for $39,000 per month, according to a listing with the New York Times.

Apartments in SoHo and TriBeCa are commanding the highest rental prices in the city, according to data by the real estate firm A.C. Lawrence, as reported April 17 by Real Estate Weekly. The average studio in the area runs $2,500 per month, with a three-bedroom in a doorman building averaging $7,217 per month.