Back on June 5, we followed the New York Post's fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil's report that actor Robert De Niro's wife Grace Hightower had gone to contract to sell her 25th-floor unit in the Trump Palace building on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Now, in a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report that Hightower did indeed close on the unit, for a final sale price of $2,495,000. Public records show that Hightower sold the 1,653-square-foot unit in Trump Palace, which is at 200 E. 69th Street in Manhattan, on July 24. The sale was recorded on July 31. The buyers are a couple who are not celebrities; she's a Manhattan dentist, and he works for Merrill Lynch.
Hightower had purchased the unit in 2000 for an undisclosed price after De Niro filed for divorce in 1999. They reconciled in 2003, and in 2006 the pair paid $20,900,000 for a 15-room duplex co-op unit on the fourth and fifth floors of the Brentmore building at 88 Central Park West on Manhattan's Upper West Side from entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein's ex-wife Eve Weinstein, according to public records. Hightower also owns a limestone town house at 516 E. 89th Street on Manhattan's Upper East Side that she purchased for $3,440,000 in November 2006 and that we wrote about at that time, although it's not clear what Hightower's use for the town house is.
The three-bedroom Trump Palace apartment that Hightower just sold has three baths, city views, a living room with a balcony, a galley kitchen, a windowed dining room, and a master bedroom with a marble Jacuzzi tub and a separate stall shower, a double sink, a large customized walk-in closet and an alcove sitting area, according to listing information. Other features include a second bedroom with an en suite marble bath and custom built-ins, according to listing information.