The recent sale by actor Richard Gere of his town house in Manhattan's West Village has been recorded, and it turns out that the actor and his wife, Carey Lowell, got far more than anyone had expected for the town house: $12.85 million.
Back in May, we wrote a very brief item on reports of Gere going to contract on his 4,160-square-foot town house at 184 Sullivan Street in the Village, directing our readers to the Observer's coverage at that time of Gere's sale (hey, we were in Florida at the time, and unable to get extended computer access where we were staying).
We always had intended to spend more time writing about the Gere sale. This week, the New York Observer's blog gave us that opportunity, breaking the story that a deed recorded with the city on Wednesday (the sale actually closed on June 21, but wasn't recorded until Wednesday) revealed that Gere got $12,850,000--easily a record for the Village (no house ever has sold for more than $10 million in the Village), and far more than the $9 million that a source had told the Observer in its May article that Gere would get for the town house.
Gere's Tushita Trust purchased the town house in 1998 for an undisclosed price, according to public records. Built in 1910, the three-story house has a rooftop Buddhist temple, which the Observer noted was called a 'meditation room made of wood frame' in city building permit records.
The buyer's actual identity is unclear, since he or she purchased the town house through an entity called EDV Sullivan LLC, according to public records. The name on the deed that is associated with EDV Sullivan LLC, Giacomo Corrado, is a New York estate-planning lawyer.
It's also not certain whether Gere is done living in Manhattan. He long has been an owner of multiple properties up in Westchester County and out on Long Island.