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Rupert Murdoch Drops $57.25M; Village McMansion For Sale

Because a three-story penthouse is just never enough space, here's the latest news from Curbed NY...

1) Flatiron: News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch has reportedly gone into contract on the top four floors of luxury building One Madison. The top three floor encompass a 5BR/5.5BA penthouse, which was listed for $50 million and the floor below is a separate 3BR that was asking $16.5 million. The 82-year-old Murdoch, who apparently decided that a 6,850-square-foot triplex penthouse just wasn't enough, will presumably combine the two apartments, for which he is paying a total of $57.25 million.

2) West Village: One of Downtown Manhattan's most hated properties, an enormous bunker-like McMansion on West 12th Street built by Texas oil heiress Hyatt Bass, is on the market for $35 million. Bass bought the property in 2001 for $7.5 million and had the 7,000-plus-square-foot building constructed with a excess of security features, but rumor has it she never even moved in.

3) All Over: After his unsuccessful-but-hilarious mayoral campaign, billionaire supermarket owner John Catsimatidis has returned to real estate. His development company Red Apple Real Estate is working on some towers in Coney Island, apartments in Downtown Brooklyn, and a mysterious project in Midtown West.

4) Tribeca: A rendering, which developers stress is not the actual design for the building, has surfaced depicting an 860-foot tower at 101 Murray Street. Whatever this thing is, it's crazy—it looks like a huge metal tube with an ice sculpture on top.
· Curbed NY [ny.curbed]