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Daniel Craig wins bidding war for Tribeca penthouse

27-May-2010 • Actor News

Daniel Craig, best known as secret agent James Bond on the silver screen, used a fistful of cash to prevail in a battle for a Tribeca penthouse, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The 42-year-old English actor and American film producer Satsuki Mitchell, who is Mr. Craig's longtime girlfriend, have bought the one-bedroom penthouse apartment on Warren St., which is expected to close next week.

They relied on an all-cash offer to seal the deal on the $1.9 million-listed apartment that had received multiple bids.

"It's a very Bond apartment," said Fredrik Eklund, who with John Gomes listed the penthouse for broker Core. He said the duplex loft has 20-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and three terraces. The loft's private elevator opens directly onto one of those terraces.

Mr. Craig and Ms. Mitchell are the latest in a long line of film and television celebrities who have made Tribeca home, including Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, James Gandolfini as well as Mariah Carey. Brokers say the downtown neighborhood attracts fewer tourists and the smaller buildings with full-floor apartments afford more privacy.

During the economic downturn, however, there weren't that many were buyers for such properties.

The four condos in the building—but not the penthouse—were initially listed by Prudential Douglas Elliman. The listing was taken over by Core a year ago.

The new brokers sold the four units after cutting prices by about 25%. But the developer held back listing the penthouse until the end of last year when the market first showed some signs of stabilization.

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