Kelsey Grammer Lists His Riverfront Chelsea Apartment for $10M

Actor Kelsey Grammer will list his 3,076-square-foot condo in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood for $9.75 million.

Mr. Grammer purchased the property for $6.4 million in 2010 through a limited-liability company, according to public records. A representative for Mr. Grammer confirmed that the actor owns the apartment. 

The three-bedroom, 3½-bath apartment is located on an upper floor of a glassy 23-story tower designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel. The unit has 11-foot ceilings and roughly 100 linear feet of glass walls overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan landmarks such as the Empire State Building.

Mr. Grammer’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said his client is selling the apartment because he feels that he and his family “have outgrown it.” Mr. Grammer has six children and is married to Kayte Grammer, a former flight attendant.The apartment has an open layout with a combined living, dining and kitchen area, with terrazzo flooring throughout. Completed in 2010, the building is known for its unusual glass facade with morethan 1,600 differently shaped window panes.

Mr. Grammer, 61, is best known for his roles on the sitcoms “Cheers” and “Frasier.” He now stars in the Amazon drama “The Last Tycoon,” based on the unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Eight of Connecticut’s Thimble Islands List for $78 Million

After spending years collecting a cluster of small islands off the Connecticut coast, a wealthy family has decided to put eight of the rocky islands on the market for $78 million.

Located in the Thimble Islands archipelago in Long Island Sound off the coast of Branford, nearly all of the islands for sale have homes on them, according to Shelly Tretter Lynch of Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the listing agents.

The largest, Rogers Island, is about 8 acres and includes a roughly 13,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom restored house built around 1900 as well as a swimming pool, a tennis court and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf putting green and tees. Reachable by a 5- to 10- minute boat ride, the island also contains a four-bedroom guesthouse, an artist’s studio, two piers and a greenhouse.

The other islands for sale range from tiny undeveloped Reel Island to the roughly .8-acre Wheeler Island, which has an eight-bedroom house. A pedestrian bridge connects the East and West portions of Cut-in-Two Island, each of which has a house and guesthouse. The sale price also includes a 2.32-acre waterfront property on the mainland containing several houses and a private dock for boats traveling to and from the islands.

The properties are owned by Christine and Edmund Stoecklein. Ms. Stoecklein has spent years acquiring islands in the area: Her former husband John Svenningsen, founder of the party supplies company Amscan Holdings, purchased West Crib Island in the 1970s. After his death in 1997, she began buying up other islands, including Rogers Island in 2003 for $22.3 million, a record-setting price for the Thimbles. In total she spent more than $30 million to buy the islands, then spent millions more on renovations, infrastructure and landscaping, according to co-listing agent Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Stoeckleins use the islands to house friends and family in the summer, Mr. Fandel said, but they recently bought a home in Washington state, where they plan to spend more time. The family is selling all of the islands except West Crib, the first one they owned, he said.

In 2012 Ms. Stoecklein briefly listed two of the islands; they were removed from the market after failing to sell, and they’ve received further upgrades since then, Mr. Fandel said.

There are about 80 houses among the Thimble Islands, which became popular as a summer resort area in the late 19th century. It is difficult to price the islands because they rarely change hands, the listing agents said. Potato Island, which isn’t owned by the Stoeckleins, spans about 1 acre and is currently listed for $6.5 million.

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Keith Olbermann Lists Trump Palace Condo, Takes Swipe at Trump Campaign

In March, Keith Olbermann wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post announcing plans to move out of his Trump Palace apartment in New York City due to his opposition to the building’s developer, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. Now, the liberal news and sports commentator is following through, listing the roughly 1,750-square-foot condo for $3.9 million.

The asking price is significantly less than the $4.2 million Mr. Olbermann paid for the apartment in 2007. He said he bought it at around the height of the market and would be disappointed to lose money on the sale, but added he feels it is worth it. “I feel 20 pounds lighter since I left,” said Mr. Olbermann, who moved out of the apartment in March. As a longtime political commentator on MSNBC, Mr. Olbermann was known for his criticism of right-wing politicians.

Mr. Trump said in an email that Mr. Olbermann “is just trying to use ‘Trump’ to get publicity and stay relevant. The prices of Trump apartments are today, the highest they’ve been. When people find out he is leaving Trump Palace, prices will probably go up.”

The apartment is on the 40th floor of Trump Palace, a 55-story tower that was developed by Mr. Trump in the early 1990s and is managed by the Trump Organization, according toGinger Shukrun of Town Residential, who is listing the property with colleague Wendy Jodel. With views of the Empire State Building, Central Park and the George Washington Bridge, the apartment has two bedrooms and a family room that could be converted to a third bedroom, Ms. Shukrun said. The apartment has three balconies and comes with a 71-square-foot storage room in the basement.

Mr. Olbermann said his unit is “a great apartment,” but leaving the building made him feel “less morally icky.” He added that if it wasn’t a Trump building, he never would have moved. “If they had changed the name of it to something more positive like Ebola Palace I would have happily stayed,” he said. He said he has found another home in Manhattan, but declined to identify which building.

Trump Palace is a full-service building with a 24-hour doorman, concierge, garage, gym, and outdoor children’s play area, Ms. Shukrun said.