Maybe it's because the lower Manhattan dwelling wasn't fit for a Hobbit, but now the bearded director of epic trilogies, Peter Jackson, can move freely about the real and imaginary universe. According to The Real Deal, the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" director has found a buyer for his pair of Tribeca loft/duplexes at 155 Franklin St., New York, NY 11013. The $19.5 million property is under contract after almost a year on the New York real estate market.
Delay in getting a sale for the pair of side-by-side duplexes was in part due to the fact that the penthouse units were not fully combined into a single unit. Jackson (right) purchased the pair in 2008 for $17.35 million. He has offered the pair up for sale individually or as a combined property, originally asking $21.5 million last May. But he has now apparently found a "mystery" buyer who will take both.
According to StreetEasy, the larger of the two homes is 5,869 square feet and contains seven bedrooms and 5.5-bathrooms. It was listed for sale (had it sold separately) at $14.85 million. The smaller unit is 2,440 square feet with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and had been listed for sale at $5.1 million.
And like any good director, Jackson's listing notes came with suggestions about how the new owners might carry out their interior scenes: "Because the lofts are adjacent, there is an opportunity for the new owner to carry out an internal reconfiguration/combination and roof terrace remodeling to create their dream layout, incorporating all their personal specifications and creating a spectacular roof terrace oasis."