Archive for August, 2012

Don Quimurdock Tilts at Windmills

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David Murdock, the billionaire who features large in Unreal Estate–he owned (and ripped the designer guts out of) the most significant mansion in Bel Air (pictured)–has sold an even more significant piece of property, the Hawaiian island of Lanai, to Oracle’s Larry Ellison, but retains the right to build a field of 45-story turbine windmills there. The ongoing controversy over the windmills is the subject of a big front pager in today’s New York Times.

Political Petting Zoo (Don’t forget that check)

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Who would you rather share an elevator with? A puppy or an armed Secret Service man and Paul Ryan? In this week’s New York Observer, Kim Velsey looks at the tribal rights of fundraising nights in New York’s best buildings, and includes 740 Park (home of big Republican donors like David Koch and Steve Schwarzman) in her survey of buildings where candidates feed at the money trough.

Unreal Estate Southampton Style

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The Southampton estate of Peter and Maya Tufo (at right, in the 1890s, with the gondola on Lake Agawam that belong to its builders, the Betts family) is on the market–and is the subject of my latest Unreal Estate column, just out in the August issue of Avenue magazine.