When it comes to New York and the champion-tennis tandem known as the “Williams Sisters,” real estate moves are definitely second or third or tenth on the list of stuff they’ve conquered here in the Big Apple.
For starters, Venus and Serena Williams have combined for 28 Grand Slam tennis singles championships (7 for Venus, 21 for Serena). And, with Serena Williams, 33, ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association and heading to the U.S. Open in Flushing this Labor Day to try and pad her reputation as the greatest female tennis player of all-time with 36 major titles, Chase bank has plastered her visage all over the New York metro area. Williams has won the last three years and six U.S. Open titles, while big sister Venus has two U.S. Open singles titles.
But, in a strange little side apartment deal a month shy of the U.S. Open start, the Williams sisters have just sold a Midtown South loft they’ve owned for 10 years. The 1,800-square-foot condo sold for $2.1 million, or about $750K more than the sisters bought it for $1.335M back in 2005.
Located at 28 West 38th Street, the 1-bedroom unit sports a huge open floor plan and provides plenty of space to subdivide and decorate — tasks the California natives never got around to doing despite Venus’ plans to make the raw space more personal.
The loft is in the historic Wheeler Building, built in 1909 and designed by Goldwin, Starrett & Van Vleck, renowned Art Deco architects who designed many landmark buildings in New York, most notably Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor. It is an intimate prewar loft building with just 22 units on 12 floors.
According to the New York Daily News, the buyers are criminal attorney Ted Wells and his wife. Nina Mitchell Wells, former Secretary of State of New Jersey. There must be some kind of inside sports connection in the deal, since Wells is now heading up the “Deflategate” investigation involving the Patriots’ alleged scam to optimize the pressure of footballs during the 2014 NFL playoffs.
Located right off Fifth Avenue, the loft is close to Bryant Park and is in the heart of the Fashion District.