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Jun 11, 2006

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Claudio Reyna, the captain of the United States World Cup soccer team, has signed a contract to buy a one-bedroom condominium at the Cipriani Club Residences at 55 Wall Street.

Mr. Reyna and his wife, Danielle, will pay about $1.4 million for the 1,000-square-foot apartment, when work on the building, a former hotel, is completed later this year.

Mr. Reyna and his American teammates play their first game of the World Cup on Monday, against the Czech Republic. The monthlong tournament is being held in Germany.

The purchase is the culmination of an on-and-off apartment hunt by the Reynas that has lasted about four years. During the European soccer season, Mr. Reyna plays for the Manchester City club, in England, and the couple and their two sons have a house in Manchester. They spend their summers in Westhampton Beach on Long Island but come into the city often enough to want a pied-à-terre in Manhattan.

Mr. Reyna, whose nickname is Captain America, said he envisioned playing in Europe for about two more years before coming home to the United States, where he might play for a Major League Soccer team before retiring.

"I'm 33 this summer, towards the tail end of my career," he said. "Eventually, we're going to move back to America."

Mr. Reyna's real estate broker, Sabrina Kleier, a vice president of Gumley Haft Kleier, said the extras in the Cipriani building sold him on the apartment.

"It's great for somebody like him, who's very busy," Ms. Kleier said. When the couple move in, they will have a fully furnished apartment. "They have the furniture, and everything else taken care of. They have luxurious sheets and towels."

The condo also comes with a two-year membership in the Cipriani Club, located in the building, which includes a spa, a screening room, a restaurant and free breakfasts.

Mr. Reyna, who is from New Jersey, was named to the all-star team in the 2002 World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan, where the United States reached the quarterfinal round.

"As a team we had a very good last World Cup, and we'd like to do well next time around," Mr. Reyna said in an interview last month. "We feel we can surprise teams and compete against the so-called bigger countries. It's a great chance to show again that we're a good soccer nation."

Gotham Luxury for MGM Mogul

HARRY EVANS SLOAN, the chairman and chief executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, bought a full-floor, four-bedroom co-op at 955 Fifth Avenue in April, according to a record filed with the city. The apartment, which is between 76th and 77th Streets, had been on the market with an asking price of $7.89 million.

According to the listing information, the apartment, in a prewar building designed by the architect Rosario Candela, has three wood-burning fireplaces, a library, six bathrooms and three maid's rooms.

Mr. Sloan has had an adventurous and lucrative career in Hollywood and the media business. In 1983, he was part of a partnership that bought what was then called New World Pictures from the producer and director Roger Corman.

They took the company public, bought the Marvel Entertainment Group, tried to position the company as a major Hollywood player, renamed it New World Entertainment, ran into trouble by accruing heavy debts and finally sold the company in 1989.

In 1990, Mr. Sloan went to Europe and founded SBS Broadcasting, which grew to become a major television broadcaster, owning 16 television stations in Europe, as well as cable channels and radio networks, according to materials distributed by the company. The public company was sold for about $2.6 billion last October. It was not clear how much Mr. Sloan received from the sale. Less than a week after the SBS sale closed, he was named the new head of MGM, which is based in Los Angeles.

MGM was acquired by a group of investors including the Sony Corporation in April 2005 for nearly $5 billion. The company was considered valuable primarily because of its library of more than 4,000 films. It also distributes films and television programming, and has an agreement with Sony to finance and produce some films, like movies in the James Bond series.

Jeff Pryor, a spokesman for MGM, said Mr. Sloan was not available for comment.

A Place to Raise Children

A PARISIAN couple have agreed to pay $12 million for a 4,900-square-foot penthouse and a separate studio apartment at the 19-story condominium under construction at 170 East End Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets.

Alexandre Bosoni, a real estate developer, and his wife, Maria, have lived both in the United States and abroad, but they decided they wanted their three young children to grow up in New York. "We've been living in France for 12 years," Mrs. Bosoni said. "We said it's good for the children to come back to America. New York is a great city for kids and it's a good mentality."

In Paris, the Bosonis live in a five-story limestone mansion with an indoor pool, near the Arc de Triomphe. They were looking for something more modern in New York. "We wanted high ceilings, big windows and the view with nothing in front," Mrs. Bosoni said.

They looked at several new developments but did not find what they wanted until their broker, Andrea Wohl Lucas, a senior vice president of the Corcoran Group, took them to 170 East End, which was designed by the architect Peter Marino for the developer Orin Wilf on the site of the former Doctor's Hospital. It met their criteria, and they also liked the tranquillity of the neighborhood around Gracie Mansion. They plan to use the studio for their children's nanny.

Hollywood Couple Selling Town House

THE West Village town house of the actress Hilary Swank and her husband, the actor-director Chad Lowe, has come on the market with an asking price of $8.25 million.

The couple bought the four-story, 17-foot-wide town house on Charles Street for $3.9 million in 2002. The house, which Ms. Swank and Mr. Lowe renovated, has six fireplaces, two full bathrooms and two half baths, in about 4,000 square feet.

The listing comes after the couple announced plans to divorce. The listing broker, Michael Bolla, said he could not discuss the property.


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