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Perfectionist’ Party Planner Tutera Nabs $4.49 M. Flatiron Flat

Superstar party-planner David Tutera has very particular tastes, so he looked at more than 75 New York apartments before settling on a full-floor condo at East 21st Street’s Infinity Flats listed at $4.495 million.

“[N]othing was the right fit,” Mr. Tutera’s publicist wrote in an e-mail to The Observer.

The 4,109-square-foot Infinity sponsor unit is brand-new, and yet Mr. Tutera (who designs soirées for Elton John, Al Gore, Barbara Walters and the Rolling Stones) won’t be having a housewarming bash anytime soon.

“Well, I’m a perfectionist,” Mr. Tutera said, “so it’ll probably take six months.”

He and his partner Ryan first want to paint each room a different color. “Our kitchen is going to be red—bright, bright, bright—kind of a Chinese red. The living room will be sunset colors, mustard yellow and a chocolate brown. The bedroom will be a buttercup yellow.”

They’re moving from a smaller apartment at 151 West 17th Street, which sold last month for $2,425,000. (It was listed by Tamir Shemesh, an executive vice president at Prudential Douglas Elliman, for $2.5 million. Mr. Shemesh also represented Mr. Tutera in the Infinity Flats deal.)

The old apartment (photos above) had an 800-square-foot private garden, where the couple kept ponds stocked with turtles. “Our dining-room table sat, I don’t know, 20 people—and the outside I can do, easy, 40 people for cocktails,” said Mr. Tutera. He drinks a “vodka martini, up, with a twist, on the rocks.”

The new apartment has a 20-foot-long media room (with a wet bar), a hefty eat-in kitchen (plus a pantry), three bedrooms and a 13-foot-long walk-in closet. It lacks outdoor space, though; as recompense, the couple also owns 10 acres in East Haddam, Conn.

And even though Mr. Tutera also has a “huge office” in the city, there’s a home office in the new apartment. “So I’ll just use it,” he said, “as a place to plop down in front of the computer.”



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