The Doomed Abode of 'DJ AM' Goldstein
"This stunning corner unit located at 210 Lafayette in the Soho/Nolita area is filled with sunlight and open city views," says the web site of Pru Douglas Elliman broker Jared Seligman. There's only one problem: its tragic past.
Goldstein, who at one time dated Nicole Richie and Mandy Moore, died of an overdose in the apartment. He was discovered on August 28 in bed, shirtless and face down with an OxyContin pill still in his mouth, and a combination of cocaine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole in his gut, CNN reported.
What's more, the previous occupant of the apartment, Lou Marinelli, a co-owner of the Chelsea club Crobar, also met an untimely death after a motorcycle accident, reported the Observer.
Oddly, a year after Goldstein's 2007 purchase of the 1,147-square-foot apartment for $1.995 million, he survived a plane crash that killed four of the six on board. That was not the first time the Nike sneaker afficionado escaped death, however. After a night of doing cocaine in 1997, Goldstein, 24 at the time, sat before a mirror and put a gun in his mouth, reported People magazine. "I pulled the trigger, and it jammed," he said. "And I remember sitting there thinking, 'You know, I can't even kill myself.' "
Are there buyers brave enough to overlook the tragic past and see the sunny side of the unit?
DJ AM's celebrity might actually help the sale. People had no problem forking over dough when his estate held an eBay auction with proceeds going to charity -- a pair of Nikes from his nearly 1,000-pair collection went for $500. So far, though, there have been no takers for Goldstein's 4-bedroom Beverly Hills home, which housed the shoe collection. The 3,375-square-footer at 9918 Anthony Place went on the market in November and has dropped its price $300,000 to $3.495 million.
From a real estate perspective, a celebrity connection to stigmatized addresses creates a high profile, as in the case of the late broker-to-the stars Linda Stein, who died in her home on Park Avenue, allegedly at the hands of her assistant. But if there is no celebrity connection, would-be buyers may never know what transpired in the space. Laws for disclosing such details vary by state, but in new York, it strictly caveat emptor.
But don't worry, if the ghost of DJ AM is seen trying on your Nikes, there may be a loop hole. New York's appellate court once let buyers out of a contract and down payment because the house was haunted.