The peripatetic Joseph Konen, the retired CEO of Ameritrade, has moved for the fifth time since 1999. This time, he and his wife, Judith, have sold their place in the former Playboy Mansion at the highest recorded price for one of the seven condominiums in that 1899 building. "[My wife] wanted to make a subtle change to our lifestyle involving more travel and maybe a second home outside the city, so we scaled back in square footage," says Konen.
In 2004 the couple bought the 4,000-square-foot, nine-room condo in the Playboy Mansion for $3.15 million. It has three bedrooms, five-plus baths, a library, and a 30-foot-wide living room. The family room opens onto a private terrace not visible from the street.
The couple listed the place for sale in June with Linda Shaughnessy of Baird & Warner, with an asking price of $3.7 million. Four days later they had a deal to sell it for $3.275 million. The sale closed in late August, about the same time that the Konens purchased a home in the co-op at 229 East Lake Shore Drive (at a price that is not recorded in public deeds and that Joseph Konen would not disclose). The buyers were not yet identified in public records.
Photograph: Chris Gullien