Madonna, My Neighbor

taken from THE DAILY BEAST

To be fair to Madonna and her real estate prowess, the block she picked is quite lovely, especially at this time of year with the ornamental pear trees in full bloom. "What she bought is beautiful and rare," said Sallie Stern, a real estate broker, who had nothing to do with the sale but who has toured the house. "It's three townhouses plus the garage. That's incredibly hard to find." Sallie was also responsible for selling Woody Allen's Fifth Avenue penthouse and introduced Bette Midler, twenty years ago, to Carnegie Hill, the upper edge of the Upper East Side that was theretofore terra incognita to celebrity. "She fit right in," Ms. Stern reported.