It’s been one of the toughest real-estate sales in town.
R&B star Pharrell Williams has pulled his breathtaking downtown Miami condo off the real-estate market after attempting to sell it — even at a huge loss — for nearly two years.
The art-filled palace 40 floors above the Magic City didn’t generate much interest at the latest price, $10.9 million.
That’s $1.6 million less than what he bought it for in 2007, according to Miami-Dade County records.
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And the latest price was $6 million less than last year, at a time when Williams’ profile skyrocketed worldwide with tunes like Happy and Hunter.
The floppy-hatted 41-year-old originally bought the 10,000-square-foot, five-bedroom penthouse in 2007 for $12.5 million.
Williams stuffed it with Art Basel-style modern stuff, mostly by painter and sculptor Takashi Murakami, and giant Kidrobot toys.
The singer first listed the crib at Brickell’s Bristol Tower in November 2012 for a whopping $16.8 million, partly because the condo has a private pool and second-to-none 360-degree view of Miami, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne and the ocean.
The Internet profile of a Broward orphanage increased tremendously over the past week, but it has yet to translate into more donations.
Internet prankster Roman Atwood — Jackass meets social media — pretended to burglarize Sunrise’s Jewish Adoptions and Forster Care Options’ orphanage for a YouTube video that, since Nov.4, has received more than 2.2 million views.
Staffers at the Jewish Children’s Village appeared to take the stunt extra hard when they came to work and found a ransacked building, but it all ended well: They received $40,000 worth of electronics from distributor Tiger Direct in exchange for allowing themselves to get punked.
“Roman set up the prank with broken glass on the ground, and when I saw the faces of some of my staffers, I considered pulling the plug,” said director Sarah Franco, the only one on campus who was in on it. “But they did promise no children would be involved.”
Franco says she agreed to cooperate for the 50 or so kids on the property.
“We had an old, 12-inch computer, and the kids watched television on two old tube TVs,” Franco said. “Now they’ve got flat-screen TVs and tablets.”
Still, she hoped for more donations because of the Web notoriety, but that has yet to happen.
“Our website traffic increased by 50 percent,” she said. “Hopefully, that’ll translate into more donations by the end of the year.”
Remember Danell Leyva?
The Miami-Cuban gymnast, now 23, won the all-around bronze medal at the London Olympics two years ago.
And with Leyva came his dad, Miami gymnastics teacher Yin Alvarez. The man’s fist-pumping ways on the sidelines got him nearly as much TV time as his son.
And both are expected to be back in Rio in 2016.
Unfortunately, a local judge last month cleared the way for a bank to claim Alvarez’s Homestead house after a four-year legal battle against foreclosure.
Alvarez, according to records, fell behind in both his mortgage and his HOA fees with the Silver Palms Community Assocation, according to records.
In all, records show that Alvarez owed $11,638 in association fees and a total of $600,416.55 to the Federal National Mortgage Association.
Alvarez’s lawyer didn’t return calls for comment.