Stephen Daldry Buys, Kristen Johnston Sells

Stephen Daldry, the director of The Hours, The Reader, and the Broadway production of Billy Elliot, The Musical, has picked up a new home: He paid $3.8 million for a five-floor townhouse in Chelsea. Daldry clearly has some work ahead of him. The 4,600-square-foot property located at 347 West 21st Street is currently configured as a three-unit house, according to the listing, and is in need of renovation. But he scored a pretty decent discount in the process. The home had been on the market for $4.775 million. [Cityfile, Corcoran]
• Actress Kristen Johnston has found a buyer for her duplex at 296 West 10th Street, just one month after she first put it on the market. The two-bedroom apartment with solarium and terrace had been listed for $1.795 million when it went into contract late last month. [Cityfile, Corcoran]
• Real estate mogul Aby Rosen has raised the price of his townhouse at 3 East 94th Street. Rosen purchased the 11,700-square-foot manse for $8.8 million in 2005 and first listed it for $29.5 million in September 2008. He chopped the price down to $23.75 million in February. Now it's $1 million more expensive. The luxe home is currently listed for $24.75 million. [Cityfile, 3E94th]

• The Southampton mansion of alleged scam artist James Nicholson has been sold for $25.9 million. The 10,000-square-foot Meadow Lane mansion, which was seized by authorities earlier this year and once belonged to John and Lauren Veronis, had been on the market for $33 million. [WSJ]
• Dr. Gary Roubin, Lenox Hill's chief of interventional cardiology, has upped the price of his Upper East Side home. Roubin first listed the 6,800-square-foot carriage house at 168 East 73rd Street for $22 million in May 2008, but lowered the price to $16.5 million after falling out of contract to sell the property earlier this summer. The six-bedroom manse is now $18 million. [Cityfile, SSNYC]
• The East 51st Street townhouse once occupied by fashion illustrator and art collector J. Hyde Crawford has been sold for $7 million to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a group affiliated with the United Nations. [NYP]