Real-estate sources keep telling us that neither Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora nor Phillies hurler Cole Hamels, two of the famous names used to market the Residences at Two Liberty Place, actually purchased their condos. They say instead the pair received free leases in exchange for promoting the luxury high-rise.
According to the city's Board of Revision of Taxes, there are no records of Two Liberty condos being sold to Sambora, who has not yet moved into the building, or to Hamels and wife Heidi, who moved into the building in April.
"Mr. Sambora is under a binding agreement of sale and will close as soon as construction is complete on the floor in which his home is located," a building spokeswoman said yesterday.
The building's developer, the Falcone Group, out of Florida, announced in March 2008 that Sambora had paid $3.58 million for a furnished 52nd-floor condo. The building has been using Sambora's pad as a model unit.
In March the Inquirer reported that the Hamelses had paid more than $2.2 million for their 2,700-square-foot, three-bedroom unit. Have they? Asked whether the Hamelses had purchased a condo or had been given a free or discounted lease on a rental unit, a building spokeswoman replied:
"We are thrilled Cole and Heidi Hamels have chosen to reside at the Residences at Two Liberty Place, that they are enjoying life at the Residences and have become part of our building's community," the spokeswoman said.
"They are paying fair consideration; however, out of respect for the privacy of all of our residents and as a matter of policy, we do not release the terms of our residents' agreements of sale until transactions are a matter of public record," the spokeswoman said in an e-mail.
Several real-estate professionals tell us they believe that the agreements of sale that were signed by Sambora and Hamels likely have easy escape clauses in the event that the rocker or the pitcher decide not to buy.