The Fresh Prince of Bond Street

bksk 25 bond The Fresh Prince of Bond StreetThe Post has some bad news for Brooklyn developer Mendy Gorodetsky. He was hoping to lure Will Smith into the penthouse of his Fort Greene rental building, but it turns out that Philadelphia’s favorite son, along with wife Jada and The Observer‘s favorite lil rapper, has chosen cobblestones over Gorodetsky’s BQE views and free chocolate massage treatments.

Jennifer Gould Keil reports that Smith and the gang have settled on a five-bedroom at 25 Bond, the slightly less famous condo on the starchitect-studded street. The penthouse occupies25 bond penthouse
the entire top floor of the BKSK-designed building, just across the street from Ian Schrager and Herzog & DeMuron’s 40 Bond Street. There are six-and-a-half bathrooms, four fireplaces, brass elevators and ample wall space for the art lover. (Is Will an art lover? Who cares! A photo of the model apartment shows one of Richard Prince nurses and a Warhol Mao, so he can pretend, at least.)

Smith will be in town for the shooting of Men in Black 3.

According to StreetEasy, the unit, one of only nine in the building, had been asking $19.5 million since March 2009 and slipped off the market just over a month ago.

Gould Keil’s spies tell of a feverish apartment hunt:

Smith had his minions scour the streets of Manhattan for months, visiting buildings including 152 Franklin St. in TriBeCa and 54 Bond St. before settling on 25 Bond St. We hear that one woman he hired from Los Angeles would sometimes just fly in for a few hours, visit one apartment, then turn around and fly right back to the West Coast.

So we can cross Smith off our list of unknown buyers at 54 Bond. Maybe 48 Bond would have been more to his liking, had it been on the market at the time.

mchaban [at] observer.com | @mc_nyo