Manhattan rental prices are so high these days that looking at the listings—they want how much for that place?—would almost be funny if it weren’t so sad. Renters are accustomed to smiling through their tears as they ink their names on leases they can’t really afford.
But at least one famously funny New Yorker will no longer have to search for the humor in the apartment hunt. Wait, wait… who is it? you ask. Why, it’s Mr. Mo Rocca! City records show the comedian/writer/journalist paid $1 million for a two-bedroom co-op at 69 West 9th Street.
The apartment, listed with Prudential Douglas Elliman brokers Polly Chang and Lee Sender, offers big, West-facing windows, space-efficient built-ins and dark hardwood floors. The apartment comes with lots of fancy kitchen features—Liebherr refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Wolf dual fuel oven—perfect for the host of the Cooking Channel show “Food(ography).” There’s also a spacious walk-in closet in the master bedroom where a person can “keep everything within reach.” Which is kind of a stretch, but hey! walk-in closets are nice.
The apartment, purchased a little below the $1.14 million ask, still made owners Andreas Wiesenack and Judy Wong some money—they bought it for $930,000 back in 2008.
As for the Village, it seems like the perfect place for Mr. Rocca. There aren’t as many eccentrics roaming the streets as there used to be, but Mr. Rocca has (mostly) moved on to new interview subjects. Plus, the building does allow pets—a nice perk for a former “Wishbone” writer.