Red Carpet Real Estate
White must be the new black as far as Mariska Hargitay is concerned. The Law and Order starlet just purchased a white monochrome townhouse on the Upper West Side for $10.7 million—a decent price tag for a slice of recently renovated real estate. Read More
Soho Mews may not feature the Tree of Life, but the apartment building has a certain charm for the Hollywood set.
Actress Jessica Chastain has rented a pad at 311 West Broadway, reports the New York Post. Ms. Chastain has settled on a two-bedroom, two-bathroom spot on the third floor, according to the Post. We assume she may have had some “help” from a broker, whom the Post claims may have also helped her seal the deal on an apartment purchase. Read More
Stokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. will never have to wear a onesie again to keep his feet warm in the winter. According to the Post, the rock-star just purchased a plush Nolita apartment from Victoria’s Secret model Maryna Linchuk, and for the handsome price of $1.25 million, Mr. Hammond gets two bathrooms with heated floors. Read More
Ever dreamt of living the life of the most powerful man in the country but can only afford a railroad, two-bedroom share, third-floor walk-up? Look no further. Your presidential suite awaits you.
What was once Barack Obama’s crash pad in his Columbia University days is back on the market for $2,400/ month. Not a bad deal for an Upper West Side two-bedroom but back in 1981 Obama and his roommate paid a monthly grand total of just $360. Oh, the days. Read More
Celebrity connections may draw some buyers like moths to the flame, but it seems that Robert DeNiro’s townhouse at 14 St. Luke’s Place lacks that kind of magnetism.
The five-story house has sold for $9.5 million, Curbed reports, a good deal less than the $14 million that Mr. DeNiro was asking when it hit the market a year ago. The buyer, 14 St. Luke’s LLC., is clearly not a fan of the spotlight, so we doubt that was a selling point. But the star seems to be having a streak of bad housing luck lately—taking a big hit on his asking price, setting fire to his Central Park West apartment building. Read More
Celebrity copycats, it turns out, do not restrict their mimicry only to the enviable aspects of a Hollywood star’s life. Now people are scrambling to be just like the soon-to-be-divorced Katie Holmes, The Real Deal reports.
Ms. Holmes, who reportedly signed the lease on Chelsea Mercantile pad a few days before filing for divorce (real estate deals being one of the biggest predictors of a change in relationship status), is said to be generating unprecedented interest in the building. Ryan Serhant, a broker with Nestseeker, tells The Real Deal that interest in one of his listings is five times what it was before Ms. Holmes arrived. Read More
Is Brooklyn Heights—America’s first suburb and Kings County’s stodgiest enclave—actually, secretly cooler than Greenpoint, Bushwick or the rest of the borough? What do Lena Dunham and Adam Driver know that we don’t?
As was revealed earlier this week, vis-a-vis The Times magazine and property records, Ms. Dunham bought herself a $500,000 co-op on Hicks Street. And now, we find out from New York‘s Vulture blog that Hannah Horvath’s heartthrob lover in real life lives around the corner, not in some hellhole we imagine to be around the corner from Broadway Junction in East New York. And this isn’t just any Brooklyn Heights abode, but one in the second oldest house in the historic hood (if the local tour guides are to be believed). Read More
It’s time to add a new address to the Girls map: Lena Dunham has snapped up a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights. It’s a big change for the famously reluctant-to-leave-home Ms. Dunham, who will be departing, presumably for good, from her parents’ Tribeca loft. But nothing too jarring—at least she’ll be surrounded by people her parents’ age when she steps outside her door!
“We lived there all through my high-school career, so I have an intense attachment to it,” Ms. Dunham said of the neighborhood in this week’s New York Times Magazine. “Other people think of Brooklyn Heights as where you become elderly, but I think of it as where you try pot for the first time.” Read More
Chicago, it’s really over. Sure, Ira Glass left a few years ago. Sure, he packed up the entire This American Life crew, said that he was never coming back, but all that time, he couldn’t seem to settle down in any of the New York neighborhoods. And sometimes he even talked about how much he missed you, how he used to be able to get in a car and be anywhere in Chicago in 20 minutes. But now he’s gone and bought a condo at 159 West 24th Street!