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In case you missed these celebrity and otherwise high profile real estate ditties last week…
Rupert Murdoch lost his titanic Fifth Avenue penthouse in his d.i.v.o.r.c.e from third wife Wendi Deng. In need of a new and equally impressive pied-a-terre in New York City he’s agreed to fork over $ 57.25 million for an ultra-modern quadruplex penthouse atop a newly erected slender glass tower on East 23rd Street at the southern foot of Madison Avenue in the Flatiron District.
What Mister Murdoch actually bought is a full floor apartment (with three bedrooms) and, just above that, a five bedroom and 5.5 bathroom triplex penthouse with 6,850 square feet of interior space and a 586 square foot terrace.
In other high-priced New York City real estate news, the New York Post broadcast the identity of the all-cash buyer of the $ 50.9 million penthouse atop the newly converted Walker Tower building in the Chelsea ‘hood is British food and beverage mogul Neil Moffitt
Amid rumors of retirement, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio dropped $ 835,000 on a three bedroom and three bathroom condominium with almost 2,100 square feet at the Tampico complex in Marco Island, FL. (Breitbart News via Politico)
As revealed by the lady property gossip at the New York Post, Actor Timothy Hutton listed his forty acre spread in New York’s picture perfect Hudson River Valley for $ 1.895 million. The bucolic property includes a renovated late 18th-century farmhouse with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, a swimming pool with adjacent cabana, and a four-story post-and-beam structure with caretaker’s residence and additional living space.
As per celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ, teen-aged pop music hellion Justin Bieber wants to unload his house in Calabasas, CA, and is shopping for big new digs near Thousand Oaks and in the Atlanta, GA, area. Unfortunately for Mister Bieber, residents of the upscale Buckhead area in Atlanta, where he looked at a number of huge houses, are less than thrilled with the idea of him moving to the area. Indeed, the Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition planned a protest for this morning to let The Beebs know he’s not wanted in the ‘hood. (Oops, turns out the protests were a fake. Oh well, it seemed sorta plausible, didn’t it?)
In December 2012 married Tinseltowners Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy paid $ 3.8 million for a low-slung house next door to their long-time home in the Hollywood Hills. They gave the place a quick redo and, as was first reported by the long-legged blond at Trulia Luxe Living, put the property up for lease for $ 20,000 per month.
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Glee’s beau-hunky blond Chord Overstreet—a former teen model and 2013 Teen Choice Award winner—dumped $ 1,310,000 million on a glassy and newly renovated, single-story contemporary above Lake Hollywood. (Yes, bunnies, there is an actual lake/reservoir in Hollywood). Listing details show the house has three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an open-concept Euro-style kitchen, and house-dotted canyon views. (Trulia Luxe Living)
Reality television star and enterprising boutique owner Kourtney Kardashian and her weirdly flashy baby daddy/man-friend Scott Disick reportedly purchased retired professional basketballer Keyshawn Johnson’s nearly 12,000 square foot macmansion in the very same gated Calabasas, CA, enclave where one of their new neighbors will be hellion pop star/wannabe thug Justin Bieber. The sprawling, Richard Landry-designed mansion—described in listing materials as a “Contemporary Mediterranean”—has six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The sale price has yet to be recorded (or leaked) but any of the children would like more details on Kourt’s new krib, Your Mama (dissed and) discussed the manse more than a year ago when it was listed for $ 10.5 million. (E! Online)
In other Kardashian family real estate news, word on the celebrity real estate street is that divorcing sister Khloe sold her and estranged husband Lamar Odom’s mock-Med in Tarzana, CA, to well-paid sitcom star Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory) and her professional tennis player hubby, Ryan Sweeting. The house was listed for just under $ 4 million and sold for just under $ 5.5 million. (No, babies, that is not a type, Miz Cuoco paid about $ 1.5 million over asking.) So the scuttlebutt goes Khloe K. either scooped up or would like to acquire a similarly sized macmansion near her momager’s big ol’ house in the guard-gated, celeb-attracting, and horse-oriented Hidden Hills community. (TMZ)
Since Your Mama dropped in to New York City for a brief (and somewhat unexpected) visit, we’ll wind up with a few Big Apple-centric real estate ditties.
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s puffy lipped and wicked smart son Ronan Farrow—who Miz Farrow recently and tantalizingly suggested might actually be the illegitimate son of blue-eyed crooner Frank Sinatra—spent $ 1.495 million for a luxurious but fairly ordinary 982-square foot two bedroom and two bathroom apartment in a fancy new condo building new Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side. (New York Post)
For months now the half-dozen not yet completed penthouse pads atop the legendary Puck Building in SoHo,which were developed by Ivanka Trump’s young, savvy, and baby-faced husband, Jared Kushner, have been shrouded in secrecy. While there has been much hullabaloo and tongue wagging by property gossips none of the roomy residences, reportedly priced between twenty and sixty million bucks, were not, until now, listed on the open market. (Curbed)
The Puck penthouses have been toured privately by a handful of rich and/or otherwise high-profile people including Leo DiCaprio, who went on to drop ten or more million clams for a “green” place in Greenwich Village, and middle-aged rock star Jon Bon Jovi, who, bless his real estate heart, has yet to unload his super-sized duplex penthouse in Soho despite reducing the asking price from $ 42 million to $ 39.9.*
The saga continues for Russian multi-billionaire Roman Abramovich’s so-far stymied effort to acquire all five of the lavish cooperative apartments at the massive Berwind Mansion on Fifth Avenue and re-combine them into the robber baron-worthy mansion that it was originally built to be. We’re sure everyone but the richest of the rich is plays their finger violins for the inveterate real estate baller’s plight, right?
And finally, Michael Gross, the always entertaining chronicler of the real estate affairs of the super rich, penned a piece for a recent issue of Departures magazine about how the sale price for New York’s most expensive apartments inches ever and inevitably closer to the magic and monumental nine figure mark. (Departures)
*Mister Bon Jovi’s penthouse was taken off the open market in early December (2013) but property records do not indicate it’s been sold.
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Listen, chickens, it’s a tad bit slow in the celebrity real estate world right now so let’s have a quick look at a few of the stories Your Mama didn’t discuss over the last week or so, okay?
Showbizness shit-stirrer Charlie Sheen—née Carlos Estevez—and his perpetually troubled third ex-wife Brooke Mueller are at each others’ throats once again and the volatile actor reportedly wants Miz Mueller o.u.t. out of the multi-million dollar mini-mansion he bought last year for her and their two children to live. Indeed, Mister Sheen told celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ that he plans to to list the 6,600+ square foot house for $ 4.8 million, the exact same amount he paid billionaire Tom Gores for the property in October 2012. Miz Mueller is reportedly looking at condos.
Avid celebrity real estate watchers will recall that Mister Sheen owns two other large, mock-Med mansions in the same star-studded and guard-gated community in Beverly Hills/Shermans Oaks, one where he lives (with whatever gaggle of hussies he gallivants around with nowadays) and another reportedly occupied by his second ex-wife, Denise Richards, and their two young children.
Thanks to the long-legged blond at Trulia Luxe Living we learned that after at least 2.5 years on and off the market, long ago divorced (and probably still feuding) Tinseltowners Camille and Kelsey Grammer finally unloaded their 8,000+ square foot Beaver Creek (CO) ski chalet for $ 6.6 million. That’s several million less than the $ 9.5 million they originally wanted but still a good bit more than the $ 5.35 million they paid for the place in 2002.
So reported the always-working kids at Curbed, (allegedly) home run hitting—and increasingly pale—retired professional baseballer Sammy Sosa dropped $ 7.6 million on an ocean front mini-mansion in Golden Beach, FL.
The U.K. property gossips are all a-twitter that 23-year old American pop-country superstar Taylor Swift is (once again) rumored to be on the hunt for a house in London. So the celebrity real estate scuttlebutt goes in The Daily Mail, super-rich Miss Taylor, who already owns luxury homes in Nashville (TN), Westerley (RI), and Beverly Hills (CA), peeped at least one posh pad said to be—we kid y’all not—walking distance to her former boy-bander boyfriend, Harry Styles, about whom she famously penned a top-selling ditty.
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. recently put his house in Pacific Palisades, CA, on the market for nearly $ 12 million and, according to the lady property gossip at the New York Post, recently had a look-see a five bedroom and five bathroom spread in New York City’s SoHo ‘hood that’s currently listed for $ 8.995 and owned by Sir Winston Churchill’s artist granddaughter Edwina Sandys and her socially connected architect hubby Richard Kaplan.*
*Mister Kaplan—in case any of y’all might be interested—was married in the 1960s to the gorgeous and downright dee-voon octogenarian supermodel Carmen Dell-Orefice who used to pal around with Bernie and Ruth Madoff and, like everyone else who invested with the Ponzi schemer, lost a fortune. Anyways…
The design-savvy folks at New York Magazine had a peek and poke around globe-trotting fashion designer Reem Acra’s internationally inspired loft in New York City’s Garment District.
In case any of y’all haven’t heard, London is crazy expensive and the über high end of the market is absolutely out of control with more than a dozen houses and apartments priced between $ 80 million and $ 400 million.
Your Mama can’t say it signifies a trend or not but celebrities are, with increasing frequency, lowering the asking prices of their multi-million dollar residence. Jessica Simpson sliced $ 700,000 off the price of her former Beverly Hills (Post Office) house before she sold it for $ 6.4 million and action flick actor Bruce Willis recently chopped two million of his Beverly Hills mansion that was originally listed for $ 22 million. Now comes word via the Redfin blog that Oscar-winner Matt Damon took a hefty- million dollars off the asking price off his bay front Miami Beach (FL) mini-compound.
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Six or so weeks ago Your Mama—and just about every other property gossip around the globe—went goo-goo over a gluttonously luxurious full floor spread at the venerable, impossibly pricey and haughtily high-nosed Sherry Netherland building on Fifth Avenue in New York City that Liberty Travel co-founder Gilbert Haroche and wife Charlene pushed onto the open market with a hair raising—and publicity securing—$ 95,000,000 price tag.
At the time—and much to our chagrin, online listings did not include a floor plan for the approximately 7,000 square foot sprawler, a careful and costly combination of several apartments across the entire 18th floor of the palatial pre-war tower. On top of its unusually ample interior spaces, the apartment has three major terraces that total 2000-or-so square feet and serve up sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan, the Plaza Hotel and Central Park South, Central Park itself and the swank residential towers that line the lower end of Central Park West.
Well, today is your lucky day because, thanks to a thoughtful fellow we’ll call Will Keepyallinformed, it’s come to our boozy attention that a floor plan for the show-stopping 15-room simplex apartment is now included with the online marketing materials. And, children, is it ever a pee-in-your-pants palooza.
Listing information shows the suburban mini-mansion sized combo-cooperative crib has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The newly released floor plan now included with online listing details, however, indicates there are more specifically seven full and two half bathrooms and just four rooms marked as bedrooms.
There is, of course, a decadent master suite that comprises the entire northeast wing and encompasses an entrance hall that increases privacy, a 30-plus foot long bedroom with spacious sitting area, an (approx.) 500 square foot private terrace, two windowless bathrooms, a walk-in closet and an elaborately fitted, boutique-style dressing room larger than many Manhattan studio apartments.
The other three rooms marked as bedrooms on the floor plan march like soldiers down the southeastern flank and have a view of and/or access to a sizable south-facing city view terrace. A careful perusal of the floor plan, however, indicates just one access point for all three of the so-called bedrooms. We may only be as smart as a small pile of toenails but it appears to Your Mama as if the trio of rooms marked as separate bedrooms on the floor plan may actually function as a single, super-luxe suite of three interconnected rooms with two fireplaces, two windowless bathrooms, a windowed pantry kitchen and a fitted dressing room with spectacular city view.
Two more rooms that could be pressed into use as permanent or part-time guest or family bedrooms open off a short corridor that shoots east from the luminously paneled, park view library. Each room has two east facing windows and a compact, windowless private bathroom. The larger of the two rooms has a roomy walk-in closet in the back of an even larger walk-in closet. This room is marked as a “DEN” on the floor plan. The smaller room is more curiously demarcated as a “DRESSING ROOM.” Who, pray tell, dress there, right off the library and formal living room? Or do these two rooms function and a two-room suite with two bathrooms, loads of closet space and a hidden panic room?
As convoluted a route as it appears to be from the formal dining room in the southwest corner to the 31-plus foot long formal living room in the northwest corner, a close read of the floor plan indicates to Your Mama that it would be difficult if not next to impossible to get a more open sweep of space, a more harmonious intersection of the public rooms or a less complicated traffic pattern due to the building’s immovable structural elements—the I-beams, the fire stairs, the plumbing stacks and etc.
None-the less, the proportions of the individual rooms as they currently exist strike a balance between elegantly grand and luxuriously intimate. The living room is a mite narrow but very long with a Juliet balcony that practically hangs over Fifth Avenue and Central Park and the nearly 350 square foot formal dining room makes an interesting geometric connection to a den that benefits from the exceedingly rare feature of having windows on all four sides, two of which open to separate terraces.
At just over thirty feet long, the sun flooded south facing eat-in kitchen is absolutely spacious, expensively finished and well-equipped, like a better version of something in a really nice gated development in Roanoke or Akron. Howevuh, hunties, for $ 95 million Your Mama wants a big ol’ butler’s pantry with a goddamn dishwasher situated between the formal dining room and the kitchen so that our decidedly hoi polloi pals like Fiona Trambeau, Lucy Spillerguts, Helen A. Hightower, The Chicken and Beebah don’t have a direct sight line into the belly of the beast where our sometimes vengeful house gurl Svetlana may or may not be sabotaging the amuse-bouche.
Anyhoo, while there is a kind of nonsensical interconnectedness between some of the rooms—such as the ability to go from the kitchen directly into the dressing room of the guest/family bedroom suite—the main method of traversing the large apartment is along a slightly modified L-shaped corridor.
Running north to south is the shorter leg, a 30-foot long, mosaic-tiled foyer into which all three passenger elevators open through decorative gold-toned grill work. The longer leg, at 85 feet, runs east to west and is divided into two sections separated by a privacy door. Numerous public and private spaces open off the six foot wide western end of the hallway including the study, formal dining room, kitchen and the bedroom wing. The eastern leg, off of which open the four rooms marked on the floor plan as bedrooms, is a still-generous but more confidential four foot wide passage that sort of does double duty as a not entirely private dressing hall as it’s lined completely along one wall with closets.
In addition to the private terrace off the master bedroom there are two other and even larger planted terraces. The west-facing terrace runs nearly sixty feet with direct and unimpeded views over Central Park. The south side terrace is even longer at almost 85 feet and faces the gleaming towers of Midtown with an oblique but unobstructed view of The Plaza Hotel and Residences.
Sure, the sky-high price gleefully screams “Let them eat cake!” and probably seems uncessarily garish and silly to anyone but those who belong to, fraternize with or desperately desire to be part of the fortunate sliver of folks who make up the world’s increasingly and freakishly rich demimonde. None-the-less and despite its remarkable cost and the handful of uncomfortable spatial moments sprinkled throughout, the apartment is of an utterly monumental scale that is both humbling and inexhaustibly thrilling. For chrissakes, people, it’s 7,000 square feet all on one floor in a top flight building at one of the vortexes of high-priced real estate in of New York City and that is really something to behold for a moment or two.
floor plan: Brown Harris Stevens