NYC Celebrity Real Estate News

AUGUST 3, 2012

Jets top draft pick favors the Flatiron district; Jessica Chastain rents at SoHo Mews; Rosie O’Donnell buys at new St. Vincents conversion.

Quinton Coples, the top draft pic of the New York Jets, is the latest focus of the “where in NYC will the sports star live?” game. Newly arrived from North Carolina, Coples began his search with a look at a one-bedroom apartment with 14-foot ceilings, a chef’s kitchen and custom window treatments at 254 Park Avenue South. The unit is currently on the market for $1.725 million (NYPost).

Lawless and The Help star Jessica Chastain has chosen SoHo Mews at 311 West Broadway for her home base while she’s in NYC filming “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” The flame-haired actress is currently renting a two-bedroom apartment – listed for $10,000 a month – in the downtown condominium building, though rumor has it she may have purchased an apartment elsewhere in the city. Justin Timberlake has an apartment in the SoHo condo as well (NYPost).

Rosie O’Donnell recently purchased a four-bedroom apartment at 130 West Eighth Street for about $8 million. The 42-unit West Village condominium residence, which inhabits the former St. Vincent’s Hospital building, has seen interest from several A-listers recently including Cameron Diaz and Blake Lively. The converted pre-war building features earth-friendly elements like a green roof and filtered air and water (Inhabitat).

Juan Pablo Molyneux, the designer-to-the-real-estate-stars who designed the interiors at the nation’s most expensive apartment – a penthouse in CitySpire at 150 West 56th Street, currently on the market for $100 million – is selling his own opulent Upper East Side home. The limestone townhouse at 29 East 69th Street just off Fifth Avenue is rumored to have a price tag of $48M, a mere half of the aforementioned top-ticket high-rise, but an attention-getting eight figures all the same, especially since Molyneux purchased the apartment, which includes custom touches like detailed lacquer work, smooth stone floors and a landscaped rooftop spa, for $2.7 million back in 1990 (CurbedNY).