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With phrases like "social distancing" and "self-quarantine" now a part of the lexicon, it can be all too easy to feel isolated as New York tries to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases. But thanks to the internet and social media, artists and moguls of all stripes are reaching out to give shout-outs to workers on the front lines, share activities and advice, and remind us that we're not alone, but rather all in this together. CityRealty typically kicks off each month with a look at the biggest celebrity real estate purchases, and some of the ones from March are also linked to celebrities who have been especially active at this trying time.

1. Jacqueline Schnabel - Sold for $18,000,000

132-West-11th-Street-01 132 West 11th Street via Sotheby's
Shortly after designer and art collector Jacqueline Schnabel listed the five-story West Village townhouse she shared with her family, a New York-based financier snapped it up in an all-cash deal. The New York Post notes that it is a short walk from the eye-catching mansion owned by her ex-husband, artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and reports that Ms. Schnabel will be spending more time at her Hamptons estate and in Europe.

From the listing:
One of Greenwich Village's most sought-after private residences is becoming available for sale for the first time in 30 years.

Natural light floods the house & garden from every direction, and mature plantings & cascading wisteria from the rear terraces create a magical park like environment that is exceedingly rare in New York.

The richly finished double parlor and formal dining lead to a beautiful terrace with views overlooking the beautiful rear gardens with vastly open unobstructed south and west exposures.

2. Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi - Purchased for $16,100,000

50-United-Nations-Plaza-01 50 United Nations Plaza via Zeckendorf Marketing
While the United Nations remains very much in business, the physical presence at its New York headquarters has been greatly reduced, and full-time telecommuting is in effect. Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi’s work from home is not far, though: Just before Governor Andrew Cuomo’s stay-at-home order went into effect, The Real Deal announced that the sale closed on the Kuwaiti Consulate closed on a 40th-floor penthouse at 50 United Nations Plaza, a Foster + Partners-designed condominium a stone’s throw away.

From the listing:
Spectacular full-floor condominium residence with expansive 73' living, dining, library, entertaining area, featuring Foster + Partners designed deep bay windows overlooking the East River and the United Nations Secretariat Building and soaring 11'3" ceiling heights. The master bedroom occupies the west wing of the residence and is distinguished by exhilarating views and generous proportions. Master bathroom suite with remarkable city views as backdrop, feature Sivec white marble floors, vanity tops, tub surround, glass enclosed stall shower and separate steam shower, Foster + Partners designed Poliform teak vanity, Victoria + Albert baths freestanding Barcelona soaking tub, Duravit water closets and bidet, radiant heat floor and Dornbracht fittings. The large windowed, island kitchen with eat-in area/family room is outfitted in Poliform white lacquer cabinetry, honed absolute black granite countertops and two Miele dishwashers, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Miele wall ovens, five-burner gas cooktop, speed oven, warming drawers and hood.
50 United Nations Plaza has 9 available listings from $1.9M.

3. Kate Hudson - Possible purchase for $12,750,000?

40-Sullivan-Street-01 Kate Hudson via Wiki Commons, 40 Sullivan Street via Prime Manhattan
Kate Hudson is leading by example with social distancing in California at the moment, but she and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa (not pictured) were in New York a few weeks ago. Before open houses were suspended to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the couple looked at a Cary Tamarkin-designed penthouse in the heart of Soho.

From the listing:
Newly constructed of brick, steel and concrete, the house spans over 6700 square feet of interior space and 1600+ square feet of outdoor space. This triple-mint home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, maid's room, three powder rooms, separate living room, dining room, media room, parlor,gym, backyard garden with outdoor kitchen, rooftop terrace with outdoor kitchen-wet bar & fireplace, high speed elevator, dumb waiter, laundry chute and separate laundry room. Some additional features include 11' ceilings, radiant heat and central AC throughout, 8' windows, Danish oak flooring, Lutron lighting, Savant smart home system & motorized shades. The integrated AV system includes speakers inside and outside, all components as well as large screen smart TV's. Lastly, there is a security system with external cameras.

4. Ann Brashares - Sold for $11 million

167-East-69th-Street-01 Ann Brashares via Wiki Commons; 167 East 69th Street via Compass
If you and the kids are getting restless during this time of isolation, the New York Public Library’s e-reading and audiobook resources can prove invaluable. Recommendation: Ann BrasharesSisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, which is rich in sad and happy moments alike, much like the $11 million sale of the Upper East Side townhouse she and her artist husband, Jacob Collins (not pictured) shared. The onetime carriage house was originally listed for $18.95 million in 2018. However, seeing as they bought it for $3.65 million in 2001 (per New York Post), they ultimately earned money on it.

From the listing:
167 East 69th Street is an extremely rare 25-foot-wide carriage house with a stunning Neo-Georgian facade designed by Charles E. Birge in 1908 with a redesign by Fairfax and Sammons in recent years. This home spans over 7,000 square feet and features five bedrooms with a dramatic ground floor studio space and highly sought after garage! The home features arched windows, a chef’s kitchen which opens onto a 400-square-foot landscaped terrace, massive skylights, and a fourth floor set back with two additional bedrooms and the ability to create a roof deck with additional outdoor space.

5. Sonja Morgan - Listed for $10,750,000 or $32,000/month

162-East-63rd-Street-01 162 East 63rd Street via The Corcoran Group
If you can’t take one more Real Housewives rerun, star Sonja Morgan presents live interviews, diet and lifestyle tips, and on-set gossip on her social media platform. This all takes place from her self-quarantine on the opposite side of the country from her pre-war Upper East Side townhouse, which 6sqft reports has recently been listed for both sale and rent.

From the listing:
Updated circa 1899 residence offers 4645 +- of usable space on five floors with five large bedrooms, five and a half baths, immense open kitchen and formal dining room, guest quarters and home office, elevator, full cellar, plus meticulous landscaped courtyard with fountain fish pond plus additional spacious upper outdoor terrace, like living in Italy!

Designer flourishes by Harry Schnapper & Jean Pierre Borg, Nancy Pearson, Joybird, Jill Zarin, Safavieh, Nicole Miller, Kravet and Stark, and a spectacular original Murano chandelier. Enjoy the best of the East Side with great shopping, cafes, restaurants, and endless neighborhood amenities right outside your door! A unique opportunity to live in quiet and comfort.

6. Marc Jacobs - Sale closed for $10,500,000

68-Bethune-Street-01 Superior Ink via Nest Seekers
Marc Jacobs’ Soho boutique is temporarily closed as part of the quarantine efforts, but the designer himself is still on the scene, albeit from a safe distance: He has launched a weekly “Drawn Together” event on his Instagram page, where he partners with artists, presents a still-life scene, and invites fans to draw along. The series comes hot on the heels of a new buyer closing on the sale of his West Village townhouse, which was close to the price he originally paid for it.

From the listing:
This celebrated world renowned fashion designer’s stunning meticulously renovated townhome featured in Architectural Digest is the best of both worlds. It features all the benefits of living in a private upscale substantial four story townhouse home with its own elevator and two private outdoor spaces. And it offers full access to the condo amenities and services of the esteemed full service Superior Ink condominium designed by Robert M. Stern, who built both the main building and adjacent townhomes only eleven years ago.

This elegant and practical home is currently configured with four bedrooms, two living rooms (both with doors opening to the outside), two kitchens, and three full bathrooms and two powder rooms, all connected by a private elevator. The master suite is an entire floor and encompasses a dressing room and a walk-in closet plus an entire wall of closets and a luxurious marble master bathroom of a grand scale.
Superior Ink has 4 available listings from $2.1M.

7. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen - Purchased for $7,700,000

374-Broome-Street-01 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen via Disney/ABC Television Flickr
Social distancing remains in effect, but John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are using their robust social media presences to get closer to fans than ever. The EGOT winner hosted a concert from his living room, dressed in a bathrobe while his wife wore a towel. The model and best-selling cookbook author is offering custom recipes and substitutions based on the contents of her followers’ pantries. And somewhere along the way, The Real Deal revealed that the power couple also had time to buy a penthouse in the landmarked downtown building where they have past and present holdings.

8. Norah Jones - Just sold for $7,500,000

166-Amity-Street-01 Norah Jones via Wiki Commons; 166 Amity Street via Nest Seekers
With concerts effectively on hold until further notice (#TogetheratHome concerts notwithstanding; see above), Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones has used her social media platform to call attention to the freelance musicians and crew members that have made her arena events unforgettable. She’s also playing music from her living room, but evidently not from her longtime Brooklyn townhouse: The New York Post reports that it entered contract a few short months after she listed it.

From the listing:
Nestled in one of the most charming blocks in Cobble Hill is a 25' wide townhouse of unparalleled elegance with a rare three exposures and an extra-deep, south-facing yard featuring a disappearing heated pool and hot tub. This four-story home is a serene oasis with the light of a corner house but the quiet privacy of a mid-block residence. Meticulously preserved original details meet state-of-the-art technology for the perfect balance of old and new.

The chefs kitchen on the garden level is the heart of the home. Equipped with an antique Garland stove, custom teak wood island, Energy Star Appliances, reclaimed wood pantry, and a working fireplace, this kitchen is ready for festivities and entertaining. Adjacent is a media room with pocket door and custom-tiled powder room, as well as an expansive breakfast sun room overlooking one of the most spectacular backyards in Brownstone Brooklyn. A lush garden and blue stone patio make up a 1,440-square-foot backyard shaded by a heritage wisteria canopy. With one turn of a key, the patio opens to reveal the smartphone-controlled, eight-person hot tub and an adjustable-depth, heated lap pool with resistance jet.

9. Moby - Listed for $5,750,000

300-Central-Park-West-01 Moby via Wiki Commons; The Eldorado via Elliman
Before electronica musician and animal rights activist Moby amassed his awards and prime New York real estate (including a four-story penthouse at the landmarked Eldorado, which sold in 2008 and is now back on the market), he cultivated a set of “apocalypse-ready cooking skills” with limited ingredients and money during his time as a struggling artist. As homebound fans start to experience limited ingredients of their own, he’s getting ready to share his secrets.

From the listing:
This townhouse in the sky offers an exceptional four full-floor residence which occupies the entire 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th floors of the coveted south tower at the El Dorado, one of Central Park West's most iconic pre-war cooperatives. Breathtaking views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline are available from each and every room, and magnificent sunshine floods the home through 34 new windows that span all four exposures.

An oversized, 10' semi-private elevator landing opens to an elegant stairway that carries you to this pinnacle penthouse. Upon entering the home, you are immediately greeted by a beautifully proportioned, 20' x 21' grand corner living room, with high ceilings and stunning views from high above Central Park and the reservoir.
The Eldorado has 3 available listings from $3M.

10. Clive Davis - Price reduced to $5,500,000

465-Park-Avenue-01 Clive Davis via Wiki Commons; Ritz Tower via The Corcoran Group
Music mogul Clive Davis is known for his work with powerhouses like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Bruce Springsteen, and he brought a similar appreciation for talent to the Ritz Tower on Park Avenue: With the help of designer (and fellow resident!) Greg Schriefer, he combined two units into one magnificent home ideal for an art collection. But after “circumstances changed,” he never lived in it and put it on the market in spring 2017. It experienced another price cut just before New York went on lockdown, and a virtual tour is now available for this unit.

From the listing:
This never lived-in masterpiece has an open, airy space to show off your art collection and plenty of room to entertain in this magnificent duplex. Offering three spacious bedrooms all complete with Travertine stone en-suite bathrooms in the lower level, and powder room, family room, dining room and large, spacious state-of-the-art chef's kitchen and expansive living room on the upper level."This home is a "living work of art" from the moment you enter the gracious foyer featuring a chic hideaway wet bar, to the sprawling living and dining areas. The crown jewel of the expanse is an elegant full-size custom circular staircase that descends down to three impressive bedroom suites below.
Ritz Tower has 8 available listings from $425K.

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