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At this time two years ago, as many decamped to second homes or the suburbs, some wondered if the coronavirus pandemic meant the end of New York City as a residential destination. These days, though, New York departures aren't treated nearly so dramatically - it's generally understood that some are leaving because of professional or personal obligations elsewhere, others are changing their lifestyle in the wake of becoming empty nesters, and still others aren't leaving at all, but downsizing. That was evident in the New York City listings bought and sold by celebrities in April 2022.

Gianni Versace — Listed for $70,000,000

5-East-64th-Street-01 5 East 64th Street, #TH (Sotheby's International Realty)
A year before a five-story Versace boutique opened on Fifth Avenue, designer Gianni Versace bought a six-story, 17-room mansion on the Upper East Side for $7.5 million. Hedge fund manager Thomas Sandell and his wife Ximena Sandell bought the townhouse from the Versace family in 2005; since then, they redesigned the upper floors but restored the Italian Baroque-style finishes installed by Mr. Versace. When they listed the townhouse, listing broker Nikki Field of Sotheby’s International Realty told The Wall Street Journal that “they have been custodians of this piece of art [and] it’s going to be purchased by someone who has that same reverence.”

From the Listing:
Opulently curated by previous owner, fashion legend, Gianni Versace, and meticulously restored by the current owners, this residential Italian Baroque masterpiece offers an opportunity to live like fashion royalty and own a piece of real estate and fashion history. Grandly designed, 17 luxurious rooms meld together in opulence and couture design. This stately, spacious 35 foot wide limestone mansion sited on a 35- by 100-foot lot has approximately 14,175 interior square feet on 6 floors with 3,025 exterior square feet of magical trellised garden overlooked by a rear balcony which runs the full width of the house.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen — Entered contract with ask of $18,000,000

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Power couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are well known for their red carpet looks, and that sense of style has carried over to their homes - their Nolita penthouse in a carriage manufacturer-turned-luxury condominium combines original architectural details with modern amenities and comforts. They had originally planned to combine two penthouses into one massive apartment, but those plans fell through as they spent more time in Los Angeles. The spread entered contract about three months after it was listed. The buyers have not been identified, but Gimme Shelter notes that they plan to keep the apartments separate.

From the Listing:
Penthouse combination opportunity available at the Brewster Carriage House. Located in chic Nolita, the penthouse at 374 Broome Street is a unique offering to create a grand 6,100-plus square foot residence with over 3,300 square feet of private outdoor rooftop terrace. The combination would allow for the ultimate level of privacy occupying half of the 5th floor and the entire 6th floor with triple exposures to the south, east and north. Entering directly off the elevator leads to the stunning corner great room with soaring 12-foot ceilings filled with natural light.
Brewster Carriage House has 1 available listing for $3.495M.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss — Listed for $16,950,000

20-Greene-Street-01 Soho Greene, #6A (Douglas Elliman)
In 2014, following a massive settlement with Facebook, entrepreneurs and Olympians Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss bought a Soho penthouse loft for $14.5 million. The home has been smart-wired, as befits tech billionaires, but the New York Post did not mention whether the bitcoin pioneers would accept cryptocurrency for it.

From the Listing:
Stunning and sophisticated condominium loft in SoHo featuring incredible outdoor terrace space with unobstructed 360-degree views including every landmark in the city from Hudson Yards, to the Freedom Tower, to the Empire State Building. Located within the prestigious Cast Iron District, this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom penthouse includes 4,300+ square-foot interior and the dramatic 2,200+ square-foot exterior. Enter into your semi-private elevator landing and into the expansive first level with original arched windows and soaring ceilings. This living area is larger than most apartments and is centered on the Crestron controlled gas fireplace and an unbroken gallery-length wall of over 57’.

Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany — Listed for $12,000,000

288-West-Street-01 Medium Lipstick, #PH (Sotheby's International Realty) By Karon Liu, CC BY 2.0,
At this point, it is hard to say whether power couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany’s acting accolades or real estate portfolio is more impressive. In 2008, they bought a Tribeca penthouse loft for just under $7 million. Four years later, when they moved to a brownstone in Brooklyn (the borough they still call home), they sold the penthouse for $8.495 million in an off-market deal. Most recently, 6sqft reported that the penthouse is back on the market.

From the Listing:
Classic Tribeca penthouse loft with private rooftop terrace. Walls of windows and multiple skylights make for a dramatic, sun-flooded, full-floor oasis atop one of Tribeca’s classic coop loft buildings. This expansive penthouse home offers the best of Tribeca loft life along with great outdoor space and spectacular Hudson River views. Enjoy your own private planted rooftop terrace, ideal for entertaining or just quiet relaxation. Inside, spread out in the iconic downtown sophistication of the large, lofty living space, with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.
Medium Lipstick has 2 available listings from $2.875M.

Moonstruck townhouse — Sold for $11,000,000

19-Cranberry-Street-01 19 Cranberry Street, #TH (Corcoran)
The film Moonstruck features Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, and a Brooklyn Heights townhouse that is home to much of the action. The sellers modernized the house, but the outside looks much as it did in the movie - highly appropriately, as previous owner Edwards Rullman, chairman of the Historic Preservation Committee of the Brooklyn Heights Association, was instrumental in Brooklyn Heights’ designation as New York’s first historic district. The New York Post announced the sale and identified the buyers only as “local New Yorkers.”

From the Listing:
11 Cranberry Street is a grand, elegant, newly renovated 25.5’-wide townhome on a beautiful, tree-lined street in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. This townhouse features 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and multiple outdoor spaces, including a landscaped garden, five terraces, a roof deck with views of Manhattan, and a smart home system that integrates the home completely. Set on an extraordinarily wide and deep lot, 11 Cranberry Street boasts a grand stoop entry that gazes upon waterfront and city skyline views. Excellent light flows through oversized windows, accented by loft-like ceiling heights and gracious proportions throughout.

Jonah Hill — Entered contract with ask of $10,995,000

36-Bleecker-Street-01 The Schumacher, #5A (Compass)
Well, that was quick - a short time after Academy Award-nominated actor Jonah Hill listed his Noho apartment in March 2022, the home entered contract. It has been on and off the rental market since 2019, and Mr. Hill ultimately listed it after spending much of his time in Hawaii with girlfriend Sarah Brady. All in all, it sounds like this went much smoother than his character’s attempt to buy boots from the eBay store in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

From the Listing:
A superlative home in an exceptional building, Residence 5A at The Schumacher is grand in scale and dramatic in sensibility, an achievement in space and design in Noho’s most coveted condominium. Built as a four -bedroom loft, this stunning apartment was converted to a three-bedroom of outstanding proportions. Sought after prewar details include soaring 12’ exposed brick barrel vaulted ceilings (the highest ceilings in the building), oversized arched wood frame windows, fumed 7.5" wide plank white oak floors and cold rolled blackened steel accents.

Janet Jackson — Listed for $8,995,000

1-Central-Park-West-01 Trump International, #34A (Sotheby's International Realty) By J Vettorino from USA - 1792, CC BY 2.0,
Janet Jackson’s music career has sent her on tour all over the world, but she has kept a New York apartment on Central Park West. Records show that she purchased the high-floor home for $2.8 million in 1998; 25 years later, it has been listed for more than three times that price. In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, she said, “It’s time for someone else to enjoy it and make new memories.”

From the Listing:
Sweeping views of Central Park and the iconic city skyline are the centerpiece of this enviable, corner 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath residence. One enters through a proper gallery into a series of stylish spaces including a large open living and dining room. The windowed kitchen is discretely positioned with two entrances making it an ideal configuration for both sophisticated living and entertaining. A perfectly placed powder room completes these more public spaces. The primary bedroom suite is truly a dream. Tucked away at the end of the gallery, it features multiple generous closets and a luxurious marble bath.
Trump International has 17 available listings from $699K.

Kurt Andersen and Anne Kreamer — Entered contract with ask of $4,650,000

41-2nd-Place-01 41 2nd Place, #TH (Corcoran)
Many writers have called Brooklyn home, and that includes Spy magazine co-founder/author Kurt Andersen and his wife, journalist/author Anne Kreamer. Appropriately for a literary couple, their Carroll Gardens townhouse features built-in bookshelves and enough bedrooms to turn one of them into a home office. They have listed the townhouse but are not saying good-bye to New York - the New York Post announced that they would be moving to the Upper East Side.

From the Listing:
Rarely available: 41 2nd Place, a beautifully maintained townhouse on one of the best, greenest blocks in Carroll Gardens is not to be missed. In optimal Carroll Gardens style, this elegant home is secluded from the street by a 32 foot-deep, professionally designed perennial garden with cedar and kousa dogwood trees, ilexes, and wild geraniums. A bluestone sidewalk leads to a peaceful sun-drenched hidden courtyard (with bench) and French-blue front door, setting the welcoming tone. Built circa 1890, this refined house offers 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, great light, graceful proportions, and historic details throughout.

Tony Shalhoub — Listed for $4,495,000

15-West-81st-Street-01 15 West 81st Street, #12H (Brown Harris Stevens)
A private terrace with a glimpse of Central Park
15-west-81st-street-004 View over the Upper West Side
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is primarily set on the Upper West Side, but series actor Tony Shalhoub has lived there since before the series aired. His prewar, Emery Roth-designed building would not be out of place on the show, and the apartment’s original architectural details have been carefully restored. Mr. Shalhoub did not give a reason for listing his apartment, but notes that he and his wife have maintained a massive spread in Martha’s Vineyard for over 25 years.

From the Listing:
Step into this terraced, beautifully maintained Classic Five in one of the Upper West Side’s finest buildings and leave the city behind you. The semi-private elevator landing opens to a gracious entry foyer and a beautiful view of your private terrace, through the French doors of the 25’ living room. Off the grandly proportioned dining room is a butler’s pantry which takes you to the windowed kitchen, both of which feature the restored St. Charles stainless steel and glass cabinetry architect Emery Roth chose for this building in 1930. The pantry is equipped with washer and dryer; the kitchen also offers a windowed bath.
15 West 81st Street has 6 available listings from $3.595M.

Vartan Gregorian — Listed for $4,350,000

340-West-57th-Street-01 The Parc Vendome, #18C (Coldwell Banker Warburg)
The New York Public Library’s main branch (now known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) is a New York City institution, and we have Vartan Gregorian to thank for that. The New York Public Library was in crisis when he assumed the presidency in 1981, but his tenure includes a $42 million restoration of the main branch. His New York City apartment was northwest of the library, and has come on the market following his death in April 2021 (h/t New York Post).

From the Listing:
It’s taken a quarter of a century for this standout apartment in one of New York’s most iconic buildings to come to market. Offered by the estate of Vartan Gregorian, the world renowned philanthropic foundation and university leader, historian, and humanist, this residence hits every note on your wish list. The story begins the moment you enter the gracious entrance foyer lined with bookshelves, and continues through every room of this beautiful, grand-scaled apartment with light pouring in from every window. It features two large primary bedrooms each with an en suite bath, a third bedroom/office, an additional full bath, a grand-scale living room with wood-burning fireplace, the perfectly proportioned dining room and finally the wonderful kitchen/great room only imagined in your dream country home.

Michael C. Hall — Sold for $4,100,000

Michael C. Hall and The Greenwich Lane
Shortly after actor Michael C. Hall bought his apartment in The Greenwich Lane in 2016, he bought a bigger spread at The Eldorado in 2017. The New York Post notes that he had previously listed the Village apartment as a $15,000/month rental, but ultimately sold it at a $180K loss.
The Greenwich Lane has 2 available listings from $2.6M.

Loren Ruch — Purchased for $1,850,000

350-West-53rd-Street-01 The Lumiere, #6C (Brown Harris Stevens)
Loren Ruch is the mastermind behind HGTV shows like House Hunters and Flip or Flop. However, it does not appear that he had to appear on any of those shows to find his New York City apartment, a masterfully renovated two-bedroom condo with two private balconies in Hell’s Kitchen. The New York Post broke the news of the sale.

From the Listing:
Apartment 6C features a renovation completed in 2014 by award-winning architect Christopher Rawlins that included a redesign to the kitchen, second bedroom, as well as redone lighting and electrical throughout the residence. Apartment 6C now features all custom recessed/dimmable lighting, including fixtures by David Weeks Studio, and central A/C throughout. As you step into the spacious foyer, you are struck by the abundance of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. A large walk-in coat closet is located just off of the foyer. As you head to the north side of the apartment you will find the eat-in kitchen, entertaining space, and second bedroom.
The Lumiere has 4 available listings from $650K.

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