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Every September, designers, models, and other luminaries descend on New York for Fashion Week. This September, in an interesting coincidence, a number of models and style influencers were among the celebrities involved in real estate transactions in trendy neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, which has not lost its status as one of the fashion capitals of the world. Below, see the most notable celebrity listings and transactions from September 2021.

Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner - In contract to buy for $42,500,000

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When Karlie Kloss sold some downtown properties, some speculated that she and husband Josh Kushner (not pictured) were saying good-bye to New York. However, The Wall Street Journal announced that the power couple recently entered into a contract to buy a sprawling apartment in the Puck Penthouses, which was developed by his family’s eponymous real estate firm. Originally listed for $66 million, the apartment features barrel-vaulted ceilings, a library, a home theater, and a seven-room primary suite. Over 5,000 square feet of private outdoor space includes a terrace with a putting green and hot tub. The couple also owns another penthouse in the building, and has listed it for $23.5 million.

From the listing:
This exceptional private home offers 7,241 square feet interior and 5,158 square feet exterior living space featuring 5 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, library, gym, home theater, wine cellar and stunning landscaped private terraces with a yoga lawn, putting green, spa tub, and wet bar.

An unparalleled residence, masterfully custom designed by Jose Ramirez with no detail unrecognized with the finest quality custom finishes throughout. A palatial Penthouse residence with an elevator opening to the grand atrium gallery leading to the spectacular double living room with fireplace and expansive north-facing terrace with fireplace. The exceptional chef’s kitchen features top of the line appliances by La Cornue, Sub-Zero, Wolf and Smeg. The 7-room grand primary suite offers stunning city views with two large dressing rooms and two baths with custom finishes and a sitting room with a fireplace. The additional bedrooms have en suite marble baths. Every element of this extraordinary home has been designed, built and finished to the highest standards. Sun floods the entire apartment with light from the oversized windows which offer magnificent expansive views.
The Puck Penthouses has 1 available listing for $23.5M.

Eric Schmidt - Purchased for $27,500,000

25-Bond-Street-01 Eric Schmidt via Wiki Commons; 25 Bond Street via Sotheby's International Realty
Shortly before Google announced plans to purchase its Hudson Square headquarters for $2.1 billion, the New York Post learned that its former CEO made a downtown purchase of his own. Eric Schmidt reportedly bought the four-bedroom Noho apartment as an investment, and he is not the first mogul to own it: The tabloid notes that he purchased it from former Goldman Sachs executive Michael Daffey.

From the listing:
Stunningly imagined and meticulously realized, this sprawling 6,350-square-foot duplex features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two powder rooms, a spacious home office suite as well as 2,450 square feet of private terraces. The epitome of discerning taste, this home looks over the chic NoHo cobblestone streets and boasts panoramic views of the iconic Manhattan skyline. A keyed-elevator opens into an enormous north-facing 44 ft. long great room with 11-foot ceiling heights and a sliding window wall that opens to a 550-square foot terrace. Ideal for entertaining, this penthouse features 4 wood-burning fireplaces and gleaming hardwood flooring throughout.

The Bulthaup designed chef's kitchen spares nothing: it includes Sub-Zero refrigerators, icemaker and a commercial-sized wine cooler, Fisher-Paykel dishwashers, a Miele cooktop and wall oven, a built-in espresso coffee maker and a walk-in pantry. Finishings include stainless steel countertops and a 20-foot long wood block breakfast counter, as well as a custom-fitted walk-in pantry and mudroom. The adjacent dining room faces south through a wall of windows, and there is also a spacious guest suite/home office. The second level includes four bedrooms.

Travis Scott - Listed for $26,500,000

80-Washington-Place-01 Travis Scott via Wiki Commons; 80 Washington Place via Serhant
We wouldn’t have put John Philip Sousa and Travis Scott on the same playlist, but the rapper spent part of the summer renting a Greenwich Village townhouse once owned by the composer of patriotic marches. More recently, as Mr. Scott awaits the birth of his second child with Kylie Jenner, the townhouse has returned to the market. The New York Post broke the news and noted that it was up from its last asking price of $24.9 million.

From the listing:
19th century charm meets cutting-edge 21st century design with this one-of-a-kind single-family mansion on Washington Place, a 6-bedroom, 8-bathroom masterpiece with a wine cellar, tasting lounge, outdoor hot tub, custom glass elevator, Crestron home automation, private spa, and a trio of tranquil outdoor oases designed for entertaining and lounging. Exposed brick and stone combine with glass, steel, and wood to create an alluring palette of surfaces and textures. Gut-renovated by world-renowned Clodagh Design, this stunning 22.33' wide compound spreads 6 stories across approximately 8,757 square feet of immaculate interiors. Ideal for impressive entertaining and luxurious living, 80 Washington Place is a true trophy home. The basement level contains a sky lit media room, a glass-faced wine cellar with an accompanying bar and tasting lounge, maid's quarters, a laundry room with a utility sink, a powder room, an open butler's kitchen and formal dining room, with a light well that allows natural sunlight from above.

Steven Mnuchin - Sold for $22,500,000

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Long before his term as Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin listed the Park Avenue duplex that has been in his family for decades for $37.5 million in 2009. Several years and price cuts later, the apartment in the “tower of power” has sold. The New York Times identified the buyer as Lacey A. Tisch, daughter of Loews Corporation chairman Andrew Tisch.

From the listing:
Located on the 8th and 9th floors at 740 Park Avenue, one of New York’s most distinctive prewar cooperatives, this magnificent 15-room Park Avenue-facing duplex offers unparalleled grandeur and scale.

Resplendent with outstanding natural light streaming in through 13 windows facing Park Avenue and almost 55 feet of Park Avenue frontage on each floor, this sprawling residence features a graceful layout with beautiful hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, classic moldings, and three wood burning fireplaces. Off a private elevator vestibule and anchored by the graceful and impressive marble gallery with sweeping staircase and 11-foot ceiling, the entertaining floor includes a baronial 35-foot living room overlooking Park Avenue. Adjacent is the handsome paneled library also facing Park Avenue and a 26-foot elegant formal dining room, each of which enjoy marble-mantled wood burning fireplaces.

The western wing of the apartment includes a spacious 23-foot windowed kitchen, a breakfast room, a butler’s pantry, and vast storage. Additionally, there is a laundry room, staff room, and bath. A powder room and coat closet situated off the gallery complete the residence’s main level.
740 Park Avenue has 2 available listings from $17.25M.

Harry and Laura Slatkin - Sold for $18,750,000

18-East-74th-Street-01 18 East 74th Street via The Modlin Group
Many well-heeled homes contain scented candles from Slatkin & Co., Nest, and HomeWorx. Similarly, the home fragrance companies’ founders, Harry and Laura Slatkin, called an elegant Upper East Side mansion home. The New York Post broke the news of the townhouse’s sale, noting that it came in at nearly half the $34 million it was initially listed for in 2013.

From the listing:
Recalling the gravitas and gilding of a bygone era, this well-appointed Upper East Side limestone mansion features 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and, a sound facing garden and a rooftop terrace. This home is spread out over seven stories and offers in excess of 10,300 square feet. Behind its striking neo-Italian Renaissance facade lies a home that exudes an unexpected aura of coziness along with its undeniable grandeur.

In the perfectly lit foyer, glass and wrought-iron doors open to a dual-level gallery tiled with black and white marble. The massive eat-in chef’s kitchen features marble finishes and top-of-the-line appliances. In addition to a designated service entrance, there is an internal service stairway that connects the kitchen to key service areas elsewhere in the home. Climbing the grand staircase to the parlor floor, a wide landing separates the front living room with three arched windows overlooking 74th Street, an original marble fireplace and ornate period moldings, from the lavish dining room, featuring yet another marble fireplace with white Ionic columns and roseate moldings framing the ceiling. Connecting to the formal dining room, the quaint butler’s pantry/full kitchen with its white tin ceiling and farmhouse sink is an original feature that has remained.

Joan Fontaine - Listed for $8,750,000

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Before Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine moved to California for good, she spent years as a New Yorker in an Upper East Side apartment which she used as a home base while performing on Broadway, attending film premieres and cultural events, and entertaining friends. Ms. Fontaine spoke glowingly of her apartment, especially the library - she bought its ceiling beams, fireplace, and paneling from a European monastery.

From the listing:
A masterwork of interior design along with exquisite architectural elements, this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, full floor apartment in mint condition with private elevator foyer exudes a fabulous joie de vivre. Once the home of film star, Joan Fontaine, the apartment's unique architectural details include a rare 30-foot living room, 10'5" ceilings, 4 fireplaces, beautiful moldings, huge casement windows, plus 3 exposures and a Juliet balcony overlooking picturesque townhouse gardens. The entrance gallery off the private elevator foyer, with its exquisitely patterned floor, hand painted silver wallpaper, and graceful overdoors introduces one to the impressive decorative elements in the apartment.

The sleek glazed white walls in the 30-foot living room define its volume and scale, emphasize the 10'5” ceiling and add glamour, reflecting the natural light from the tall casement window. Add the fireplace, bookcases, beautiful floor and black lacquered double doors and the living room is the perfect space for entertaining. There is a long enfilade from the living room through the library into the dining room for a lovely entertaining flow.
160 East 72nd Street has 1 available listing for $8.75M.

Keegan-Michael Key - Sold for $5,000,000

56-Leonard-Street-01 Keegan-Michael Key via Wiki Commons; 56 Leonard Street via Douglas Elliman
Between recent release Schmigadoon! and a number of film projects on the docket, we can expect to see a lot of Keegan-Michael Key in the coming months and years. We may not see much of him around Tribeca, though - the Emmy Award-winning actor recently sold his apartment at 56 Leonard Street. The New York Post announced the sale, which closed less than a year after his purchase of a Noho loft.

From the listing:
Spectacular corner two-bedroom home with breathtaking cinematic views at the iconic 56 Leonard. The spacious layout includes two private terraces, soaring 11’ ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows with southern and western exposures. This home is thoughtfully designed to enhance modern living and entertainment. The entrance gallery leads you into an expansive living room with open kitchen and space for a dining area.

The kitchen features sleek finishes, including a black granite island with sliding countertop, satin-etched glass cabinetry, and integrated high-end appliances. This space also has access to the large sunset-facing terrace. The sizeable primary bedroom is located at the opposite end of the apartment, with an en-suite bath showcasing travertine and marble finishes, a freestanding tub and rain-head stall shower, as well as dual integrated sinks and radiant heated floors. The second bedroom has an en-suite marble bath and direct access to the second terrace, offering views of the downtown skyline.
56 Leonard Street has 5 available listings from $3.15M.

Karolina Kurkova - Listed for $4,700,000

92-Laight-Street-01 Karolina Kurkova via Wiki Commons; River Lofts via Compass
Karolina Kurkova shot to fame modeling the latest fashions, and her Tribeca apartment bears the appearance of a designer’s showroom following a full renovation with custom details. She has listed the apartment in the wake of the birth of her third child and establishing a primary residence in Miami, but speaks highly of her time in the apartment. In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, she described it as “a modern day oasis in the bustling city.”

From the listing:
Enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets from this stunning condo loft in prime Tribeca. This elegant home features direct Hudson River views from the western facing living room, and wide open-city views from eastern facing bedrooms. Originally configured as a 3-bedroom, this home has been transformed by the current owner - supermodel and entrepreneur, Karolina Kurkova, into an elegant 2-bedroom, with a separate dressing room/home office. Enter this home into an exquisite gallery - perfect for showcasing artwork.

A large, custom-built entry closet is tastefully hidden away. The secondary bedroom features open eastern views, an abundance of custom closets, and an ensuite modern, white bathroom. The expansive and elegant primary suite features custom millwork throughout, a large walk-in closet, open eastern facing windows and a balcony. The ensuite bathroom has a dual vanity, deep soaking tub with glass enclosed stall shower.
River Lofts has 4 available listings from $3.6M.

Hilary Rhoda - Sold for $2,600,000

21-Astor-Place-01 Hilary Rhoda via Wiki Commons; 21 Astor Place via Corcoran
A little way north of Karolina Kurkova’s Tribeca apartment, another model has experienced real estate success: The New York Post reports that Hilary Rhoda and her husband, former NHL player Sean Avery (not pictured), sold their Noho duplex for the asking price. This comes in just over the $2 million Ms. Rhoda paid for the apartment in 2007, and the couple is now spending most of their time on the West Coast.

From the listing:
Enter unit #2B at 21 Astor Place, 1814 square feet of functional living and entertaining space. Having just undergone a full year-long renovation, this mint, never-lived-in unit highlights neo-renaissance details including 11-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, original columns, and an enormous palladium arched window.

Upon entry to the lower level, you’re met with a home office, full bathroom, and open kitchen, featuring Bertazzoni gas range, dishwasher, and custom paneled appliances. Up the cantilevered staircase you’ll find a large landing that can be used as a sitting area or office, an oversized primary bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, and an interior secondary room.
21 Astor Place has 2 available listings from $2.2M.

Bob Harper - Listed for $2,295,000

124-West-24th-Street-01 Bob Harper via Wiki Commons; 124 West 24th Street via Compass
Contestants on The Biggest Loser have lost hundreds of pounds with the help of trainer/host Bob Harper. Off-screen, he's seeking to offload his Chelsea condo. The New York Post observes that he initially purchased the home in 2015 and spent the past few years on extensive renovations.

From the listing:
Welcome home to one of the most well-appointed, character-filled, enviable properties to come to market in Chelsea. #5B is a rare offering in the Manhattan marketplace and a lucky new owner will soon get to call this loved apartment home. Marked by a classically cool downtown feel, the home has stunning exposed beams and brick, making it feel more like a loft and less like a condominium.

The current owner has undergone an extensive cosmetic renovation on the property, including darkening the hardwood flooring, replacing all fixtures, renovating the kitchen, changing out the backsplash, creating custom doors for all closets and door frames, installing California Closets in all storage spaces, and installing custom lighting and sound system. Enter into #5B off of a floor with only a small handful of neighbors, and you soon see how the oversized living/dining space and high ceilings create such a special feel. The home has two full bathrooms and an enormous amount of storage space, including ample customized closet space throughout the entry foyer.
124 West 24th Street has 2 available listings from $2.29M.

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