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While there's no question that a famous name can draw attention to a real estate listing, the celebrity's reputation can sometimes be a help or a hindrance in how quickly the property ultimately sells. Deborah Grubman of Corcoran, who is marketing stage and screen star Hugh Jackman's West Village triplex condo, told The Real Deal that her client's sunny reputation might help his condo find a buyer. On the other hand, after convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's townhouse finally sold at a reduced price, the buyer vowed not to move in until "a complete makeover, physically and spiritually" was complete.

Mr. Jackman's condo was among the most notable celebrity listings, purchases, and sales of June 2022. Highlights may be seen below.

Hugh Jackman — Listed for $38,900,000

176-Perry-Street-01 Hugh Jackman (Wiki Commons - Paul Cush) and 176 Perry Street (Corcoran)
“Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for.” It might be hard to resist singing the opening lyrics to The Greatest Showman upon encountering star Hugh Jackman’s West Village triplex — each floor has its own private terrace, and the interiors feature a dramatic Great Room with a fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, a separate bedroom floor, and a full-floor primary suite with an exercise area, dressing area, and sauna. When The Real Deal announced the sale, it noted that Mr. Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, bought the apartment for $21 million in 2008.

From the Listing:
This spectacular triplex apartment comprises the 8th, 9th and 10th Floors and over 11,000 square feet of living space. The residence’s striking minimalist design makes it one of the most dramatic apartments in Manhattan. The 8th floor features a huge recreation room with terrace overlooking the Hudson, 4 bedrooms with ensuite baths and a library/guest bedroom with half bath. The 9th floor features a dramatic 51’ x 26’ double height great room with walls of windows overlooking the Hudson River. The entire 10th floor consists of the primary bedroom suite, a studio/exercise area, luxurious spa bath, sauna and dressing areas.
176 Perry Street has 1 available listing for $38.9M.

Steve Ells — Sold for $35,000,000

27-East-11th-Street-01 Steve Ells (Flickr - brownfield Txseo) | 27 East 11th Street (Brown Harris Stevens)
Less than a year after selling his Fifth Avenue pied-a-terre to Eleven Madison Park chef/owner Daniel Humm, former Chipotle CEO Steve Ells has sold his West Village townhouse in an off-market deal and made a $5 million profit on it. He is not the house’s only famous resident — when the New York Post announced the sale, it noted that it was also the childhood home of Dr. Janet Travell, the first female White House physician.

From the Listing:
Perfectly located on a serene tree-lined block along lower Fifth Avenue’s Gold Coast, 27 East 11th Street is an impeccably renovated 25-foot wide, 5-story single-family mansion with approximately 9,000 square feet of thoughtful interior living space and over 2,000 square feet in the magnificent garden, 2 terraces and stunning roof deck.

Features of this meticulously renovated home include an elevator that serves all levels from the cellar to the top floor, a fully integrated Savant smart home system, 7 bedrooms and 10 baths, 4 wood-burning fireplaces, 3 gas fireplaces, radiant heat flooring throughout, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, and an 18-zone HVAC system with humidification controls. An elegant, sweeping circular staircase scales the home and brilliant sunlight shines into every floor through large skylights and grand windows along the rear facade.

Alex Blavatnik — Bought for $24,995,000

Just above the Museum of Modern Art, the Jean Nouvel-designed 53W53 has taken the local skyline and real estate market by storm: The Wall Street Journal revealed that Alex Blavatnik, brother of industrialist Leonard “Len” Blavatnik, bought a penthouse near the top of the building. The building is a short distance from the New York offices of Access Industries, where Alex Blavatnik is vice chairman and whose holdings include Warner Music Group, Tory Burch, and AI Film.

From the Listing:
Comprising the entire 75th floor at 53 West 53, this grand 4,599 square feet Penthouse residence features two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and north-, south-, east-, and west-facing exposures that span across Central Park, the Hudson River, East River, city skyline, and beyond. Gracious proportions, magnificent details, and ceilings that range up to approximately 11 feet set the awe-inspiring stage for world-renowned designer Thierry Despont's masterfully conceived interiors. Bespoke detailing typically reserved for privately commissioned homes abounds, while a rich yet soft palette of museum-quality finishes imbues each space with both modern glamour and timeless elegance.
53W53 has 19 available listings from $2.899M.

Bruce Gelb — Entered contract with asking price of $20,000,000

1060-Fifth-Avenue-02 Bruce Gelb (Wiki Commons); 1060 Fifth Avenue, #10B (Sotheby's International Realty)
Between his diplomatic post and philanthropic efforts, it is safe to say that former U.S. Ambassador Bruce Gelb spent much of his career entertaining. He and his wife Lueza used their 15-room Fifth Avenue apartment as a home base for decades, and he listed the apartment for $65 million following her death in 2016. Six years and several price reductions later, it has found a buyer.

From the Listing:
This sprawling 10th floor residence is perched high atop one of Carnegie Hill’s most coveted prewar cooperatives and offers stunning views of Central Park and the Reservoir. Designed by the renowned architect J.E.R. Carpenter in 1928, this high floor apartment incorporates all of the period architectural elements that distinguish the great buildings of the late 1920s in New York City. The spectacular 15 into 13 room corner residence is perfectly positioned on Fifth Avenue to enjoy the absolutely dazzling views of Central Park and the fabulous sun-lit Southern exposures grace the apartment with amazing light throughout the day. Upon entry, a private elevator landing opens to a beautifully proportioned gallery which anchors the principal entertaining rooms, all overlooking Central Park.
1060 Fifth Avenue has 3 available listings from $4.95M.

Sting — Listed for $18,950,000

520-West-28th-Street 520 West 28th Street (Rendering by DBOX via Corcoran) Sting (Wiki Commons)
520-West-28th-Street (Corcoran Group)
Sting is clearly partial to West Side real estate — in addition to his current apartment at 220 Central Park South and former condo at 15 Central Park West, the singer and his wife, actress Trudie Styler, once rented a floor-through duplex with a wrap terrace at the Zaha Hadid-designed 520 West 28th Street. The New York Post announced that the West Chelsea apartment is now for sale.

From the Listing:
Including views of the Empire State Building, this 4,460-square-foot penthouse features beautiful city skyline views while the High Line and Paul Kasmin Gallery’s sculpture garden create a park-like setting well below. Direct elevator entry opens upon your art gallery and directly into the dramatic and massive 34′ × 22′ Great Room with fireplace with direct step-out access onto the setback wrap terrace. Measuring 2,040 square feet, the terrace has water and gas hookups to create your private garden in the sky, and grand entertaining space ready for an outdoor kitchen and grill. Naturally, the terrace has also been reinforced for planting and outdoor sculpture.
520 West 28th Street has 3 available listings from $3.995M.

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen — Sold for $16,750,000

374-Broome-Street-01 Brewster Carriage House (Douglas Elliman)
Between John Legend’s European tour and Las Vegas residency, the continued rise of Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings food and cookware line, and various family obligations, it’s no wonder the power couple didn’t have time to combine their Nolita penthouses into one massive apartment as originally planned. The spread quickly found a buyer for slightly under its $18 million ask, and they plan to find a New York pied-a-terre that does not require nearly as much work as combining apartments would be.

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. The fully reimagined open kitchen has been upgraded with a luxe Miele appliance package, Amuneal bespoke custom cabinets and anchored by a central island clad in Cristallo natural white quartz. In its current configuration, the great room comes complete with a gas fireplace, integrated sound system with a 133” projector screen, custom wine cellar underneath the stairs and eight oversized windows – three of which open to Juliet balconies. The combination could allow for further expansion of the great room to almost 1,200 square feet of entertaining space.

Ghislaine Maxwell — Sold for $16,000,000

116-East-65th-Street-01 116 East 65th Street, #TH (The Modlin Group)
116-East-65th-Street-02 Ghislaine Maxwell (Flickr - Happy Bawa)
The day after socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in enabling Jeffrey Epstein’s abuses, public records showed that her Upper East Side townhouse sold to an undisclosed buyer. The Real Deal broke the news and identified the seller as real estate investor Frederick Rudd.

From the Listing:
Sitting on one of Manhattan’s most coveted tree-lined streets, this approximately 6,950-square-foot Beaux Arts-style townhouse is spread out over 5 floors and features 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms plus 2 powder rooms. At 20 feet wide and graced with natural light, this sprawling limestone and brick masterpiece features large-scale rooms, soaring ceilings and embodies iconic New York City townhouse living. A stately columned portico ushers you into a proper foyer, anchored by herringbone oak floors and a fireplace with an antique Carrara marble mantelpiece. The sweeping gallery leads to a huge breakfast room that opens onto a 750-square-foot private garden featuring a stunning, mature magnolia tree.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher — Listed for $11,500,000

154-East-74th-Street-01 154 East 74th Street, #TH (Compass) Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher (Flickr - Ceng News)
Throughout the 1970s, actress Debbie Reynolds raised her children, Todd Fisher and the late actress Carrie Fisher, in a prewar townhouse on the Upper East Side. In a memoir about growing up in his famous family, Mr. Fisher shared warm memories of movie nights in the townhouse’s media room, which has been fully sound automated with a projector and movie screen (h/t New York Post).

From the Listing:
Welcome home to 154 East 74th Street. One of the most perfect homes I have ever entered. Perfectly updated to create the marriage of old and new.

Charm and details of the past galore, with the latest, innovative home technologies to enhance the homeowner’s life. Every inch of this home was envisioned with style and comfort. As you enter this incredible home, your eyes automatically see from the entrance to the backyard. The ground floor has a grand media room, fully sound automated with a projector and movie screen.

This room is fully soundproofed with cork flooring and sound insulation and has a fully functional second kitchen. French doors lead to the spectacular backyard and basketball court.

Amy Schumer — In contract to buy with asking price of $11,000,000

19-Cranberry-Street Amy Schumer and 19 Cranberry Street (Corcoran)
Life isn’t imitating art for Amy Schumer – while a fictional version of the actress just bought Sting’s Upper West Side penthouse on Only Murders in the Building, the Emmy Award-winner has, in fact, listed the Upper West Side penthouse she describes as her “Manhattan dream apartment” for a move to Brooklyn. Most recently, the New York Post identified her as the buyer of the Brooklyn Heights townhouse prominently featured in romantic comedy Moonstruck.

From the Listing:
Magnificently restored and renewed four story, five+ bedroom, three and a half bathroom, single family townhouse in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. At 26’ wide, with garden and gated parking, this 30-window, light-filled, 4-story, 5+ bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse has been impeccably renovated with restored original charm and exquisite attention to detail, resulting in comfortable and stately opulence. This peerless effort has seamlessly modernized this 1829 home for generations to come. Grand in scale, with sunny, large-scale rooms throughout, the corner townhouse is private, intimate, and considered at every turn. With all of the infrastructure inside and out already redone, you need only kickback and enjoy this glamorous hideaway with a European flair, perfect for robust life or entertaining friends.

Adam Tishman — Bought for $10,100,000

941-Park-Avenue 941 Park Avenue, #5C (Cronobook/Kleier Residential, Inc.)
Prestigious prewar cooperative 941 Park Avenue has attracted the likes of former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein, acclaimed journalist Tom Brokaw, and, most recently, Helix Sleep co-founder and CEO Adam Tishman. His new apartment has four bedrooms, but his company offers infinitely more mattress types to cater to all sleep positions, body types, and preferred firmness.

From the Listing:
Elegant four bedroom with library and four and a half baths. Meticulously designer renovated in 2018 with luxury finishes while maintaining the prewar details such as ten foot beamed ceilings, wood burning fireplace with original stone mantel, oak herringbone hardwood floors and elegant moldings. A private elevator landing opens onto the grand entrance gallery. The magnificent south facing living room with wood burning fireplace and Venetian plaster walls leads to an elegant wood paneled library with custom built-ins and an exquisitely detailed powder room. Opposite the living room is a twenty-foot formal dining room with custom gold leaf ceiling, chair moldings and wainscotting. The huge open palatial chefs eat in kitchen and family room has three enormous windows, custom cabinetry, farmhouse sink by Shaws England, Sub-Zero separate full-sized refrigerator and freezer, six burner double oven Wolf gas range and two Bosch dishwashers.

Charlotte Hunnewell — In contract with asking price of $10,500,000

226-East-49th-Street-01 226 East 49th Street (Corcoran)
Combining two units into one massive home is a fairly common practice now, but was a novel concept when heiress Charlotte Hunnewell did it for her home at the center of a cluster of Turtle Bay townhouses she'd purchased and renovated. Her neighbors included Maria Bowen Chapin, Bob Dylan, Katherine Hepburn, Stephen Sondheim, and E.B. White. Years after her death, banker Olivier Sarkozy (pictured above) spent years renovating the home before listing it; there is still work to be done, but the magnificent bones remain.

From the Listing:
Truly palatial in size, 226 East 49th Street was originally two homes that were combined by Charlotte Hunnewell to serve as her primary residence. Offering over 8,000 square feet, and five floors of living space, the possibilities are endless for how this historic home can be reimagined. From the street, the home displays a regency-style facade with Dutch gables, while the rear of the home exudes Mediterranean attributes. Notable features of the home include five wood burning fireplaces, curb cut with a one car garage and original millwork. Currently architect ready, this one-of-a-kind home allows for endless options dependent on your needs.

Greta Garbo — Listed for $7,250,000

450-East-52nd-Street-01 The Campanile, #5FL (Compass)
450-East-52nd-Street-02 Greta Garbo (Wiki Commons - Clarence Sinclair Bull - eBay)
For nearly 40 years, actress Greta Garbo lived in a floor-through cooperative in Sutton Place that looked out on spectacular views of the East River. The home has changed hands since her death in 1990, but the New York Post notes that the most recent owners kept certain items that showed her decor. The tabloid also notes that the last time the home was listed, its connection to the film star sparked a bidding war that drove the price up — might history repeat itself?

From the Listing:
This stunning floor-through residence, which has been meticulously maintained and boasts a newly renovated kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, and HVAC system, features a private elevator lobby opening into an expansive formal central gallery. A grand, L-shaped living room, with den area and a working gas fireplace, is cast in exquisite, timeless wood paneling. Large picture windows frame the cityscape of bridges and buildings to the south and east, majestic river views, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. French doors at the far end open to river breezes and an inviting balcony.
The Campanile has 2 available listings from $6.1M.

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