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They buy beautiful New York apartments. They sell their city homes in favor of a quieter lifestyle upstate. They put their homes on the market after becoming empty nesters. They take advantage of the spring selling season to post price reductions. Stars—when it comes to New York real estate, they truly are just like us, albeit on a very grand scale! April was an especially busy time for celebrity sales, and we've chosen some of the most prominent below.

Marc Jacobs

68-Bethune-Street-1 Superior Ink via Sotheby's
April has been a busy month for acclaimed fashion designer Marc Jacobs. Shortly after his star-studded wedding, he put his West Village townhouse on the market. The Wall Street Journal reports that he and new husband Char Defrancesco (not pictured) will divide their time between Manhattan and Rye, where they recently closed on a Frank Lloyd Wright home.

From the listing:
Combining classic glamour with a sense of true urban tranquility, this four-story townhouse on a tree-lined West Village block was commissioned by a world-renowned fashion designer as his own private oasis. The internationally esteemed firm of Robert A. M. Stern served as architects for the house and neighboring townhomes.

The interior architect was Andre Tchelistcheff, which interior designers Paul Fortune, John Gachot and Thad Hayes transformed into a home of 4,796 square feet +/- of stylish living and entertaining space, three serene bedroom suites, (including basement) and 1,462 square feet of alluring outdoor areas, including a secluded garden courtyard and an idyllic rooftop terrace. No detail was overlooked in the creation of the home, which has been featured in Architectural Digest and boasts such well-considered details as custom hardware from H. Theophile and light switches from Meljac. An elevator connects the four levels, all of which have walls ideal for the display of art.
Superior Ink has 11 available listings from $2.35M.

Jack Welch

158-East-58th-Street-1 One Beacon Court via Corcoran
Less than a year after former GE CEO Jack Welch put his apartment at One Beacon Court on the market, the combination corner unit has entered contract for $24.9 million, down from its $25.9 million asking price. Despite the sale, the striking tower will not be a mogul-free zone: The New York Post notes that Mr. Welch and his wife Suzy will stay at One Beacon Court until their new Fifth Avenue home is complete, and a penthouse in the building owned by billionaire Steve Cohen is still on the market for $45 million.

From the listing:
This 46th floor apartment is a rare combination of grand space, extraordinary light, dramatic vistas and perfection of design and execution by internationally acclaimed designer Tony Ingrao. Dazzling views of Central Park, four bridges, and the majestic waterways of Manhattan are all on display from this corner four bedroom residence. This pristine apartment is marriage of two units and is the perfect Manhattan home with floor to ceiling windows, 11' ceilings, state-of-the-art systems, and exquisite finishes throughout.

Stepping into the apartment one is immediately taken with the use of exotic woods, onyx and marble in the entrance foyer and gallery. The expansive corner living room and dining room have breathtaking city panoramas both night and day. A wet bar with wine storage is conveniently located off the dining room.

Motorized pocket doors in the dining room allow for convenience and privacy. Across the gallery is located the spacious master bedroom wing with dressing room and onyx-clad master bath with stall shower, a separate soaking tub and double sinks. There is a fully equipped eat-in gourmet kitchen outfitted with custom cabinets, stone countertops, wide wood planked floors, and professional series stainless steel appliances including Sub-Zero, Wolf, GE and Miele. The kitchen as well as the adjacent media room/den have direct east exposure overlooking Roosevelt Island and the river.
One Beacon Court has 5 available listings from $6.995M.

David Cone

160-West-12th-Street-1 The Greenwich Lane via Douglas Elliman
As ex-Yankees pitcher and YES commentator David Cone prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of his perfect game, he is also tending to some real estate matters. The Greenwich Lane apartment he shares with partner Taja Abitbol (not pictured) was listed for $10.5 million in 2017 but has just been re-listed for $9.9 million. The New York Post notes that is is still up from the $8.3 million the couple paid for the apartment in 2016.

From the listing:
A gracious entrance gallery leads to a dramatic south facing living room with glass doors that open onto a large private balcony that is perfect for entertaining. An enormous state-of-the-art eat-in chef's kitchen kitchen with Sub-Zero, Wolf & Miele appliances with a large center island is located off of the entrance gallery. The bedroom wing on the northern side of the apartment includes an enormous master suite with a huge walk-in master closet, a marble spa-like master bath with custom mosaic floors, a soaking tub and an oversized glass shower. Two additional bedrooms also include beautiful en suite bathrooms.

A fourth bedroom with an en suite bathroom which can serve as a library/office is conveniently located adjacent to the living room. The apartment features an HVAC system with zoned climate control, a laundry room, beautiful hard wood floors throughout and 10ft ceiling heights. The Greenwich Lane is a LEED-certified building.
The Greenwich Lane has 9 available listings from $3.995M.

Russell Simmons

114-Liberty-Street-1 114 Liberty Street via The Modlin Group
If there’s a #MeToo effect on real estate, it may have affected music mogul Russell Simmons. According to the New York Post, he has lowered the price of an otherwise stunning Financial District penthouse to $8.75 million. It was listed for $11 million in 2012.

From the listing:
This Financial District's celebrated duplex condo Penthouse is now available for the first time in many years. With approx 7,175 sf of interior space and approx 3,500 sf of planted terraces, this is the ultimate downtown residence. A private landing leads you to phenomenal entertaining areas with soaring 12’ ceilings, living room, dining room, screening room, huge chef's kitchen with breakfast room, library w/gas fireplace, 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths and a powder room.

In addition there is a staff room with full bath, laundry room, and closets galore. Four exposures, barrel vaulted ceilings and handsome oak strip floors add to the uniqueness of this property. The grand circular and architectural staircase takes you to the upper level which houses the sun flooded grand master suite, two huge setback terraces, a very cozy den, a kitchenette and much more.
114 Liberty Street has 3 available listings from $6.999M.

Bethenny Frankel

22-Mercer-Street-1 22 Mercer Street via Compass
Original “Real Housewives of New York” cast member and Skinnygirl entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel has relisted her Soho apartment for $4.375 million, a 17 percent price chop from her 2017 asking price of $5.25 million, after listing it as a $13,000/month rental didn’t work out. Nevertheless, 6sqft observes that she still stands to make a profit on the two-bedroom home she bought for $4.2 million in 2014.

From the listing:
Perfectly located in a 24-hour doorman condominium loft building on a quiet cobblestone block of Mercer Street in SoHo's historic cast-iron district, this superbly outfitted 2-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom designer loft is grandly scaled with over 2,392 square feet of living space and features a wood-burning fireplace and a small balcony, the only one of its kind in the building.

To the East, the 25' great room with its soaring 14' ceilings is brightly lit by three triple-paned arched windows, framed in hardwood mahogany features a working wood-burning fireplace. Adjoining the entertaining space is a Bulthaup open kitchen, expertly equipped for the most discerning chef.

It features appliances by Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, & Miele, and is outfitted with imported marble, a sink and pot-filler, state-of-the-art ventilation system, an extra-large pantry, and a five-burner Wolf range. Additionally, there are twin wine refrigerators located in the pantry / utility closet.

A grand hallway - ideal for an art collection - maximizes use of space by providing a home office area complete with storage and customized built-ins.

The gracious master bedroom suite is a serene sanctuary and features a stunning custom-built walk-in closet and a luxurious 5-fixture marble bathroom resplendent with double vanity sinks, a deep soaking tub, and a glass-enclosed steam/rain shower. The enormous second bedroom offers custom closets and a contemporary en-suite bathroom. Both bedrooms are illuminated by a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows of an internal atrium that provides views of a landscaped green wall.

Ramona Singer

201-East-80th-Street-1 The Richmond via Douglas Elliman
Over the course of her stint on “Real Housewives of New York,” Ramona Singer transformed her traditional Upper East Side apartment into a contemporary home. Page Six reports that she is ready to downsize after her daughter’s departure, and it has been relisted for $4.5 million, down from its $4.9 million price of last fall.

From the listing:
This spectacular impeccably renovated four bedroom corner apartment is everything you are looking for in your new home.

A gracious entry gallery leads into an expansive corner living and dining room with 9'3" beamed ceilings and crown moldings. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer incredible sunlight, sunsets, and brilliant city views from open South and West exposures.

The open eat-in chef's kitchen is windowed with wonderful city views, white marble countertops and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.

This perfect layout allows for the master bedroom to be separate from the other three bedroom wing. It has open views to the west, a walk-in closet along with a wall of closets and an en-suite white Carrera marble bathroom with a soaking tub, glass enclosed shower and double vanity.
The Richmond has 3 available listings from $3.149M.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton

Great-Jones-Street-01 Great Jones Street via Corcoran
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton count popular TV shows and independent films among their screen credits, and the celebrity couple brings a similar eclecticism to their real estate holdings: They own a working farm in upstate New York and have just purchased a two-bedroom co-op on Great Jones Street for $2.85 million. This was above the asking price of $2.75 million, but below its 2018 ask of $3.25 million. The New York Post reports that their neighbors in the building will include comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie.

Amy Sedaris

50-West-9th-Street-1 The Hampshire via Douglas Elliman
On truTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris, the actress/comedian shows her love of crafts and unique tips for entertaining at home. However, her next project could very well be her home itself: She recently purchased the one-bedroom, one-bath co-op just above her own Greenwich Village apartment for $1.7 million, just under its $1.85 million ask. The New York Post points out that this puts her in a position to create quite a duplex apartment.

From the listing:
Centrally located within the Gold Coast of Greenwich Village, discover this gorgeously renovated large one-bedroom with incredible prewar charm.

Step through the entry foyer to a beautifully finished open kitchen, large dining room and oversized living room with a wood-burning fireplace. Two exposures and 10 foot ceilings in the great room allow for ample light and views of Freedom Tower to the south.

The large bedroom also has double exposures to the south and west and another wood-burning fireplace as well as a wall of closets. The renovated bathroom is lined with porcelain subway tiles accented with a Carrara marble vanity, towel warner and radiant heat flooring.
The Hampshire has 2 available listings from $1M.

Edie Sedgwick

16-East-63rd-Street-1 16 East 63rd Street via Keller Williams
The Beaux Arts mansion on the Upper East Side is already a piece of architectural history on the outside, and one of its apartments comes with a touch of more contemporary history: The New York Post announces that a recently listed one-bedroom belonged to Edie Sedgwick, 1960's It girl and one of Andy Warhol's stars. A 1966 fire in the apartment was started by one of Sedgwick's cigarettes, but it has been restored since then.

From the listing:
Old-world and elegant, this spacious full-floor apartment is graced by generous proportions, 12 feet ceiling heights, 2 wood burning fireplaces, parquet of Versailles floors and iconic prewar charm in this Beaux Arts townhouse built in 1876. Located on a prime UES tree-lined block of Parisian-style townhouses, steps from Central Park and within easy strolling distance to many of New York's notable shopping, dining and cultural landmarks. Comprised on a large sunny living room with wood burning fireplace, kitchen, storage room and bedroom suite with wood burning fireplace, dressing area and bathroom overlooking a charming garden; each room retains its rich original detail. This is a unique find and rare opportunity to own a piece of NYC history.

Jeff Bezos

220-Central-Park-South-1 220 Central Park South via Vornado Realty Trust
Amazon may have dropped its plans for a New York City headquarters, but the same cannot be said of its CEO. The New York Post reported that Jeff Bezos was seen looking at full-floor apartments in the $60 million range at 220 Central Park South, the same building where Kenneth Griffin made a record $238 million purchase. It is a short walk down the street from 25 Central Park West, where Mr. Bezos already owns four units.
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