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Celebrities, Cool Listings, New Jersey

Listing images courtesy of Christie’s International Realty

Fifteen acres, an 18,000-square-foot main house designed by Robert A.M. Stern, a dock and boat lift, a pool with two cedar cabanas, a personal pub, a recording studio–and that’s just the beginning of what you’ll find at Jon Bon Jovi’s incredible Central Jersey mansion. First spotted by Mansion Global, the rocker’s property on the Navesink River in Middletown has just hit the market for $20 million, and as Christie’s listing agent Kathleen Coumou told MG, “He’s looking for the right buyer, someone who will appreciate what he’s done to the house.”

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Celebrities, Nolita, Recent Sales

Streetview of 374 Broome Street; Map data © 2020 Google

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have picked up a second penthouse apartment at their Nolita building. As the Real Deal first reported, the power couple paid $7.7 million for a three-bedroom at the landmarked Brewster Carriage House at 374 Broome Street, joining the $9 million pad bought by the duo in 2018. They seem to really like the building; Legend and Teigen also lived in a one-bedroom unit at the building until they sold it in 2016 for $4 million.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

El Dorado, 300 Central Park West

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

We’ve gotta hand it to Moby–he has had some killer taste in real estate over the years, from his “tiny but charming” Nolita penthouse to the incredible midcentury house in Westchester he sold for charity. But perhaps the most fabulous place of all was his four-story penthouse at the iconic El Dorado on Central Park West, where he lived from 2005 to 2008. Not only is the sprawling co-op located in the landmarked building’s south tower (it occupies the entire 31st, 32nd, 33rd, and 34th floors), but it boasts four landscaped terraces with sweeping skyline and Central Park views. First reported by the Post, it’s now back on the market for $5,750,000.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Soho

Netflix director asks $800K for his crafty Soho pad

By Devin Gannon, Fri, March 13, 2020

German film writer and director Tom Tykwer, known for his work on Netflix’s Sense8 and Run Lola Run, is selling his lovely one-bedroom apartment in Soho for $800,000. Located at 105 Thompson Street, the co-op sits on the fifth floor of a pre-war building and successfully mixes old-school charm with modern upgrades.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Photo credit: DD Reps, courtesy The Corcoran Group

Could $10,750,000 be the lucky number for Real Housewives of New York star Sonja Morgan? The socialite bought the townhouse at 162 East 63rd Street in 1998 for $9.1 million with her ex-husband John Adams Morgan (grandson to the J.P. Morgan). After divorcing in 2008, Sonja first listed the home for $12 million in 2009, with three separate listings over the next six years fluctuating between $7 and $9 million. In 2018, she began renting the home for $32,000/month. And as of this past November, Sonja switched the listing to Corcoran and listed it as both a rental and a sale.

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Celebrities, Cobble Hill, Recent Sales

166 amity street, cobble hill, norah hill

Photo by Christian Harder for Nest Seekers International

In early November, Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones listed her Greek Revival Cobble Hill townhouse for $8 million. She had purchased it for $4.9 million in 2009. Located at 166 Amity Street, the four-story, five-bedroom brick home boasts beautiful interiors with preserved 1800s details like wooden ceiling beams, marble mantles, and classical moldings, as well as a disappearing heated pool and hot tub in the lovely backyard. The sale, which was first reported by the Post, has not hit public records yet, so the exact sales price is unknown.

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Celebrities, Recent Sales, West Village 

68 Bethune Street, Marc Jacobs, West Village, townhouses, Superior Ink

Listing images by Rich Caplan; courtesy of the Ryan Serhant Team at Nest Seekers International

Marc Jacobs’ West Village townhouse had been on the market for almost a year when he relisted the property at 68 Bethune Street with a new agency and a price chop last week. The New York Post reports the property went into contract the very next day, proving that sometimes a price cut makes all the difference. The fashion designer first listed the four-story, nearly 4,800-square-foot home last April for $15.9 million after having purchased it for $10.5 million in 2009. The new listing hit the market at $12 million but the final sale price is still unknown.

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Celebrities, City Living, Policy

Billy Idol joins Mayor de Blasio in anti-idling message

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, February 28, 2020

billy idol, bill de blasio, idling, pollution, environment

Image courtesy of the Office of the Mayor

Motorists are getting a new warning: If you idle on New York City’s streets you’ll get a fine from the city–and a snarl from rocker Billy Idol. The mayor’s penchant for geeky dad humor and a dose of Gen X nostalgia make the collab a natural, and while it might sound as if it’s aimed at slackers in city government, the fresh and direct message is meant for the idling vehicles that befoul the city with noise and pollution.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Hamilton Heights

409 Edgecombe Avenue, Thurgood Marshall

Photo credit: Rise Media, Courtesy of Compass

Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court’s first African-American justice, lived in Harlem as a young adult, even serving as a vestryman at St. Philip’s Protestant Episcopal Church at 134th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. His home was a bit farther north in Hamilton Heights, at 409 Edgecombe Avenue near 154th Street. Notably, the building was also home to prominent African American figures such as W. E. B. Du Bois, painter Aaron Douglas, civil rights activist Roy Wilkins, and artist Elizabeth Catlett. Justice Marshall’s former co-op, a spacious two-bedroom, is now owned by actress Erica Ash, known for her work on MadTV and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She’s just put it on the market for $550,000.

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Celebrities, Hamptons, Recent Sales, Soho

2623 Montauk Highway, Bethenny Frankel Hamptons

2623 Montauk Highway. Photo credit: Chris Foster, courtesy of Compass

It’s been a busy 2020 so far for Real Housewives of New York alum Bethenny Frankel, who’s finally unloaded two properties: her Soho condo and one of her Hamptons retreats. The Post reported last week that Frankel sold her seven-bedroom residence in Bridgehampton for $2.28 million after listing it for $2.99 million. It’s a good thing she made a slight profit there because her Soho condo ended up selling for a significant loss. After almost three years on the market, Frankel sold her two-bedroom apartment at 22 Mercer Street for $3.65 million, the Observer reported last month. That’s a $550,000 loss compared to the $4.2 million she paid for the pad in 2014—and more if you factor in what she spent on an extensive renovation.

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