Considering the fact that New York City townhouses go for tens of millions of dollars and luxury condos are climbing into the hundred million range, $11 million for an entire private island and mansion seems like quite the bargain.
Tavern Island is a 3.5-acre piece of land located in the Long Island Sound near Rowayton, Connecticut, overlooking NYC. According to the Daily Mail, in the 1950s and ’60s, theater impresario and lyricist Billy Rose owned the island and hosted lavish parties for the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Maureen O’Sullivan, and Barbara Streisand. In addition to these epic bragging rights, the new owner of the island will gain a six-bedroom English Colonial mansion dating to 1900, private beach, swimming pool, and a docking area and boat for access the mainland.
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Though Tribeca has long been considered a haven for artists, this tends to refer to those in the visual arts, thanks to the neighborhood’s chill vibes and spacious loft apartments. But over the last two decades, some of the world’s most famous pop musicians have been gobbling up real estate on its cobblestone streets. From Katy Perry and Taylor Swift to Chris Martin and Justin Timberlake, the hit makers can’t get enough of Tribeca.
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Paul McCartney has just nabbed a $15.5 million penthouse at 1045 Fifth Avenue, the Post reports. Laid out as a duplex, the unit was previously owned by developer Manny Duell who made a living turning rentals into co-ops. This particular unit was one of Duell’s creations, assembled as a gift for his wife who lived in the home until her death last year at the age of 92. Duell himself passed in 1977. With its roots in the Beatles era, McCartney should quickly feel at home here. The unit was previously described by the Times as a “glamorous 1960s time capsule with a dash of Hollywood.”
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When we took a look at the real estate of the stars of “Girls,” we said the characters “live in Greenpoint, not the Upper West Side.” The same cannot be said for their real-life digs, as evidenced by Zosia Mamet’s (she plays Shoshanna on the hit show) purchase of a pretty bland Upper West Side co-op. According to city records released today, she paid $1,225,000 for the two-bedroom apartment at 522 West End Avenue. We knew she was looking to relocate–she and her boyfriend listed their Bushwick house back in October, and it recently sold–but we can’t deny that we’re a little surprised by her choice.
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Star of “Gotham” (or Ryan from “The O.C.” for our 20-something readers) Benjamin McKenzie was seen checking out a glitzy duplex at 420 West 25th Street, reports the Post. The $2.5 million pad near the High Line is located in the pre-war Ink Press building and features two bedrooms, double-height ceilings, and a private terrace. It’s currently decked out with crystal chandeliers, gold decor, and elegant fabrics, a style we think would well suite the handsome actor.
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Artist and architect Maya Lin, best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., has just purchased a sprawling loft unit at 35 Bond Street in Noho, according to city records. Lin paid $4.5 million for the 3,260-square-foot space, which remains extremely raw, making for the perfect blank canvas workspace or renovation project for the multi-disciplinary creative who has also been known to dabble in interior design.
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The 19th century Cobble Hill carriage house featured in the Julia Roberts movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” has just sold for $6.25 million, according to the Observer. We’re reminded of the boho-fabulous Park Slope townhouse featured in Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale,” which changed hands for its ask of $3.45 million back in 2012, so this may be a testament to how much the market has shifted since then–or one could compare indie film cred with Julia Roberts-grade mainstream appeal.
Either way, this charming 1840s former firehouse at 172 Pacific Street on a pretty, shade-dappled Cobble Hill block has cinematic qualities on its own. The home, which had been on the market for nearly a year, is unique even on this block of quaint 19th century houses.
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It looks like Hollywood hunk and newly single Bradley Cooper is looking for some New York digs. The Post reports that the actor was spotted checking out a sprawling three-bedroom at The Hubert, located in none other than celeb haven, Tribeca. The picture perfect pad is a seventh-floor unit that’s been designed a renovated by Moka Home, described by the brokers as a “rare one-of-a-kind offering will take your breath away from the moment you enter.”
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Despite a string of recent on-air comments that were controversial to say the least, Geraldo Rivera is still movin’ on up. The news personality, along with his wife Erica, just nabbed a $5.6 million condo on the 40th floor of 45 East 89th Street according to city records released today. This is the couple’s second purchase in the massive Upper East Side building; they bought a 36th floor unit for $3.4 million in 2011. Geraldo’s latest acquisition is a four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot pad with remarkable Central Park views.
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We don’t think the uber-chic, ever-polished Joan Harris would approve of this pretty basic, slightly cluttered midtown apartment that her real-life counterpart Christina Hendricks just picked up, but seeing that the actress is so well known for her timeless fashion sense, we think she’ll turn it into her very own glam pad in no time.
The Daily News reports that Hendricks and her husband, actor Geoffrey Arend, bought the one-bedroom unit at the Parc Vendome at 353 West 56th Street for $1.16 million. The timing makes sense, as “Mad Men,” which films in Los Angeles, is airing its series finale in just a couple weeks.
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