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Celebrities, Clinton Hill, Recent Sales

Adrian Grenier, celebrity real estate, clinton hill, brooklyn, brownstone, townhouse

Recently it was reported that filmmaker, actor and Entourage star–and sometime boutique brewer and Brooklyn renovator Adrian Grenier had been spotted checking out a three-bedroom co-op in Chelsea, accompanied by his mom, Brown Harris Stevens broker Karesse Grenier. While Chelsea may be in their sights as well, city records show that the pair recently inked a deal on a huge, historic five-story townhouse in prime Clinton Hill at 112 Gates Avenue, not far from the house he brought back to life with a green reno in 2007.
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Celebrities, Clinton Hill, Recent Sales

102 gates avenue renovated, renovated clinton hill townhouse, renovated historic home, brooklyn historic home, renovated brooklyn home

We’ve been a bit obsessed with the house at 102 Gates Avenue–a Brownstoner House of the Day not once but twice–since it hit the market as an estate sale back in 2013; lines stretched down the block and 350 people showed up on one Sunday to view the house, which was asking $1,295,000, a great price at a time when townhouse prices in the area were hitting their recent hot streak. The house, in estate condition but dripping with gorgeous original details, set off a bidding war and sold in a matter of weeks for $1,555,000, becoming a poster child of sorts for the frenzied brownstone Brooklyn townhouse market.

After a high-end renovation that spared no detail, the house, a two-unit stunner with a sweet garden apartment and a beautifully restored triplex plus landscaped yard and deck, re-emerged less than one year later at the head-turning asking price of $3.35 million.

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Celebrities, Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

271 Central Park West, Bruce Willis, Upper West Side luxury real estate

Maybe we haven’t seen Bruce Willis in a new movie in a couple of years because he’s been too busy unloading and buying real estate in New York. First there was the $12 million, 22-acre buy in Bedford, then the $13 million sale of his El Dorado co-op, and now he’s purchased a $17 million six-bedroom duplex at 271 Central Park West, just a few blocks away from the El Dorado digs and not too far from the unit he owned before that at Trump Place on Riverside Drive. Clearly Willis likes the Upper West Side, and it looks to us like he’s having some fun climbing up the luxury-listing ladder.

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Celebrities, Chelsea, Recent Sales

200 Eleventh Avenue, Gina Gershon, Annabelle Selldorf, Sky Garage

Just after Robert Pattinson checked out a $20 million penthouse with a private, drive-in elevator at 200 Eleventh Avenue, actress Gina Gershon sold her duplex unit in the building for $8.2 million, reports the Post. She and her partner Bobby Dekeyser, founder of outdoor furniture brand DEDON and subject of the biography Not for Sale!, purchased the $2,391-square-foot Chelsea pad in 2012 for $6.6 million, and after listing in June for $9.5 million, they’ve made the sale for a little more than a million under the asking price.

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Celebrities, Chelsea, Cool Listings, Starchitecture

100 11th avenue 5b , vincent gallo 100 11th avenue

Actor and filmmaker Vincent Gallo is ready to bid adieu to his Chelsea pad. According to the NYDN, Gallo has listed his apartment for $2.95 million—about a $1 million more than what he paid for it two years ago. The one-bedroom home is located on the fifth floor of starchitect Jean Nouvel’s glassy creation at 100 Eleventh Avenue. A few highlights of Gallo’s space include a curved wall of glass and a floor-to-ceiling pivoting glass door that opens to a den with a private terrace.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

565 Broadway, Edwina Sandys, Richard Kaplan, Soho loft, Ball Black & Co.

You know an apartment is exceptional when Philip Johnson once referred to it as “the most beautiful loft in Soho.” Home to sculptor Edwina Sandys, the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, and her husband, architect Richard Kaplan, this one-of-a-kind space at 565 Broadway was also the location for the original season of “The Real World” in 1992 and has since seen the likes of architects Richard Meier and Rafael Vinoly, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Massimo Vignelli and Christine Ebersole pass through its doors for high-society parties hosted by Sandys and Kaplan.

But the real draw here is the simply stunning historic architecture. Originally home to Ball Black & Co., the top 19th century jeweler before Tiffany’s, the five-bedroom duplex boasts a double-height, 17-foot, exposed-brick vault ceiling, stately Corinthian columns, and a Carrara marble floor, which certainly justifies the $10 million price tag.

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Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

11 East 75th Street, Roman Abramovich

While some billionaires are busy eyeing the glass penthouses of the city’s up-and-coming and ultra-luxe towers, others are taking a more DIY approach to realizing their dream home. The latest to join the building-your-own-mansion trend is billionaire Roman Abramovich, who according to the  NY Post has just “secretly” purchased a 9,495-square-foot townhouse at 11 East 75th Street for $29.7 million from developer Larry Gluck. The buy follows Abramovich’s December purchase of another 7,286-square-foot townhouse two doors down for $18.3 million, and word on the street is that he’s in contract for the townhouse wedged right in between.

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Celebrities, lincoln square, Recent Sales

150 columbus avenue penthouse, marv albert

Though it was originally reported that famed sportscaster Marv Albert sold his sprawling penthouse at 150 Columbus Avenue for $15 million, city records released today show that the 3,553-square-foot pad actually sold for $13 million after being listed in May. Marv and his wife, former ESPN producer Heather Albert, originally purchased the home in 1996 for $2.39 million, turning a pretty impressive profit in time for their move downtown to Tribeca.

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Celebrities, Features, Interiors

HBO Girls, Lena Dunham

One of the reasons Girls became such an instant hit is because it was lauded as the anti-Sex & the City. Its characters live in Greenpoint, not the Upper West Side; they wear Converse instead of Manolos; they struggle to pay the rent rather than living in completely unrealistic apartments. But when it comes to their real lives in New York City, the cast of the HBO show is definitely not struggling to make ends meet, as is evidenced by their impressive collection of real estate. So, in anticipation for this Sunday’s season four premier, let’s take a look at how Lena Dunham and her posse actually live in the city, as compared with their characters’ fictional digs.

See where the stars of ‘Girls’ live on and off the screen

Celebrities, Quirky Homes, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

211 Central Park West, taxidermy apartment, apartment interior, with animals

Generally speaking, the ultra-conservative crowd isn’t spending their free time volunteering with PETA. So it’s quite fitting that Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle just picked up the infamous taxidermy-filled apartment in the Beresford.

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your thoughts on decorative dead animals, the long-time owner, journalist Gregory Speck, is sending his massive collection of stuffed friends to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, according to the Post. And Guilfoyle has already hired architect Campion Platt to renovate the two-bedroom, “classic six” home. Lucky for us, though, it’s not too late to see the bizarre (or some may say terrifying) Central Park West home.

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