News anchor darling Katie Couric and her husband of nearly two years, financier John Molner, have purchased a lavish Upper East Side condo for $12,168,087, according to city records released today. The five-bedroom, full-floor spread is located at 151 East 78th Street, a recently-completed building by Peter Pennoyer Architects that has only 14 residences spread across its 16 floors. Couric’s new 3,966-square-foot digs are classically elegant, as the architect took a modern interpretation of the Rosario Candela-designed residences on Park and Fifth Avenues. The home begins in a private entry gallery and then opens to the entertaining and bedroom wings.
The living and dining rooms have full-length French windows, chevron-pattern oak flooring, and handcrafted pocket doors.
Peter Pennoyer collaborated with Smallbone of Devizes on the kitchens, which offer coffered ceilings, hand-painted white oak cabinetry, and specially outfitted spice, cutlery, utensil and pot drawers. There’s a walk-in pantry and seating at both the island and kitchen table.
The master suite has walk-in closets and a five-feature bath with radiant heated floors and eight-jet steam shower. There are four additional full baths, three other bedrooms, and a library that could serve as a fifth bedroom. There’s also a large laundry room.
Amenities in the building include a porter and live-in resident manager, gym and private yoga/personal training studio, bike storage, and indoor/outdoor community spaces like a library and private garden.
Couric’s long-time Upper East Side home has been at 1155 Park Avenue, slightly more north at 91st Street. Her unit here is not currently listed publicly.
Renderings courtesy of Peter Pennoyer
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side