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Bethenny Frankel, Bravo Real Housewife and founder of the Skinnygirl brand, has picked up a new home in the Hamptons. The New York Post reports that she’s the buyer of the once bed-and-breakfast at 2623 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, formerly known as the Morning Glory House. It was listed last year for $3.2 million and then made it down to $2.49 million. (The Post couldn’t confirm Frankel’s selling price.) And it’s not her first home in the area, either. In 2015 she snagged a five-bedroom home in Bridgehampton asking $3.2 million. She plans to keep that one and has bought the Morning Glory House as an investment property.
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After an unsuccessful stint on the sales market, Bethenny Frankel’s condo in Soho is now a $13,000 per month rental. Frankel, star of Real Housewives of New York City and founder of the Skinnygirl empire, first tried to sell the two-bedroom apartment at 22 Mercer Street for $5.25 million in February but to no avail. While it’s now listed as a rental, the apartment is still available for purchase at a slightly lower price of $4.95 million, Curbed reports. The loft spans 2,392 square feet and boasts a working wood-burning fireplace, a balcony and 14-foot ceilings.
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If you thought Bethenny Frankel had a scattered personality on “The Real Housewives of New York,” just check out her real estate game. After splitting from ex-husband Jason Hoppy, the reality star bought a $4.2 million Soho loft in April 2015, the same month she picked up a $3 million+ Hamptons compound. She also bought a second Soho loft around that time to serve as an office for her “Skinny Girl” empire. Once the embattled couple (he was recently arrested for allegedly harassing her) finalized their divorce, she sold their former $7 million Tribeca loft this past October in just one day. People now reports that Frankel put the Soho loft at 22 Mercer Street on the market for $5.25 in order to find a larger home for herself and daughter Bryn (and from the sound of it, get away from its divorce-era juju), and she admitted to the mag that, “I have been doing really well in real estate and I’ve got the bug.”
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Earlier this fall, Skinny Girl Bethenny Frankel sold her sprawling Tribeca loft in just one day for its asking price of $6.95 million. This came after three+ years of the apartment being entangled in her very public divorce from Jason Hoppy. At the time of the sale, she expressed her relief: “I’m glad that the real-estate gods were looking out for me saying, ‘let’s give her a break.’” But that break was short lived, as the loft once again has the “Real Housewife” in the courtroom. Page Six reports that Frankel is suing a real estate attorney for $2 million over “breach of contract, fraud and notary misconduct” when he established a trust in 2011 for the couple to make the $5 million purchase at 195 Hudson Street, making both parties co-owners when it was only supposed to be her since she allegedly footed the bill.
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It hasn’t even been a week since Bethenny Frankel triumphantly sold her $7 million Tribeca loft in just one day, but the Skinny Girl is already back on the hunt. The Post reports that she and “Million Dollar Listing’s” Fredrik Eklund (he’s also responsible for her recent sale) checked out a $20 million West Village penthouse yesterday. The incredible, 11,000-square-foot duplex at 165 Perry Street–which boasts glass floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, several landscaped terraces around a central courtyard, and a seven-car garage–was famously rented by Robert DeNiro for two years after his Upper West Side apartment caught fire in 2012.
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Being a reality TV star and having a broker who’s one as well certainly didn’t hurt Bethenny Frankel’s odds of selling her luxe Tribeca loft. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reports that “Million Dollar Listing” agent Frederik Eklund sold the condo in just one day for its asking price of $6.95 million. As 6sqft noted last week when the loft at 195 Hudson Street hit the market, Frankel bought the four-bedroom spread in 2011 for just under $5 million, then spent $500,000 furnishing and renovating it. But when she and ex-husband Jason Hoppy decided to part ways, the apartment became the most contentious part of the divorce, resulting in a very public, four-year legal battle. With the home finally off her hands, the “Real Housewives of New York City” star and outspoken founder of the Skinny Girl empire told the Journal, “I’m glad that the real-estate gods were looking out for me saying, ‘let’s give her a break.’”
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Bethenny Frankel, “Real Housewives of New York City” star and outspoken founder of the Skinny Girl empire, finalized her divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy over the summer after four long years. Perhaps the most contentious part of the legal battle was that he remained in the Tribeca loft that she purchased in 2011 for just under $5 million while she hotel-hopped (she notoriously referred to herself as “the richest homeless person in Manhattan”). But things seem to be turning around for Frankel; she bought and renovated a $4.2 million Soho loft back in April 2015, and she’s now finally listed the Tribeca condo for an impressive $6.95 million, reports Variety. The four-bedroom corner spread at 195 Hudson Street is cool and contemporary and boasts luxe details such as a 180-bottle wine fridge, decked-out closet/dressing room, and totally custom office (which made many an appearance on the Bravo reality show).
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If you’ve been following the roller coaster that is reality television star Bethenny Frankel‘s life, you know that she started out as a single, struggling entrepreneur on “Real Housewives of New York City.” She then launched the Skinny Girl margarita, sold the brand to Jim Beam for a reported $120 million, got married and had a daughter, filed for divorced, and rejoined the Housewives. On the recent season of the show, she considers herself “the richest homeless person in Manhattan,” as her ex-husband stayed in their $5 million Tribeca apartment at 195 Hudson Street.
We think Frankel’s use of the word “homeless” is a little ridiculous considering she was splitting her time between lavish Hamptons rentals and high-end Manhattan hotels, but the Daily News has revealed that the Skinny Girl is actually the owner of apartment 2D at 22 Mercer Street in Soho. A nomad no more, Frankel is waiting to move into the gorgeous loft, which she bought about seven months ago for $4.2 million, until renovations are complete. But judging by the photos of the home, we can’t imagine there’d be that much to change.
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From the Skinnygirl to the Queen Bey, 195 Hudson Street has won the hearts of quite a few stars, and now the former industrial space has a new unit on the market asking $7.45 million. This bottom floor space offers everything you would want out of an authentic Tribeca loft, with 15-foot ceilings and the building’s signature four columns serving as its anchor. And just like the former home of Bethenny Frankel (her home is currently occupied by her soon-to-be ex-husband while the Skinnygirl house hunts), the columns are masterfully incorporated into the living space.
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