Interior design couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent listed their pristine Greenwich Village penthouse in November of last year for $10.5 million. Though they undertook a beautiful update (which was featured as the cover story in last September’s issue of Architectural Digest), this was a steep increase, so it’s not a total surprise that the selling price came in slightly lower at $9.8 million. According to the Observer, the buyer is “financier-slash-jewelry designer” Charles de Viel Castel.
Back in September Architectural Digest dedicated a whole cover plus photo spread to Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent “settling in” to their pristine apartment, a penthouse at the Emery Roth-designed 39 Fifth Avenue in the heart of the Village. While the pair spent the better part of the piece gushing about how they’d finally found their dream home (“We couldn’t stop thinking about the apartment, believing we were meant to live there…we were able to create the home of our dreams,” Brent said to AD at one point), it looks like the family, which includes their young daughter Poppy, couldn’t quite get as comfy as they’d hoped, because they’ve just listed their spacious pad for $10.5 million.
How would you like to live in the Piano Man’s Hamptons home? Well, for all you Billy Joel fans, your moment in the sun has come, because for just $250,000 you can have his Hamptons home for all of… the month of August. It appears that after experiencing a somewhat turbulent journey with this home—the house has been on and off the market several times since 2009—Joel and his pad are parting ways yet again, and this time he’s spiced up his offer a bit. Not only has the price dropped from an astronomical $23.5 million to a slightly less astronomical $19.95 million, but the singer/songwriter has apparently opened his eyes to the possibility of renting… however pricey. Baby steps.
We’ve all seen this phenomenon when a seller has such a personal attachment to a home that they can’t seem to price it reasonably? Is this one of those instances? Or is the Sagaponack home worth the cost? You be the judge.