These Manhattan Apartment Blocks are a Hit with Hollywood Stars
As the mystery behind many A-listed celebrities buying units and moving to 443 Greenwich Street in NYC (a new opulent building in trendy TriBeCa area) unfolds, it is time for a closer look at various buildings and blocks in the Big Apple that attract hordes of celebrities.
443 GREENWICH STREET in TRIBECA
Amenities: 75-foot indoor pool, Children’s playroom, shared roof terrace, gym, valet parking and wine cellar
This new luxury TriBeCa building is, undoubtedly, New York’s most celebrity-laden building with Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Meg Ryan, Jessica Biel, Rebel Wilson, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lawrence, and Harry Styles, all owning homes here. This 2016-built, 53 unit building has many more celebs, whose secret purchases went through via mysterious private trusts and LLCs. Apart from A-listers who moved into the iconic-looking brick building, which was originally meant to be a book bindery, even fashion designers like Serge Azria owns an apartment here, although he has listed it for $16.5 million or so. So what is so special about this building? The biggest USP is privacy, from its famed paparazzi-blocking motor court all the way to the elevators programmed to ensure exclusive entries for homeowners.
150 CHARLES STREET in WEST VILLAGE
Amenities: covered driveway, 75 feet long lap pool, residents’ lounge, children’s playroom
150 Charles Street in West Village overlooks the Hudson River and is so in demand that when sales started in 2013, the developer sold out in just 12 weeks. Among early buyers of this 2015 building were supermodel Irina Shayk and Jon Bon Jovi, while actor and director Ben Stiller joined later. While Stiller and Shayk rent their apartments out, Bon Jovi, a sharp real estate investor, plans to sell his duplex home with impressive views from it’s sprawling terrace for $16 million, which is $3 million over it’s cost price. The 91-unit condo has many top brass business execs like Peter Morton from Hard Rock Café and Intermix’s co-founder, Haro Keledjian. Recently, the cofounder of Birchbox, Hayley Barna, spent $14 million to buy an apartment here.
RIVERHOUSE in BATTERY PARK CITY
Amenities: Children’s playroom, concierge, swimming pool and gym
Riverhouse, with it’s 243 units at Battery Park City, counts supermodel Tyra Banks of America’s Got Talent fame, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, actors Cobie Smulders and husband Taran Killam, and director Oliver Stone, among its residents. Banks planned to sell her super-luxurious 7,000 sq. ft. penthouse, with 360-degree mirror-laden dressing room and a hair salon for $17.5 million. She mentioned that she would miss having dinner guests seeking out DiCaprio, after she listed it. However, she had second thoughts and took down the sale sign from her 2008-built home.
THE DAKOTA in UPPER WEST SIDE
Amenities: concierge, indoor courtyard and doorman
The Dakota (opened in 1884) is one of the most iconic blocks in Upper West Side and has had its share of stars and celebrities over many years, including the musician Yoko Ono, who moved in with John Lennon during the early 70’s. Sadly, the musician from The Beatles was shot dead in 1980 at this very building’s archway, but Yoko stayed on. Author Harlan Coben, singer Roberta Flack TV, power couple Connie Chung and Maury Povich, also live in one of the 93 units of Dakota, while celebs like Melanie Griffith and ex-husband Antonio Banderas, Billy Joel, Cher and Madonna failed to make the notoriously choosy co-op board happy, as their applications for purchase were rejected.
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