It’s time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it’s time for the 12th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the biggest celebrity real estate moves of the year.
With two weeks until the end of the year, we’re looking back at some of the biggest real estate stories of 2015—and what could be bigger than celebrity real estate? Every year, bold-face names make some of the biggest property moves throughout the five (well, let’s be honest, two—Manhattan and Brooklyn) boroughs. They trade apartments like currency: buy, sell, and rent—and Curbed obsessively tracks the real estate moves of the rich ‘n’ famous every step of the way. Here now, 50 different property moves made by the city’s most bold-faced names, all laid out in a handy map. Which star made the biggest deal of the year? Check the map to find out. Happy ogling.
NATE BERKUS – $10.5M
Is anyone surprised that Nate Berkus’s home is impeccable? The celebrity interior designer listed his three-bedroom Greenwich Village duplex for $10.5 million, which is noteworthy because it’s a whopping $4.5 million more than he paid for it in 2013. Berkus and his husband, interior designer Jeremiah Brent, purchased an adjacent one-bedroom apartment in the building (which was designed by famed architect Emery Roth), then renovated it and combined it with the penthouse to create the apartment as it is now.
JOHN LEGEND AND CHRISSY TEIGEN – $4.5M
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are parting with their one-bedroom Nolita pad for an apartment fit for a family. Of course the apartment’s as beautiful as the A-list celebrity couple; it underwent a Don Stewart and Winka Dubbeldam-led renovation before getting the Architectural Digest treatment in February. The renovation reconfigured the master bathroom and converted another bathroom into a dead-end hallway of closets and laundry facilities, all while bringing an “old-school industrial look” to the nearly 2,000-square-foot apartment.
ZACHARY QUINTO – $3.2M
Actor Zachary Quinto bought a two-bedroom loft in 43 Great Jones Street. The apartment, which had previously sold in 2007 for $2.5 million, was listed in March 2014 for $3.7 million but lingered on the market and endured a series of price cuts before Quinto and his longtime boyfriend Miles McMillan scooped it up for $3,162,500. It was recently renovated, and features a private elevator landing.
NOELLE BECK – $17M
Noelle Beck, known for her roles on “Loving” and “As the World Turns,” and her husband purchased the four-story Anglo-Italianate style townhouse at 243 East 17th Street in 1997, paying $1.6 million. Now, almost two decades later, they are cashing out, having put the house back on the market for $17 million. The house itself is really something, with arched windows, cast-iron balconies, five fireplaces, fancy chandeliers, and a skylight, along with a bevy of original details.