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Tri It On

New York Post // Dec 22, 2011

Daniel Craig has been busy promoting “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which premiered at the Ziegfeld Theater last week, but he’s also been on a serious downtown apartment hunt.


As we previously reported, Craig and wife Rachel Weisz have been looking at multiple pricey TriBeCa lofts. And one unit they recently checked out is a $7.495 million, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom co-op at 427 Washington St.


The full-floor unit is 4,200 square feet. A key-locked elevator opens to a foyer that flows into a 54-foot-wide living room with large windows and Hudson River views. The residence also has lacquered beamed ceilings, walls with Venetian plaster and a kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances.


Craig is now working on his next James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” which is directed by Weisz’s old flame Sam Mendes.


Simpson Shops


A very pregnant Jessica Simpson has been shopping for pricey Monique L’Huillier wedding dresses in Los Angeles, but she’s still on a house hunt in NYC.


Simpson, who might be marrying her fiancé, former NFL tight end Eric Johnson, before the birth of their first child, was spotted looking at a $55,000-a-month apartment at 25 Bond St.


It’s a five-bedroom, 6 1/2-bathroom, 7,300-square-foot unit with two private terraces. The apartment, nestled in a boutique limestone building on a charming street that’s home to Ian Schrager’s 40 Bond condo complex and designer Daryl K’s boutique, includes four woodburning fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also an indoor parking spot with direct elevator access to the apartment, which helps keep those pesky paparazzi at bay.


Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Jason Walker declined to comment.


This is the same NoHo building where, as we revealed, Will Smith was renting with his family last year while his bigger-than-a-house movie trailer caught the ire of downtown residents and made the front page of The Post.


We hear . . .


That Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who just purchased the $88 million 15 Central Park West apartment where his 22-year-old, Harvard-attending equestrian daughter Ekaterina Rybolovleva will be staying, recently scooped up a St. Tropez mansion that once belonged to Jeffrey Steiner, the late takeover artist/Fairfield Corp. CEO . . . That Jon Hamm recently rented an apartment on West 67th Street . . . That a mystery businessman paid $185,000 on charitybuzz.com for lifetime memberships in all of Donald Trump’s 10 golf clubs and all of Trump’s future clubs. Three other people have since offered to match that number, says Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump. The money will benefit the Donald J. Trump Foundation.


Selling in SoHo


Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Wilbur Gonzalez has put his own apartment at 40 Mercer St. on the market for $4.5 million. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,649-square-foot SoHo condo is in a star-studded Jean Nouvel-designed building where Meg Ryan has been renting, Daniel Radcliffe owns and Marc Jacobs rented before moving into his Superior Ink townhouse.


Gonzalez, who is now officially bicoastal, recently bought a home with killer views and a pool on Hollywood Boulevard in LA’s exclusive Hollywood Hills neighborhood for around $2 million.


He owns another New York apartment at 255 Hudson St. that is also on the market. That residence is a three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom, 1,684-square-foot condo that is listed for $1.995 million. We hear that Gonzalez is looking to unload one apartment and keep the other.


Gonzalez declined to comment.


Fit for a King


We know what Oprah Winfrey bestie Gayle King is doing next summer. King has already rented a house on Old Farm Road in Bridgehampton, at a price of $70,000 for Memorial Day through Labor Day.


The five-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion, built in 1994, includes a pool, pool house, hot tub and outdoor shower.


In other East End news, Marsha Soffer’s East Hampton mansion on Lee Avenue, listed at $24.5 million, is in contract after being on the market less than a month and receiving multiple bids. The 11-bedroom, 12-bathroom house comes with a pool on its 2.2 acres.




Ryan Philippe picking up Christmas packages from his doorman at his downtown building, around Broadway and Eighth Street.

Original Article: New York Post