Media Titan Rupert Murdoch Spends $57.25 Million On Swank NYC Penthouse

    Posted by Cristin  |  February 21, 2014  |  8:50 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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    Rupert Murdoch

    New York, NY

    Most Known For

    Newscorp chairman and legendary businessman

    Home Stats

    6,850 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bedrooms

    Price

    $57,250,000

    The newly-single media mogul billionaire Rupert Murdoch is under contract to purchase the stunning penthouse at New York City’s One Madison building for $57.25 million.

    As first reported by the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, he is purchasing the top four floors of the chic One Madison building – the very same NYC condo building where Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen just bought a place for $14 million.

    According to WSJ’s report, Murdoch bought floors 57 to 60, which total 10,160 square feet, from the developer, Related Companies. His purchase includes two units: a 6,850-square-foot triplex penthouse that had been on the market for $50 million (and toured by multiple A-list celebs, millionaires and billionaires), and a three-bedroom apartment on the floor below that had been listed for $16.5 million. Murdoch’s two One Madison apartments are unconnected, but could easily be combined, according to a representative from the developer.

    The penthouse has five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and a 586 square foot outdoor wraparound terrace. It also has an internal elevator. Rupert will be able to put his own personal touches on the place before he moves in – he bought it in ‘raw condition’ and will install his own finishes and decor.

    Prior to this incredible purchase, Murdoch resided in a Fifth Avenue penthouse that he paid $44 million for in 2005. He and his wife of 13 years, Wendi Deng, recently divorced and she is keeping that residence as a part of the divorce settlement.

    Right as the news of his divorce was coming to light, Murdoch purchased a 13-acre winery estate in Bel Air, CA for $28.8 million.

    Images via Related Properties.

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      The Most Expensive Homes For Sale in 2013

      Posted by Cristin  |  December 17, 2013  |  1:57 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

      Most Expensive Homes in America in 2013

      The U.S. housing market was full of doom and gloom in the last few years, and brighter times are definitely ahead for real estate – but there was one sector that has always shined bright like a diamond: ultra, ultra luxury real estate.

      We’re not just talking seven figures here – we’re talking about homes that start at $60,000,000 and go way, way up from there.

      As 2013 winds down, Trulia has compiled a list of the most expensive, incredible, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, insanely amazing, OMG-worthy homes on the market in 2013:

      #1 – $140,000,000 in Greenwich, CT

      $140,000,000 estate with private island in Greenwich, CT

      $140,000,000 estate with private island

       Address Not Disclosed  - 12 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 13,519 square feet with a private island

      #2 – $125,000,000 in New York City

      The late financier Martin Zweig's $125,000,000 NYC Penthouse

      The late financier Martin Zweig’s $125,000,000 NYC Penthouse

      The Penthouse at The Pierre - 16 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms

      #3 – $115,000,000 in New York City

      Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen is selling his NYC penthouse for $115,000,000

      Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen is selling his NYC penthouse for $115,000,000

      151 E 58th Street - 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 9,000 square feet

      #4 – $114,077,000 in New York City

      A newly-listed townhouse in New York asks $114,000,000

      A newly-listed townhouse in New York asks $114,000,000

       12 E 69th Street  - 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 20,000 square feet

      #5 – $88,000,000 in New York City

      A New York penthouse overlooking Central Park has a price tag of $88,000,000

      A New York penthouse overlooking Central Park has a price tag of $88,000,000

      781 5th Avenue - 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms

      #6 – $75,000,000 in New York City

      For $75,000,000, you can get this NYC penthouse with views of the park and the whole city

      For $75,000,000, you can get this NYC penthouse with views of the park and the whole city

       Broadway and Columbus Circle - 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 8,274 square feet

      #7 – $72,000,000 in Jupiter, FL

      Celine Dion's Jupiter, FL home has a backyard water park - and a $72,000,000 price tag

      Celine Dion’s Jupiter, FL home has a backyard water park – & a $72,000,000 price tag

      Celine Dion’s Incredible Florida Mansion – 17,000 square feet, water park

      #8 – $69,800,000 in Woodside, CA

      $69,800,000 will buy you a 51 acre property in Woodside, CA

      $69,800,000 will buy you a 51 acre property in Woodside, CA

      331 Greer Road – 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 9,000 square feet, 51 acres

      #9 – $68,800,000 in Bradbury, CA

      This Bradbury, CA estate with a pool and private pond costs $68,800,000

      This estate comes complete with a pool and private pond and costs $68,800,000

      The Bradbury Estate  at 172 Bliss Canyon Road - 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms

      #10 – $60,000,000 in New York City

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      Live atop an NYC Hotel in the $60,000,000 penthouse

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      So, now that you’ve seen the Most Expensive Homes in America, tell us which one of these ultra-luxurious homes is your favorite!

        Incredible New York ‘Castle In The Sky’ With Decades Of Hollywood History Asks $4.75 Million

        Posted by Cristin  |  July 25, 2013  |  1:06 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

        Price

        $4,750,000

        You can own a piece of Hollywood history if you have $4.75M to spend on an incredible “Castle in the Sky.” Windsor Tower at 5 Tudor City Place has been the set for many silver screen hits, including The Godfather Part IIIThe Peacemaker, the Spider-Man seriesScarface and many, many others One look at the listing photos and you’ll see what the Hollywood locations scouts also see – this is a one-of-a-kind gothic estate in the middle of Gotham.

        The spectacular penthouse has an enormous and private terrace and the most stunning panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. The dramatic living room has a soaring 18 foot ceiling, incredible floor-to-ceiling windows and a wood-burning fireplace. On the main level, you’ll find a chef’s kitchen and guest bedroom with en-suite bath and a guest powder room. The entire second level is a sprawling and luxurious master bedroom suite. The third level has a wet bar and the perfect entertaining space on one of the most magnificent terraces in Manhattan.

        Built in 1929, this Windsor Tower residence has been renovated to the highest standards with no expense sparred, and no detail overlooked.

        Howard Margolis and Pat Slochower of Douglas Elliman are the listing agents on this incredible property.

          Rosie O’Donnell Flips Out In New York City, May Sell To Designer Michael Kors

          Posted by Cristin  |  July 25, 2013  |  8:46 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

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          Rosie O'Donnell

          New York City

          Most Known For

          Controversial former daytime talking head

          Home Stats

          4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,202 square feet

          Price

          $10,950,000

          Rosie O’Donnell may be a rich and famous talk show host, but she’s also becoming proficient in the art of the house flip. After selling her Chicago brownstone for a slight loss after less than a year of ownership, Rosie is going for a big profit in New York City, where she recently listed her duplex penthouse for $10.95M. Rosie paid $8M for the 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, so if she gets full asking on the luxe penthouse, she’ll walk away with almost $3M in profit – more than enough to cover her losses from the Chicago sale.

          She may already even have a buyer, as almost-bilionaire designer and “Project Runway” judge Michael Kors was spotted touring the home. According to the New York Post, Kors is on a feverish hunt for a new property in New York City, and he seemed to love Rosie’s pad. Will he make an offer and take it off O’Donnell’s hands? Time will tell on that one.

          The penthouse apartment sits atop a converted hospital building in Greenwich Village that has been updated with every possible amenity. O’Donnell’s for-sale unit has a spacious living and dining room that transitions onto an expansive 429 square feet private terrace offering North and South city views. The penthouse also has a large chefs kitchen and an oversized master suite that features a large windowed walk-in closet and a luxurious master bath. Building amenities include 24 hour doorman and concierge, fitness center and rooftop garden.

          The Post reports that “Rosie loved the apartment but needs more space…she’s selling the 12th Street place because she ‘prefers suburban life.’”

          She also recently sold her $16M property on Miami’s Star Island.

          Dennis Mangone of Douglas Elliman is Rosie’s listing agent.

            Lady Gaga Rents Central Park Penthouse for $22,000 a month

            Posted by Cristin  |  June 28, 2013  |  2:34 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

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            Lady Gaga

            New York, NY

            Most Known For

            Born This Way singer and global superstar

            Home Stats

            2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,985 square feet, outdoor terraces

            Price

            $22,000 a month

            Superstar and ‘Mother Monster’ Lady Gaga has just rented a New York City penthouse overlooking Central Park for $22,000 a month!  The global phemon was anywhere and everywhere you looked for years, but lately, she’s been keeping a lower profile as she recovers from the hip surgery she had in March 2013. Now, she has incredible place to kick up her feet as she continues down the road to recovery and ramps back up for her return to the spotlight.

            According to Life & Style, her new penthouse rental at 40 Central Park South is in a super-fancy doorman building and features four terraces and unparalleled views of Central Park and Manhattan from every room. With terraces off almost every room, she has no neighbors on any side. The entrance foyer leads to a dramatic sunken living room with wood-burning fireplace and all glass overlooking Central Park. On either side of this great room are the first of two enormous bedrooms and a large formal dining room. Off of the dining room, Gaga will now have a granite chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a washer dryer.

            Up a chic staircase, a private master suite features a huge walk-in closet (a must for Gaga’s insane fashions), another wood-burning fireplace, fabulous views and terraces on both sides.

             

            Images via Essential New York RE

              Ellen And Portia List Drab Beverly Hills Penthouse for $899,000

              Posted by Cristin  |  June 18, 2013  |  8:38 am  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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              Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

              Beverly Hills, CA

              Most Known For

              Daytime talk show host and beautiful actress

              Home Stats

              2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,683 square feet

              Price

              $899,000

              Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are keeping their real estate agent busy this summer. The duo just dropped $26 million on a new mansion in Montecito, and today, the real-estate-loving duo are dumping a penthouse apartment in Beverly Hills for $899,000. One peek at the listing photos suggests the penthouse was a home for a family member or personal staff. While lovely, the condo is decidedly different and less fancy than Ellen and Portia’s usual home decor style.

              The corner penthouse in the Somerset building has views of  mountains and the trees from a spacious, light-filled unit. An entry gallery with wood floors opens to living room/dining area with fireplace. The kitchen comes complete with an eating area and laundry room. The unit’s 2 bedrooms are both large, with en suite bathrooms.

              The building is full service and amenities include: doorman, valet parking, security, gym, pool, spa, sauna and club room. Building dues/HOA will cost you $1,186 a-month.

              Any takers?

               

              Images via the MLS.

                Calvin Klein’s Former NYC Penthouse on the Market for $35M; New Pair of Underwear Not Included

                Posted by Vanessa  |  October 30, 2012  |  11:16 pm  |  Tags: , , , , ,

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                Calvin Klein

                New York, NY

                Most Known For

                World-famous fashion designer

                Home Stats

                5,000 square-fee duplex penthouse, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath

                Price

                $35,000,000

                The New York City penthouse which once housed the world-famous fashion mogul Calvin Klein is making its second on-the-market debut–this time for $35 million, reports The New York Times. The current owner Steve Gottlieb, who previously put the property on the market in 2008, was a neighbor to Klein and currently resides on the 18th floor below the property. He purchased the space for $8.6 million from the designer himself, and has since then been utilizing it as a party/event room.

                Over the years, Mr. Klein coveted the 5,000 square-foot duplex so much that he owned it twice – apparently nothing could come between him and his penthouse.  During his first ownership in the 80’s, Klein upgraded the home by installing a hot-tub on the roof-top terrace. After purchasing it a second time in the 90′s, he tore down the interior walls and created a larger, open living space with a strong minimalist design, a common theme seen throughout his fashion line and world-famous ads.

                Mr. Gottlieb had major plans for his two 55 Central Park West penthouses, despite only using the upstairs property for party festivities for the past dozen years. His long-term plans included transforming the space into a three-bedroom family residence with a top-floor entertainment area, highlighted by a large corner terrace and fireplace. After investing around $5 million into renovations, Mr. Gottlieb is over his “Obsession,” and is ready to find a buyer.

                The grand, two-level duplex penthouse includes twelve rooms, four bedrooms, and four and a half baths, totaling over 5,000 square feet, 300 of which border Central Park. Dramatic glass walls allow for natural sunlight to illuminate all throughout, and two large terraces perch you right over the park. A sprawling master suite with fireplace overlooks the Eastern and Northern terraces, and includes French Doors opening to the East-facing wrap terrace. Each spacious bedroom includes ample closets and full baths, en suite. The minimal design gives prospective buyers a fresh canvas to work with, allowing for original ideas and design to shine through this glass masterpiece onto all of New York.

                Listing agents include John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens and Raphael De Niro and Howard Margolis of Prudential Douglas Elliman.

                  Derek Jeter Scores $15.5M For His Trump Tower Bachelor Pad

                  Posted by Cristin  |  October 12, 2012  |  11:26 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

                  Derek Jeter

                  New York, NY

                  Most Known For

                  New York Yankee shortstop known for playing the field professionally and personally

                  Home Stats

                  4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,425 square feet

                  Price

                  $15,500,000

                  For once in his career, Derek Jeter is sliding away from home. His longtime New York City home, to be exact. Just this week, Jeter sold his 88th-floor penthouse to Brazilian business man Claudio Ferro for $15.5 million, as first reported by the New York Post.

                  Jeter bought the penthouse pad at Trump Tower directly from Donald Trump himself for $12.72 million in 2001. After almost a decade in the penthouse, he listed the East Side apartment for $20 million in 2010. No buyer stepped up to the plate and Jeter made the call to take it off the market. In April, the bonafide bachelor pad was back with a lower asking price – $17.95 million. Jeter didn’t get his full asking price for the home, but it was in no way a botched play. Jeter’s final sales price was still a cool $3 million more than what he paid for it.

                  So now the home is being traded to Ferro, and he’s getting an all-star abode! The 88th floor penthouse is set high amidst the tallest residential building on the eastside, the Trump World Tower. The location offers un-paralleled views of the Manhattan skyline and this particular penthouse has a bird’s eye view of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Bank of America building, One World Trade and other key landmarked buildings framed by the Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Verrazano Bridges and the East & Hudson Rivers – the picturesque views are unsurpassed. Complimenting the views – Jeter’s former penthouse features 16 foot floor-to-ceiling windows, 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths with 77 feet in length of grand entertaining space encompassing the living room, billiards room and formal dining room. A Creston system controls the lighting, audio, video and privacy shades with one touch of a button. Adding warmth and texture to the apartment is a wood burning fireplace, ultra-suede wallpaper, slate mantle and hardwood flooring.

                  Word on the street is that Jeter hasn’t yet put down more of his millions on a new place. He’s been staying under the radar and hopping from hotel-to-hotel until he finds another bachelor pad. But don’t worry about him not having a place to call home. He still owns this sprawling estate in Florida.

                    Russell Simmons Relists Mogul-Worthy NYC Penthouse

                    Posted by Cristin  |  September 7, 2012  |  3:32 am  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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                    Russell Simmons

                    New York, NY

                    Most Known For

                    Hip hop pioneer and business mogul

                    Home Stats

                    7,175 square feet of interior space and approximately 3,500 square feet of exterior space; 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

                    Russell Simmon’s high-priced NYC penthouse has hip hopped back onto the market. According to the fine folks at Curbed, Simmons has re-listed the place for $11M. This particular penthouse has a storied past on the real estate market. It originally made an appearance with an $11M price tag and almost sold to none other than fellow hip hop impresario Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, but the deal fell through right after 9/11. When Simmons failed to sell to Diddy, the price fell to $8.2M. Without a buyer in sight, Simmons pulled the listing and presumably continued to live in the killer pad. 10 years and some extensive remodels later, the penthouse is back on the market for…$11M. The very same asking price as a decade ago.

                    Simmon’s penthouse is dubbed the ‘Lady Liberty Penthouse.’ This Financial District duplex penthouse condo has 7,175 square feet of interior space and approximately 3,500 square feet of exterior space, making it the ultimate downtown residence. A private landing leads you to phenomenal entertaining areas, living room, dining room, screening room, huge chef’s kitchen with breakfast room, library w/gas fireplace, 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths and a powder room. Throughout, 12 foot ceilings create a sense of volume.

                    In addition, there is a staff room with full bath, laundry room, closets galore – and that is just the lower level. Four exposures, barrel vaulted ceilings and handsome oak strip floors add to the uniqueness of Simmon’s property. The grand circular and architectural staircase takes you to the upper level which houses the sun flooded grand master suite, two huge setback terraces, a very cozy den, a kitchenette and much more.

                     

                      Rumor: Justin Timberlake Saying ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’ to NYC Penthouse

                      Posted by Cristin  |  August 22, 2012  |  5:51 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

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                      Justin Timberlake

                      New York, NY

                      Most Known For

                      Former boy bander, turned solo artist, turned actor

                      Home Stats

                      3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, terrace

                      Price

                      $7,650,000

                      Amid swirling rumors that Justin Timberlake is set to marry his lady love Jessica Biel any day now, the pop star is reportedly making another very adult move – he’s secretly selling his NYC penthouse!

                      According to the Real Estalker, JT first purchased Penthouse A in the Soho Mews building at 311 West Broadway in 2010 for $6.56M and is now selling for $7.65M.

                      Justin Timberlake‘s penthouse features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a gas burning fireplace, and a large, private, set-back wrap terrace. A dramatic glass curtain wall and 10’2 high ceiling offer unparalleled light and stunning views of Soho and the Empire State Building. A grand gallery entrance opens to a  living room, perfectly designed to showcase a private art collection.

                      The kitchen boasts cabinetry of striated elm and smoked glass, Jet Mist granite, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine storage, Miele ovens and dishwasher, a designer cooktop and fully-vented hood. The five-fixture master bath is appointed with Statuary marble, radiant heat floor, an oval freestanding tub, frameless glass-enclosed shower, Lefroy Brooks fixtures and a Valcucine vanity.

                      The second and third bedrooms also feature en-suite bathrooms with Valcucine vanities, Jet Mist granite and designer fixtures.

                      No word on why JT is bringing sexy back to the real estate market by selling this bachelor pad of a place, but we have a hunch it has to do with his impending nuptials.

                      Images via StreetEasy.

                      Update: NY Daily News is claiming this report is false. See their take here. Like all celebrity gossip, sometimes it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. We regret the error.