In previous blog posts, we have covered many successful actors and artists, such as Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, and Leonardo DiCaprio, and their real estate empires. In today’s Celebrity Real Estate blog post, we are going to give you a tour of three inspiring women and the place they once called home.
Barbara Streisand – 320 Central Park West #PH21/22C/22D
With a career spanning six decades and across acting and singing, Barbara Streisand is one of the most influential women in the 20th century. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner is also a real estate guru, owning real estate properties in both New York and Malibu. Today, we are going to give you a tour of 320 Central Park West in the Upper West Side, once a shiny star in the Funny Girl’s portfolio that was sold on June 24th for $11.25 million.
The 3,672 sf penthouse spans across three units with sophisticated interior space, around 2,500 sf of terraces, and great city views. The Evergreen composer first moved into this unit with her then-husband Elliott Gould and called it home for three decades. The penthouse features two levels – entry and duplex, four bedrooms, three-and-half bathrooms, terraces around both levels with breathtaking views, one staff room, two service elevators, and one passenger elevator, two fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the master bedroom, and a wine closet.
The building, known as the Ardsley, makes this property even more desirable. Designed by Emery Roth, the Art Deco architect who built some of NYC’s most renowned hotels and apartment buildings in the 1920s and 1930s, the Ardsley looks like a Mayan temple from the outside, with a buff-brick façade and horizontal and vertical bands of black brick decorating the whole exterior of the building. Building amenities include full-time doorman, bike rooms, fitness center, multiple storage rooms, children’s playroom, and a lending library. It also welcomes furry friends and allows sublets and pied-a-terre.
Not surprisingly, a gem like this garnered attention from many homeowners. In less than nine weeks, this property was sold at the original quoted price.
Kate Spade – 850 Park Avenue #3B
Next on our list is 850 Park Avenue #3B, a co-op unit in the Upper East Side owned by Andy and Kate Spade. Many of our hearts broke into pieces when the unfortunate passing of Kate hit the news. The fashion designer who started Kate Spade New York was truly an iconic figure in the fashion world, and her lasting legacy endures after her tragic death at 55 last June.
Each corner of this apartment demonstrates Spade’s taste, creativity, and aesthetic standards. Spanning over 3,000 square feet, this unit features three bedrooms, five bathrooms, an octagonal shaped foyer, in-unit laundry, a 244-sf library, a wood-burning fireplace, a gallery space, and a 345-sf dining room. What’s special about this unit is that all nine rooms come with large windows for ample sunlight and great city views.
The building itself is equally amazing. Located on East 77th Street and Park Avenue, 850 Park Avenue was built in 1914 and designed by Rouse & Goldstone, the architects who designed 1107 Fifth Avenue, one of the grandest prewar apartment buildings in the Upper East Side. The building was converted into a co-op in 1920 and currently comprises 51 units. Building amenities include full-time doorman, a new fitness center, and an outdoor basketball court. It is currently listed for $6.35 million. Oh, and did we mention that it’s pet-friendly, too?
Glenn Close – 136 Succabone Road, Bedford Hills
The last property on our list is currently owned by the seven-time Academy Award-nominated actress, Glenn Close. While more and more celebrities, such as Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig, Liam Neeson, and Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively choose the Hudson Valley as their home base, the three-time Tony winner has decided to sell her property “Beanfield” in Bedford, New York, after calling it home for 30 years.
Built in 1910, Beanfield was designed by architects Reno, Shope, and Wharton. The farmhouse features high ceilings, four bedrooms, four-and-half bathrooms, an open-layout kitchen, and five fireplaces. The property spans over 10 acres, with meticulously maintained gardens, open meadow, and a shoreline pool with separate spa around the house. The guest cottage and barn further highlight the property’s charm, making it a remarkable and unique property in Westchester County.
Close first bought this farmhouse in 1989 for $1.17 million. The house, according to the Golden Globe winner, reminded her of her grandfather’s farm in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she lived until she was seven. Why is the Fatal Attraction actress selling this gem? Well, according to an interview Close did with the Wall Street Journal, she is selling so she can spend more time with her siblings who live in Montana, and her daughter in California, whom the house is named after. Beanfield is now on the market with a listed price of $3.6 million, or $624sf.
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