Bradley Cooper Buys West Village Townhouse for $13.5M

The wait was clearly worth it for Bradley Cooper. After several years of looking around for the perfect New York City home, the actor and newly minted director of the acclaimed “A Star Is Born” remake with native Lady Gaga has moved into a West Village townhouse.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Cooper closed on the off-market deal in May, when he paid $13.5 million for the five-story brick beauty. Bradley and his partner, model Irina Shayk, have made tabloid fodder the past few years as they scoured the Upper West Side and the Village for a place to settle in and spread out.

Shayk had bought and sold apartments at 166 Perry St. and 150 Charles St. since she and Cooper hooked up, and they have since welcomed a child together. So the 4,000-square-foot townhouse clearly met the couple’s space and aesthetic needs.

The interior is all new, but was refurbished to take on historic and warm embellishments befitting the townhouse’s 1905 roots.

The basement-level den, grand parlor with 12-foot ceilings, rear garden with deck, and reclaimed, wide-plank pine flooring lend the townhouse a great deal of warmth. That’s in contrast to the European-style interiors of Shayk’s previous NYC pads, but is seems to fit Bradley’s East Coast-native sensibility.

The townhouse had been a 4-unit rental building before it was bought by an investment group in 2010 for $4 million and converted back to a single-family — complete with a gut renovation.

The home also features a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, but that may not be of interest to Cooper, who does not drink alcohol after early career struggles with alcohol and painkillers — a past that informed his directing and screenwriting for “A Star Is Born” (and something Cooper does not share easily). Still, it’s nice to see that he’s finally found a place worth buying.

As for Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” co-star: Renting appears to to fit Lady Gaga’s lifestyle when she’s in her hometown. According to our StreetEasy archives, the last place Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta, which she uses in the film’s credits) rented was a super duplex penthouse at 40 Central Park South.

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Central Park Tower Will Be Recognized as the Tallest Residential Building in the World

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is the creative agency behind Central Park Tower, which when all is said and done, will be recognized as the tallest residential building in the world. Set to stand at a total height of 1,550 feet, the modern day skyscraper will be located on West 57th street, otherwise known as Billionaire’s Row, and will offer its residents an impressive list of lavish amenities.

For instance, the first club level located on the 14th floor will house a billiards space, screening/function rooms, a 60-foot swimming pool, cabanas, a bar, a screening wall, food and beverage service, and an outdoor children’s playground. The 16th floor, on the other hand, will lay claim to a 63-foot swimming pool, a fitness center, basketball court, squash court, sauna, steam and treatment rooms, amongst a host of others.

When asked to comment on the mammoth structure, Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture had the following to say:

“One of the greatest responsibilities of architecture is to continue to elevate experiences yet create structures that are elegant and respectful. Central Park Tower was designed to take advantage of the spirit of the great city of New York and create an address worthy of its location on Billionaires Row and Central Park.”

Gary Barnett, founder and president of Extell Development Company, had the following to add:

“Central Park Tower introduces a level of design, quality and service that hasn’t been seen before. This building will stand out in New York City history as the singular residential offering that redefined luxury living.”

https://extell.com/portfolio/central-park-tower

UES Mega Mansion

Plans to join three historic townhouses on East 75th Street will create a mega-mansion of 31,500 square feet, the largest single-family home in Manhattan.

The home promises to dwarf both the mayor’s residence at Gracie Mansion and the governor’s official home in Albany, which are each 20,000-square-feet. It will eclipse Michael Jackson’s 12,598-square-foot Neverland ranch, and Prince’s 10,000-square-foot Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis.

One design expert said the renovation price tag could reach $100 million, on top of the $90 million already paid for the property purchases.

https://nypost.com/2018/10/13/russian-oligarch-wants-to-combine-3-townhouses-into-nyc-mega-mansion/