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NYC Celebrities Ride the Real Estate Roller Coaster

New York City is known for its extravagant, pricey real estate — the kind that’s well suited to the rich and famous. Celebrity real estate in New York can sometimes feel like a game of Monopoly, with well-known buyers snatching up properties in multiple neighborhoods for big bucks. And when a celeb decides to sell, they don’t do so cheaply. Here’s a roundup of all the recent real estate habits — the sprawling apartments, the jaw-dropping sales prices — of stars in NYC.


Jon Bon Jovi, Anne Hathaway, Simon Cowell, Taylor Swift, Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo: John W. Ferguson/Getty Images, Jason Merritt/Getty Images [2], Mark Davis/Getty Images, John Sciulli/Getty Images)

Jon Bon Jovi, Anne Hathaway, Simon Cowell, Taylor Swift, Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo: John W. Ferguson/Getty Images, Jason Merritt/Getty Images [2], Mark Davis/Getty Images, John Sciulli/Getty Images)

Celebs who are selling
The director Steven Soderbergh is trying to unload two — yep, two — apartments in TriBeCa and Chelsea. The asking prices, according to the the New York Daily News, make for a combined total of $11 million. And while Bon Jovi may be a superstar musician, he has an apartment that nobody wants. He listed his SoHo penthouse last year for $42 million, and now Curbed finds it is back on the market for $37.5 million. You’d have to have a large monthly budget to rent singer Vanessa Carlton’s SoHo apartment — she just put it on the market for $17,950 a month, according to the New York Daily News. After living on Mott Street for 18 years, Moby just sold his apartment for $1.95 million. He bought it back in 1996 for a meager $215,750. Ultimately none of those numbers compare to Demi Moore’s home, which she listed for sale last month. Her triplex apartment, located right along Central Park West, is asking a massive $75 million. Sadly, the New York Post didn’t have many details on its interior.

Now, on to Brooklyn!  For some time now, popular writer Jonathan Safron Foer has tried to sell his Park Slope, Brooklyn mansion. Originally listed last year for $14.5 million, Curbed reports that the price just dropped to $13 million. Foer isn’t the only famous Brooklynite who’s trying to sell their outer-borough pad. Anne Hathaway put her two-bedroom condo, located along the DUMBO waterfront, on the market for $4.25 million, according to 6sqft.

Celebs who are buying
Famous mean-guy Simon Cowell recently purchased a three-bedroom penthouse with his girlfriend on the Upper East Side, on East 78th Street to be exact. The New York Post guesses that he paid at least $10 million for the pad. Downtown, Orlando Bloom recently paid $4.875 million for a three-bedroom loft in TriBeCa. Another famous resident of his new building, writes the New York Post, is Taylor Swift. Earlier this month, photographer Annie Leibovitz shelled out $11.25 million for a three-bedroom co-op on Central Park West. And last month, Leo DiCaprio closed on a two-bedroom condo in Greenwich Village. The selling price? According to the New York Post, $10 million.

Celebs who are looking
The New York Post spotted Jake Gyllenhaal checking out a cute, cozy townhouse asking $3.75 million in TriBeCa.  And disgraced baseball star A-Rod, hoping to move back into his former digs on Central Park West, is out of luck. The New York Daily News writes that the management of the esteemed building does not want him back, due to previous bad habits while living there.

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