Friday, January 18, 2008

Anne Hathaway Shops for SoHo Loft

RENTER: Anne Hathaway and Raffaelo Follieri
LOCATION: Broadway, New York, NY
PRICE: $30-35,000 per month
SIZE: 4,120 square feet, 3-4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: ...A private elevator opens a sensational entertaining area with an enormous open kitchen and huge windows facing east that flood the loft with light. Unlike most lofts on Broadway, protected north facing side windows allow up to four windowed bedrooms. Currently set up as a grand Master Suite, with a glamorous spa-style bathroom and two and one half additional bedrooms and bathrooms, the finishes and fixtures throughout this home are3 of the very highest standard...

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Earlier this week New York Magazine reported that squeaky clean actress Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Becoming Jane) is shopping for a New York City love nest in which she can shack up in sin with her real estate developer man friend Raffaelo Follieri. With that salacious tidbit all you right wing Christian types will probably protest and boycott Miss Hathaway's upcoming film project Get Smart, but Your Mama takes a more practical view on these sorts of situations. Your Mama believes in shopping before buying, okay? So we got no issue whatsoever with Miss Unmarried Thing living up in the same apartment with her beau.

A source told celebrity real estate scribe S. Jhoanna Robledo at NY Magazine that Miss Hathaway, her good looking paramour and his body guard toured a large SoHo loft on Broadway with 4 bedrooms and $30,000+ per month price tag. So being the nosy little monster we are, Your Mama went a-searchin' for SoHo loft spaces that match the description in the article.

And guess what kids? There was only one apartment located on Broadway between Spring and Broome with an asking price over $30,000 and it's the one pictured above. Now babies, Your Mama does not know Miss Hathaway or any of her people so we can not confirm this is in fact the place the lovebirds looked at, but 1 and 1 and 1 do make three, right?

Interestingly, the listing is marked "in contract," so perhaps the the lovebirds signed a lease on the glammy 4,120 square foot space? Since the decor is not that of Miss Hathaway or her flashy Follieri friend, a man who apparently thinks he's famous enough to require a bodyguard, Your Mama won't discuss the dangerous looking dining room table, the deep disappointment at finding a pool table up in this place, or how we would rather sleep IN the bathtub than have one sitting right up next to the bed.

However, as long narrow lofts go, this one is not so bad. Due to the rare side windows, the architect has managed to squeeze in two (can be three) secondary bedrooms that have actual windows. We appreciate that elevator has been configured to provide a de facto entrance hall rather than opening up directly into the living room...a set up Your Mama loathes...and we're feeling pretty good about the bathroom lay outs.

What Your Mama can not sort out in our gin soaked mind is why a big celebrity type like Miss Hathaway would even consider living on that block of Broadway. Yes, SoHo used to be filled with artist types milling around and living in massive lofts, but nowadays it's just a big outdoor mall where tourists of all stripes schlep their sweat suited selves up and down the street from Banana Republic to H&M to the damn Pottery Barn. Also, those freaky red double-decker tour buses glide right down Broadway, and we're quite sure Miss Hathaway does not need a bunch of Midwesterners with cameras peering in the windows of her loft while she and her Italian man friend do the unmarried dirty on the pool table.

Anyhoo, only time will tell if Miss Hathaway and Mister Follieri will make house in this loft or some other high priced SoHo set up. Wherever they land, Your Mama wishes the happily not married couple all kinds of unwedded bliss, and we sincerely hope Mister Follieri's nasty name calling bizness with billionaire supermarket mogul Ron Burkle has been squared away.

39 comments:

aunt mary said...

Yum, the color palette is as soft as a baby's bottom. Wonderful spaces for big art. The master provides cozy when wanted. Maintaining all that white gives the housekeeper in me pause. But lovely, indeed.

Lucy said...

There's a tub in the bedroom. IN.

I'll never understand that.

Alessandra said...

I also like the color palette, but I agree with Lucy about the tub in the master bedroom. I do understand why it's supposed to be all chi-chi and luxurious, but it always seems to me like a sad mix of Wilt Chamberlain's hot tub in the middle of his master suite and some tawdry Pocono lodge's honeymoon suite.

That said, I like the loft and its floor plan. Not sure about the location, but every one has their own neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Broadway? Who in their right mind would choose to live on Broadway? If you want to be in Soho then look for something on Mercer or Crosby etc ... but Broadway is the hell of lower Manhattan! Can you imagine coming out of your building door to the crowds on a saturday afternoon? Ugh!

Nice loft, hate the tub in the bedroom - just reminds me of a porno or something!

Why has her real estate developer beau got a bodyguard? Are you serious? honestly, I'm so sick of these types of Manhattan idiot that appear to be multiplying at an astonishing rate ...

lil" gay boy said...

I think we're all agreed that the tub in the master bedroom was NOT a good idea . . . images from porn to the Poconos make that quite clear.

Despite the rather muted color palette, which is probably to keep the northern and eastern exposured loft from becoming too dark after midday, this loft is not too shabby, even if it is directly on tacky, touristy lower Broadway.

For a long, narrow space it flows nicely, and there's plenty of guest space to put up drunken friends for the night. A full size kitchen, decent amounts of storage, and enough architectural interest to keep it from feeling like a railroad car.

The master bath could be a little less beige, the pool table has got to go, and the addition of a fireplace in the living area would have been perfect.

And sorry, Mama, but as dangerous as that dining table looks, I think it suits the space; a safe ol' rectilinear one would have been too much in this narrow loft.

pch said...

This might be where what LGB was talking about yesterday -- how where we live influences our ideas -- comes into play. Because this native never-lived-in-NYC Angeleno looks at an apartment configured like this and sees deluxe double-wide.

While I understand Mama's aversion to pot racks, I'm a firm believer in the benefits of a pool table.

Also, I don't actually mind the idea of a tub in the bedroom -- but not if it's a focal point when you walk through the door, and not if takes up this much space.

The weirdest places I've actually seen bathtubs are on the patios of hotel rooms at Sanctuary in Scottsdale and Hotel du Vin in Henley-on-Thames. Bathtubs, not jacuzzis. That's probably where I'd draw the line at home.

aunt mary said...

And don't forget the bathtubs on a cliff in the Viagra commercial. What's that all about? A man and a woman each in their own tub holding hands? There must be subliminals there going right over my head.

aunt mary said...

pch, you are so right. They don't say location, location, location for nothing. A home in Manhattan put the world at your feet in a compact 70 square miles. Not to insult anyone, but it's incomparable.

lil" gay boy said...

Ah, but then there are the cliffside sulfur baths at The Esalen Institute in Bug Sur; now that's an experience on an entirely different plane.

I was there said...

Carly Simon's apartment in New York has one floor with just a giant bathtub,a grand piano and a working fireplace.Deeeeeeeeeeeevine.

luke220 said...

I'm not wild about the door to the toilet opening up at the dining area. And the wall of closets in the living room sort of limits furniture placement.

Maybe the bathroom tub is a water feature? There is a direct sight-line through the double entry doors down the hallway. Master bedroom is small with limited closet space. The second bedroom will probably be converted to walk in closet.

Hippie Canyon said...

Train. Bowling Alley. International shipping crate. I'd say more single than double-wide trailer PCH. Maybe on a good day, I would be polite and say its a photographer's work loft for... your magazine of choice. But I shant be polite. It looks like a whore's loft with that fucking ignorant tub in the bedroom.Love Manhattan. Hate this pad.

bentley said...

Tub in the bedroom...porn in the Poconos... not sooo bad, some nights!?!?

Call me Friday night frisky, but it could be worse.

But! The fantasy ends there. Tub porn is twice as nasty as being in there with your own grime.

I'm with you hippie canyon and anonymous 10:16. Lower Broadway, railroad tenement nightmare, Frank and Louise from Duluth fiddling with fanny packs outside your door. Oh no thank you.

so_chic_darling said...

The location is so wrong,the nightmare of hundreds of thousands of Europeans gorged n Euros and Pounds sucking up dry goods and sundries like a Dyson.I shudder just thinking about it.

Sandpiper said...

I think it's graet. She's young, with a promising future. Her days in Easthampton, a far off island or wherever she sets her sites to settle are in the future. For this moment, and for reasons that she feels right about, the choice is here.

Trade-offs? Always. But this space is a wide sweep of eastern exposure on main living area; a nice to start the day. Interior finishes are nicely appointed, aided by lots of can lights. Row-house brownstones and/or lofts will always have lighting challenges. Only thing I'd suggest is enamel ceilings. Go! Anne!

luke220 said...

The Olsen's place at 1 Morton Square is still on at the same price- $11,995,000.

so_chic_darling said...

Sandpiper I say go Anne too only go to the West Village do not stop on Broadway!

lil' gay boy said...

Hippie, understand your reaction as it being a "whore's loft", but this a peculiarly Manhattan experience to live in such an industrial space. Most Manhattanites would cut off their right arm for it, regardless of location.

Bentley: porn in tub? ALWAYS nasty - but sometimes that's it's appeal.

;-)

So_Chic, yes, the location is not ideal; but for an up-and-coming actress it could very well suit her lifestyle - the crowds, the grit, the grime.

It's very close to where I work (within a 5 minute walk), so I could very well see myself living there. The only problem is my boss won't fund it, no matter how close I am to work when a crisis arises . . .

It's not that great said...

oh please there are hundreds of lofts in Manhattan that are better looking,in better locations and have better floor plans.

Anonymous said...

why do u repeat comments alraedy said like you are the boss? r u from nebraska? u sound like u r. r u the owner of this site? u act like it but u dont seem smart enuf.

Lucy said...

"u dont seem smart enuf"

I love a little irony in the morning.

ur r eh the r uh ur said...

eh what?

aunt mary said...

Anon 10:09, the midwest is a seed bed for genius. They grow up and go to the coasts because of the opportunities there. Learn something about your country. All the talent in NYC is not home grown.

ur ru enuf said...

er uh huh wha?

sandpiper said...

I'm Switzerland. Pass.

sandpiper said...

Yoo-Hoo so_chic,
I don't understand the choice of location either, but youth and exploring can be a wonderful thing. Guess she'll land where she lands, eh? The journey is the fun of it.

luke220 said...

Another advantage to renting. End of lease (or relationship) and she packs her bags and leaves.

Sandpiper said...

Luke, I agree, but boy-toy's recent history infers renting as a way to live. Previous to new S. Broadway was/is the $40,000/mo. on 5th (Trump).

What's up with that?

40 grnd a month said...

.........and no doorman!

luke220 said...

His company or foundation probably pay the rent so they write it off as an expense. It costs them less than buying an $8 million property- more money for them to buy up (Catholic) church properties!

Anonymous said...

This place is fine for a temporary rental, but I wouldn't buy this place. Also, I can't stand the monochromatic look in a narrow place like this. Also, the bedroom locations are odd. Don't like it.

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