Monday, March 10, 2008

Ty Pennington's High-Line Pied a Terre

BUYER: Ty Pennington
LOCATION: West 23rd Street, New York, NY
PRICE: $2,495,000 (asking)
SIZE: 1,696 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: ...Kitchens are bold, architectural statements in greys and creams with Varenna cabinetry and European appliances from Miele and Gaggenau. Clean, sparse lines inform the luxurious baths, fitted with glass tile, rich teak and macassar ebony, and fixtures from Duravit, Zuma, and Prato Milano. In addition to the second bedroom, an elegant master suite offers a large private balcony with views to the north. Also includes wide-planked wenge hardwood flooring throughout, 11' hand-plastered ceilings, central climate control, video security, and expansive storage.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Recently, neighborhood tattle-tales have been buzzing with the rumor that television heart throb Ty Pennington, who hosts that upsetting program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, purchased a pied a terre in the very same celeb-friendly far West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan where Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter maintain a New York City apartment. Over the weekend, the gossip gurls at PageSix.com confirmed that the comely carpenter did indeed scoop up a condo in a newly constructed and much bally-hooed building on bizzy West 23rd Street.

Property and deed records have yet to be filed, but if Your Mama has put the pieces together properly– and we're quite certain we have–it appears that Mister Pennington picked up a condo at the sliver of a building known as the High Line 519. Listing information for L.A. based Mister Pennington's East Coast crib, indicates that the full floor unit measures 1,696 square feet and includes 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, all sorts of sleek and sexy interior fittings and finishes, and a small north facing balcony overlooking the eagerly awaited and spectacular Diller Scofido + Renfro designed High Line Park.

While Your Mama does not have much love for the amoebic grills that have been affixed to the front facade of the building to provide visually interesting safety railings for balconies as well as a certain amount of privacy for the well-heeled residents who will face the challenge of coping with floor to ceiling glazing facing the heavily trafficked West 23rd Street, we find the floor plan of Mister Pennington's narrow unit to be reasonably well resolved with a nice separation of space between the public and private areas.

It will come as no surprise to any of the children that Your Mama is fond of the dark wenge floors, the eye ball burning white walls (which will no doubt be changed up by some of the residents), and the 11' Venetian plaster ceilings. We even like that big white kitchen. However, we would have preferred to see a half bath slipped into the plan and we're completely freaked out by the stacked laundry facilities being placed in the master bathroom. Yes, some of you children will probably make the argument that the the dirty clothes of the sophisticated residents of this building will either be dry cleaned or be washed by Melinda the maid. But even still, who wants their clothes cleaned in the very same room they poop and primp? Not Your Mama and not for $2,500,000.

Interestingly, the PageSix.com gurls also reported that the Mister Pennington was recently spotted shopping for very expensive Italian designed furniture in SoHo. Does this mean he will not be filling the place up with all that crap from his inexpensive and eponymous line of furniture and other home products sold at Sears? Is anyone surprised by that?

Property records reveal that when in Los Angeles, the spikey haired and often shirtless Mister Pennington shacks up in a 2,102 square foot cottage on Crestmoore Place in the beach and (formerly) bohemian enclave of Venice. Records show he purchased the 4 bedroom and 3 bathroom house in January of 2004 for $1,100,000.

With Mister Pennington moving to our NYC 'hood, Your Mama expects we'll soon see yet another big black SUV idling at the curb on 23rd Street waiting to pick up just one more of the neighborhoods big name residents. We just ask one thing from these celebrity drivers...could you at least turn the damn car off instead of idling at the curb for 2 hours wasting gas and giving Your Mama a migraine from the car exhaust? Thank you babies.

33 comments:

Alessandra said...

I'm not sure I love the configuration of master bedroom to second bedroom and second bath. If you're a guest, you basically have to scoot by the master bedroom to use the bath and risk disturbing the master bedroom occupants.

Otherwise, it looks fine. The master bath is a bit too much like the color of the girls' locker room at my former high school, but I do like the dark wood. Not sure I want to clamber through the closet to get to the bathroom, either, but I guess it's my own damned fault that I never put away all of my shoes.

It isn't my first choice for a place in Manhattan, but it looks like s respectably pied a terre.

Anonymous said...

BR2 has no door!

Alessandra said...

I'd like to hope that there are pocket doors...

lucy said...

I don't know....this one just doesn't move me. Very masculine, and kinda boring.

so_chic_darling said...

There are so many fantastic two bedrooms in Chelsea for two million,why would he take this boring thing?I think it's a little overpriced.

pch said...

You pretty much need to come from The Land of Misfit Toys to get on that show. And then you have to endure the self-satisfied designers as they weep over what a wonderful thing they did for you. But you get a new house out of the deal, so...I could deal.

As to the apartment, it's okay, I guess, and I kinda like the amoebic grills...

Anonymous said...

I always wonder why anyone chooses to live in Chelsea, downtown has way better areas - sorry Mama!

Parker said...

I don't love it for that price. It's okay but not really special.

fairfield girl said...

burr it looks cold in that Pennington place.

sandpiper said...

From a purely aesthetic viewpoint, the fit and finish is clean and smart. Love those high ceilings and window walls. For me, the bonus: french doors making such a nice connection to the street. I like the thru-unit floor plan a lot--and the cross breeze it enables.

The low monthly maintenance and tax abatement (for now) is an investment perk. Without comparing this building to others in vacinity, I think it rocks.

average joe said...

a nicer bucket but 2.5 mm ?

oh well I guess that NY prices are going to ride out the crash and maybe even go higher, then again our dollar has lost 25% of its value so technically he bought it for 1.3MM if you really think about it.

average joe said...

sorry my mistake, 1.8MM is the correct number which is still high but I am sure he will sell it in a few months for 4MM

Bigdaddyj said...

No issues with the design of the building or the interiors from an aesthetic point of view, generic masculine modern, but not a big fan of the floorplan, and I'd only want to be on an upper floor to get as far away from the noise on 23rd st as possible...I didn't think I saw it in mama's post, any idea what floor he bought on?

As for his show, I've heard that the places have a tendency to fall apart because the renovations are done in such a rushed fashion, and that the families often cannot afford to live in them very long because of the resultant increases in real estate taxes, utility bills, etc...just 'cause someone gives you a big house for free doesn't mean you can afford to maintain it once the director yells cut and the show moves on to it's next cause...

Chelsea resident said...

Your mistake indeed we are talking US Dollars here so he did not pay 1.3 or 1.8 million.or 10 million yen.

Anonymous said...

Chelsea is the best neighborhood in manhathan. What neighborhoods are better? MAYBE the West Village, but this place would be double the price. Chelsea is convenient and nice.

sandpiper said...

When I saw this building, my reaction was that looks like the newer buildings going up in and around Amsterdam.

And so it is! The architects, Caroline Bos and Ben van Berkel, are Amsterdam-based.

They also recently designed a weekend home for Leo Tsimmer, the man that owns (and/or on development team of) Pennington's building.

Then this happened.

average joe said...

Chelsea resident

what is happening to the dollar is no joke, if you were to buy a 1MM condo US in euros you would save 250k I hear they may be switching to the euro system.

lil' gay boy said...

It wasn't me . . . I SWEAR.

Anonymous said...

>if you were to buy a 1MM condo US in euros you would save 250k

Ok... A million dollars converted to Euros is 651,678 Euros.

I buy a condo for 651,678 Euros, which translated in to dollars is ..

wait for it...


A Million Dollars!

How did I just save 250k?

Dumb A**

Chelsea resident said...

No we are not switching to a Euro system.Chelsea is in the United States of America and we use Dollars you idiot.

Granny's neighbor said...

I hear average joe's granny calling him to do his 5th grade homework before dinner...

Anonymous said...

Ty Pennington is not a carpenter and has never been a carpenter. He plays a former carpenter on TV.

lil' gay boy said...

As long as he plays nice he can play at my house all he wants . . .

Alessandra said...

You want him to play nice...?

pch said...

It's official: Alessandra is my Real Estalker crush.

That is all.

average joe said...

I want him to play with my wood.

Anonymous said...

I'll play with his power tool - just as long as he doesn't scream and holla like he does on TV... that would just kill my bliss

Alessandra said...

Awww, I'm blushing, pch. However, if you wish to retract because of my low taste in getting the wee tingles for Kid Rock, I'll understand.

pch said...

Oh, Kid's alright...what kind of rocker would he be if he didn't brawl in a Waffle House every so often?

lil' gay boy said...

I thought I told you two to get a room?

As for playing nice, BGD and I have always been partial to a man who knows how to use tools.

Aw, c'mon, y'all were thinking it anyway and somebody had to say it!

Bigdaddyj said...

The man does have some impressive abs....

Anonymous said...

I love Chelsea NY. All the famous gays live there (and some of the infamous ones too).

Anonymous said...

As a new owner in the building: (not T.P.) architect of record = Lindy Roy, not Ben van Berkel. noise = virtually none: even on the 23rd st. side. they spent real bucks on noiseproof glazing. T.P. for Sears = all marked down....