Friday, March 2, 2012

Anderson Cooper Lists Modern Penthouse Pad

SELLER: Anderson Cooper
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $3,750,000
SIZE: 3,100 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Now that he's just about finished refurbishing an historic, huge, and oh-so-manly decommissioned firehouse in New York City's Greenwich Village, (sometimes giggly) CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper has pushed his very contemporary Midtown Manhattan duplex penthouse on the market with an asking price of $3,750,000.

Property records and previous reports show fortunately-born and well-educated Mister Cooper—the son of American heiress and designer jeans pioneer Gloria Vanderbilt, in case you didn't know—picked up his Midtown co-operative crib in early 2005 when he paid $2,480,000 for what was then just a half-floor simplex loft-style apartment with exclusive rights to develop the building's roof for private use. The globe trotting journalist quickly hired the smart, accomplished, and minimal-minded architects at workshop/apd to reconfigure everything, blow out the roof, add a 1,000-plus square foot second floor, and create pair of roof terraces that total, according to listing information, about 1,700 square feet.

The result, according to listing information, is a sleek, restrained, and sparely but luxuriously finished loft-like apartment of  about 3,100 square feet and currently configured with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. A quick study of the floor plan shows a somewhat unconventional layout with the main entry and bedrooms located on the lower level and the more "formal" living/entertaining areas and kitchen situated on an upper level accessed via a thrilling, floating staircase fashioned from accordion-folded steel.

A living/family room with built-in entertainment cabinetry that holds and hides a giant flat screen tee-vee sits in between the two bedrooms on the lower level. A series of frosted glass panels at the north end of the living/family slide open to reveal a spacious guest suite with a wall of over-sized windows, built-in wardrobes that flank an entertainment center cabinet with flat screen tee-vee, and an attached bathroom with full wall of frosted glass that allow light to filter in from the nearby window(s) but sill allow users a modicum of privacy.

A raised den/library nook just off the entry lined with paper thin steel book shelves (already emptied of any books that may have been there when Mister Cooper occupied the premises) connects to the compact but well-equipped master suite complete with closet-lined dressing room, petite bedroom with double-wide fireplace, a row of south facing windows and attached bathroom with swank finishes that include split-faced diamond grey limestone, slatted teak floors, dark chocolate-colored stainless steel accents, acid-etched glass partitions and shower enclosure, and and old-timey (and totally unexpected) claw-footed soaking tub.

The floating steel staircase leads up to a the second level living/entertainment areas comprised of an open plan living area (with fireplace) and window-lined dining area. Around the corner but open to the living and dining areas, the Euro-sleek center island kitchen offers top-grade stainless steel and integrated appliances, Caesarstone counter-tops, a large sky light, and a single glass door that opens to the lower level, wrap-around terrace. The lower level terrace, also accessible from the living room area of the upper floor, has a gas grill and metal and ipe wood stair case that ascends to a second, fully-landscaped roof terrace that wraps around a classic Manhattan water tower and includes decked walkways, wood planters and planter boxes, and at least two patches of grass that Mister Cooper's pooch Molly most certainly appreciated. Yes, puppies, there are actual lawns on the roof of this Manhattan apartment building.

Additional super-luxe amenities, according to listing information, include state-of-the-art surround sound and lighting systems, radiant heated floors, 7-inch wide aged, smoked Chambord oak floors, steel and a variety of acid etched glass panels. The 12-floor, 30-unit boutique building offers residents video security—which probably means no door man—and a full-time super to sweep the halls and haul the trash cans in and out. Listing information indicates Mister Cooper's penthouse condo carries monthly maintenance and common charges that total $3,184.

Previous to his duplex penthouse Mister Cooper owned an approximately 2,000 square foot, third-floor loft apartment in the same building that he had worked over by the folks at workshop/apd and sold in January 2006 for $1,580,000 to a couple of gays who flipped the 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment about 1.5 years later for $1,775,000.

Since at least the late 1990s, in addition to his urban nest Mister Cooper has maintained a 3-plus acre waterfront retreat in the little-known Hamptons community of Quiogue (NY). Last year the buff and hairless silver fox dropped $1,700,000 to expand his Quantuck Bay spread to include an additional 2.4 acres with a classic, 1940s Cape Cod-style shingled cottage.

listing photos and floor plan: Prudential Douglas Elliman

29 comments:

Shopgirl said...

am completely in love!

Anonymous said...

Why would he want to sell this? It looks very nice to me, in a rather stiff and cool way (which I presume is what he likes). Could it be that his present companion wanted something different? (I presume he has a live in companion.)

Anonymous said...

Nice crib.

As for the location, could be better, could be worse.

Mama - the listing says it's a co-op, not a condo.

Lady J

Anonymous said...

beautiful place. And once again even though I generally decry NYC apartments as overpriced, this is totally worth the money. I certainly would not sell it.

Anonymous said...

He must be at least a million in on the build out of the space, if not more, so he'll be lucky to break even once the list gets negotiated down to the point of a signed contract. He originally bought the space in the bubble, so you have to adjust for that as well.

The immediate neighborhood has few charms, but if your work is in mid-town, as his is, but your free time tends to be spent downtown, as his is, I suppose this is a reasonable compromise location-wise. However, most buyers are going to think hard before spending that kind of money there. On the other hand, you would never get that much space and that level of design at that price in, say, Tribeca. Hence, you are getting more for your money here than some other locations.

Apparently, judging from the decor here, Annn duh sin, as his mother pronounces it (no r's for the uppers), is one of those very, very persnickty/orderly/anal members of the tribe. Not surprised. The grass on the roof looks freshly like freshly laid sod. That stuff is impossible to keep healthy on a roof terrace -- especially when your dogs are peeing all over it. . . Must have driven him crazy.

Anonymous said...

Really excellent job on the renovation, he should have no problem selling it, but it's understandable that he doesn't need this place now that he has that unbelievably enormous firehouse.

nursedeb said...

if you weren't depressedd before, the color scheme here would make you that way.
why not splash of color? and I think that kitchen is blah.

Anonymous said...

To Nursedeb: I can only imagine what your kitchen looks like!

Divine Unit! Love the rehab and space! Simply Spectactular!

Yes, great price per sq ft but area is +-8-10 blocks North/South either way from where he probably frequents

Anonymous said...

The price seems way off. I guess its the location, but still i feel its worth closer to 5 million. I have a feeling this will sell very fast.

Doug said...

Hell, I'd damned near go gay for Anderson, he's that hot. I wonder how he'd look in tight jeans and cowboy boots? Oh, the penthouse, I like it, too.

Don Juan's Wreckless Daughter said...

Had American Psycho been set in 2010, they would have totally filmed there...

American Psycho Intro Scene

Anonymous said...

Doug, seems like you don't have to go that far out of your way..;)
Makes sense if you go for a gay man like Anderson, as gay as they come.
Even his crib is gay.

Anonymous said...

Doug, after reading your comment, I am pretty sure you are gay. You just need to come out of the closet and accept it.

I think Anderson is a cool guy with great taste in real estate, but as a straight man I would never say the things you said.

So we are really sticking to the ghetto comment system Mama?

Anonymous said...

"Getto comment system".....please splain for the midwesterners........at least this one.

nursedeb said...

didn't mean to offend..my kitchen is wood cabinets. I don't like the colors here.
the layout of the kitchen is lovely.
I guess I do fixate on the kitchens!
LOL

Doug said...

@4:18 PM Actually, we're all bi-sexual to some degree, or so I learned in Psych 101. I think Anderson is nice looking, fun, intelligent, has good taste... I could go on, but why. If I were ever to give the other side a whirl that's what I'd want. I make no apologies for being forthright and honest.

North Vancouver Realtors said...

Anderson Cooper’s apartment is a former manufacturing space completely transformed into a sleek bachelor pad by the talk-show host and CNN news anchor. According to property records, Cooper bought the home in 2005 for $2.48 million. With his renovations completed, the two-floor penthouse was recently listed for sale in the Garment District for $3.75 million.

midTN said...

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Oh look, a white decor.....how original......again.

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>>>...MAMA....I understand the reason for the comment system...BUT....the goofy security words are DIFFICULT for some of us TO READ!!

lil' gay boy said...

Hate the new comment system, love me some Anderson. Oh, and the apartment, too. Not a typical layout, but I suspect it served his lifestyle very well; now that he's supposedly going to be co-habitating, I can see the layout might not work for them both.

And it's also never been a bad idea for a couple to create their own space, rather than trying to accommodate one in another's established space.

Don't know him but sometimes worked in the same building and shared an elevator --- oh the temptation to push the stop button and...

;-)

This will probably sell fast, and the firehouse, which retained a lot of original detail, is bound to be fabulous --- let the pole double entendres begin!

Steve Dalrymple said...

I wonder who cuts his grass.

Anonymous said...

Speaking as a realtor, I would love to have this sexy and no doubt sensible seller, in my stable of clients. I bet this property is sold already. Priced very well.

MamasBoy said...

Good point Doug!
Big up!

MarkyMark said...

If Anderson was running around in here naked, he would sort of blend in with the background and disappear.

Aunt Gina said...

I'd cut his grass any time wink wink....oh, you meant it literally.

ps the words I am being required to type to get past security are: anangste asisaysi.
Really? who the fuck can type that?

Anonymous said...

Anderson just seems so smart and savvy when it comes to real estate. The firehouse, with over 8,000 square feet, was a great deal, he just purchased the home next door to his other home in Long Island for about a million or so and now he's nicely renovated this penthouse and selling it at a good price. He seems to do everything just right.

Anonymous said...

Stunning, gorgeous, I want it.

Amanda B. Rekendwith said...

@ lil' gay boy

As Oscar Wilde said, "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation."

So go ahead, press that stop button, and, well.......report back here asap!

Anonymous said...

Hey, don't rag on Doug! People who are comfortable with their sexuality, but recognize the fluid nature of it, are *totally* cool with me. I'm a gay man, but feel if I were gonna make it with a woman, she'd be like Christina Hendricks. Big tatas, big hips, smaller waist. So, I guess, I'm just a straight guy screaming to come "in". Doug sounds like an awesome guy to hang with.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, and the pad's gorrrrrrrgeous!