Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vincent Gallo Flips Out in Manhattan

SELLER: Vincent Gallo
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $2,295,000
SIZE: 1,275 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Yesterday the property gossips at The New York Observer revealed that idiosyncratic and usually L.A.-based actor, wannabe male prostie and notorious serial property flipper Vincent Gallo scooped up a "Nouvel Pad" in New York City's West Chelsea for exactly $2,000,000.

Thanks to a thoughtful informant we'll call Newell Newyorker we've learned that the famously itchy footed actor—who has bought more houses and apartments than Your Mama has brain cells—has already caught a screaming case of the Celebrity Real Estate Fickle and yesterday flipped the one bedroom and 1.5 bathroom condo at the Jean Nouvel-designed (and High Line adjacent) 100 Eleventh Avenue High building back on the open market with a rather ballsy 15% markup price of $2,295,000.

Most online listings show the fifth-floor apartment measures about 1,275 square feet—one online listing shows it has 1,325 square feet—and carries taxes and common charges that total $1,980 per month.

A wee, wedge-shaped entrance hall with adjoining half bathroom and coat closet pops open into combination living/dining/kitchen area defined by a curving wall comprised entirely of a complexly composed grid of different sized and shaped windows. The sleek, custom-fitted kitchen has glass and stainless steel cabinetry and top-grade stainless steel appliances. The massive center work island cantilevers over stainless steel cabinets that can be rolled out from under the counter tops thus creating a convenient snack counter.

Gleaming white terrazzo floors and the curved wall of glass seamlessly stretch into the lone bedroom that seems a bit compact but is none-the-less nicely equipped with a walk-in closet and an attached bathroom with Corian counter tops, soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower stall.

A giant glass panel in the living area pivots open to a glass enclosed loggia that, in turn, opens through a sliding glass door to a squeezy 60 square foot terrace that faces the building's steel and glass atrium where, in a radical feat of engineering, the architect famously suspended an irrigated tree box.

This is hardly the first time Mister Gallo has bought and sold high priced properties at such a head-spinning rate and, indeed, the button pushing Brown Bunny has owned a slew of architecturally significant homes and apartment ins architecturally significant buildings on the right and the left coasts. In New York, in 2004, Mister Gallo sold a seventh floor apartment at the Richard Meier-designed 173 Perry Street for $2,465,000 that had only purchased exactly a year before, according to property records, for $2,150,000.

He briefly owned two John Lautner-designed architectural spectacles Los Angeles—the so-called Garcia and Wolff houses—and several apartments at the star-studded Sierra Towers building in West Hollywood, including the duplex that Cher recently made available as an off-market listing at a rumored price of $5.5 million. In the last days of 2009 Mister Gallo coughed up $2,340,000 for a 4,300 square foot penthouse loft at the Biscuit Building in downtown L.A. that he sold last April (2012) for $2,600,000 and he currently still owns a three story townhouse loft in the same building that he bought in July 2012 for $825,000 listed in early February (2013) for $1,295,000 and, as of today, is in escrow and about to be sold for an unknown amount.

exterior photo: Nicholas Strini for Property Shark
listing photos and floor plan: Halstead Property


nursedeb said...

good LORD...that kitchen reminds me of a hospital operating room...
a little warmth is needed right away

Anonymous said...

How does one achieve that "gleaming" look with tile? Just wondering for my future dream house.

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Anonymous said...

Nurse Deb,

I agree that the kitchen looks like an operating room, and being a medical professional and all you should know! Maybe an orchid, a couple of ceramic roosters, and a hanging candle rack would warm up that kitchen?


Anonymous said...

That kitchen needs a couple big ol' cocks to warm it up.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the episode of Ab Fab where Patsy and Eddi recollect on when they visited their fabulous minimilist friends home. There was no place to sit or put anything down either.

lil' gay boy said...

Ahh, Bettina & Max...

The building is lovely, the fenestration intriguing, but about as cozy & warm as shaking hands with a dead squid.

It does make the argument for more stylish autopsy theatres....

Anonymous said...

LGB I can count on you to hit the proverbial nail on the head. It was Betina & Max! Well done, thank you!

lil' gay boy said...

Thank you, darlin'!