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Manhattan Celebrity Homes Tour (Self Guided), New York

Home to some of the world’s best entertainment, New York City has no shortage of celebrities calling it home either. In some parts of Manhattan, you can pass by celebrity homes without even realizing that you are mere yards away from the stars. One such area is the former industrial neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, called Tribeca, currently considered to be a haven for celebrity residents. In recent decades, some of the world’s top actors and musicians have gobbled up real estate here. From Katy Perry and Taylor Swift to Meryl Streep and Justin Timberlake, the A-listers can’t seem to get enough of Tribeca. Catching a glimpse of a celebrity is a dream come true for many. And if settling next door to your idol is still a distant possibility, at least for now, you may explore celebrity addresses in one of the most star-packed cities in the world. Just follow this self-guided walk and keep your eyes open!
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Guide Name: Manhattan Celebrity Homes Tour
Guide Location: USA » New York (See other walking tours in New York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Beyoncé and Jay-Z Penthouse
  • Jennifer Lawrence and Meg Ryan Apartments
  • Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Flat
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep Condos
  • Katy Perry and Russel Brand Penthouse
  • Taylor Swift Townhouses
  • Mariah Carey Penthouse
Beyoncé and Jay-Z Penthouse

1) Beyoncé and Jay-Z Penthouse

While several celebrities are known to own apartments at 195 Hudson Street, the most notable of them, by far, are Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z. Over the years, this power couple, whose combined net worth is currently estimated at $1 billion, have splurged on numerous properties worldwide. But this 8,000-square-footer loft in Tribeca, that Jay Z bought for $6.85 million in 2004 while still a bachelor, is their favorite. So much so, in fact, that the singers even got famously married here, in 2008. In addition to the common roof space, Jay Z and Beyoncé enjoy their own private roof deck space, which is hidden from prying eyes by vast amounts of shrubbery.

If you would like to have a home among the stars in the same building as Jay-Z and Beyoncé, renowned for containing many interesting apartments, including one with a built-in meditation room and another with a black-marble bathroom, you can try and grab a condo here for a minimum of circa $3 million. And rest assured that everyone gets celebrity treatment here!
Jennifer Lawrence and Meg Ryan Apartments

2) Jennifer Lawrence and Meg Ryan Apartments

Reputed for its “paparazzi-proof” setup, featuring plenty of privacy-focused amenities, such as an interior courtyard garden, underground garage, and private entrances for apartments so much popular with residents requiring anonymity, it's no wonder that this unassuming brick building at 443 Greenwich Street is, without a doubt, New York City’s most celebrity-filled address. Largely adding to its appeal are also plenty of luxury features, like a 71-foot indoor pool and a fitness center with a Turkish steam bath.

In recent years, this ex book binding factory in Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca proved to be a magnet for the famous, having seen among its A-list occupants the likes of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebel Wilson, and singer Harry Styles.

Meg Ryan, the star of "When Harry Met Sally" and a self-professed real estate lover, joined the gang in 2017 when she bought a $9.39 million three-bedroom flat here. A fellow-actress, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence also owns a 3,200-square-foot luxury condo at this celebrity-favored location that she scooped up in 2017 for a smidgen over $9 million, and almost immediately made available as a rental.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Flat

3) Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Flat

The multi-hyphenate, rich and ridiculously successful singer/songwriter and actor, ex member of the “Mickey Mouse Club” boy-band and heartthrob, Justin Timberlake, together with his wife, actress/kid-friendly restaurateur Jessica Biel, seems like an old hand when it comes to making real estate moves around NYC's Tribeca. Prior to snatching up their current pricey residence atop 443 Greenwich Street in 2017, this talented power couple used to have, albeit briefly, an apartment in Tribeca’s Pearline Soap Factory at 414 Washington Street. The celebrity pair purchased this abode in 2008 for $4.77 million, only to ditch it in 2010, being tired of the paparazzi and part-time doorman, in favor of another penthouse in Soho Mews.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom pad at Washington Street has a keyed elevator access directly into the unit with four exposures, and measures at approximately 3,000 square feet, offering gracious entertaining space in the extravagantly over-sized living areas, large as a roller rink, ringed by 14 floor-to-ceiling arched windows looking west over the mighty Hudson River towards the perhaps not so glorious New Jersey skyline. In addition to the picturesque sunsets every night and fabulous river views, this Pearline Soap loft home comes complete with a brand new lighting package and built-in Sonos sound system, featuring inclusive Lutron technology controlling temperature, lights, sounds, shades and more.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep Condos

4) Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep Condos

Another celebrity-packed Tribeca address is River Lofts, 92 Laight Street. At various periods of time, the set of local residents included the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and her ex-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. The couple once shared a beautiful 4,400 square-foot pied-a-terre penthouse here, which they acquired in 2007 for $5.1 million. Whimsically designed with the light use of mouldings and glassy paint, the three-bedroom unit featured a spacious, yet intimately decorated master suite and fuzzy nap zones, and served the dual intents of entertaining and satisfying the needs of a young family. For that purpose, a light color scheme was applied, airy with lavenders, grays and glorious whites elegantly mixed with crystal chandeliers, muted silver wallpaper on certain walls, and a sofa swing made out of an antique Indian door. Having “consciously uncoupled”, Paltrow and Martin sold their immaculate penthouse in 2017.

But they’re not the only celebrities to have graced this building with their presence. Meryl Streep and her husband, sculptor Don Gummer, also lived in one of its stunning condos at some point. In 2006, they purchased a 3,944-square-foot penthouse at River Lofts for $10.13 million. Their four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom unit was a bit cozier and more traditional, having a warmer color palette and more stationary furniture. Eventually, the couple looked to make some profit off it and put it on the market for $24.6 million.
Katy Perry and Russel Brand Penthouse

5) Katy Perry and Russel Brand Penthouse

When it came to the airy downtown penthouse at 65 North Moore Street, pop princess Katy Perry was indeed “hot and cold” about it. First, she rushed to scoop up the “romantic duplex” for $2.68 million, right before her marriage to Russell Brand, in 2010. Then, two years later, after splitting with the raunchy British comedian and ready for a fresh start, she was more than willing to let go of the property, even at the cost of a small loss, selling the condo for $2.62 million.

Prior to that, the newlyweds had a chance to enjoy the sun-drenched two-bedroom unit that boasted a spectacular “garden in the sky” terrace with a great southern view, original wood beamed 11-foot ceilings, an elegant limestone kitchen, and a gracious Cherry wood staircase producing this warm feeling that had made one feel they would want to live there forever!

Although Ms. Perry did not make any profit from the sale (not that she needed it much, considering her songs raking in the cash), at least she had seemingly sold the place to a kindred soul, which is a comfort!
Taylor Swift Townhouses

6) Taylor Swift Townhouses

Famed singer/songwriter Taylor Swift has a place in Tribeca that she calls home. Precisely, this is the Sugar Loaf Building which boasts a certain amount of star power and, over the years, has seen a host of celebrities live here. Controversy seems to follow Taylor Swift whatever she does, and real estate is no exception, for when this pop singer buys property, she goes big – like, an entire floor big!

In 2014, Swift made headlines when she announced purchasing, for $19.95 million, not just one but two neighboring penthouses at 155 Franklin Street, totaling 8,018 square feet, which were previously owned by the director of Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson. That fact of sale booted from the loft Gandalf the White (actor Sir Ian McKellen), while Legolas (Orlando Bloom) claimed to have fled the building himself so as to escape Swift's paparazzi and numerous friends. The latter, now that the singing style icon owns a place here, have a cool spot to chill out and shake it off. In 2017, Swift further expanded her Tribeca home by adding to the equation yet another three-story townhouse next door, for $18 million. That property, in turn, happened to be the one French politician, ex-IMF managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stayed in while under house arrest in 2011 for the alleged sexual assault and attempted rape of a hotel maid.

Taylor Swift’s digs at 155 Franklin Street feature an amazing rustic pad on the top (6th) floor with gorgeous wood floors and exposed wood beamed ceilings that give the place its cozy feel, multiple areas with wrap around couches in the sitting room, a roof deck and wraparound staircase. She also has a grand piano on the premises which is guarded by a security team of retired NYPD cops living in the attached apartment.
Mariah Carey Penthouse

7) Mariah Carey Penthouse

Located in the heart of trendy Tribeca, Franklin Tower at 90 Franklin Street is a 17-story Art Déco brick structure that was originally built to house a bank in 1915 and was converted into 25 sprawling luxury lofts between 1999 and 2001. Despite its long history, the building is probably best known for its conversion as the Manhattan home for pop icon Mariah Carey. In 2001, the five-octave, platinum-selling vocalist purchased the top three floors of Franklin Tower for a cool $9 million. Two units were merged to create an opulent triplex penthouse.

The singer’s diva personality is evident in a 38-foot-long master bath/spa and the fact that she named her son Moroccan after the style of the penthouse’s top floor. Carey and her twins also get to enjoy an expansive roof deck and a plethora of other luxurious amenities. Among them is a spacious media room fitted with the Robert Jackson murals and an aquarium placed in a wall, so as to add to it “the feeling of a movie theater under the sea”.

The apartment's Art Déco influence came from the architecture of the building which was erected during that period and features bronze-inlaid limestone flooring, step moldings on ceilings, doors, door frames and baseboards throughout the interior. Accenting the Art Déco theme are the table with a carved and gilded base and a palm frond chandelier in the entrance hall. The living room doors are sheathed in silver leaf and painted in a leaf pattern.

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