RuPaul sells West Village pad for $2.4M

By Sarabeth Sanders | December 20, 2010 03:07PM

RuPaul and 296 West 10th Street (building photo source: PropertyShark)

When RuPaul Charles, the drag queen, model, author and reality television host, hit it big, he did what many New York City celebrities have done for years: he invested in real estate in the West Village.

“The odds are very high that the cycle of poverty will repeat itself. I knew at least to save what I had and not spend it on flashy crap meant to impress other people… I knew it was safe to invest in real estate that wouldn’t depreciate,” he wrote in his latest book, “Workin’ It: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Style,” which came out this year.

Indeed. According to, RuPaul dropped $1.095 million on a 1,490-square-foot unit at the River West Condominium at 296 West 10th Street in 1998, and a deed recorded today shows that he resold that apartment earlier this month for $2.4 million.

The apartment was unlisted, and it was a broker-less transaction, according to attorney Donna Fagerstrom of Hogan Lovells, who represented the buyer, A Peach of a Perch LLC. Fagerstrom would not reveal the buyer’s identity, but the address of the company is listed as 347 West 20th Street under the name of Jerry Gorovoy, the longtime friend and assistant to the late French sculptor Louise Bourgeois.