Milla Jovovich finds buyer for W. Village townhouse

Property appears to have been purchased by IMAX CEO
By Katherine Clarke | January 24, 2013 01:30PM

Rich Gelfond, the CEO of the Imax Corporation, appears to be in contract for model and actress Milla Jovovich’s West Village townhouse.

Gelfond, who heads the Canadian company that designs and manufactures IMAX theater cameras and projection systems, had been a tenant at the four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom property at 100 Greenwich Avenue for two years before submitting an unsolicited offer for the home, The Real Deal has learned. Details of the deal were confirmed by listing broker Sharon Katzoff of the Corcoran Group, who declined to comment on the identity of the buyer or seller.

Jovovich, a star of “The Fifth Element” and the wife of director Paul W.S. Anderson, had owned the home since 2005, when she purchased it for $6.38 million. She had been trying to sell it for several years, first listing it for $8.75 million in 2008 and eventually taking it off the market in 2010, priced at $7.5 million.

The home made headlines that year when Courtney Love, the rocker and widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, lost a battle for a lease on the property, which she had openly coveted in the press. She was reportedly beaten out by Gelfond.

The home, located at Greenwich Street and 13th Street, has a full-floor master suite, a country-style kitchen and several fireplaces, according to the listing. Outdoor space includes a private garden and a rooftop terrace with an outdoor shower.

The deal, which went into contract yesterday, has not yet closed. The price was not immediately clear. Neither Jovovich nor Gelfond could be reached for comment.