Celebrity real estate roundup: Steve Martin to jazz up San Remo pad, Aaron Judge strikes out & more
From the September issue: Steve Martin to jazz up San Remo pad
This dirty, rotten scoundrel is sprucing up his digs.
Comedy legend Steve Martin — the star of films such as “Father of the Bride,” “The Pink Panther” and “Roxanne” — has filed plans to revamp his longtime pad in the San Remo, at 145 Central Park West.
Martin tapped Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects, the firm now led by starchitect Philip Johnson’s protégé Alan Ritchie, to tackle the redesign, records show.
Little is known about Martin’s apartment, except that it used to be bigger. He reportedly joined two units following his marriage to actress Victoria Tennant, and then split them with a soundproof wall after their divorce.
The actor is among the last remaining A-listers at the San Remo, once a major hub for celebrity owners. “Ghost” star Demi Moore sold her penthouse there for $45 million to a still unidentified buyer, who made the purchase under the entity M2 Trust. And Bono is among the other handful of celebrities who still live there.
The tony residence has instead drawn finance types in recent years. Bennet Goodman, the founder GSO Capital Partners, which Blackstone Group purchased for $620 million, lives there, as does Tom Secunda, one of the original founders of Bloomberg L.P.
Martin will be spending the fall offstage. His newest play, “Meteor Shower,” which stars comedian Amy Schumer, will run at the Booth Theater later this year.
Judge strikes out
As though he didn’t have it hard enough.
Major League Baseball star Aaron Judge, outfielder for the New York Yankees, has been having a slump on the field, with 37 consecutive strikeout games this season.
Now, he has to endure every New Yorker’s worst nightmare: a new landlord.
Spies tell The Real Deal that Judge recently rented a penthouse apartment at 237 East 34th Street in Murray Hill only to find that the building changed hands just a few months later. The Gilardian family, which runs Manhattan-based Gilar Group, scooped up the newly constructed, glassy 23-story rental for $110 million, as TRD reported last month.
Meridian Capital Group’s Lipa Lieberman, the broker on the purchase, declined to confirm whether Judge was a tenant. A spokesperson for Judge did not respond to a request for comment.
While it wasn’t clear exactly which unit Judge bought, StreetEasy data shows that the most recent penthouse unit rented at the building was a duplex with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, two private terraces and a rooftop deck. It was asking $13,900 a month. The building has a fitness center and a “wellness studio.”
The change in ownership shouldn’t be too much of an issue for Judge, since Gilardian plans to maintain the building as a rental. But if the new owner converts the building into a condominium later on, Judge could get the boot.
The pad is still relatively modest for a Yankee. Derek Jeter, the team’s former shortstop, reportedly lived in a penthouse apartment at 845 U.N. Plaza during the height of his career. He sold it for $15.5 million in 2012.
Judge’s recent downswing is a stark contrast to his performance during the first half of the 2017 season, when he hit 30 home runs.
“I’m not getting the job done,” he said recently of his performance.
Another finance titan scores title of Hamptons’ priciest home
When wall street portfolio manager Brenda Earl, a former partner at equity fund Zweig-DiMenna, listed her massive Hamptons estate for $175 million last month, it became the priciest listing on the market out on the East End.
She took the top spot from J. Michael Evans, the former Canadian Olympian and Goldman Sachs honcho who reportedly engineered Wall Street’s largest-ever IPO. He ‘d listed his 14-acre Meadow Lane estate in Southampton for $150 million this spring. The home is still on the market.
Earl’s estate, known as the Jule Pond home, sits on 42 acres and comprises a 20,000-square-foot main house with 12 bedrooms, a carriage house, basketball and tennis courts, a 60-foot pool and a six-car garage. It was originally built for Henry Ford II (grandson of the family scion) and his first wife, Anne McDonnell. She took title to the property, then known as Fordune, after divorcing him. McDonnell reportedly sold the estate to Italian financier Carlo Traglio for just $1.8 million in 1975.
If the property sells for its asking price, it would be the most expensive home ever sold in the Hamptons. The record price paid for a U.S. property was set by another Hamptons property in 2014, when hedge fund manager Barry Rosenstein of Jana Partners paid $147 million for a home in East Hampton.