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By Laura Vecsey
Alan Cumming Lists in NYC
With renovations on the 1899 East Village townhouse he and his husband bought a few years back, actor Alan Cumming is ready to sell the couple’s East Village apartment. “The Good Wife” actor and Grant Shaffer are seeking 2.2 million for the 4-bedroom apartment that overlooks Tompkins Square Park. The couple is set to move into their townhouse complete with garden in a matter of weeks.
Cumming previously owned a posh penthouse across from the historic Gramercy Park Hotel. The renovated studio featured hardwood floors and a designer bathroom.
Fit For a Four-Star General
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife, Alma, have listed their New York City apartment for sale for $2.8 million. The New York native's 3-bedroom co-op is on the Upper West Side and has just undergone a pretty thorough renovation, rendering the 1,566-square-foot unit pretty bright and spiffy with a new kitchen. The Powells have a home in McLean, VA.
Current mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow at 3.41 percent, down 3 basis points from last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage mortgage fell throughout the week, dipping below 3.40 percent before rising to the current rate.
“Mortgage rates fell for the second week in a row and are now back near three-year lows due to the combination of investor fears after weak European financial sector earnings and a relatively weak jobs report last Friday,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Several Fed speeches are likely to drive rates this week, although markets will also keep an eye on oil markets.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.66 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.67 percent.
By Laura Vecsey
Jonah Hill: The Wolf of Bleecker Street
Last fall, Jonah Hill went into accelerated “sell” mode on his SoHo apartment, dropping the price from $3.75 million all the way down to $3 million to close the deal. Now we know why. It turns out that the actor/comedian had found a way better Big Apple crash pad.
Hill’s new $9.2 million residence is a 3,200-square-foot loft in the newly remodeled Greenwich Village area condo building call The Schumacher. A former printing press, the building is classic old New York, though now the residences are completely modern and decked out in top-notch finishes and amenities. Hill’s unit sports 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and views overlooking an arty inner courtyard. For a non-Wolf in New York, living this large is a pretty sure sign of success.
Hill made a bit of a profit with his last real estate endeavor. He previously owned a Hollywood Hills home which he sold in 2015 for $3.65 million – twice what he paid in 2010.
Housing ‘Crew’ Cut for Fashion House Kingpin
J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler is no stranger to big deals and amazing houses. He’s owned and tried to sell at least two others in Manhattan and the Hamptons in the past few years as his clothing company weathers headwinds. Now Drexler is looking for a sale of $29.995 million on his pretty amazing art deco, steampunk home in Tribeca.
The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom loft building spans a pretty surreal 9,000 square feet over five floors – all of it decked out in the most elaborate finishes and decor that puts the residence in a class by itself. The building was a former coffee roasting plant, but you could never tell given this fashionable makeover.
By Laura Vecsey
Grateful Dead Bassist Selling Home
There’s nothing jam-session casual about the home of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. The 7,900-square-foot Dutch colonial is the model of very upscale suburban sprawl. The world got a look at the 7 bedroom, 6-bathroom abode when Lesh listed the Marin County property for sale for $10.35 million.
The home is located on two acres across the bay from where Lesh joined forces with Jerry Garcia back in the Haight-Ashbury heydey of San Francisco flower power. Lesh has been keeping busy with Terrapin Crossroads, a food and music venue in San Rafael, CA that he started with his wife, Jill, and where Phil Lesh & Friends concerts go down.
Bandmate Jerry Garcia lived in Marin County at the time of his death in 1995. His home, a Mediterranean-style abode, was later put on the market for $3.995 million.
Home Flipper Don Cheadle Offloading Another Property
With Don Cheadle’s new film about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis soon releasing, the actor and frequent home flipper is hoping to be “Miles Ahead” in the real estate game.
The “House of Lies” and “Captain America: Civil War” star and his partner, actress Bridgid Coulter, have listed their Venice Beach home for sale for $2.45 million.
Located in the Oxford Triangle section of this western L.A. neighborhood, the former 800-square-foot bungalow is pretty nifty after a remodel that pushed it to 2,400 square feet, complete with rooftop deck. The look is very industrial-modern and the chic interiors are pretty cool, too.
By Laura Vecsey
Judy Blume’s Lists Key West Blockbuster
Hemingway isn’t the only great American writer to call Key West their creative paradise. Celebrated novelist Judy Blume and her husband, crime writer George Cooper, have long been drawn to the Florida key that’s the southernmost tip of the U.S.A. But just a few years after completing a marvelous renovation of her mid-century home, Blume is ready to sell. The 3,500-square-foot ranch has been listed for sale for $4.25 million.
The “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” author, who is 78, had the home featured in Architectural Digest in 2012. She has used a separate guest home on the compound as her writing studio. A self-proclaimed “houseaholic” may be ready for a new project. In 2014, she sold an adorable lake house she remodeled on Martha’s Vineyard, so she knows the drill on creating perfect homes and then sending them off for others to enjoy.
Jillian Michaels Looks To Shed Malibu Home
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels proves once again she’s no big loser. Her stunning Malibu home has been listed for sale for $9.75 million – about $3 million more than she paid. Then again, she did order up a pretty amazing renovation. The 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom home will take the breath away of anyone who gets a look at this glass-walled, beachfront beauty.
Michaels is also willing to take on a tenant, providing they’re willing to fork over $40,000 a month. They’ll also settle for a summertime rental at $65,000, complete with furnishings. In the meantime, Michaels has another amazing property nearby. The star paid about $3 million in 2014 for very cool, secluded Craftsman set on 7 acres, complete with horse barns. The year before she had put her LA home on the market.
Marvin Hamlisch’s NY Home Sells
Barbra Streisand’s favorite pianist’s New York state estate has sold for $5 million. Marvin Hamlisch owned the 4.6-acre spread in Bedford, a hilly Westchester County enclave where celebrities like Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren and Glenn Close are among some of the townies.
The composer and conductor, who made his home there and enjoyed 30-mile views overlooking the Hudson River, died in August 2012. Hamlisch won three Grammy’s in 1974 for “The Way We Were” and “The Sting,’’ and continued on as conductor of the Pittsburgh Pops Symphony until his death. He was memorialized on Broadway and with a musical tribute from Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin.
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