SELLER: Jon Stewart
LOCATION: New York, NY
SIZE: (approx.) 6,000 square feet
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: As far as we can tell, the eagle-eyed real estate gossips at The Real Deal were the first to sort out and report that Jon Stewart surreptitiously sold his suburban macmansion-sized duplex penthouse in lower Manhattan’s trendy and trés pricey TriBeCa ‘hood in an off-market deal for $17.5 million.
The buyer was identified in earlier reports as a corporate entity (Kliban LLC) that Your Mama quickly and easily linked through publicly accessible property records and other documentation to a big wig executive at a major hedge fund operation and his former Miss India finalist turned actress, fashion designer and film producer wife.
Property records indicate the sassy, sharp-witted and savvy satirist, political pundit and comedian paid $5.8 million for the approximately 6,000 square foot duplex in March 2005. When Mister Stewart and his missus, Tracey McShane, acquired the penthouse it was open, raw space with, as per digital marketing materials from the time, 40 windows, three exposures (north, west and east), a couple of massive sky lights, three bathroom spaces, a 600-square-foot terrace on the lower level and a 1,200-square-foot roof terrace with open city views.
An October 2005 blurb in the New York Observer, thoughtfully relayed to Your Mama by savvy snitch Polly Wannacracker, revealed that Mister Stewart engaged the services of masterful minimalist architect Deborah Berke to transform the blank slate penthouse in to a comfortable family residence. According to the architect’s website, the massive urban aerie was finished with high-grade materials that include wide plank reclaimed oak floors stained a luscious chocolate-brown, jatoba wood cabinetry and bookshelves, brushed stainless steel upper cabinetry in the kitchen and statuary-grade marble counter tops.
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Prior to buying the TriBeCa penthouse — in the same building where Jeremy Piven also owns an apartment — Mister Stewart owned another, much smaller 2,200-square-foot-plus apartment in Greenwich Village he bought in April 2002 for $2.612 million and sold in late 2005 for $3,995,000 to wickedly rich fashion designer Michael Kors.
In late 2009 he paid $3.8 million for a 1.26-acre estate with a nearly 5,000-square-foot home on the Navesink River in Red Bank, NJ, and as far as this property gossip can tell he continues to own a relatively humble home in the Hamptons near Sag Harbor, NY, that he picked up over the summer of 2000 for $675,000.
Photos: Deborah Berke Partners