SELLERS: Brad and Cassandra Grey
LOCATION: New York, NY
SIZE: (approx.) 3,000 square feet, 2-4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The always impeccably informed lady property gossip at the New York Post was the first to get word this week that Bronx-born Tinseltown bigwig Brad Grey threw his full-floor pied-a-terre at The Carlyle in New York City up for sale with an asking price of $22.5 million.
Mister Grey, the chairman and CEO of Paramount and Brad Pitt’s partner at the Plan B production company, and his currently preggers second missus, pixie-haired beauty and style maven Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, acquired the nearly 3,000-square-foot sprawler in late 2011 for $15.5 million from hedge fund fat cat Peter Schoenfeld.
Online marketing materials show the high-floor apartment was worked over by deservedly in-demand interior designer William Sofield who is so high fallutin’ his website is password encoded so the hoi polloi can’t freely gawk as his perfectly understated, always exceptionally tasteful, gloriously restrained, warmly elegant and — y’all can be assured — hideously expensive decorative handiwork. Anyways…
The floor plan and photographs included with online listings reveal the apartment includes a moody and decadent Art Deco-style private elevator landing; a 36-foot foyer/reception gallery somewhat awkwardly semi-divided by a thick structural column at the center of the room; a 420-ish-square-foot combination living room with over-sized windows and panoramic views; a compact but no doubt expensively equipped kitchen; a paneled library/den with attached bath; three en suite bedrooms plus and an additional powder room for guests.
Besides the delicious wrap around city and Central Park views afforded by its quadruple exposure, perhaps the apartment’s most remarkable feature is the monthly maintenance charge that, per current listing details, tallies up to an eye bulging and bank account draining $46,687. A couple of quick clicks on Your Mama’s bejeweled abacus reveals it costs Mister and Missus Grey more than $560,000 each year — that’s $1,534.91 each and every day — to own this apartment not counting upkeep, improvements and, if there are any, mortgage payments. (Just in case any of the children might be curious, it would take a New York State minimum wage worker who earns $8.75 an hour more than 133 weeks of full time work — to earn what Mister Grey shells out every single month to pay for his part-time residence in the Big Apple. The extraordinary monthly charges cover the Carlyle’s famously meticulous and attentive white glove services which include twice daily maid service, in-suite room service from the five-star hotel’s kitchens, a swank spa and beauty treatment center, a private garage with valet parking, 24/7 concierge services and an extensive security operation.
The Post reported that the L.A.-based Greys will seek a larger, more family oriented Big Apple spread but back on the West Coast the couple remain ensconced in a stately, 10,600-plus-square foot Colonial in a plum pocket of Bel Air. (It’s close enough they could send a staff person over on a Segway to hotel heir and real estate mogul Rick Hilton’s manse to borrow a lemon or an egg.) The then newly built Bel Air mansion was purchased in 2009 for $22,000,000 and, some of the children may recall, was available on on the open market between September 2013 and June 2014 with an asking price of $27.5 million. The couple also continue to own an also supremely located, 2.15-acre estate property in the hoity toity Holmby Hills ‘hood that was once owned by Frank Sinatra and purchased by Mister Grey in November 2010 for $18.5 million. The couple never occupied the sprawling Spanish hacienda-style mansion although they were married on the property in 2011 in front of an industry awards ceremony worthy audience of Hollywood elites. Sinatra’s graciously proportioned old house was subsequently razed to make way for what appears will be a significantly sized mansion that is currently under construction.
Listing photos: Corcoran