SELLER: Cameron Diaz
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: (approx.) 1,400 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Cameron Diaz has put her stylishly flamboyant and, dare we say, cinematic New York City pied-a-terre up for sale with an asking price of $4.25 million, as was first revealed by the plugged in real estate gossips at The Wall Street Journal. Property records show the statuesque former model and “Shrek” franchise superstar — still one the highest paid actresses in Hollywood even though the majority of her most popular and/or critically lauded roles came in the late 1990s and early 2000s ( i.e. “There’s Something About Mary,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Vanilla Sky,” and “Gangs of New York”) — acquired the condo in May 2008 for $2.95 million and current listing details show the two-bedroom and two-bathroom condo measures in at approximately 1,400-square-feet.
Located on a lower floor of a distinguished, pre-war apartment house designed by vaunted architect Emory Roth in the heart of Greenwich Village’s historic and historically hoity-toity Gold Coast, the apartment was exuberantly worked over at what we can all be assured was jaw-dropping expense by much-published decorator-designer Kelly Wearstler before it was featured in the pages of Elle Décor in October, 2013. Wearstler, in case her name somehow does not ring a bell, is a dedicated maximalist who takes her charismatic, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink decorative cues from late and legendary interior designers like Renzo Mongiardino and Tony Duquette. Pedigreed furnishings — think Vladimir Kagan and Milo Baughman — were paired with high-brow contemporary abstract artworks — think Hunt Slonem and Riccardo Prosperi (a.k.a. SIMAFRA) — and decidedly decadent materials — think pink onyx wall panels and ebonized then cerused oak floors — were mixed with a bevy of labor intensive artisanal finishes — think hand-trowled plaster wall treatments and hand-stenciled ceiling details — that all together provide Miz Diaz’s Big Apple digs with much more than a soupçon of sumptuous and photogenically fetching Hollywood glamour.
A long entrance hall lined along one side with floor-to-ceiling closets — a covetous feature for storage-starved New Yorkers — leads to a comfortably roomy combination living/dining room that stretches thirty feet from end to end. Gold-toned mirrors wrap the chimney breast of the fireplace in the living room and cover the entire back wall of the dining area to add reflective sparkle to the entire space. The relatively compact but impressively equipped kitchen has bold, emerald-green cabinetry offset with unlacquered brass fixtures, counter tops and back splashes along with a full suite of top-grade appliances and a pull-out pantry. The guest bedroom has direct access to a small but grandiosely fitted bathroom that’s also conveniently accessible from the entrance hall while the master bedroom, situated on the other side of the living room for optimal privacy, has a T-shaped dressing hall lined with mirrored wardrobes and an also small but also fancifully outfitted bathroom with a marble-topped parchment covered vanity and walls lined floor to ceiling with shimmering, gold-toned glass tiles. Underneath all the decorative eleganza, the apartment — which can be purchased with all the furnishings and light fixtures, per listing details — is fitted with state of the art technologies such as electronic black out shades and touch control lighting.
Our research suggests other high-profile owners in the handsome, fully-staffed building include subversive filmmaker John Waters, mega-agent Bryan Lourd — he owns a two-unit combination penthouse, and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, who owns three contiguous high-floor units plus a fourth on a lower floor.
Miz Diaz, wed in January (2015) to heavily tatted rocker Benji Madden of the pop-punk band Good Charlotte, won’t be giving up a real estate foothold in Manhattan once her Greenwich Village apartment is sold. In late 2013 the self-described design and décor obsessed movie star laid out $9.52 million for a 3,022-square-foot condo with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus a separate windowless office at the newly converted, much publicized, and frightfully pricey Walker Tower building on West 18th Street in Chelsea. Back on the Left Coast Diaz continues to own a low-slung contemporary bungalow just above the Sunset Strip she picked up in May 2001 for $1.342 million but she and Madden reside in a much more substantial compound in a celeb-favored enclave off Coldwater Canyon in the Beverly Hills Post Office area that Diaz bought in June 2010 from Candice Bergen for $9.447 million. In addition to showbiz cynosures such as Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, the secluded neighborhood is also home to Mister Madden’s twin brother, Joel, and his celebritized wife, Nicole Richie, who earlier this year made a $6.7 million off-market acquisition of a property that’s just a few doors down and across the street from the Diaz-Maddens’ compound.
Listing photos: Warburg Realty