RENTER: Katie Holmes
LOCATION: New York City, N.Y.
PRICE: $25,000 per month
SIZE: (approx.) 2,400 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The lady property gossip at the New York Post reports that actress Katie Holmes has secured a modern-minded and fully furnished penthouse rental in New York City’s centrally located Chelsea nabe at a rate of $25,000 per month. The approximately 2,400-square-foot condominium, in a decidedly deluxe if architecturally nondescript full-service building and owned per property records by an investment banker who bought it in March 2005 for $2.45 million from retired Italian racecar driver Mauricio Flammini, has an open-plan layout that includes an unusually spacious and arguably space-wasting foyer with stone tile floor materials, smooth paneled walls and half a dozen small closets and storage cabinets. The main living space stretches a generous 35 feet and combines the kitchen, dining and lounge areas. There’s a wood-burning fireplace sheathed in hand set slate tiles, and the smallish but sleek kitchen accommodates a full-range of snazzy high-quality appliances, including an integrated espresso machine. An open-tread switchback staircase ascends to a jail cell-sized lounge that opens to a 200-plus-square-foot private terrace with outdoor shower space and panoramic city views from the Empire State Building to north and the new World Trade Center in the south.
Officially, the penthouse has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and online marketing materials show one of the guest/family bedrooms has a custom-built Murphy bed and the other — labeled as a “bedroom/library” on the floor plan — has corner windows and floor-to-ceiling built-ins with low enclosed storage and open shelving. The master suite, set privately away from the other bedrooms and lined on at least two walls with stunning, matchbook pattern wood paneling, includes a dressing hall lined with wardrobes, a laundry closet with full-sized machines and a windowless bathroom with poured concrete two-sink vanity, ebony tiled walls, a heated towel rack and a glass-enclosed multi-head shower.
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This is not the first high-priced New York City rental for the former “Dawson’s Creek” star who produced and co-starred in the recently released silver screen drama “Mania Days” and who will portray Jacqueline Kennedy in an upcoming TV miniseries (“The Kennedys After Camelot”). In or around August 2012 she moved out of the $30 million-plus Beverly Hills mansion she shared with her now ex-husband Tom Cruise and holed up with their preternaturally fashion forward toddler, Suri, in a $12,500 per month rental at the so-called Chelsea Mercantile, which afforded her a convenient back door entrance into the Whole Foods located on the building’s ground floor as well as direct access to a subterranean parking garage that allowed her to evade paparazzi and the Scientology flacks who were widely reported at the time to surveil her.
Last summer the slim and stylish single mother, who may or may not be romantically involved with Jamie Foxx, returned to Los Angeles, where she shelled out $3.375 million for a nearly 6,000-square-foot six bedroom and 6.5 bathroom residence — listing details described it as a “Grand European Manor” — in a guard-gated and celeb-favored development in Calabasas. Some of the other high-profile homeowners in the affluent suburban enclave include Michael Jackson’s mother and his three children; 1980s hair band star-turned-reality television regular Bret Michaels, whose house is currently for sale at $3.469 million; Khloe Kardashian, who bought her place last spring for $7.2 million from Justin Beiber; Kourtney Kardashian, who just this last weekend dumped her famously douchey boyfriend and baby daddy Scott Disick; and the Kardashian sisters’ 17-year-old half-sister Kylie Jenner, who just a few months ago paid $2.6 million for an architecturally pastiched residence of almost 5,000-square-feet and who, apropos of nothing, really, has admitted to having her teen-aged lips augmented with fillers and dates a 25-year old rapper and rent skipper named Tyga.
Listing photos and floor plan: Town Residential