Showbiz power couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have changed their minds. Rather than go through the expense, time and headache of an extensive renovation, they’ve hoisted their sprawling two-floor penthouse pied-à-terre atop the Brewer Carriage House, in the trendy, boutique-packed heart of downtown New York’s Nolita nabe, on the market at $18 million. Not that anyone who can afford an $18 million penthouse, or the $75,000 monthly mortgage that goes along with it, need be concerned about additional expenses, but taxes and common charges tally up another $12,000 per month.
The platinum-voiced crooner, who counts a dozen Grammys among his mountain of accolades, and the fashion model turned cookbook author and social media powerhouse, who just yesterday celebrated six months of sobriety with her 36.6 million Instagram followers, purchased the two units that comprise the duplex penthouse in two transactions, the first in 2018 and the second in 2020, for a total outlay of $16.72 million.
Marketed as a “combination opportunity” by Noble Black, David Son, Jennifer Stillman, and Corinne (Cory) Cahlon, all of the Noble Black Team at Douglas Elliman, the two units span the entirety of the discreetly handsome red-brick building’s sixth floor and half of the fifth. The whole shebang is topped by a private, park-like roof terrace, and the residence is outfitted with white oak floorboards, smart home technologies and a comprehensive security system.
With the potential to be expanded to about 1,200 square feet, as currently configured, the nearly 50-foot-long great room offers a minimalist gas fireplace, a custom wine cellar nipped beneath the stairs, an integrated sound system, and a 133” projector screen. The adjoining open-plan kitchen showcases a stone-clad island lit from within, and the great room and kitchens’ nine over-sized windows, several that open to Juliet balconies, fill the massive space with light.
Together the units measure close to 6,200 square feet, and proposed combination plans call for half a dozen bedrooms, including a spacious primary suite with fireplace and walk-in closet, and six and a half bathrooms. In addition to the main living and entertaining spaces on the upper level, plans call for a nearly 850-square-foot family room on the lower level that’s complete with fireplace and wet bar, while the roughly 3,300-square-foot fully landscaped roof terrace, accessed via a glass bulkhead that funnels light down into the great room, has lots of faux-grassing, a couple of large decks and an outdoor kitchen for summertime grillin’ and chillin’.
In the trendy heart of Nolita, the nine-unit building dates to 1836 and was originally home to Brewster and Co., America’s most luxurious horse carriage maker, whose clients included Vanderbilts, Astors and Fricks. When converted to residences in 2010, the original cast-iron Corinthian columns were restored, while the luxurious units retain industrial hallmarks of the classic loft style.
Legend told Wall Street Journal, the first to report on the listing, that the exposed brick and custom metal work “fits our aesthetic perfectly” but they’ve realized they’ll be spending most of their time in Los Angeles and therefore plan to focus their “home-building energy and renovation energy on what we’re doing in L.A.” They plan, they told WSJ, to look for another place in New York that won’t require so much renovating.
Meanwhile, it’s been a whirlwind couple of years for the couple when it comes to their West Coast holdings. They dropped $5.1 million on a four-bedroom contemporary home in a plum pocket of West Hollywood in the spring of 2020, and later in the year shelled out $17.5 million for a brand-new contemporary villa of almost 11,000 square feet in the Beverly Hills Post Office area of Los Angeles. And then, last year, they sold their former Beverly Hills home — it once belonged to Rihanna — for $16.8 million, a huge amount below the initial ask of $24 million but still a good chunk above the $14 million they paid in 2016.