When Anthony Rapp signed on to play Mark Cohen in the off-Broadway and then original Broadway productions of Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical “Rent,” in the mid-1990s, he was already an experienced young singer and actor eking it out in New York’s then still somewhat gritty and bohemian East Village, the same neighborhood in which the musical is set.
Since then, Rapp has gone on to a busy career both on stage and in front of film and television cameras — he currently portrays Paul Staments on “Star Trek: Discovery,” the first openly gay character in “Star Trek” history — and, though they took a hit during the pandemic, rents in the still bohemian if somewhat less gritty East Village have skyrocketed. (According to Realtor.com, the median price for an East Village rental apartment is almost $4,000 per month, more than 2.5-times the national median rent of almost $1,500 per month.)
Rapp, however, hasn’t rented or even lived in the East Village since 1998, when he hightailed it from his rental apartment on a plum, tree-lined block of East 10th Street to a 1,200-square-foot loft in the neighboring Noho neighborhood that tax records show he bought for $375,000. The loft popped up for sale a few months ago at $1.95 million — it’s currently in contract to be sold for an unknown amount — and Rapp and his longtime partner and fiancé Ken Ithiphol have just upgraded their residential circumstances, as first sniffed out by the eagle-eyed property gossips at the NY Post, with the $3.573 million purchase of a three-bedroom and three-bath condo in a full-service luxury building in the southwest quadrant of the nowadays still bohemian if remarkably expensive East Village.
Measuring about 1,500 square feet, the condo isn’t especially big, but it is jam-packed with top-end materials and creature comforts: white oak floorboards, Italian oak cabinetry, an integrated Sonos audio system, triple-pane windows to dampen the city’s constant thrum, and, perhaps snazziest of all, remote-controlled lighting and window coverings.
The 27-foot-long combination living and dining room is filled with light thanks to huge windows, while the open and efficiently compact galley kitchen is a striking minimalist affair fitted with lightly striated white marble counters on blackened wood cabinetry. Bedrooms are modest in size — but there are three, which is two more than Rapp and Ithiphol had in their Noho loft — and the walls of each of the three (windowless) bathrooms are sheathed entirely in stone.
Defined by projecting limestone window frames around the oversized windows, the robustly designed building pampers residents with an attended lobby, a lounge tat spills out to a landscaped communal terrace, a bicycle storage room, and a fitness center that includes a spa tub. The condo was listed with Bravo star Fredrik Eklund of The Eklund Gomes Team at Douglas Elliman.
Rapp was one of the first men to publicly accuse Kevin Spacey of inappropriate sexual misconduct. Since then, a dozen or more men have come out with their own stories of Spacey’s alleged behavior. Last year, Rapp filed a sexual battery suit against the once vaunted Oscar-winning actor for an incident that is alleged to have occurred in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old. Spacey has said he does not recall the alleged incident with Rapp and apologized for the “inappropriate drunken behavior,” if it did happen. The case is wending its way through the courts.