Congratulations are in order for supermodel Karlie Kloss and venture capitalist Josh Kushner! Their baby boy, Levi Joseph, was born in the spring. But, as we’re sure the couple is finding out, babies require so many things! And if you’re richer than King Midas, those things often include a new, larger apartment because you can’t expect two pampered parents and a baby to crowd into a suburban macmansion sized duplex penthouse in SoHo’s Puck Building, of course. Why slum it in a 5,672 square-foot, four-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath hovel when there’s a a 7,240-square-foot duplex, with five bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms, going empty in the same building? The new place, for which the couple are now in contract, had been listed at $66 million, but its price was chopped to a $42.5 million before Kloss and Kushner swooped in to snap it up. (No word on the friends-and-family discount Karlie ‘n’ Josh surely got.)
With a new, huge place to settle into, the couple’s Puck Building starter unit is now available through Nick Gavin at Compass and Adam Modlin of Modlin Group with an asking price of $23.5 million. Taxes and common charges are a hefty $8,870 and $12,991 a month, respectively. The apartment is currently laid out as a three-bedroom, with a fourth bedroom used as a media room. A small gym is also convertible to a bedroom. One particularly nice thing about the condo is that the industrial history of the Puck Building has been respected, with barrel-vaulted brick ceilings and original cast iron beams and columns left exposed.
The couple sure seem to have a thing for stone: the entryway is inlaid grey-and-white marble in a honeycomb pattern, there’s a huge black marble fireplace in the 650-square-foot great room, and each of the seven bathrooms features striking stonework, with both master bathrooms being showplaces of spider-veined marble slabs. The kitchen is an unusual and attractive celadon color, with Italian lava stone counters, and an enormous La Cornue range. The listing notes, “off of the kitchen is a complete catering service suite with a pantry, powder room and storage area.” Well, naturally.
Upstairs, via the sweeping oak staircase — or more prosaically, via the elevator — are the bedrooms. West-facing guest bedrooms are ensuite with huge arched windows, filling them with afternoon light, while the sprawling master suite includes a sitting room with fireplace, a spacious bedroom, two fashionista-accommodating dressing rooms, and two lavish bathrooms.
Kushner is the brother of Jared Kushner, who himself is the husband of Ivanka Trump and former advisor to the former president. He’s also the son of zillionaire real estate mogul and attorney Charles Kushner, who was convicted in 2004 of 18 counts of tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions, and witness tampering. He served 14 months in Federal prison and was disbarred as a felon, but was pardoned by President Trump in late 2020. Papa Kushner bought the Puck Building in 1986 and it was later developed into luxury apartments by Jared.
SoHo was not always the tony residential neighborhood it is today and when the Puck Building was built in 1885 it was used a printing facility. It was also the home of Puck magazine, the first American satirical news magazine, similar to Punch in Britain. The magazine moved into the building in 1887 and remained there until it ceased publication in 1918.
After that, the building hosted several printing firms and an ink company, which meant the smell of ink permeated the neighborhood. The building gradually emptied as industrial concerns fled Manhattan, but was renovated into condo spaces for arts-related businesses in 1983. In 1986, satirical magazine Spy was produced in the building and nowadays the ground floor space is anchored by the outdoor retailer REI.
In addition to their new penthouse, last year the Kushner-Klosses (the Klushners? K-Kloss? Karlosh?), scooped up a $23.5 million waterfront mansion in Miami Beach. With around 15,000 square feet, twice the size of their new Manhattan bolt hole, they and the new baby should have plenty of room.