After it lickety-split went into contract just six days after it came for sale earlier this year, rocker Jon Bon Jovi sold his city-view Manhattan condo earlier this month for its full asking price of $22 million, a solid profit on the $18.94 million the “You Give Love a Bad Name” singer paid for the place in 2017.
According to the plugged-in property gossips New York Post, word on the lower Manhattan real estate street is that the buyer is former Disney president Mike Ovitz. And indeed, the corporate concern created to purchase the 3,900-square-foot penthouse links back to the massive Upper East Side penthouse long owned by the Hollywood honcho’s shoe tycoon fiancé Tamara Mellon. (Ovitz and Mellon have been engaged since 2014.)
On a high floor of The Greenwich Lane, a recently built complex that takes up nearly entire city block in the heart of the West Village, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath condo showcases a forty-foot-long living room, dark-stained oak floorboards and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame open city views. The elevator opens directly into a small foyer and, arranged around a large island, the kitchen includes a window-lined breakfast area and a small balcony.
Both guest bedrooms have walk-in closets and attached bathrooms, while the sun-flooded primary suite offers a long dressing hall along with a huge walk-in closet and a sumptuous marble bath with radiant-heated floor.
The complex’s many amenities include an attended lobby and concierge services, a gym with 75-foot pool, steam rooms, spa treatment rooms and a golf simulator. There’s also a garden with reflecting pool, a lounge, a private dining room with chef’s kitchen, a screening room, a children’s play room and cold storage.
Each of the players in this eight-figure deal are well-known among real estate watchers on both coasts for their deep pockets and lavish taste in real estate. Mellon has long owned (and wanted to sell) the above-mentioned penthouse on the Upper East Side, which she acquired in 2008 for $20 million from Seagram heir Charles Bronfman Jr. Currently listed at $22.5 million, the five-bedroom penthouse has been on and off the market many times since 2014, with a variety of asking prices that at one point unrealistically soared to $34 million.
Ovitz owns a spectacular 28,000-square-foot, Michael Maltzan-designed ultra-modern museum-like home in a particularly posh pocket Beverly Hills, as well as a recently completed home along Malibu’s Broad Beach that was also designed by Maltzen.
As for Bon Jovi, the “Livin’ on a Prayer” singer’s portfolio includes a 1.5-acre spread in the Hamptons, a 15-acre riverfront estate in New Jersey, and an oceanfront Palm Beach mansion he scooped up about two years ago for a whopping $43 million.