Remember those halcyon days of 2016? Life was so much simpler back then, before TikTok and the Trump presidency and inflation. And it was in 2016 that former “Real Housewife” Bethenny Frankel sold her Tribeca condo for its full asking price after just one day on the market; she paid $5 million for the spacious loft back in 2011 and renovated it before selling for nearly $7 million.
The eager buyer turned out to be Hollywood director/producer and real estate enthusiast Shawn Levy, who directed and produced the “Night at the Museum” films and is reputedly going to direct “Deadpool 3.” Records show the trust used to acquire Frankel’s Hudson Street loft is the same Levy used in 2021 to upgrade a larger $13.5 million duplex penthouse, also in Tribeca.
Levy and wife Serena quickly changed their minds about the duplex penthouse, however. It was sold it off last year after it was listed at $15 million. And now, the old Frankel condo, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,275 square feet, is back up for grabs at $6.998 million, just a tad more than Levy paid for it. Listing broker is Danny Davis with Corcoran.
For that, the buyer gets a corner unit in a gorgeous 1920s brick warehouse converted to condos in 1999. Residents enjoy 24-hour doorman service, an on-site parking garage and a stellar roof deck. This residence also includes storage on the same level.
The foyer begins the apartment with hardwood floors laid on the diagonal, as well as large custom closets and built-ins, a hallmark of the space. Just past the entry is a full guest bath and a spacious home office sporting wall-to-wall lacquer cabinetry and a built-in desk.
Living and dining rooms boast 12-foot ceilings, which are highlighted by bold, lighted columns. There is plenty of room for artwork throughout, as well as space to stretch out, relax, and entertain. The kitchen is huge by New York standards, with high-end appliances, including a built-in espresso machine, plus a beverage center and 180-bottle wine refrigerator. There’s also a spacious breakfast area for casual dining.
A serene owner’s bedroom suite contains plenty to pamper the residents, including a windowed dressing room and two additional closets. The en suite bathroom features premium stone, a soaking tub, walk-in steam shower, double vanity and a water closet with a Toto toilet and bidet. Two large secondary bedrooms share a beautifully finished Jack-and-Jill bathroom with double sinks, and a large laundry room completes the residence. If desired, the current three-bedroom-with-media-room layout could be reconfigured to the original four-bedroom layout.
Of course, the location is to beat. Nearby is Hudson River Park, with its 500 acres of waterfront outdoor space, and the central area is well-served by subway lines, bus service, and CitiBikes. Plus, the Holland Tunnel is nearby for a quick exit from the city.
Last year, over on the West Coast, Levy sold a traditional home hidden behind soaring hedges, in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood, for $13.4 million to Ted Chervin, managing director of top talent and literary agency ICM Partners and chairman of ICM Stellar Sports.