BUYERS: Aidy Bryant and Conner O’Malley
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: (approx.) 850 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Veteran celebrity real estate informant Polly Wannacracker sent word via covert communiqué and property records do indeed confirm that professionally upwardly mobile comedy couple Aidy Bryant and Conner O’Malley shelled out $995,000 for a modestly sized if hardly inexpensive co-operative apartment at the London Terrace complex in New York City’s bustling, art gallery-filled Chelsea neighborhood. Bryant and O’Malley were improv standouts in Chicago before she secured a coveted spot on “Saturday Night Live” in 2012. He currently toils as a writer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and she’s recently popped up on the HBO hit series “Girls” and the IFC mockumentary spoof “Documentary Now!” along with the Louis C.K.-written web series “Horace and Pete” and last year the couple teamed up for an outlandish and hilariously ribald scene on the critically acclaimed sitcom “Broad City.”
At around 850-square-feet, the one-bedroom and one-bathroom apartment isn’t going to win any size contests but, according to online marketing materials, it does benefit from nine-foot beamed ceilings, refurbished oak floorboards stained the color of black coffee, and a renovated bathroom that retains London Terrace’s signature black and white mosaic tile flooring and white subway tiled walls. The stripped steel front door opens less than ideally — although not all that unusually for smaller apartments in New York City — directly into an inarguably compact kitchen that incorporates just enough black granite topped counter space to unpack Chinese take-out plus a convenient two-stool snack bar. The main living space comfortably accommodates separate living and dining spaces and has two large north-facing windows that provide an over-the-townhouse-rooftops view of the Empire State Building. The listing was handled by Douglas Elliman broker Bruce Wayne Solomon.
Our research indicates the jokester couple didn’t have far to schlep their belongings as they previously paid somewhere around $4,200/month to rent a one-bedroom and one-bathroom apartment with two decorative fireplaces and a private terrace in a landmarked, 19th-century Greek Revival-style townhouse that’s just a few blocks south of their new digs. Residents of the titanic London Terrace complex, who once-upon-a-time included this property gossip, are provided with round-the-clock doorman and concierge services, a half-sized Olympic swimming pool with lockers and steam rooms, a ground-level courtyard and planted roof terrace with wrap-around city views, and, for additional monthly fees, a full-service fitness facility and an on-site parking garage. In addition to several other former “Saturday Night Live” who include but are not limited to Chris Kattan and Bill Hader, the multi-building complex has been home a hefty number of high-profile residents including Debbie Harry, Katherine Helmond, and Susan Sontag whose former penthouse is now owned by ‘The Sopranos” writer/producer David Chase who acquired it in 2013 for $9.65 million.