SELLER: Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: 1,873 square feet, 2-3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In April of 2009, much lauded and applauded funny ladee Tina Fey–who will, bless her heart, be receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year–and her composer huzband Jeff Richmond splashed out some big bucks for new digs on the Upper West Side of New York. No longer in need of their previous Upper West Side condo, they recently hoisted it on the market, as first reported by the guys and gals at Gawker, with an asking price of $2,295,000. They also, the children might be interested to know, recently listed a second, smaller condo they own on nearby West 85th Street.
Miz Fey, who was promoted to head writer of sketch comedy juggernaut Saturday Night Live in 1999, came to the attention of the general public when she began delivering the fake news on the hit or miss program. In 2006 she quit her lucrative job at SNL in order to create, write, produce and star in her own boob-toob series. That would be 30 Rock, the usually very funny and sharply sarcastic show that limped along in the ratings until beehawtcha slipped into a conservatively cut power suit and started doing a pants peeing funny dead ringer impression of folksy former governor and former vice-presidential nominee turned Tea Party princess Sarah Palin. All of the sudden, Tina Fey was a household name and 30 Rock was winning accolades and Emmys faster than she could line them up on the mantle.
Property records show that Missus and Mister Fey purchased their former apartment at 500 West End Avenue in early 2005 for $1,900,000. Listing information shows the “mint condition” condo has 2 bedrooms and two poopers plus a prison cell sized staff bedroom and pooper smashed between the dining room and the eat-in galley style kitchen. Each of the three terliting facilities has been renovated, according to listing information, and has a window for light and ventilation.
The corner condo is entered through a 31-foot long entrance gallery that provides access to both the living and dining rooms that feature blond herringbone pattern hardwood floors with a double strip of inlay that runs around the perimeter of the rooms and appears to be mahogany or some other dark wood. The living room, divided from the dining room by a wide set of French doors, has a wood burning fireplace and near the window a big ol‘ black grand piano.
The windowed eat in kitchen has beige cabinetry, marble counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a small office area that appears to have been built into what was once a closet. The condo is equipped with it’s own laundry facilities located in what was probably once a closet in the staff bedroom.
A short hallway off the entrance gallery leads to a guest bedroom, hall pooper, and the master bedroom that contains two closets, corner windows for a cool cross breeze on summer evenings and private pooper.
Miz Fey was hardly the most famous (or rich) resident of her former West End Avenue building. That honor goes to Calypso king Harry Belafonte who for decades lived in a legendary semi-combined, 6-bedroom full floor spread with 7 full and 2 half poopers. In 2006, Mister Belafonte sold the prairie like pad to Mickey Mouse heiress and philanthropist Abigail Disney and her writer huzband Pierre Hauser for $10,750,000. Eighteen months later, reportedly disconcerted by the amount of time and money required to fully combine the two units, Miz Disney had a real estate change of heart and sold the apartments separately for a combined total of $7,200,000. A few flicks of the well worn beads our our bejeweled abacus shows that amounts to a heart stopping $3,550,000 gut punch to Miz Disney’s porcine pocketbook.
In May of 2006, Missus and Mister Fey forked over $550,000 for a 659 square foot studio apartment on West 85th Street that they reportedly used as an office. A few minutes of snooping around on the the interweb and Your Mama discovered that the newly anointed queen of comedy has also put that apartment–an 8th floor unit in a full service, pet friendly post-war apartment tower with on-site fitness facilities–on the market with an asking price of $595,000 and hefty monthly fees of $1,406.
Missus and Mister Fey’s new crib, an estate condition spread located in a dignified pre-war doorman building just a couple of blocks from their previous pad, cost the couple a not insignificant $3,400,000 and features a private elevator vestibule, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 poopers, peek-a-boo river view, and significant monthly maintenance and common charges of $4,455 per month.