YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Anyone and everyone who has any knowledge of the New York City celebrity real estate scene knows that comedian, one-time sitcom star and syndication residuals bajillionaire Jerry Seinfeld, his wife Jessica and their three children live in a duplex apartment once owned by virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern at the fab and iconic Beresford building on Central Park West.
Many also know that Mister Seinfeld also owns a private garage/shop around the corner from the Beresford where the Porsche-collecting comedian keeps and maintains a rotating selection his well-regarded and valuable collection.
Those with real estate interests in the Hamptons also know that in May 2000 Mister Seinfeld shelled out $25,600,000 in two separate transactions–$16,000,000 and $9,600,000 respectively according to property records–to acquire the 8.47 acre ocean front spread in East Hampton, NY of notoriously peripatetic musician Billy Joel. Mister and Misssus Seinfeld went on to spend millions more on a full-scale renovation of the massive main house, the re-construction of a second house (that has its own pool) and the addition of a private baseball diamond at the front of the property near the entry gates.
As it turns out, Mister and Missus Seinfeld own a number of other properties that Your Mama was not previously aware. Based on a rudimentary and unscientific stroll through the property records we discovered that in April 2005 they spent $3,950,000 for a townhouse style building with five or more apartments West 82nd Street. In September 2007, Mister Seinfeld paid an extraordinary $4,454,000 for a warehouse building in Los Angeles near the Santa Monica airport. Presumably he stashes a portion of his Porsche collection here but, in all honesty, we have no idea what he does with the building.
In January of this year (2011), Missus Seinfeld purchased in her own name a 2,366 square foot ranch house in her hometown of Burlington, VT. Property records show the 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom residence, with over 100 feet of sandy beach on Lake Champlain’s Appletree Bay, was purchased without a mortgage for $1,050,000.
Mister and Misuss Seinfeld also own a secluded and scenically located 26.84-acre estate in Telluride, CO that, we learned from a kind citizen we’ll call Ruby Tuesday, they recently hoisted on to the market with an asking price of $18,250,000. The price includes the no-doubt quite pricey but, for the most part, not particularly inspired furnishings.
Mister and Missus Seinfeld actually own two adjacent properties in Telluride according to the San Miguel County Tax Man. The first was acquired in June 2007 for $7,550,000 and the second the following April for $2,300,000.
Listing information describes the property as “family compound” comprised of “an evolving series of Western ranch structures” that has recently had a “multi-million dollar expansion and upgrade.” Altogether there are, according to the listing, 11 bedrooms and 11 full and 3 half bathrooms in the multi-winged main house and its attendant outbuildings.
The interior spaces includes double-height living room with monolithic stone fireplace, hardwood floors, soaring wood ceiling, an entire wall of windows that open to an entertainment terrace and a lot of kick up your feet beige slip-covered furnishings. Even cozier quarters can be found in a library that features a vaulted ceiling, built-in bookshelves, comfy buff-colored leather club chairs, and the walls and ceiling are covered in woodsy but modern horizontal wood paneling.
Heavy wood beams criss-cross the ceiling in the well-equipped and sky-lit country kitchen that includes wide plank reclaimed wood floors, a large work island, butcher block counter tops, high-grade commercial-style appliances, and multiple eating areas from a snack counter to a built-in banquette.
Bedrooms and bathrooms featured in listing photos show they’re infused with a simple but luxurious country house charm–nice ordinary and definitely but not our specific cup of decorative tea–that includes wide plank reclaimed wood floors, more horizontal wood paneling that’s been whitewashed in at least two of the poopers, delicate pastel wall coverings and gingham fabric accents in the children’s rooms
Well-heeled nature lovers who prefer not to get too natural about things will appreciate the system of manicured trails the wind around the property and through the thick stands of aspen and spruce trees to a creek.
Who knows why Mister and Missus Seinfeld might spend millions to re-do only to put the property up for sale, but such are the capricious real estate ways of the rich and famous.
It was recently reported here, there and everywhere that Mister and Missus Seinfeld–longtime residents of the Upper West Side, were spotted peeping as high-priced townhouses on the more high-nosed Upper East Side.
listing photos: Peak’s Real Estate / Sotheby’s International Realty