SELLER: Renée Zelwegger
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: 2 units that combined measure 5,000-ish square feet and include 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: The list of unlucky in love leading ladees in Tinseltown who repeatedly ride and get tossed off the cruel merry-go-round of romance stretches for miles. The wee lassies, who all too frequently land hard (and publicly) on black top of fantasy and fairy tales include (but are far from limited to) Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson and, of course, the disturbingly sinewy former cheerleader and Oscar winning actress Renée Zellweger.
Among Miss Zellweger’s dizzyingly long list of high profile and erstwhile paramours (and hook ups) we have actor Rory Cochrane, face-contorting comedian Jim Carrey to whom she was engaged, Matthew Perry, White Stripe Jack White, itty-bitty ten gallon hat wearing Kenny Chesney to whom she was married for about as long as it takes Your Mama to suck down half a pitcher of gin & tonics, former Beverly Hills 90210 stud Luke Perry, John Krasinki, music legend Paul McCartney, hotelier Andre Balazs, newsman Dan Abrams and, since sometime in June of 2009, scruffy-chinned easy-on-the-eyes actor Bradley Cooper, currently one of Hollywood’s hotsiest totsies.
Squinty-eyed Miss Zellweger has long maintained a residence in New York City but recent reports reveal she’s fixin‘ to put The Big Apple in her rear view mirror and heaved her pair of pretty apartments in a beautiful pre-war boo-teek townhouse building on East 82nd Street at the corner of Madison Avenue in New York City on the market with a combined asking price of $8,925,000. According to Miss Zellweger’s paid spokesperson, she’s opted to let go of her New York City digs because she plans to spend more time on the west coast, presumably with her man-friend Mister Cooper.
The larger of Miss Zellweger’s Upper East Side cribs (above), currently listed at $6,975,000 with monthly maintenance and common charge of $2,611, was purchased in April of 2007. Property records show the apartment, a somewhat awkward combination of 3 smaller apartments, was purchased in two separate transactions that totaled $5,400,000. According to current listing information the larger unit measures around 3,750 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 windowless poopers.
The richly ornamented but oddly configured 2nd floor spread has 13-foot ceilings, original hardwood floors, two entrances, and an enfilade of rooms that front to back include a large living room with fireplace, a smaller library, another large living room that’s likely to be be used as a dining room, and a 23+ foot long solarium that looks out and down on bizzy and loud Madison Avenue. A rabbit warren-like hallway weaves and winds from the secondary foyer, which opens into the second living room/dining room, past the master bedroom, through a corner of the windowless walk-in closet sized kitchen with its adjacent laundry room, and down and around to the two guest bedrooms, one of which is quite small and both of which have private poopers.
Just over a year after picking up the larger unit, Miss Zellweger dropped another hefty $2,800,000 to purchase the 1200-ish square foot one bedroom and one pooper apartment next door. It’s not clear if Miss Zellweger planned to combine the apartments into one 5,000 square foot sprawler or if she just preferred having guest quarters completely separate from her private suite of rooms.
The elegantly proportioned and elaborately ornamented smaller apartment (above), listed at $1,950,000 with monthly maintenance and common charges of $1,100, includes a proper and generous foyer, a small but adequate city-sized kitchen with window, a hallway with closet and windowed pooper that properly separates the fireplaced boo-dwar from the more public spaces.
While listing information shows the larger apartment devoid of any furniture or day-core, the magnificently commodious 25+ foot by 24+ foot living room of the smaller unit with its fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and graceful bow-fronted bay window, is shown all done up and did over with putty colored walls, dazzling white dentil moldings and window frames, a hulking red tufted sofa with dainty turned feet, a pair of matching tufted armchairs, black and white framed photographs, an old victrola, a black baby grand piano–does Miss Thing actually play the damn pie-anna or is it just day-core designed to impress the guests?–and a pool table. That’s right, a damn pool table.
A few quick flicks of the well worn beads on Your Mama’s bejeweled abacus shows that if Miss Zellweger’s crack real estate agent manages to get full price offers on both apartments, she stands to lose a not inconsiderable $850,000+ on the sale of the smaller apartment and gain a substantial $1,575,000 on the larger. A few more bead flicks shows that Miss Z. stands to earn $725,000 (less the fat real estate fees) iffin she can get full price sales. But let’s be honest chickens, that seems unlikely don’t it?
It seems unlikely that Miss Zellweger will quit the East Coast entirely given that she owns a vintage farmhouse compound in Pomfret, CT she bought in 2004 for $1,320,000 as well as another vintage farmhouse in East Hampton, NY she picked up in April of 2003 for $2,300,000.
On the Left Coast, Miss Zellweger used to own a house in the Hollywood Hills she bought in March of 2000 for $1,875,000 from from Wallflowers lead singer Jakob Dylan, the son music icon Bob Dylan. She sold that a couple of years later and high-tailed it to a big house in Bel Air. She didn’t care for the big house and the fat mortgage in Bel Air and less than a year after buying the celebrity-style estate, she flipped it back on the market and sold it in July of 2003 for $7,000,000 to Will & Grace alum Debra Messing.
She did not, as far as Your Mama knows, own another an abode in Los Angeles until early 2010 when real estate rumors ran rampant that Miss Zellweger and her man-friend actor Bradley Cooper scooped up a contemporary house in the Rustic Canyon area in Pacific Palisades for $4,700,000. It seems unlikely the pair would have purchased the pad together and it’s unclear to Your Mama if Miss Zellweger bought the residence on her own or if perhaps Mister Cooper bought it all on his own. Maybe they’re all entangled up in each other’s financial bizness even though they’ve barely been dating a year and did buy it together. Stranger things have happened.
For his part, Mister Cooper (All About Steve, He’s Just Not That Into You, New York, I Love You, The Hangover) owns of a wee bachelor pad in Venice, CA as well as a triplex townhouse in the Dogtown Station condo complex, also in Venice.
listing photos and floor plans: Corcoran