Dec. 29, 2008

Actor Hugh Jackman closes on his $21M, 11,032-square-foot triplex loft condo unit in Manhattan's West Village

Actor and upcoming Academy Awards host Hugh Jackman has paid a whopping $21,000,000 to purchase an 11,032-square-foot triplex loft condo unit in Manhattan's West Village.

As we fast approach the end of the year, we'd like to tie up a few loose ends in the form of items that surfaced elsewhere in the last few months that we never got around to writing about but would like to still weigh in on before 2009 begins. The Jackman megapurchase is a good place to begin. Back in October, all of the New York real estate gossips were abuzz and atwitter over the fact that the 12-room triplex unit in the Richard Meier-designed building at 176 Perry Street in the West Village had gone to contract by an as-yet unknown buyer after being on the market for a $33 million. Then, the New York Observer's Max Abelson broke the story on October 21 that Jackman apparently was the buyer, and that he'd be paying "somewhere above $25 million" to purchase the five-bedroom unit from its owner, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy.

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We were interested in writing about the transaction at that time; however, as our regular readers know, we generally don't like writing about reported buyers, and we far prefer to get our hands on public records to see what they reveal. Then, on November 12, Abelson reported that Jackman had closed on the unit for between "$20 and $23 million" -- a range that still lacked the level of specificity that we've come to require of our own work here at Big Time Listings. The next day, the New York Post's fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil did one better, reporting that the triplex had closed for $21 million.

But still, the sale stayed out of public records. So we waited. And waited. Sure enough, the deal finally came through public records, and a deed recorded on November 25 showed that indeed, Jackman's Maximilian Eliot Trust paid $21,000,000 to buy the massive unit (known as 10S, or also, as PIN # 637-1309, although it's actually on the eighth, ninth and 10th floors of the building) from Joy's Palo Alto, Calif.-based NJ Partners 15, LLC. Jackman had gone to contract to purchase the unit all the way back on September 11, with the sale closing on November 12.

Features in the triplex include five full baths; two half baths; three 51-foot-wide rooms: a double-height living room (on the ninth floor), a rec room (on the eighth floor) and a master bedroom (on the 10th floor); a 54.5-foot-long "dining room/gallery" on the ninth floor; a library (doubles as one of the five bedrooms and is on the eighth floor); a music room (also doubles as one of the five bedrooms and also is on the eighth floor); a pantry; a professional gourmet kitchen (on the ninth floor); a wet bar; an upstairs exercise room around the corner from a sauna and the master bedrom (on the 10th floor); a terrace off each floor; and a spiral staircase connecting all floors, according to listing information and the Observer.

Records don't show what Joy paid for the unit in 2002, although Abelson reported that Joy had paid $17.57 million for it. Joy first had it on the market some months back for $40 million.

Hugh is moving into a building with quite the celebrity pedigree. Among its other owners, past and present:

--Hotelier and real estate developer Ian Schrager (currently owns a 3,785-square-foot unit on the third floor)
--Calvin Klein (currently owns the 9,856-square-foot penthouse)
--Actress Antonia Hawley (better known as Nicole Kidman's sister) currently owns a 3,785-square-foot unit on the 12th floor that she purchasd from her Oscar-winning sister back in 2003 for an undisclosed amount (thanks to our friends over at the Real Estalker for noting this Hawley-Kidman connection first, back in February 2007)

Check out an online listing for Jackman's new unit -- complete with photos.

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