Actress, model and current 'Top Chef' hostess Padma Lakshmi, who also is known for being author Salman Rushdie's ex-wife, has paid $1,651,111 for a four-room, full-floor loft in the Alphabet City area of Manhattan's East Village.


The New York Observer's crack real-estate writer Max Abelson broke the story in today's 'Manhattan Transfers' column (available online on Tuesday) of Lakshmi's purchase of the unit in the building at 211 East 2nd Street in Manhattan. Records show that Lakshmi went to contract to buy the unit on December 6, with the deal closing on January 16. The deal was recorded on Tuesday. The 'full sale price' (includes personal property) was shown as being $1,681,243.


The full-floor, two-bedroom unit is in a restored, brick building in Manhattan's East Village, with two baths, Empire State Building views, a master bedroom suite with a windowed bath, a study with a brick arch, wood-beamed ceilings, wide plank historic floors, and a windowed kitchen with butternut cabinetry with glass doors and Basalt countertops and modern appliances, according to listing information.

Lakshmi's unit had been listed first in October for $1,695,000 and the following month was reduced to $1,585,000.

Check out online listing sheets for Lakshmi's unit -- complete with a photo -- here and here.