Public records have cleared on the purchase price for ex-model Heather Mills' newly purchased, two-bedroom condominium unit in Manhattan's West Village, and they reveal that the precise amount that Mills paid for the unit was $4,900,000.


In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report on the exact amount that Mills -- the ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney -- paid for the four-room unit in the glass-enclosed, Richard Meier-designed towers at 173 Perry Street in the West Village.


First, we have to give props to our friend and the New York Post's fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil, who broke the story of Mills going to contract to buy the unit, back on June 14. Keil then advanced the story further on July 31 by breaking the news of her closing on the unit for an amount that he said was "just under the $5 million asking price." (The unit originally had been listed for $4,200,000, later was increased to $4,500,000 and then was jacked up again in late 2007 to its final listing price of $5,000,000.)

Indeed, public records show that Mills' Equilibrium Bare Trust went to contract to buy the unit on April 1, with the deal closing on July 24. The deal wasn't recorded with city officials, however, until August 5, so it was not until after that that the purchase price became known. (As we have noted previously, we're taking time over the holidays to catch up on items that we should have gotten to during 2008.)

Mills purchased the ninth-floor unit (in the complex's north tower) from Joseph Castaldo, who heads the textile and service design studio The Style Council. The unit measures 1,853 square feet, according to public records, or 1,808 square feet, according to listing information.

Features in Mills' new unit -- which covers an entire floor -- include two baths, a 40-foot living room/dining area, an open kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows with temperature-controlled shades, a built-in entertainment area, two balconies and a private elevator landing, Keil reported.

Check out an online listing sheet for Mills' new unit.

The towers at 173 Perry have gotten a lot of coverage recently, including from us. Earlier this week, we finally got around to writing about actor Hugh Jackman's purchase of his massive triplex spread in the complex. In fact, Jackman's new spread is in the south tower of the complex at 173 Perry Street and is directly opposite Mills' new unit.