Director Paul Haggis Buys NYC 'Crash' Pad for $3.95M

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When an Oscar-winning filmmaker purchases the former home of a bailout exec from the Blackstone Group investment firm, the odds are fairly decent that it will be an impressive piece of Manhattan real estate.

In this case, the filmmaker is Paul Haggis of "Crash" and "Million Dollar Baby" fame, and the Blackstone dude is CFO Laurence Tosi. The property of note is not just any old two bedroom, it's a SoHo loft-like apartment within 388 West Broadway. It boasts a 700-square-foot master bedroom suite that reaches 25 feet across in just the main room alone.

Apparently, the unit was precisely what Haggis was looking for, as he forked over the full asking price of $3.95 million.
Because the two-bedroom is so utterly expansive, the condo listing notes that it can be "easily converted to a three-bedroom." Like both Haggis and Tosi's paycheck, 388 is also sizable. The living room, for example, clocks in at 31 feet by 30 feet. The interior structure alone is epic, with original columns and restored timber beams, and ceilings reaching 11 feet. Adding to the aforementioned are great details like a "baronial fireplace" and mahogany framed windows which at the end of it all culminates as a piece of real estate worthy of a fabulous dinner party with Haggis' old colleagues: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Terrance Howard and Sandra Bullock. (We're imagining here!)

The master bedroom suite truly is the tour de force and as Stribling's listing states: "defies all expectations" with that massive main room complemented with a walk-in closet and dressing area. That's not to mention an 11.6-by-14-foot master bathroom rocking limestone tiles, a six-foot soaking tub, a multi-person shower (with 12-inch rainforest shower head) -- along with a teak bench. The towel warmer and bidet are nice additional touches, as is the double-sink, which will keep things healthy with Haggis' wife, actress Deborah Rennard.

Haggis also owns a penthouse loft at 169 Mercer Street which he purchased for $2.9 million back in 2006. He and Rennard live mostly in Santa Monica, Calif., however. The New York Observer suggests that this new full-priced fancy purchase is merely a pied-a-terre.






























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