Gisele Catwalks Out of New York
Is Gisele Bundchen leaving the Big Apple behind? Just days after the December 8th birth of her son, the Brazilian supermodel sold her West Village prewar townhouse on 42 Barrow Street for $13 million. It had been on the market since September for $13.95 million. Not too shabby.
Bundchen purchased the 5,000 sq ft, 4 bedroom, 6 bath lair -- which boasts amenities such as built-ins and exposed brick, wood-beamed ceilings, seven wood-burning fireplaces and an elevator -- in 2005 for $5.8 million. The new owner, an out-of-state financier, who is expected to use the home as a pied-a-terre, will also probably appreciate the home gym in the cellar.
The sale follows a less successful deal for the supermodel's triplex penthouse at 347 West 11th Street, which she unloaded last month for $4.4 million. Two years ago, the 1,700-square-foot apartment (which featured 2,500 square feet of terrace with an ample hot tub) was listed for $10.9 million. But, hey, the profit on the Barrow Street property will more than make up for the loss.
The Brazilian beauty and her husband, New England Patriot Tom Brady, 31, now spend much of their time shuttling between Boston and Los Angeles, where Brady's son John, 2, lives with his ex-wife Bridget Moynahan. And that seems to perfectly please the Victoria's Secret superstar, who has said that she loves her stepson as "if he were mine." Bundchen is absolutely smitten with the boy. "When we are in L.A. we have Johnny 50 percent of the time," she recently said. "He's a little angel -- the sweetest, most cuddly, loving baby. I feel blessed to have him in my life."
In fact, the newlyweds, who married this past February, spent about $11.7 million for a 3.6-acre vacant lot in a gated community in Brentwood, near Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's palatial 25,000 square foot estate. And if the couple follows the lead of the Governator, they will have plenty of space to expand their brood. "I want to have a big family," she recently said. "I love kids."