Advice for Kelsey Grammer's NYC Condo Hunt
Kelsey Grammer needs a home. The "Frasier" star -- who's moving to New York City for his Broadway musical debut this spring in "La Cage Aux Folles" -- has been spied around Central Park West, along with wife Camille Donatacci, in what may have been a quest for a new address. Rehearsals for the musical begin in March, which puts the couple in need of a speedy uprooting. In a recent Twitter post, Grammer confirmed. "I am moving to NY...quite exciting...long day hunting for apartments."
Seizing this opportunity to play celebrity realtor, we've summoned the help of two top Manhattan brokers to select a few (stunning) Upper West Side properties sumptuous enough for the sitcom vet, his wife and his Tony-winning reveries.
"There are two types of celebrities," explains Arabella Greene Buckworth, senior vice president at Brown Harris Stevens who deals regularly with high-profile home buyers.
"There are those who absolutely must have a heightened level of security, they must have quick and easy access to private stairs and elevators. Then there is the type of celebrity who is usually acknowledged in a genial manner and whose privacy is for the most part respected - especially here in Manhattan. Kelsey Grammer strikes me as someone who would prefer to lead as normal a life as possible, which starts with being able to walk in and out of a building's front door."
For the Broadway-bound actor, Buckworth recommends prewar apartment houses replete with unsurpassed details, as is the case with 15 Central Park West. Buckworth's pick -- a $12.9 million, 2,500 square foot condo -- features two bedrooms, two baths, 10-foot ceilings and a jaw-dropping view of Central Park. Here, tenants have access to a fitness center and a 20-person screening room.
"This also happens to be a condominium filled with avatars of finance and the arts. Kelsey might find it refreshing to discover that he is doing some discreet head-turning himself."
For something closer to Broadway and big on drama, Buckworth recommends The Osborne -- a lavish Beaux-Arts building on West 57th street. Her pick is a $6.9 million co-op (left) that boasts 13-foot ceilings, four wood-burning fireplaces, a chef's kitchen with Wolfe appliances and luscious dark-wood accents that throughout the property. One apartment highlight is the massive array of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the double living room.
Janice Chang, executive vice president at Prudential Douglas Elliman, has particular experience in closing deals with Broadway headliners. The apartment she recommends for Grammer is located in West 56th street's Park Imperial -- the 70-story condominium tower also known for housing Sean "Diddy" Combs and self-help guru Deepak Chopra. The 2,200-square-foot apartment features three bedrooms, three and a half baths and a cast of envy-invoking floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Central Park and the Hudson River. Building perks include 24-hour concierge service and access to the Imperial Club -- the condominium's fitness, entertainment and business center.
"This is very similar to the apartment we rented Daniel Craig when he was doing 'A Steady Rain' [on Broadway] a few months ago," says Chang. "It's very close to Broadway with spectacular park views."
Chang also recommends the West 67th street Park Millennium where both Regis Philbin and Howard Stern reportedly dwell. Her pick: an $11 million, 3,200 square foot condo that features three bedrooms, his-and-hers marble baths, a walk-in pantry, custom built closets and a largely windowed great room that provides over 40 feet of direct exposure onto Central Park. Tenants in this building enjoy 24-hour concierge service and access to a Reebok Sports Club.
Should Grammer opt to live in one of these apartments, he's sure to be in swank company.