U.S. Soccer Star Thierry Henry Scores $15M Loft in SoHo

New York soccer fans take note: After months of house hunting in SoHo and TriBeCa, Thierry Henry has finally dropped some of his American earned dough down for a slick Manhattan apartment. The newly minted New York Red Bulls star athlete will move into a SoHo loft on 39 Crosby St. where he bought the top three floors of the building.

The 33-year-old French striker dropped a cool $15 million for his stateside living. He bought the top two floors for $9 million and slipped in an additional $5.85 million for the lower floor. The money is in an escrow account that will be paid after the current tenant moves out. The triplex was originally listed for $17.5 million. (Still, that's probably more than the total number of soccer tickets sold in New York.)

The apartment is roughly 5,607 square feet with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There's an additional 4,500 square feet of outdoor terrace.

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One floor boasts a media room with an integrated wet bar and 72-inch built-in flat-screen TV. Another floor rocks a large patio that surrounds the two bedrooms. The last floor is replete with an additional kitchenette and living room. Henry's pad will certainly attract a bevy of partiers thanks to such accoutrements as a bamboo garden and a "rain shower."

Previous reports about Henry's real estate acquisition are a bit confusing. Some say he's moving into the Mary-Kate Olsen rented loft on Broome Street where the late actor Heath Ledger was staying at the time of his death. Others dish that it's the high profile Crosby Street celebrity dorm where Lenny Kravitz, Courtney Love and Nicole Kidman have resided. According to the City Connections listing, a small brokerage firm that typically deals with rentals and middle- to lower-end residences, Henry was the first potential buyer to see it. He apparently checked it out on three different occasions over two days before making an offer.

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