Amanda Seyfried's Big NYC Condo Buy

Actress Amanda Seyfried of "Letters to Juliet,""Big Love,""Mamma Mia!"and "Mean Girls" fame knows how to pick winning roles and buildings. She wanted one of the 103 condos in New York City's Devonshire House bad enough to pay $250,000-plus more than the $1,875,000 asking price of just over $1.9 million for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit on the fourth floor.

Although her purchase was made over the summer, word didn't hit the Internet sooner because she purchased her pad through an LLC (Limited Liability Partnership) that does not identify its owner.

Devonshire House was famous long before the 24-year-old actress was born. An Emery Roth-commissioned building (the Duke of Devonshire requested a tower inspired by his London home), it has also been a home to fellow actress Gwyneth Paltrow and playwright Neil Simon. (He leased one of the penthouses.)
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Seyfried told an interviewer this year that she had to work her tush off to land such living space. She apparently excuses her many roles in romantic comedies as her way to purchase high-end real estate.

Devonshire House is located near New York University in the Central Village area of Greenwich Village. The brick and terra-cotta building underwent a massive renovation from rental building to ownership building -- although the shift has been gradual with about half of its units for sale.

The lobby walls were hand-painted to achieve a "wood-graining limed-oak" faux finish which took a month for two artists to complete. The lobby retains its original stained glass, the Devonshire family crest and a few Corinthian columns as well. The crest appears throughout the building -- particularly on the doorknobs of many apartment units.

At $4.9 million, there's a four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom unit with 2,720 square feet that Seyfried passed up. She also decided against the one-bedroom penthouse located in the tower. The Rapunzel-esque unit is 1,100 square feet and has a 1,500 square feet for its terrace.

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