BUYERS: Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Our good celebrity real estate Judies over at Luxury Listings New York were the first to suss out that Cynthia Nixon, the red-haired actress who is best known for her role as uptight attorney Miranda Hobbs on “Sex and the City” and will portray Nancy Reagan in the soon to be premiered TV movie “Killing Reagan,” and her wife Christine Marinoni shelled out $1.49 million for a two-bedroom and one-bathroom corner unit on a lower floor in one of the more desirable pre-war apartment buildings in New York City’s once gritty now largely gentrified East Village.
A long entrance gallery with two convenient coat and storage closets leads to a nicely spacious but hardly huge living room with quiet courtyard view, high beamed ceiling and original parquet floors that listing details mistakenly describe as a “herringbone” pattern. The adjoining galley kitchen is exceptionally narrow even by New York standards with perfectly pedestrian beige ceramic tile floors and ordinary black granite counter tops but does appear to be fairly recently updated and opens at one end to a picayune dining area that, like the living room, overlooks the courtyard. Both bedrooms are nicely sized and stand on either side of compact but generously windowed bathroom. Listing details suggest the apartment is convertible to a three-bedroom unit although we don’t see how that’s possible without two of the bedrooms being the size of prison cells.
It’s not clear and, frankly, it seems pretty unlikely to this property gossip that the Nixon-Marinonis plan to move to the East Village apartment as not only do they already own a much larger, 2,500-square-foot loft-like apartment in a 7-story pre-war co-operative building just off the Bowery in the Noho neighborhood that was purchased in early 2012 for $3.25 million but another couple, Michael Growler and William Bowers, the former a dresser on the “Sex and the City” movies and the latter a professional mime and actor, are also named on deeds and documents as co-owners of the apartment.
Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty