Julia Roberts lists (relatively!) modest NYC retreat

Julia Roberts lists (relatively!) modest NYC retreat
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Just a few months after actress Julia Roberts shoved her historic Kauai property onto the Multiple Listing Service with a gargantuan $30 million price tag, she has nudged this 2,000-square-foot New York City pied-a-terre onto the market for a (relatively!) more modest $4.5 million.

Terrific views include the Empire State Building. Click a photo for a slideshow.
Terrific views include the Empire State Building. Click a photo for a slideshow.

Her asking price for the West Village penthouse is considerably more realistic than the Hawaiian estate: She and her husband, Daniel Moder, paid $3,845,000 for the 3-bedroom apartment in 2010, meaning she's looking for an appreciation of about 17 percent in five years. In Hawaii, on the other hand, she's still asking $29,850,000 (with no price drop since the April listing) on a property she bought in late 2011 for $13,375,000 — in other words, about 120 percent more than she paid less than four years ago.

(Click here or on a photo for a slideshow featuring Roberts' urban vs. tropical homes.)

The Manhattan penthouse is only 2,000 square feet, but it has a 50-foot-long living room and a wraparound terrace, plus 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.

The building, a co-op, was built about 60 years ago. It originally had about 100 units, but many of them — including Roberts' — have been combined to make larger homes.

News of the listing was first reported by the New York Post, which adds: "Though Roberts is spending more time on the West Coast, we hear she still loves New York and is keeping her Gramercy Park house — which is currently rented out." Yahoo Homes verified her ownership through property records.

Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of Julia Roberts' urban retreat in New York City and, for contrast, her huge Hawaiian estate that's also for sale.

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Roberts will star in the fall movie "Secret in Their Eyes" and is currently filming "Money Monster" with George Clooney, directed by Jodie Foster. Related video:

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