Friday, February 3, 2012
Sofia Coppola Lists NoLita Loft and Buys West Village Townhouse
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: 1,771 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In late August last year (2011), after two shorties born our of wedlock, French rocker Thomas Mars—the front man for the band Phoenix—finally made an honest woman of Oscar-winning American filmmaker Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Somewhere) in a low-key but high fashion ceremony at Palazzo Margherita, her famous father Francis Ford Coppola's 19th century mansion in southern Italy. Although the couple and their couple of enfants live primarily in Paris Miz Coppola has maintained the same downtown New York City condo for the last ten (or so) years but, as we learned late last night, recently decided to let it go and put it up for sale with an asking price of $2,750,000.
Property records show Miz Coppolla purchased the mid-floor corner residence on the once gritty now fashionable border between SoHo, NoLiTa and Little Italy in September 2002, towards the tail end of her marriage to film, television, commercial and music video director Spike Jonze who was born with the far less edgy and arty sounding Adam Spiegel.
Listing information shows the vaguely L-shaped, loft-like residence measures a modest for a gal of her means 1,771 square feet with two bedroom suites situated for maximum privacy at opposite corners of the mid-floor condo.
A key-lock elevator offers direct entry into a wide foyer that funnels into an window-wrapped open plan main living space with 11-plus foot ceilings, 10 over-sized windows that offer a stunningly direct view of the ornate cupola atop the famed Police Building, medium brown wide-plank hardwood floors, and white-white walls perfect for displaying artwork.
The kitchen revolves around a large center island with snack counter and includes white Shaker-style cabinetry topped with honed black marble counter tops, white subway tile back splash, a complete suite of high-grade, commercial-style stainless steel appliances including a wine cooler, an enviable walk-in pantry, and separate laundry room.
Miz Coppola's master boo-dwar offers a long entrance hall off which open a windowed marble bathroom with separate tub and shower, a custom-fitted walk-in closet larger than some Manhattan studio apartments, and an east-facing bedroom with wide bank of windows and a capiz shell chandelier that we happen to know was custom made for Miz Coppola by the hardworking hands of Bespoke Global designer and internet entrepreneur Gwen Carlton.
Property records indicate Miz Coppola owns a number of other properties in the U.S., including but not limited to the building where Café Zoetrope is housed in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood and a condo she scooped up in June 2007 for $500,000 located on a particularly busy and loud strip of Ocean Drive in Miami's South Beach.
As it turns out, as reported by both Curbed and the Wall Street Journal Miz Coppola and Mister Mars just dropped a very-celebrity $9,895,000—more than a million bucks over the $8,800,000 asking price—on a wedge-shaped, five-story, three-unit West Village townhouse. As currently configured, according to listing information, there's a 4 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom triplex garden unit with three fireplaces and gigantic backyard plus two additional full-floor flats on the upper levels. It's not clear if Miz Coppola and Mister Mars plan to reconfigure and recombine the three apartments back into one nearly 6,000 square foot single family house.
listing photos and floor plan: Corcoran