When you think of George Clooney, where do you think of him? I think of him as Mr. Hollywood, Mr. Los Angeles, and then secondarily I think of him at Lake Como, Italy. I’ve never really associated him with New York, because I think he’s only lived in New York a few months at a time for work. But his wife has lived in New York – before they ever met, Amal lived and worked in New York for a year or two, I think. She has good friends in New York, she has a lot of job opportunities there (teaching and working at the United Nations) and she seems to be more of a New York/London person. So, long story short, I guess George and Amal are moving to New York?
George Clooney and wife Amal have bought permanent digs in New York — sources exclusively tell Page Six — at luxury apartment building One Hundred East Fifty Third Street. The skyscraper from developer Aby Rosen and starchitect Norman Foster’s Foster + Partners is expected to be completed next year.
A source told us, “The high-profile couple did not purchase the penthouse, but instead opted for a high-floor residence in the upcoming building.” The two-floor penthouse in the condo building, with 94 units, is going for $65 million.
Among active listings at the building, the next highest-floor apartment for sale is a 49th floor, 3,385-square-foot, full-floor apartment for $14.75 million — which includes three bedrooms and 3 ¹/₂ bathrooms, direct elevator access, “a grand entry gallery” and a “spacious great room with dramatic northern, western and eastern exposures” with “floor-to-ceiling windows and nearly 11-foot ceilings.” That unit also includes a “private corner master bedroom suite with southern and eastern exposures . . . with a grand dressing room and a tranquil five-fixture en suite bathroom with sweeping city views.” Apartments at the building start at $2.6 million.
A source said the couple opted for the building because of its design and amenities, and because it is close to the United Nations for Amal, a renowned human-rights lawyer, who is also teaching at Columbia Law School.
French chef Joël Robuchon is occupying the first two levels of the building with a gourmet marketplace and a fine-dining restaurant. The building also includes “hotel-like amenities,” including “a wellness facility, 60-foot sunlit swimming pool, sauna and steam room, yoga and pilates rooms” and a library.
Clooney — who usually stays at the Carlyle when he’s in town — and his pal and partner in Casamigos Tequila, Rande Gerber, sold their twin Mexican villas this year. Clooney also owns a Studio City, Calif., home, a Lake Como, Italy, retreat and a 17th-century mansion in England with Amal. A rep for Clooney didn’t get back to us.
If that read as an advertisement for the building, that’s because it probably was. Doesn’t mean it’s true… or false. I would be willing to bet that George and Amal do want a place in New York, mostly for her work, because she doesn’t want to live out of a hotel. But I’m not sure if they’re scooping up a property that sounds hyper-modern – you can see more about the building here. That doesn’t seem like either of their tastes. It sounds like Brad Pitt’s architectural taste. George probably wanted an apartment at one of the historical buildings, like the Dakota. In any case, I bet George will spend as much time at this apartment as he spends in their completely refurbished English mansion. Which is to say, barely any time at all.
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