SELLER: Ricky Martin
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: 2,637 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: A little birdie told Your Mama that a downtown New York City apartment long-believed by property gossips to be owned by handsome, out and proud, tatted and well-built Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin has popped up on the open market with an $8,300,000 asking price.
This turn of celebrity real estate events isn't so surprising given that last November (2012) Kiki, a Grammy-winning vegetarian father of twin boy tots, (reportedly) paid $5.9 million for a more family-friendly, two-unit combination spread with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in swanky, Peter Marino-designed building directly across the street from Carl Schurz Park on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Property records show the corporate entity that is the legal owner of the floor-through condo-crib acquired the apartment in August 2007 for $5.7 million and listing information reveals the deluxe digs, located on a higher floor of the Ian Schrager-developed and Herzon & de Meuron-designed homage to New York's famous cast iron buildings, has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2,637 square feet and carries monthly common charges and taxes that ring up to $4,694 per month.
The floor plan included with online listings shows a nearly 30-foot long entrance hall leads to a spacious, 17-foot wide south-facing great room that stretches nearly 33 feet long and has gorgeous smoked oak floors, a wall of 11-foot tall floor-to-ceiling windows, sculptural bookshelves and, tucked up into an otherwise awkward nook near the kitchen, a built-in dining banquette that seats at least eight. A sleek and expensively equipped galley-style kitchen connects through to a separate dining room that also has floor to ceiling windows.
Two guest/family bedrooms each have small closets, attached private bathrooms and giant windows. The master suite with walk-in closet, small study/office, and a compartmentalized bathroom with two sink vanity, separate crappy cubicle and a naughty-sounding glassed in "wet room" with Corian-slathered shower space and bath tub.
At least twice in the last few years Mister Martin has put the apartment out for lease, first in early 2010 at $23,000 per month and again in March 2012 for $29,500, later reduced to $28,000.
In addition to his residential holdings in New York, Mister Martin may or may not still own at least one home on the northern coast of Puerto Rico in Dorado, a house in Madrid (Spain), and a private island hideaway in Rio de Janeiro. The oft-bearded and always bubble-bootied pop star and children's book author has also owned (and sold) a handful of state-side residences that include a Beverly Hills (CA) estate—sold in 2006 for $15 million, three bay front mansions in Miami Beach (FL)—one he bought in 2005 for $10 million and sold in April 2012 for $10.6 million, and an ocean front spread in Golden Beach that he purchased in April 2007 for $16.25 million and sold in November 2012 for $12.8 million.
listing photos and floor plan: Douglas Elliman