It’s safe to say that New York is a city of extremes. There are few places in the world where you can find so many spatially challenged living quarters sitting alongside (or underneath) some of the most extravagantly priced real estate properties in the world. Given that information, it's no surprise there are so many celebs that live in NYC. While celebs are moving into their five-bedroom penthouses pied-à-terre with dressing rooms bigger than our studio apartments, most of us are searching for creative ways to store our wardrobes not in our ovens.
We may not be privy to an invite to Chrissy Teigen’s fabulous lamb-chop dinner parties (yet) or to clinking our mimosa flutes with Mary-Kate Olsen at Sunday brunch, but we can voyeuristically take a tour of their premises while holding our breaths for an invite. From Kirsten Dunst’s vintage-meets-glam SoHo penthouse to Sarah Jessica Parker’s perfectly minimal Greenwich Village brownstone, these celebrity apartments in NYC are a stylish cut above the rest. Get ready to peruse some serious décor eye candy, courtesy of your favorite celebs. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to get there?
On a “quiet” Midtown East street, you might come across Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy’s love nest. This historic five-bedroom townhouse is sprawling with unique architectural features, from a hall of mirrors to French poems elegantly embossed on the ballroom’s ceiling (yes, you read “ballroom” right). We can just picture Sarkozy serenading Olsen while curled up by the fireplace, or taking a morning walk in their private garden (complete with a fountain loosely inspired by the Medici in Rome). Naturally, the historic property has been upgraded to include modern conveniences, from a rooftop exercise pool to a built-in garage and, of course, a working elevator.
When John Legend and Chrissy Teigen started house hunting in New York, they immediately narrowed in on this dark and moody loftlike one-bedroom in NoLIta, as a departure from their light and bright L.A. home. With cozy characteristics like exposed brick, dark ceilings, and surprisingly limited natural light, the singer and model’s downtown apartment has a calming vibe that’s layered with saturated hues. What a wonderful space to tune the world out!
Though freshly renovated, actress Kirsten Dunst’s SoHo penthouse is filled with patina and historic accents. The brick walls, concrete ceiling, and industrial-size windows are quintessential New York. The décor is effortless and eclectic—with a mix of vintage furniture and notable antiques, like the crystal ship chandelier that appears to float over the Hudson River.
Out of all the celebs that live in NYC, Sarah Jessica Parker is probably the most iconic (thanks to Sex and the City). We bet you she never stored her sweaters in the kitchen of this five-story Greenwich Village townhouse. The home she once owned with husband Matthew Broderick is an architect’s dream, featuring a gorgeous curved banister, a dramatic floating tub, and an expansive kitchen swathed in marble. The home is not only architecturally pleasant to look at but was also lovingly styled by design firm ASH with truly covetable and one-of-a-kind art and furniture.
Neil Patrick Harris’s Harlem townhouse is legen—wait for it—dary. The How I Met Your Mother star shares this expertly curated home with partner David Burtka, their two dogs, and their young twins, Gideon and Harper. The look is elegantly tailored and masculine, and perfectly adapted to a growing family.
Cameron Diaz sure knows how to treat herself. The actress enlisted the help of interior designer extraordinaire Kelly Wearstler to decorate her Manhattan pied-à-terre, and each room is immaculately furnished in an edgy and cool yet insanely comfortable way. We approve.
Which NYC celebrity apartments would you want to live in, if you had the choice? Tell us in the comments below.