Thursday, October 15, 2009

Is Daniel Radcliffe the Next Nic Cage

BUYER: Daniel Radcliffe
LOCATION: West 12th Street, New York, NY
PRICE: $5,650,000
SIZE: 3,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: This lovingly renovated townhouse is one of three adjoining homes built by a sea captain in 1847 for his three daughters. The property is on one of New York's most picturesque tree-lined landmark cobblestone blocks: West 12th Street, between Greenwich and Washington Street. The 18 plus-foot-wide house faces South, and is soaked in sunlight throughout the day. The sizable open garden and backyard is cooled by beautiful old trees and landscaping.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Harry Potter multi-millionaire actor Daniel Radcliffe has gone and done it again in downtown New York City.

In November of 2007, the young and remarkably pallid Mister Radcliffe spent $4,300,000 for a fifth floor apartment at the Jean Nouvel designed apartment block in SoHo known as 40 Mercer, which also happens to be its address, of course. Mister Harry Potter never moved his magic wand into the 1,843 square foot, 2 bedroom and 2.5 pooper condo which he quickly put up for lease with and asking rent price of $20,000 per month.

A few months later, in February of 2008, the wee wizard dumped another $4,900,000 on a 3 bedroom and 3.5 pooper condo at the hulking 1 Morton Square building in the far West Village overlooking the Hudson River. For what it's worth, 1 Morton Square is the very same building where comedienne Amy Poeler and her comedian huzband Will Arnett live and where pint sized twin moguls Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen own but do not occupy a sprawling 5 bedroom and 4.5 pooper penthouse condo. Anyhoo, it was reported at the time that Mister Radcliffe planned on moving into the 2,450 square foot prior to beginning his nekkid run in Equus on Broadway. Mister Radcliffe's 11th floor condo has a 400+ square foot living room with a semi-circular glass wall with river views, a separate dining room, and an eat in kitchen with granite counter tops and a butler's pantry. The condo, ironically, has a 500-bottle wine cellar but, of course, Mister Radcliffe is not yet old enough to purchase booze in the good ol' puritanical U.S. of A.

Now, less than two years later and according to Mister Max Abelson at the NY Observer, Mister Radcliffe has scooped up a third downtown property, this time an historic townhouse on West 12th Street built in 1847 for a sea captain's daughter. Property records reveal Mister Radcliffe dumped $5,650,000 on the 4 floor plus basement, 18-foot wide townhouse which is currently divided into two units. The garden level contains a 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom apartment with private entry and private access to the 39 foot back garden. The top three floors comprise an open plan living/dining/kitchen area that stretches the full length of the house, 2 bedrooms and a split pooper on the second floor and another 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on the third floor. The good people at Curbed have a few more photos and a bit more 411 on the property.

Now that young and slim and wildy rich Mister Radcliffe has picked up three multi-million dollar properties in lower Manhattan in as many years, the question begs to be asked: Will Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter success peter out leaving him with more luxury properties than he can afford to maintain? Before answering that chickens, remember that once upon a time financially beleaguered Nic Cage was riding high atop an Academy Award and making fifteen and 20 million clams a picture. Back in the late 1990s or early 2000s, no one might have imagined he'd be desperate to sell all his properties to pay the tax man. But he is.

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