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Revisiting 10 Celebrity Homes in NYC With Epic Renovations

From John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Nolita love nest to Norah Jones's Cobble Hill carriage house

The Nolita apartment of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen


Most everyone likes some good celebrity real estate gawking, so in that spirit and in honor of Curbed's first-ever Renovation Week, we've rounded up 10 of the best finished and on-going renovations in celeb-owned homes.

↑ Actress Michelle Williams is always one step ahead of the real estate curve. Last year, she traded her lovely Boerum Hill townhouse for a sprawling Ditmas Park Colonial Revival that, to put it lightly, needs some work. Williams's renovation plans for the house, which is in the Prospect Park South Historic District, appeared in front of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in March, where she got the okay to enlarge a rear porch, among other minor upgrades. If her other digs are an indication of what the house at 1440 Albemarle Road will look like when she's done with it, it'll be one heck of a renovation.

↑ Model Agyness Deyn isn't technically responsible for this renovation, but the before-and-afters are too good to pass up. The mid-aughts It girl sold her loft in Williamsburg's The Mill Building for $2.175 million in March 2012. The new owners completely remade Deyn's den, tricked out in unusual antiques and over-the-top everything, into a staid classic-contemporary interior. The loft hit the market again in August 2015, and sold for $3.1 million that December.

↑ Back in 2013, Cameron Diaz tapped designer-to-the-stars Kelly Wearstler to give her dated Greenwich Village co-op a "healthy dose of Hollywood swagger." And that's exactly what Wearstler did. The designer infused Diaz's two-bedroom, two-bathroom West 12th Street abode with metallics and gem tones, textured wallpapers, and mirrors galore. Diaz listed the apartment in November ahead of her move to Walker Tower.

↑ The lovely 19th-century Cobble Hill carriage house that was featured in Eat, Pray, Love was purchased by singer-songwriter Norah Jones in 2015. Jones filed permits shortly after to convert the property into a single-family home from its configuration as two units, as well as remove an addition to the Pacific Street property. Jones tapped firm Baxt Ingui Architects to carry out the renovation. Fingers crossed the renovation goes better than Windowgate 2009.

↑ When John Legend and Chrissy Teigen purchased their condo in Nolita's Brewster Carriage House in 2012, the space was monochromatic and subdued. For a celebrity couple as cheeky as Legend and Teigen, that just wouldn't do. The duo brought in Don Stewart and architect Winka Dubbeldam to imbue the space with an old-school industrial look that included dark woods and brass and bronze accents. The overhaul also included turning a bathroom into a walk-in closet and adding a wall to create a vestibule. The couple listed the apartment in June. It's currently on the market for $3.995 million, down from $4.495 million.

↑ Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is looking to leave behind his duplex in the Chelsea Mercantile, and as its listing so glaringly states, the apartment and its kitchen are fit for a "CELEBRITY CHEF." Flay and now-ex Stephanie March combined two apartments on the building's eighth and ninth floors and partnered with Flay's former collaborators MG & Company to design its new interiors. The condo was listed for $7.95 million in October but pulled from the market in March.

↑ In September 2014, Real Housewives of New York and Skinny Girl cocktail entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel closed on a two-bed, two-and-a-half bath condo on Soho's Mercer Street. Frankel announced plans to move into the digs with daughter Bryn following a renovation.

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↑ Hollywood power couple Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber bought two Tribeca apartments in 2011 that they later converted into one sprawling duplex. Watts and Schreiber brought in design firm Ashe + Leandro to transform the apartment from a raw space to a livable home. Following the renovation, the home got the Architectural Digest treatment, meaning it's now that good.

↑ Celebrity interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent listed their stunning Greenwich Village duplex in November, unveiling the apartment's (unsurprisingly) lovely interiors, and a renovation that combined an adjacent one-bedroom apartment with their penthouse. Berkus and Brent are looking for $10.5 million, which is $4.5 million more than they paid for it in 2013.

↑ If the rumors are true, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will have a major renovation on their hands in the near future. Real estate broker to the celebs, Dolly Lenz, took to Instagram in February to congratulate the two on their purchase of two West 11th Street townhouses with plans to combine them into one megamansion. The purchase by the celeb couple has yet to be confirmed, so in the meantime sit tight and soak up some SJP home goodness.