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25 biggest celebrity NYC real estate moves of 2016

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It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the 13th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the biggest celebrity real estate moves of the year.

This year wasn't different from previous years in that celebrities spent millions of dollars on glamorous apartments in Manhattan, but some celebrities sure did make bank in 2016 selling their existing homes like Uma Thurman who sold her Gramercy Park duplex for a small profit, and Rupert Murdoch who made a $2.5 million profit on a West Village mansion. Most chose to buy and sell in Manhattan, but others were adventurous like Emily Blunt and John Krasinski with their purchase of a $6 million Park Slope house (Michelle Williams and Norah Jones continued to update their Brooklyn homes too). Things took a political turn this year with commentator Keith Olbermann quitting his Trump Palace condo due to his disdain for the president-elect. All things considered though, celebrities had a great year trading pricey apartments, indicating more of the same for 2017.
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1. Gwyneth Paltrow—$14.25M

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Tribeca
New York, NY

Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow lived in this penthouse while she was still married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. In March this year, Paltrow listed the apartment for $14.25 million. The sprawling unit comes with a private terrace, a skylight, and a bedroom that comes fitted with a custom-pressed tin ceiling. Despite having been designed by renowned firm Roman & Williams, this apartment hasn't had much luck. Paltrow reduced the ask by $2 million a month later, but even by the summer the apartment hadn't sold. The unit has since been taken off the market.

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2. Chris Cohan—$9.85M

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The Plaza, 768 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

The onetime owner of the Golden State Warriors, Chris Cohan, did what many other celebrities before him have done—purchase an apartment at the Plaza Hotel Residences. His choice was a 2,400-square-foot three-bedroom apartment that he shelled out $9.85 million. That's not too bad considering the $450 million he made when he sold the team in 2010 after a 14-year losing record.

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3. Tina Fey—$9.5M

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The co-creator of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey paid significantly higher than this apartment was asking to ensure it was hers. Fey shelled out $9.51 million, when it was asking $7.5 million. The four-bedroom apartment she purchased is nearly identical to another unit she owns in the co-op building along with her husband Jeff Richmond.

4. Sean Combs—$6.5M

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Midtown
New York, NY

Sean Combs, otherwise known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy or just Diddy has been trying to get rid of this apartment for quite some time now. He originally listed the 66th-floor Midtown apartment for $8.5 million in 2012. He had subsequently reduced the ask to $6.995 million, and back in June to $6.5 million. It's still asking that much today. The music mogul purchased the three-bedroom pad for $3.82 million over a decade ago.

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5. Irina Shayk—$6.1M

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West Village
New York, NY

While looking for a new home, model Irina Shayk did not look too far away from her previous apartment. She moved just a couple of streets over in the West Village and spent $6.1 million on a two-bedroom apartment spanning just under 2,000 square feet. The building she's purchased in is quite the celebrity magnet and her apartment comes with a private terrace, a gourmet kitchen, and tons of fancy appliances.

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6. Anne Hathaway—$2.5M

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Upper West Side
New York, NY

Following the sale of a loft in Dumbo's clocktower building in 2014, Anne Hathway's next big real estate splurge is this $2.55 million apartment less than a block away from Central Park. The apartment spans 1,200 square feet and comes with skylights in both bedrooms, a planted terrace, and an 18-foot ceiling in the kitchen.

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7. Demi Moore—$59M

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145 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

The Demi Moore-San Remo saga still hasn't come to an end, and this year the actress slashed the ask on her Upper West Side triplex by $16 million. The 17-room penthouse is now asking a still ridiculous $59 million, but at least it's down from the $75 million it was asking before that. Moore currently pays $20,000/month in maintenance fees for the place, and former celebrity residents in the building include Glenn Close, Diane Keaton, and Dustin Hoffman.

8. Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick—$34.5M

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W 11th St
New York, NY

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are pretty prolific real estate perusers in New York City, but this year in particular was a big one for the star couple. They joined the West Village megamansion bandwagon this year when they purchased two adjacent townhouses on West 11th Street for $34.5 million. It might seem like an enormous sum, but in fact, the couple got a $9 million discount on the combined purchase.

9. Deron Williams—$28M

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35 N Moore St
New York, NY 10013

NBA star Deron Williams has basically been trying to unload this palatial Tribeca apartment ever since he made move from the Brooklyn Nets to the Dallas Mavericks. He first listed the apartment in August 2015 for $33.5 million, but failing to find success he lowered that ask to $28 million by this year. Some of the standout features here include 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, a 300-bottle wine cellar, and a sky lit great room with 17-foot ceilings. Most recently, having still failed to find a buyer, Williams offered up the 7,500 square foot penthouse as a $60,000/month rental.

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10. Rupert Murdoch—$27.5M

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278 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

The media baron had quite the quick turnaround on this West Village mansion. He purchased it in March 2015 for $25 million, and just five months later he had listed it on the market. The following summer, the townhouse had sold for $27.5 million—a very quick sale all things considered, and he managed to turn a profit out of it. The home comes fitted with herringbone floors, four passenger elevators, a white marble fireplace, and an outdoor areas on almost every floor.

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11. Kelsey Grammar—$19.6M

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100 11th Ave
New York, NY 10011

Frasier star Kelsey Grammar was not having any luck selling his $9.75 million West Chelsea pad, so instead of slashing the ask, he decided to join forces with his neighbor who was also trying to unload a pad on the same floor for $9.85 million. Together the duo now wants $19.6 million for what would be a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom apartment that spans 5,750 square feet. Located in Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Avenue building, these apartments offer 360 degree views of the city among many other features.

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12. Helen Gurley Brown—$19.38M

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211 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

It didn't take long for late Cosmopolitan Editor Helen Gurley Brown's Beresford penthouse to enter into contract—it was off the market juts two months after it was listed in November 2015. This past year we learned that the apartment had sold for $19.38 million, just a little shy of its $20 million ask. The co-op was sold following a tussle between the building's board, which wanted it sold, and the executors of Gurley Brown's will, who wanted to keep it.

13. Tamara Mellon—$18.356M

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West Village
New York, NY

She may not have been able to sell her Upper East Side penthouse this year, but Jimmy Choo co-founder, Tamara Mellon snagged herself a spacious condo in the West Village, and she paid slightly over the ask of $18 million for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom apartment. Her penthouse at the Carhart Mansion uptown is currently asking $25 million, which is down from its original ask of $34 million.

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14. Ben Stiller—$15M

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West Village
New York, NY

Actor Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor can count Irina Shayk as neighbor now that they've purchased a four-bedroom apartment in the same building she recently moved to as well. Stiller spent just over $15 million on the purchase, and now he'll have access to a 78-bottle wine refrigerator, Alabama white vein marble countertops, and a library all in his own apartment.

15. Anish Kapoor—$13.5M

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56 Leonard St
New York, NY 10013

Probably best known for his reflective Could Gate sculpture in Chicago, sculptor Anish Kapoor is the first known celebrity resident at Herzog & de Mueron's 56 Leonard Street. He purchased a four-bedroom pad on the 47th floor of the building for $13.5 million this month. Kapoor is planning what appears to be a Cloud Gate-like sculpture at the base of the tower, so it's somewhat of a homecoming for the artist.

16. Keith Richards—$12.23M

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Greenwich Village
New York, NY

In just two years, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his wife Patti Hansen grew tired of their Greenwich Village penthouse and put it on the market this past for $12.23 million. The couple shelled out $10.5 million in 2014 to acquire this four-bedroom unit. Some of the eye-catching features here include the three terraces, and a leather-wrapped bronze handrail on the stairs.

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17. Katie Couric—$12M

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Upper East Side
New York, NY

The journalist and her husband, John Molner spent $12 million this past March on purchasing a nearly 4,000-square-foot apartment on East 78th Street. Simon Cowell is also one of the residents of the building. The former co-host of the Today show and current global news anchor for Yahoo got a four-bedroom apartment that comes with features like "Parisian-like mahogany double hung weight-and-chain floor-to-ceiling windows," among other luxe features.

18. Nate Berkus—$9.8M

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Greenwich Village
New York, NY

It's not a surprise that interior designer Nate Berkus's apartment was one of the prettiest celebrity homes to be scooped up this past year, and he got a pretty good price for it too. Originally listed for $10.5 million at the end of last year, and by June this year it had sold for $9.8 million. Located in an Emery Roth-designed building, the duplex comes with three wood-burning fireplaces, a windowed shoe closet, and wraparound terraces.

19. Jonah Hill—$9.16M

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NoHo
New York, NY

Just as funnyman Jonah Hill has transitioned into flashier roles in recent years, so too has his taste in apartments. In May, he purchased a $9.5 million apartment in Noho that comes with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. That's a huge upgrade from when he lived on Howard Street in a one-bedroom. Hill ended up spending $9.16 million on the purchase, so just a little under the asking price.

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20. Leonardo DiCaprio—$8M

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Greenwich Village
New York, NY

It wasn't the most successful year in terms of real estate for Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio. He'd been trying to sell his Greenwich Village health conscious condo for quite some time now, but eventually agreed to sell it at a loss of $2 million. He purchased it in the summer of 2014 for $10 million, barely ever lived in it, and tried to sell it for $14.5 million—$8 million is all he got however. The condo comes with amenities like circadian rhythm lighting, a built-in juicing station, and vitamin C-infused showers.

21. Uma Thurman—$6.61M

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Gramercy Park
New York, NY

Actress Uma Thurman got more than she asked when her Gramercy Park duplex, listed for $6.25 million, ended up fetching her $6.61 million instead. Thurman had lived on and off in the building for over a decade, and eventually combined two units to make the existing apartment. The apartments comes with Turkish steam shower Hammam, Namibian marble counters in the kitchen, and Herringbone dark wood floors among other features.

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22. Emily Blunt & John Krasinski—$6M

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Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY

The only Brooklyn-loving celebrity couple on this list, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski purchased their lovely Park Slope home last year, but had to wait until this year for renovation work to wrap. Together they had shelled out $6 million on the six-bedroom home. The limestone-clad townhouse comes with some exquisite details like stained glass, decorative mantels, a wood-burning fireplace, and a skylight.

23. Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo—$5.5M

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112 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

One of the most buzzed-about sales this year was the massive Soho loft that belonged to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and his wife, Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo. After having purchased the 2,800-square-foot apartment for $4.45 million in 2014, and having carried out a subsequent renovation, Levine and Prinsloo decided to move onfrom it in April this year. Just a few months later, shoe designer Nick Lucio scooped it up for $5.4 million.

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24. Maya Angelou—$4.08M

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520 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027

Even though the late poet Maya Angelou's Harlem brownstone sold for $1 million less than it's original ask of $5.095 million, the sale of the home still set a neighborhood record for the highest price per square foot. Angelou purchased the five-bedroom house in the early 2000s, and hired architect Marc Anderson to carry out a gut renovation of the building.

25. Keith Olbermann—$3.9M

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Trump Palace Condominiums, 200 E 69th St
New York, NY 10021

Among a host of celebrities speaking out against president-elect Donald Trump during this past election, political commentator Keith Olbermann took it one step further by ridding himself of his Trump apartment altogether. He listed his two-bedroom at the Trump Palace Condo on the Upper East Side in April for just under $4 million, and by July it was off the market. "I got out with 90% of my money and 100% of my soul!" he said in a Twitter post at the time.

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1. Gwyneth Paltrow—$14.25M

Tribeca, New York, NY
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Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow lived in this penthouse while she was still married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. In March this year, Paltrow listed the apartment for $14.25 million. The sprawling unit comes with a private terrace, a skylight, and a bedroom that comes fitted with a custom-pressed tin ceiling. Despite having been designed by renowned firm Roman & Williams, this apartment hasn't had much luck. Paltrow reduced the ask by $2 million a month later, but even by the summer the apartment hadn't sold. The unit has since been taken off the market.

Tribeca
New York, NY

2. Chris Cohan—$9.85M

The Plaza, 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Via Corcoran

The onetime owner of the Golden State Warriors, Chris Cohan, did what many other celebrities before him have done—purchase an apartment at the Plaza Hotel Residences. His choice was a 2,400-square-foot three-bedroom apartment that he shelled out $9.85 million. That's not too bad considering the $450 million he made when he sold the team in 2010 after a 14-year losing record.

The Plaza, 768 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

3. Tina Fey—$9.5M

New York, NY 10025

The co-creator of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey paid significantly higher than this apartment was asking to ensure it was hers. Fey shelled out $9.51 million, when it was asking $7.5 million. The four-bedroom apartment she purchased is nearly identical to another unit she owns in the co-op building along with her husband Jeff Richmond.

4. Sean Combs—$6.5M

Midtown, New York, NY
Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Sean Combs, otherwise known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy or just Diddy has been trying to get rid of this apartment for quite some time now. He originally listed the 66th-floor Midtown apartment for $8.5 million in 2012. He had subsequently reduced the ask to $6.995 million, and back in June to $6.5 million. It's still asking that much today. The music mogul purchased the three-bedroom pad for $3.82 million over a decade ago.

Midtown
New York, NY

5. Irina Shayk—$6.1M

West Village, New York, NY
Courtesy of the New Elliman

While looking for a new home, model Irina Shayk did not look too far away from her previous apartment. She moved just a couple of streets over in the West Village and spent $6.1 million on a two-bedroom apartment spanning just under 2,000 square feet. The building she's purchased in is quite the celebrity magnet and her apartment comes with a private terrace, a gourmet kitchen, and tons of fancy appliances.

West Village
New York, NY

6. Anne Hathaway—$2.5M

Upper West Side, New York, NY
Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Following the sale of a loft in Dumbo's clocktower building in 2014, Anne Hathway's next big real estate splurge is this $2.55 million apartment less than a block away from Central Park. The apartment spans 1,200 square feet and comes with skylights in both bedrooms, a planted terrace, and an 18-foot ceiling in the kitchen.

Upper West Side
New York, NY

7. Demi Moore—$59M

145 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

The Demi Moore-San Remo saga still hasn't come to an end, and this year the actress slashed the ask on her Upper West Side triplex by $16 million. The 17-room penthouse is now asking a still ridiculous $59 million, but at least it's down from the $75 million it was asking before that. Moore currently pays $20,000/month in maintenance fees for the place, and former celebrity residents in the building include Glenn Close, Diane Keaton, and Dustin Hoffman.

145 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

8. Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick—$34.5M

W 11th St, New York, NY

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are pretty prolific real estate perusers in New York City, but this year in particular was a big one for the star couple. They joined the West Village megamansion bandwagon this year when they purchased two adjacent townhouses on West 11th Street for $34.5 million. It might seem like an enormous sum, but in fact, the couple got a $9 million discount on the combined purchase.

W 11th St
New York, NY

9. Deron Williams—$28M

35 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013
courtesy of Douglas Elliman

NBA star Deron Williams has basically been trying to unload this palatial Tribeca apartment ever since he made move from the Brooklyn Nets to the Dallas Mavericks. He first listed the apartment in August 2015 for $33.5 million, but failing to find success he lowered that ask to $28 million by this year. Some of the standout features here include 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, a 300-bottle wine cellar, and a sky lit great room with 17-foot ceilings. Most recently, having still failed to find a buyer, Williams offered up the 7,500 square foot penthouse as a $60,000/month rental.

35 N Moore St
New York, NY 10013

10. Rupert Murdoch—$27.5M

278 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
Courtesy of Dolly Lenz Real Estate

The media baron had quite the quick turnaround on this West Village mansion. He purchased it in March 2015 for $25 million, and just five months later he had listed it on the market. The following summer, the townhouse had sold for $27.5 million—a very quick sale all things considered, and he managed to turn a profit out of it. The home comes fitted with herringbone floors, four passenger elevators, a white marble fireplace, and an outdoor areas on almost every floor.

278 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

11. Kelsey Grammar—$19.6M

100 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Courtesy of CORE

Frasier star Kelsey Grammar was not having any luck selling his $9.75 million West Chelsea pad, so instead of slashing the ask, he decided to join forces with his neighbor who was also trying to unload a pad on the same floor for $9.85 million. Together the duo now wants $19.6 million for what would be a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom apartment that spans 5,750 square feet. Located in Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Avenue building, these apartments offer 360 degree views of the city among many other features.

100 11th Ave
New York, NY 10011

12. Helen Gurley Brown—$19.38M

211 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

It didn't take long for late Cosmopolitan Editor Helen Gurley Brown's Beresford penthouse to enter into contract—it was off the market juts two months after it was listed in November 2015. This past year we learned that the apartment had sold for $19.38 million, just a little shy of its $20 million ask. The co-op was sold following a tussle between the building's board, which wanted it sold, and the executors of Gurley Brown's will, who wanted to keep it.

211 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

13. Tamara Mellon—$18.356M

West Village, New York, NY
Courtesy of Corcoran

She may not have been able to sell her Upper East Side penthouse this year, but Jimmy Choo co-founder, Tamara Mellon snagged herself a spacious condo in the West Village, and she paid slightly over the ask of $18 million for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom apartment. Her penthouse at the Carhart Mansion uptown is currently asking $25 million, which is down from its original ask of $34 million.

West Village
New York, NY

14. Ben Stiller—$15M

West Village, New York, NY

Actor Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor can count Irina Shayk as neighbor now that they've purchased a four-bedroom apartment in the same building she recently moved to as well. Stiller spent just over $15 million on the purchase, and now he'll have access to a 78-bottle wine refrigerator, Alabama white vein marble countertops, and a library all in his own apartment.

West Village
New York, NY

15. Anish Kapoor—$13.5M

56 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013

Probably best known for his reflective Could Gate sculpture in Chicago, sculptor Anish Kapoor is the first known celebrity resident at Herzog & de Mueron's 56 Leonard Street. He purchased a four-bedroom pad on the 47th floor of the building for $13.5 million this month. Kapoor is planning what appears to be a Cloud Gate-like sculpture at the base of the tower, so it's somewhat of a homecoming for the artist.

56 Leonard St
New York, NY 10013

16. Keith Richards—$12.23M

Greenwich Village, New York, NY
Courtesy of Sotheby's

In just two years, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his wife Patti Hansen grew tired of their Greenwich Village penthouse and put it on the market this past for $12.23 million. The couple shelled out $10.5 million in 2014 to acquire this four-bedroom unit. Some of the eye-catching features here include the three terraces, and a leather-wrapped bronze handrail on the stairs.

Greenwich Village
New York, NY

17. Katie Couric—$12M

Upper East Side, New York, NY

The journalist and her husband, John Molner spent $12 million this past March on purchasing a nearly 4,000-square-foot apartment on East 78th Street. Simon Cowell is also one of the residents of the building. The former co-host of the Today show and current global news anchor for Yahoo got a four-bedroom apartment that comes with features like "Parisian-like mahogany double hung weight-and-chain floor-to-ceiling windows," among other luxe features.

Upper East Side
New York, NY

18. Nate Berkus—$9.8M

Greenwich Village, New York, NY

It's not a surprise that interior designer Nate Berkus's apartment was one of the prettiest celebrity homes to be scooped up this past year, and he got a pretty good price for it too. Originally listed for $10.5 million at the end of last year, and by June this year it had sold for $9.8 million. Located in an Emery Roth-designed building, the duplex comes with three wood-burning fireplaces, a windowed shoe closet, and wraparound terraces.

Greenwich Village
New York, NY

19. Jonah Hill—$9.16M

NoHo, New York, NY
Courtesy of Douglass Elliman

Just as funnyman Jonah Hill has transitioned into flashier roles in recent years, so too has his taste in apartments. In May, he purchased a $9.5 million apartment in Noho that comes with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. That's a huge upgrade from when he lived on Howard Street in a one-bedroom. Hill ended up spending $9.16 million on the purchase, so just a little under the asking price.

NoHo
New York, NY

20. Leonardo DiCaprio—$8M

Greenwich Village, New York, NY

It wasn't the most successful year in terms of real estate for Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio. He'd been trying to sell his Greenwich Village health conscious condo for quite some time now, but eventually agreed to sell it at a loss of $2 million. He purchased it in the summer of 2014 for $10 million, barely ever lived in it, and tried to sell it for $14.5 million—$8 million is all he got however. The condo comes with amenities like circadian rhythm lighting, a built-in juicing station, and vitamin C-infused showers.

Greenwich Village
New York, NY

21. Uma Thurman—$6.61M

Gramercy Park, New York, NY
Courtesy of Compass.

Actress Uma Thurman got more than she asked when her Gramercy Park duplex, listed for $6.25 million, ended up fetching her $6.61 million instead. Thurman had lived on and off in the building for over a decade, and eventually combined two units to make the existing apartment. The apartments comes with Turkish steam shower Hammam, Namibian marble counters in the kitchen, and Herringbone dark wood floors among other features.

Gramercy Park
New York, NY

22. Emily Blunt & John Krasinski—$6M

Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

The only Brooklyn-loving celebrity couple on this list, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski purchased their lovely Park Slope home last year, but had to wait until this year for renovation work to wrap. Together they had shelled out $6 million on the six-bedroom home. The limestone-clad townhouse comes with some exquisite details like stained glass, decorative mantels, a wood-burning fireplace, and a skylight.

Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY

23. Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo—$5.5M

112 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
Courtesy of Oxford

One of the most buzzed-about sales this year was the massive Soho loft that belonged to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and his wife, Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo. After having purchased the 2,800-square-foot apartment for $4.45 million in 2014, and having carried out a subsequent renovation, Levine and Prinsloo decided to move onfrom it in April this year. Just a few months later, shoe designer Nick Lucio scooped it up for $5.4 million.

112 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

24. Maya Angelou—$4.08M

520 W 120th St, New York, NY 10027