According to New York magazine, by many criteria, Tribeca could be considered the best spot to live in the city of Manhattan. While the Lower East side and East Village is widely known as the gentrified suburbs with all of the hip and trendy bars, a lot of people don’t like to live where they go out.
We imagine then that when Golden Globe-winning actress Meryl Streep and her husband Donald Gummer were shopping about town for a penthouse in 2006, they chose instead to settle in Tribeca, the precinct which was rapidly taking over the Upper East Side as the city’s richest. (If a Gossip Girl script still existed, Lily van der Woodsen would have moved her Cartier collection to Tribeca years ago). Subsequently, any trace of racial or income diversity are long gone. There are 800 trees, zero murders in past years and waterfront access.
Streep and Gummer closed the deal on a four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom penthouse for AUD $13.83 million 12 years ago. But after the well-documented softening of the city’s luxury market – and a bid to sell the property last summer for AUD$33.5 million – the movie star has re-listed her penthouse for AUD$26.7 million.
“I have gardened under the stars on hot days, and sat by the cozy fire while the snow piled up on the terrace,“ Streep told the WSJ in a statement. “This has been a great home for us, and I hope another family can now enjoy it as much as we have.”
While if you or I were to settle in Tribeca, it’d most likely be a light-filled loft apartment inside a refurbished industrial building, if you’re Streep, you opt for a town-house feel, high above the Hudson River with views of the Jersey skyline through your triple-glazed windows. It’s almost a direct pull from Streep’s 2009 film It’s complicated (directed by Nancy Meyers).
“Brazilian walnut plank floors grace the rooms throughout,” the Douglas Elliman listing reads. “The large Master suite faces both West and North to witness the boats as go they up and down the water. There are two separate baths in the suite, and two separate dressing areas as well as a unique sitting area for someone very lucky.”
I honestly wouldn’t mind a sleepover just to spend time in that library. Meryl, I’ll take the mini four-poster bed. Or the walk-in closet if you have guests. Damn it, I’d even sleep in that marble bath tub.
Last American summer, the Streep-Gummers bought a 1950s post and beam in Pasadena in Los Angeles for AUD $4.9 million.