Robert De Niro, a Greenwich village native, once said, “I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, ‘There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world.’”
A lot of celebrities agree. While Los Angeles may have the bright lights and busy studios of Hollywood, a lot of A-list celebrities prefer to blend in with the bustling crowds of New York City. There are so many famous names here that it’s hardly even remarkable to see them walking their kids around NYC neighborhoods, waiting in line at bodegas, and dodging paparazzi.
And while you might think that these stars only inhabit exclusive neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, many prefer trendier, younger areas like Williamsburg and Park Slope—places where regular New Yorkers live, too. If you want to rub elbows with your favorite famous names, check out these awesome listings from StreetEasy, New York City’s leading real estate marketplace, in three star-studded NYC neighborhoods.
A posh Brooklyn Heights condo building called the Standish is home to a number of top celebrities. Earlier this year, Hollywood power couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt purchased two eighth-floor units in the 12-story building for $11 million. And one of their neighbors in the building just so happens to be Matt Damon, who lives in the penthouse.
If you’re interested in living near the A-listers in Brooklyn, check out these listings in Brooklyn Heights.
This 2-bedroom, 940-square-foot apartment on 106 Willow St.—listed at $1.2 million—is located just steps away from Brooklyn Bridge Park on an idyllic, tree-lined street. Inside, the apartment is light, bright, and airy, and features a galley-style kitchen, hardwood floors, bay windows, built-in bookshelves, and a private deck with sweeping views of the neighborhood. Having your own washer and dryer is sure to make you feel like a celebrity.
Listed by Nathan Horne at Compass
This charming, prewar 1-bedroom on 114 Clinton St., available for $625,000, is a relaxing retreat from the chaos of the city. A perfect blend of old and new, the apartment boasts a spacious living/dining area with wainscoting and decorative moldings, beautifully polished hardwood floors, and a sleek kitchen with updated appliances and a breakfast bar. You can also host celebrity-worthy soirees from your shared rooftop deck, which just so happens to have incredible views of Manhattan.
Listed by Dawn Silverstein at Engel & Völkers Brownstone Brooklyn
SoHo has long been one of the chicest neighborhoods in the city, so it makes sense why former One Directioner Zayn Malik chose it for a home while he was dating supermodel Gigi Hadid (who still lives only a few blocks away in NoHo). Zayn’s 3,600-square-foot penthouse is available for a cool $10.8 million, but there are plenty of SoHo apartments on the market that might be more in your non-celebrity price range.
This 1-bedroom apartment on 57 Thompson St. in the center of downtown is a steal—listed at only $649,000 (a whopping $888,000 below the median asking price for similar apartments in SoHo). High ceilings, custom built-in cabinetry in the bedroom, and oversized windows in this apartment will make you the envy of the neighborhood. Plus, quaint details like exposed brick walls and a nook-filled layout give the apartment a cozy, homey feeling.
Listed by Cassie D’Agata at Compass
Sun-filled and spacious, this 1-bedroom at 64 Macdougal St. can be all yours for $635,000. Unlike most New York apartments, this SoHo haven gives you plenty of storage from floor to ceiling in the living room, and also boasts a beautifully redesigned bathroom with marble countertops and a subway-tiled shower. The bedroom is bright, with plenty of sunshine streaming through to liven up those cold winter days.
Listed by Shari Matluck at Compass
Former Disney star Dylan Sprouse and his supermodel girlfriend Barbara Palvin recently announced on Instagram that they had moved in together in the city. Though for privacy reasons they didn’t include the neighborhood in their Insta-announcement, it’s a pretty safe bet that they call Williamsburg home, judging from the stunning Manhattan views from their window.
Want to be their neighbor? Check out the listings in this ultra-trendy Brooklyn neighborhood.
You’ll feel like the ultimate A-lister in this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom penthouse on 133 S. 1st St., available for $1.3 million. This duplex, designed by award-winning architect Rafi Elbaz, is the epitome of Brooklyn chic, with two private roof decks for entertaining, floor-to-ceiling windows that let in light and excellent neighborhood views, and a sizable kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and a friendly turquoise backsplash. White glass Bisazza tile in the bathrooms, gorgeous hardwood flooring, and a washer/dryer in-unit make the place feel downright palatial.
Listed by Glenna Dilone at Douglas Elliman Real Estate
The white oak herringbone floors in this 2-bedroom on 539 Lorimer St. alone are enough to sell this apartment, available for $900,000, but the incredible amenities don’t stop there. Dreamy natural light streams throughout the apartment thanks to the oversized windows, while the custom millwork in the kitchen, huge closets, and washer/dryer hookups will make you feel like you’ve hit the New York City real estate jackpot.
Listed by Lesley Semmelhack at Corcoran Group