Taylor Swift has embraced the New York state of mind so completely, and so broadly through real estate investments, that some pop culture writers have started referring to her downtown Manhattan 'hood as "Taybeca."
Now, the New York Post reports that Swift has mic-dropped a whopping $18 million for a townhouse at 153 Franklin Street in Tribeca (with a somewhat shady past) in an off-market deal. The real question is: will she sell her property next door at 155 Franklin Street, or will she combine the two into a mega-townhouse befitting a mega-star?
Swift already owns the 8,300 square foot penthouse at 155 Franklin, which she purchased from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson for $20 million. Lonny Magazine has a recent tour of the 7-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom "apartment," including cameos from Swift's cabal of A-list besties like fellow Tribeca residents Beyonce and Jay-Z.
The 27-foot wide, three-story, 5,100+ square foot townhouse was built in 1915 and features an "exquisite top to bottom renovation by famed architect/designer Leopoldo Rosati." According to a former Zillow listing, the townhouse features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths plus a gym, a spa with steam bath, antique French wide plank oak floors and radiant-heated limestone floors, and a planted terrace with a Japanese paper glass wall.
It also formerly belonged to disgraced French diplomat Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The Tribeca Citizen reports it was recently purchased by Euro Tribeca LLC, a company linked to Swift's previous real estate attorney Jesse P. Schaudies, a lawyer who works for Swift's management firm and has represented the singer on previous real estate purchases.
Back in April, Swift moved out of the West Village townhouse at 23 Cornelia Street that she was renting (for a reported $40,000 a month) while her Franklin Street apartment was being renovated. The Cornelia Street townhouse then hit the market for a whopping $24.5 million (before being reduced and sold for $19.995M).