New York real estate is hard to get hold of unless you’re living a particularly high-class lifestyle. Of course, the Big Apple isn’t short of wealthy celebs. And they all want a piece of the action in one of the world’s greatest cities. One particular luxury block, One Madison, features a condo that boasts, among other things, spectacular views of Madison Avenue. But it doesn’t come cheap. In fact, the price tag is $14 million. So which lucky souls decided to live there?
The condo in fact belongs to supermodel Gisele Bündchen and NFL star Tom Brady, who purchased it in 2013. It’s a beautiful piece of real estate, but it’s not the only one they own. Or even the most expensive property they own, for that matter! But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, their combined net worth is $540 million.
Indeed, One Madison seems to be the ideal abode for Bündchen and Brady. For instance, it has a children’s playroom for their kids John, Ben and Vivian. In addition, it also has a pool and a gymnasium so Brady can stay in shape. And don’t forget the steam room and the private dining room!
However, there’s no doubt that the magnificent views are the key selling point of One Madison. The Brady family’s apartment is on the 47th floor. Indeed, it seems a long way to travel to reach your living space. But seeing the vast cityscape spread out before you would surely make it all worthwhile.
“[The apartment] will allow Tom Brady to look down on Gotham like Batman,” an unnamed source told Page Six when the couple purchased the space in 2013. Tom Brady’s stance on superheroes remains unknown, however. Still, there’s no doubt that just standing by those windows would make any man feel like Bruce Wayne.
However, One Madison has something of a checkered past. And while it looks fantastic now, admittedly, there was a time when no-one thought it would ever get built at all. In fact, the building’s construction began back in 2006, three years before Brady and Bündchen even got married.
And by 2009, the year the couple did tie the knot, trouble was starting to brew at their future home. In particular, financial irregularities were uncovered and costs appeared to be spiraling out of control. Indeed, it seemed that the project, then named One Madison Park, may never have been completed.
In fact, the building was virtually abandoned for a while. However, gradually things turned around – such a prime piece of real estate wasn’t going to go to waste. Eventually, Related Companies took over the project in 2012. And a year later new amenities – along with new, higher prices – were in place.
Finally, the bronze and glass skyscraper, one of the most slender buildings in all New York, was ready to accept tenants. And billionaire businessman Rupert Murdoch was the first famous name to step in. In fact, he bought both a three-story penthouse and a separate large apartment in the building. The combined cost was $57.3 million.
The Bradys’ apartment cost less, but they still got a lot of bang for their buck. The interior of their condo, moreover, was the work of Yabu Pushelberg. The firm particularly focuses on the use of contemporary art in its interiors and, as a result, the Bradys’ home features design pieces that wouldn’t be out of place in an art gallery.
And although there’s more than enough light in the room, this beautiful hanging light sculpture doesn’t look out of place. Indeed, it could provide an extra talking point when Bündchen and Brady are entertaining their celebrity friends. Of course, that group apparently includes President Donald Trump.
The Brady family have their own personal chef, believe it or not. However, they still might sometimes have used the marble kitchen in the center of their room. In fact, Bündchen often expounds the importance of a healthy lifestyle and has previously said that she enjoys cooking organic snacks with her kids.
One thing that has probably never touched the kitchen’s gorgeous Dornbracht fixtures, though, is sugar. Bündchen openly loathes the stuff and won’t let her kids eat it. In fact, she once even gave away all the Halloween candy her children had collected. What’s more, by all accounts the kids didn’t mind!
Furthermore, it’s clear the children will have had plenty of other things to occupy them. The bedrooms are certainly big enough for plenty of toys, and they also enjoy the same amazing views as the rest of the apartment. And one other thing’s for sure – the kids will never have been short of things to draw.
There was a special room for four-year-old Vivian as well, of course, with the apartment having three bedrooms in total. The nursery looks cozy and warm despite its pale blue color, packed with comforts and toys. Granted, though, it may not have stayed tidy for long with two young children around…
What’s more, just like the main area of the house, the nursery is decked out with arty and playful touches. Check out the lamp – it has duck feet! And not only that, but it’s made by Porta Romana, a luxury lighting company based in Britain. The firm describes the lamp as “surely our most iconic piece.”
The centerpiece of the master bedroom, meanwhile, is a four-poster bed made of natural wood. In addition, at the bottom of it is a leather couch. But the Bradys will never have needed to throw their stuff casually across the furniture like the rest of us. That’s because the bedroom also boasts his-and-hers closets.
Yet the bedrooms aren’t the only places in the apartment to relax. Indeed, there’s also a bathroom with a tub specifically designed for that very purpose. If taking a bath 47 stories up in what seems like the open air is your idea of relaxation, obviously…
However, the Bradys occupy the A-list, and the A-list don’t have to stick with just one luxury abode. In addition, the couple have a huge Boston mansion to live in when not in New York. And in 2014 it was even reported that Brady didn’t even know the exact address of the One Madison apartment.
Now, if you really love a home, then you tend to remember its address. Therefore, perhaps it’s not too surprising that in 2016 Brady and Bündchen decided to move somewhere bigger and better. So much bigger, in fact, that it won’t even be completed till 2018. And the One Madison home, currently being rented out, may eventually stand empty! But probably not for very long…