John McClane is the guy that can never be beaten down. He’s always in the wrong place at the wrong time but eventually at the end of the day he manages to put everything right. He kills choppers with cars and tackles a building full of terrorists single handedly. Nothing breaks him, nothing can get the better of him, and he survives against all odds. However, it looks like this tough guy has met his match in the New York real estate that has given him a solid beating.
Riding high on the success of Live Free or Die Hard in 2007, Bruce Willis bought the 220 Riverside Blvd condo at Trump Place the same year. This Upper West Side condo cost him $4.26 million. When it was listed last month the asking price thanks to the real estate downturn was only $3.9 million. The property has recently been contracted and although the final price is not known, speculation puts Mr. Willis’ losses at around $250,000+.
The Riverside Boulevard offers high end luxury amenities that are typical of such high end properties. There is an indoor pool, 24-7 doorman and concierge, health club, on-site parking, valet services, and Jacuzzi and steam room; these being just a few luxuries that greets the well heeled section of the society that passes through the gates of this building. Besides, it’s not like Bruce Willis would settle for anything less.
The condo in question is on the 20th floor and spread over 2,300 square feet. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, 11-foot ceilings and 17 huge windows that let in ample sunlight into the living spaces. The eat-in kitchen is fitted with the latest stainless steel appliances and has granite counter tops and cherry cabinets. The master bedroom has a marble en-suite bathroom with separate shower, double sinks, and a Jacuzzi tub. Real estate taxes and common charges total up to $4,007 per month.
While it is true that Mr. Willis has had to suffer a loss of over $250,000, there aren’t too many people who are wasting their sympathies on the Sixth Sense star. After all you are talking about someone whose movies have raked in over $2,500,000,000. In comparison, his losses in this real estate transaction seem like a mere drop in the ocean.
Besides, Will Smith himself has way too many luxury residences (two mansions in Beverly Hills, property near in Ketchum, ID and a nightclub in Hailey) to be worried about one tiny setback in NYC. If rumors are to be believed, he and his sexy wife are scouring Manhattan for an appropriate pied-à-terre for themselves. Hmmm, interesting pastime the rich seem to have – this buying and selling of apartments. Must keep them occupied in their spare time.