The Upper West Side Dream Pad Of Jennifer Hudson Is Available—For $21K A Month

Jennifer Hudson’s Former NYC Rental Is On The Market. For A Price.

By Archana Aithal Rose November 15, 2016
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Fancy following in the footsteps of musical and big screen royalty? A 3000 square-foot dream pad on the Upper West Side just came on the market. Located on the 11th floor of 2211 Broadway, otherwise known as the amenity-laden Apthorp it was the former home to crooner, Oscar-winning actress and Weightwatchers’ spokesperson, Jennifer Hudson. Access to the talented diva’s lingering DNA will only cost you $21,000 in rent.

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J-Hud may have played Sarah Jessica Parker’s assistant, Louise in the Sex And The City movie, a Southern transplant who whines about sharing an NYC studio with 2 other people, but off-screen, Jen is anything but house-poor. The talented star owns a $2.8 million mansion in Chicago. She also once gifted her assistant Walter Williams, an entire house for Christmas. An American Idol finalist with a supporting role in “Dreamgirls” alongside Beyoncé, for which she won an Oscar and a Grammy award, rings up Hudson’s net worth to $20 million. Her current project is an independent drama, ‘Monster’ where she’ll star with rap artist, A$AP Rocky and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Hudson’s former rental, the famous landmarked Apthorp property is a sprawling space with four airy bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms infused with plenty of celebrity charm. The marble-floored entryway is flanked by wood-paneled walls, crystal chandeliers, and topped with high ceilings. There’s a formal dining room, multiple fireplaces and detached residential suites to accommodate family sleepovers. A corner unit, this vintage treasure is sparsely furnished, but appointed with gorgeous moldings and herringbone wood floors—classic prewar features. Even with its prewar status, the apartment is updated with modern finishes like renovated bathrooms, a large chef’s kitchen and central air.

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There’s a great vantage point to out yonder through a limestone-clad interior courtyard with two flushing fountains. The Apthorp is famous for its laundry list of amenities, a 6,500 square foot space that offers a fitness center, a yoga studio, a sauna, a spa, a steam room and an entertainment area with an assigned kitchen and bar. The Italian Renaissance Revival building occupies an entire city block that has an impressive rolodex of former tenants like Robert DeNiro, Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien and writer Nora Ephron, to list a few.

The condominium has four lobbies, each staffed 24-7, an on-site parking garage and bike storage. The location is steps from shopping and dining options, as well as Central Park. This listing is available through Randy Smith and Lita Amelia of Citihabitats and you’d be happy to know, that the price was recently slashed from $24,000 to $21,000 a month—around a quarter of a mil per year. Fine for a Dreamgirl but for mere mortals, perhaps a touch on the high side.

Archana Aithal Rose

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Archana Aithal Rose

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Archana Aithal Rose

Archana Aithal Rose’s articles have appeared in The Times of India, CNNGo, Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue, covering such broad range of topics as fashion, art, travel, culture, celebrities, architecture and technology. In addition to writing, Archana's also known for her mad photography and cooking skills.

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