A-listers flock to Walker Tower
A man’s home may be his castle, but a celebrity needs a fortress.
So it’s no wonder that A-listers such as Cameron Diaz, Blake Lively, Ryan Seacrest and Barnes & Noble chairman Len Riggio are flocking to the Walker Tower on W. 18th St. in Chelsea, with its 18-inch thick walls and floors so thick they can bear 100 pounds per square foot.
Charlie Sheen could throw a party in this 1929 Art Deco Fort Knox without any neighbors complaining.
Brokers said that at least one Hollywood star put down a deposit last month, and someone else bought two combined penthouses for approximately $34 million, one of downtown’s largest contracts of 2012.
Rendering of lobby of Walker Tower. (Cetra Ruddy/JDS Development. )
That sale price is roughly $7 million more than JDS Development paid for the building at the bottom of the market in 2007 — but before the company teamed with Property Markets Group to sink $200 million into renovating the mighty former New York Telephone Company call center.
“You could basically drive a bulldozer in your apartment and your neighbor wouldn’t hear or feel it,” said JDS’ Michael Stern. “I knew we had something that no one in New York had — an absurdly solid building.”
Stern added he liked the 14-foot ceilings and setbacks that could be converted to terraces.
Massive living rooms give way to outdoor spaces with unobstructed 360 degree views at Walker Tower. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)
Rendering of the impossing Art Deco entrance at Walker Tower. (CetraRuddy/JDS Development)
No building had the Hollywood-script past either. Its architect, Ralph Walker, designed many of America’s greatest Depression-era skyscrapers, including One Wall St.
And in 1973, the troubled artist shot himself in the head — but was such an exacting craftsman that he forged the silver bullet himself.
Actress Cameron Diaz is one of the celebrities interested in buying in this luxury condo. (John Shearer/WireImage)
But there is no bad karma in Walker Tower. The 48-unit building — transformed by New York architecture firm CetraRuddy — is already more than 50% sold. Prices are more than triple local condos, with upper floor two- and three-bedrooms running as high as $13 million.
The apartments are colossal, with spacious foyers, master bedrooms as big as one-bedroom apartments, and a shower so large it can accommodate Sheen and his goddesses.
According to CORE CEO Shaun Osher, whose group is in charge of sales at Walker Tower, the kitchens are meant to be as big as those in giant suburban estates. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)
It’s beautiful on the outside, too. Architect Walker used nine shapes of brick in five slightly differing hues to give his tower a unique look.
“There is so much beauty in this structure,” said Stern. “When we’re done, we’re going to light it up so you can see how strong it is from all over.”
A terrace on the 10th floor has eye-popping views of the city. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)
The bathrooms have steam showers, separate commodes and sinks for two. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)
By Jason Sheftell, The Daily News
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