Years after turning heads in magazines and on runways, supermodel Tyra Banks is strutting her stuff on the real estate market—namely her beautiful luxury apartment in downtown Manhattan.
The popular host of America’s Next Top Model, is seeking top price, $3,795,000, for her two-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home at 225 Lafayette Street at Broome and Spring streets—perfectly perched between the hip SoHo and Lolita neighborhoods. She’s hoping to make a profit on the residence, known as the Spring Condominium, which she bought in 2005 for $2.1 million (via an anonymous trust). She’s represented by broker Adam Modlin of The Modlin Group.
Banks’ spacious 2,000-square-foot pre-war condo loft features an oversized living and dining room for entertaining, a study, high ceilings, natural light, large picture windows with panoramic views, Brazilian mahogany wood floors and a foyer that leads to an open chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. The private master suite boasts enormous walk-in customized closets (a requirement for any supermodel), a luxurious spa-like bath with separate shower and soaking tub. The second bedroom offers an en-suite bath for guests.
The 225 Lafayette condominium is a full-service condo with a full-time doorman and a rooftop deck. Built in 1924, the Beaux Arts building was designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. It’s mere steps away from fashionable and trendy restaurants and shops.
Banks isn’t the only celebrity to call 225 Lafayette home. According to the New York Daily News, guitar slinger John Mayer sold his condo there for $4 million in 2013, and actress Dakota Fanning rents there. If karma kicks in and the entertainment gods come calling (agents, managers and Manhattan celebrity real estate agents), another famous hipster (perhaps a photographer, modern artist or athlete) will take a turn at Bank’s conveniently-located crib (ARod are you listening? After all, you’ve played more games with models than baseball recently).
Banks rose to supermodel fame after she appeared on two covers for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She subsequently became one of Victoria Secret’s original “angels.” These prominent gigs landed her acting roles (Coyote Ugly, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Love & Basketball) which afforded her credibility to create her own Emmy Award-winning talk show (The Tyra Banks Show) and America’s Next Top Model. She has also written a 2011 New York Times best seller—a young adult novel called Modelland, based on her life. That’s not counting her other ventures, such as a cosmetic line called TYRA Beauty.
Banks loves the apartment, but her busy work schedule didn’t allow her time to spend time in the home, the New York Daily News reported. She is scheduled to moderate the ABC-syndicated television lifestyle chat fest, The Fab, this fall (perhaps a little sister or minor league affiliate to The View, which is necessary considering revolving cast shakeups on that program over the years). Her co-hosts are slated to be fellow model Chrissy Teigen, interior designer Lauren Makk, and Do-It-Yourself YouTuber Leah Ashley. The supermodel’s New York connection is shifting but her entrepreneurial star is rising on both coasts. We have a feeling Banks won’t have time to miss the apartment. And we’re guessing she’ll be back.