Oprah-approved designer and fledgling talk show host Nate Berkus is selling his 3-bedroom condo in the historic Chicago Gold Coast neighborhood for $2.39 million (it was originally listed at $2.65m but was recently reduced). It’s in a small, “vintage” 12-unit building built in the late 1920s, and was featured in Elle Decor.
Because “The Nate Berkus Show” tapes in New York, he’s been spending more time out there than in Chicago these days. He mentioned his small one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood on “Oprah” back in 2008.
His listing agent, Katherine Chez of Coldwell Banker, says, “It’s more sensible for him to move some of his assets to New York.”
The kitchen still has its original metal St. Charles cabinets, and I have to say I love that they weren’t ripped out anywhere along the way. With the desk-like table and schoolroom chairs in the kitchen, though, it gives off the vibe of a teacher’s lounge in an old city school, doesn’t it?
The condo was first renovated in the 1940s by architect Samuel Marx, and the original fireplace and paneling that he installed are still intact.
Zillow reports that Nate just bought a $3.35 million co-op in NYC. It doesn’t look like his style to me, so I wonder how he’ll Berk-ify it? You can see the photos here.
This room was shown as a study in Elle Decor:
But it’s a bedroom in the listing photos:
Public records show he bought the nearly 4,000 square-foot condo in 2003 for only $500,000, but Crib Chatter insists that must be a typo. They believe it was actually $1.5 million.
Some of the improvements Berkus made include a kitchen backsplash with the white subway tile he’s always touting on his talk show, new hardwood floors, and a rehabbed master bath that has a custom English tub.
Have you been watching The Nate Berkus Show? The best thing about it has been getting to see some of my favorite bloggers on it in his “House Proud” segments.
I was looking forward to his much-hyped tour of Oprah’s house in Montecito, but it turned out to be just the tea house and the rose garden. For an entire hour. I kept waiting for them to move on to the actual house, but they never did. (You can see photos of the tea house on Nate’s website and read Curbed’s thoughts on that show here.)
I’ve seen a lot of snarky comments about the decorating in this condo, and I’m kind of surprised by how much everyone’s hating on it. What do you think? Are you loving it, hating it, or somewhere in between?