She’s baaack—and not a moment too soon.
Paris Hilton has dwelled from penthouse to jailhouse to outhouse and, most recently, to the doghouse. After a hiatus from the spotlight (compared to the Kardashians), the native New Yorker snagged a $4.9 million Greenwich Village penthouse pad at 738 Broadway for herself and her oft mentioned roommates—seven dogs, including a $13,000 Pomeranian pooch, amazingly named “Prince Hilton the Pom” (self-awareness is apparently very important for a famous dog’s self-esteem).
The 33-year-old’s centrally-located Noho penthouse loft (Unit PH at 738 Broadway near Astor Place) occupies the top floors of the Broadway McKenna building, a former cast-iron warehouse built in 1867, which was converted and reimagined by architect Karl Fisher and interior designer Andres Escobar into full-floor contemporary apartments earlier this year. The building is home to just four residences, which offer mixed layouts: two 2,400-square-foot two-bedroom condos, a 3,200-square-foot three-bedroom duplex, and Hilton's two-bedroom penthouse with private rooftop terrace.
Her two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex penthouse boasts 2,400-square feet of living space (the rooftop terrace is 905-square feet), direct elevator access, and a 38-foot by 22-foot “great room” with wide-plank oak floors, nearly 12-foot ceilings, two skylights, and a luxurious automatic floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace of white Calcutta marble--embellished with custom LED cove lighting. The apartment offers ample light and impressive views via oversized west-facing windows.
The apartment’s open kitchen has custom high-gloss wood cabinetry, quartz countertops, and top-of-the-line appliances by Wolf, Miele and Sub-Zero—including a full-size side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, espresso machine, and wine refrigerator.
According to Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Hilton’s master bedroom features ambient LED cove lighting and a luxurious en-suite bathroom with an overflowing Jacuzzi bathtub, separate shower, Calcutta gold marble, quartz vanity with dual sinks, and a built-in television. The second bathroom has sleek marble and white quartz finishes and fixtures by Graff and Danze.
The apartment also showcases a state-of-the-art Crestron system for controlling surround sound audio, electronic shades and the gas fireplace, and a laundry room with full-sized washer and dryer. The 738 Broadway apartment originally hit the market for $7.5 million, but recently listed for $5.25 million—approximately $350,000 less than Hilton reportedly paid.
Granted, Hilton is an heir to the Hilton Hotels & Resorts fortune (she's the granddaughter of founder Conrad Hilton), so she technically could have a place to crash anywhere in the world in perpetuity--whether she snatched up homes on both U.S. coasts or not. She could also stand idly by, collecting a hefty inheritance check. Sure, she took full advantage of high society life. She tried it all. But eventually, the glamorous life got the best of Paris Hilton.
The dog lover, who gave Kim Kardashian the blueprint for capitalizing on fame as a “celebutante,” has barely blipped the radar in recent years. A catalyst was likely her 2007 incarceration (45 days) for driving infractions and failure to enroll in a court-ordered alcohol education program, which violated her prior parole. Following these highly-publicized legal issues and an excruciatingly painful interview with Late Show host David Letterman who only asked her about going to jail, Hilton has kept a lower profile—as much as any famous paparazzi-seeking club goer could.
Hilton’s greatest talent may be her heredity, but she’s successfully mastered marketing herself. She’s an experimental DJ; an occasional club-hopper; a part-time actress, singer and voiceover artist; and a full-time pitch woman (her 17 perfumes have reportedly surpassed more than $2 billion in sales!). Perhaps she has graduated from celebutante to a truly mature socialite? If so, the few residents of 738 Broadway will have a classier neighbor—with seven barking dogs, one of which is a prince. Let’s hope the walls are soundproof and the dog walkers are plentiful in Greenwich Village's NoHo neighborhood.