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What Do Hollywood Transplants Look For in a NYC Home?

When L.A. celebrities flock to New York, they seek certain amenities to make up for the smaller square footage.

Photo by: Zillow Hollywood clients prefer NYC homes with parking and outdoor space. This penthouse at 200 Eleventh Ave. has both, including a dazzling en suite parking space dubbed the Sky Garage.

When denizens of Hollywood decide to buy homes in New York City, they typically have to adjust their notion of luxury living — because in New York, even millions can't get you the scale of homes you see out west. Which is why we enjoyed this brief article in The Hollywood Reporter, about what Hollywood types look for when they buy homes in the Big Apple. The Reporter spoke to several New York realtors about what celebrity clients look for in a NYC home.

According to one Realtor, parking is an important amenity for left-coast clients. "L.A. people are obsessed with parking," Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers International told the Reporter. Clients also prefer outdoor spaces like terraces or swimming pools. "L.A. entertainment types always want outdoor space when they come here," explains Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman. "They want set backs, terraces, that indoor/outdoor life that's like a Malibu house on top of a New York building."

Along similar lines, Hollywood clients also enjoy proximity to parks, especially Central Park. "Central Park front is still the trophy position in New York," says John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens. Burger says Central Park West is the park-front address of choice, since it's generally more casual than Fifth Avenue and Central Park South.

Last but not least, Hollywood transplants look for homes where they can come and go discreetly. Since most NYC homes don't come with private hedges or gated entrances, this amounts to buildings with discreet doormen and neighbors — namely, people who won't blab to the world about the celebrity who just moved into the penthouse upstairs.

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