Toto, we’re not in the 818 any more. If reports are to be believed, supermodel Kendall Jenner may be switching area codes from her exclusive corner of the Hollywood Hills to the Manhattan neighbourhood of Chelsea to spend more time with her rapper beau, Bad Bunny.
Despite keeping a relatively low profile, news has emerged that the ink has just dried on a rental agreement orchestrated by the Grammy Award-winning musician, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, for him and Jenner to share a 4,500-square-foot private penthouse on West 27th Street.
With Bad Bunny the world’s tenth highest-paid entertainer, and Jenner ubiquitously the longest consecutive highest-paid supermodel in the world, it comes as no surprise their abode is fit out with all the amenities required by members of the upper echelon.
That includes, but isn’t limited to; four bedrooms featuring 12-foot-high ceilings, views of the Hudson River, graphite marble slab walls lining the four-and-a-half bathrooms, a mosaic-tile, open-air wet room with a rain shower, private library and the pièce de résistance, a 32-foot outdoor lap pool. (See pictures for yourself here).
This rental is by no means either pair’s first indent on their respective real estate portfolios, local brokers have deduced it could be the most exorbitant with the split-level duplex definitively the most expensive piece of New York real estate.
“Several brokers told us that to their knowledge it was the most expensive rental at the time he rented it last week — and that the rapper was actually paying the listed rent,” reported Curbed. The price? USD$150,000.
With the apartment currently on the market for an estimated price of USD$18.5 million, it’s not the most amount of money ever splashed to own a coveted stake of Manhattan skyline. In 2019, a hedge fund billionaire traded USD$238 million for an in-development penthouse in the skyscraping behemoth 220 Central Park South. (Also known as the US’ most expensive residential building).
When you put it in that context, it almost makes Bad Bunny and Jenner’s West Village hideaway seem like a bargain. But with New York being the location where the pair made their first public debut post the 2023 Met Gala, it’s clear that every dollar is worth it to own their romantic retreat (albeit for the duration of their rental agreement).