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It's hard to say whether or not you will feel like king (or queen) of the world living in this casual-but-elegant, four-bedroom Manhattan penthouse. But you might feel like a Hollywood film idol. It belongs to Oscar-winning actor Kate Winslet. The Titanic and Sense and Sensibility star bought the Chelsea loft with her husband, Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes in 2004, and their divorce has left it vacant and up for lease. How much? $30,000 a month. Clearly, living like a star doesn't come cheap. But what surprises me more than the price is how relaxed, effortless and pared down the condo is. There's nothing glitzy, showy or over-the-top-theatrical about it. Let's take a look.

The open-concept, living-dining space seems perfect for a modern family. I wonder if having Kate Winslet as a landlord means that she would ever drop by. Probably not — I don't imagine she would ever want to check in on the plumbing or come to collect rent cheques!

The spacious, light-filled kitchen seems both urban, with its crisp white walls, and cottagey, with its woodsy accents and farmhouse table.

The lanterns hovering in this guest bedroom add a charming, whimsical touch.

The most luxurious room in the apartment is likely the principal ensuite. Other than the fact that it's huge (I'm fairly sure it's larger than the last hotel room I had in New York City), it's nicely appointed with a clawfoot tub, his-and-her sinks and planked floors. Plus, it's just really, really pretty.

For more information on the house, contact Town Real Estate.

Photo credits:
1-4. Town Real Estate

Author: 

Matthew Hague

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