Big Deal | Alec Baldwin Buys a Penthouse in the Village

Alec Baldwin has seemed to take a certain pride in being an Upper West Sider, describing the neighborhood as “more middle class” and “more real” than some of the city’s other wealthy enclaves.

“It’s not a little kind of jewel-box, privileged pocket of the city like some neighborhoods are,” he said in an interview with The New York Times in August.

Now Mr. Baldwin is moving to one of the most privileged little jewel-box neighborhoods in Manhattan.

He recently closed on a penthouse apartment at the Devonshire House at 28 East 10th Street, just off University Place, paying $11.7 million, according to city records. He had listed his three-bedroom apartment at the Eldorado on Central Park West for $9.5 million.

His new neighborhood, a few blocks north of Washington Square park, near University Place,  is one of the most expensive in the country, with prices per square foot often over $2,000.

Mr. Baldwin’s new building, designed in 1929 by Emery Roth, underwent an ambitious renovation in recent years to try to take advantage of the demand for luxury housing.

The original asking price for Mr. Baldwin’s penthouse was $12.5 million, according the listing by the brokerage firm Stribling.

It is made up of six apartments combined to create a sprawling four-bedroom, 4,137-square-foot space spread out over the top two floors.

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