Nina Garcia: Apartment Too Small for New Baby?


"Project Runway" has been good for Nina Garcia's confidence and her real estate listing reflects her moxie. The "Project Runway" judge, who also adds bestselling author to her repertoire, and her husband David Conrod have listed their Upper East Side two unit co-op for $8.5 million -- almost double what they originally paid.

Considering that Garcia just gave birth yesterday to the couple's second son, Alexander (8 lbs., 13 oz.), the need for more space may be part of her motivation to sell.
The power duo began the creation of their large pied-a-terre on Manhattan's East 66 Street back in November 2005 when they scooped the larger of the two residences in the Gothic prewar building. A few months later, they nabbed the adjacent unit, bringing the grand total spent to $4,921,900. That means Garcia and Conrod, a managing director at Guggenheim Capital, estimate that their high-end renovations in all of the eight rooms (previously 12), four bedrooms and three bathrooms, are worth more than $3.5 million.

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Naturally, the place the Marie Claire fashion director and no-nonsense "Project Runway" judge calls home is perfectly laid out with European elegance, and what appears to be Tim Gunn-approved drama. Think 11.5-foot ceilings, five oversize south-facing picture windows, a master suite with two impressively large dressing rooms, a round library and a staff room.

A stunning entryway leads into a corner living room and a dining room that are separated by double pocket doors. Together, the rooms make for killer entertaining space. Hopefully someone has time to cook, because the kitchen easily classifies as haute with Subzero and Gaggenau appliances.

And most importantly, Garcia's building (constructed in 1906 by architects Harde & Short for Charles F. Rodgers) has an additionally wallet-killing location. Madison Avenue is the cross street, so the world's best shopping is aplenty. Central Park is a few blocks away, too.

So why leave such majesty? Probably the pad is too small for Garcia and her growing family.

If Garcia gets what she's asking for, she'll have done a lot better than fellow "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum. Back in 2008, Klum and her husband, Seal, sold their WestVillage six-room duplex co-op, with hot tub and rooftop deck, on Bank Street for just $5.35 million.

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