Jonathan Chancellor | 3 August 2012

Actor Nicole Kidman secures third apartment in Milsons Point Latitude high-rise complex: Title Tattle

Actor Nicole Kidman secures third apartment in Milsons Point Latitude high-rise complex: Title Tattle

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Actor Nicole Kidman has not just enlarged her Milsons Point 21st-floor penthouse space in her recent acquisitive property purchasing.

A search of the Latitude building apartment records indicates she has also spent $2.68 million on a 19th floor apartment which is utilised in part as a home office.

The previously unrevealed 2011 home office purchase was through a holding company not previously associated with the international celebrity.

Last week the actor settled on the purchase of her adjoining Milsons Point penthouse space at a reputed $7 million outlay on the 21st floor. It improved her Sydney Harbour Bridge views being at the southern end of the block. Kidman's earlier purchase was in 2009 at around $6 million.The initial 21st-floor penthouse acquisition was bought from the Wizard founder Mark Bouris, whose family company bought it off-the-plan in 2005 for $4.75 million.

She's altogether spent about $15.6 million high above Lavender Bay.

Nicole lovers her water views as she's on the Hudson in New York. Her initial condominium investment is on the 12th floor of the West Village's renowned Richard Meier-designed twin Perry Street towers (below left) complex. The 350 square metre fishbowl cost about $US8 million when bought off-the-plan in 2003 in the name of her trustee, sister Antonia. It was reported Kidman had unsuccessfully begged the developers to install a secret passage between the apartment and the garage.

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Just two kilometres along West Side Highway from West Village, Kidman subsequently spent $US9.67 million in Chelsea, the heart of Manhattan's art district.

Her two-level, 220 square metre fourth-floor digs (above right) are diagonally across the road from the Gagosian Gallery, and its enormous southern walls are an art collector's dream. The development was marketed as the first high-rise with own-floor garages, which are accessible via a car lift.

Blainey North, the Sydney interior decorator of the moment, has scored the dream decorating design job of the combined 798 square metre penthouse. She’s billionaire James Packer's preferred decorator.

North was first spotted by the mainstream press when shortlisted in the 2005 The Interior Design Awards, but has since barely rated a mention in the Sydney newspaper columns other than when she married Russell Crowe’s personal assistant, Keith Rodger in mid-2011.

North is known to be a fan of art deco with a restrained colour palette, and the use of wood panelling and chrome accents.

Indeed her first home – sold in 2010 to model Lara Bingle at $882,000 – was in an art deco Darling Point apartment complex.

It was a renovated, one-bedroom unit with city and harbour views from most of its 65 square metre space, which North had secured for $700,000.

It featured elegant American oak parquetry flooring.

Her bespoke projects have included the 54 Park Street spa where Nicole Kidman is known to work out.

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