MAC II, the interior design firm I work for, would like to welcome our new
neighbor to the beautiful upper east side......
Late yesterday, in her continuing effort to prove to the world (if not
to Malawi authorities) that she's the perfect mother for orphan Mercy
James, Madonna released a picture of her holding the young girl. They
do look cute together, don't they? (Though perhaps Madge shouldn't
have airbrushed herself to look quite so young — surely Malawi has enough
teen mothers to go around.) The other evidence that comes to light this
morning about the wonderful life she will be able to provide for the girl
is news that the pop star has signed a $40 million contract on a gorgeous,
"London-style" townhouse on the Upper East Side. And boy, is it the
home of a little orphan's dreams.
The double-wide townhouse features:
- Thirteen bedrooms and fourteen bathrooms.
- A 3,000-square-foot private garden in back.
- A two-car garage.
- An elevator for the four floors.
- Nine fireplaces.
- A wine celler and grotto.
One has to wonder what was wrong with her Central Park West home, which she
battled for the right to expand and renovate for several years. She'll remain
there while extensive restructuring goes on in the new place (hello, there's
no gym yet). Some real-estate gossipmongers snipe that you can feel
the Lexington Avenue subway line when it passes underneath the
townhouse, and that the location on 81st between Third and Lex is
too far east to be glamorous. But hello. It's going to become glamorous now.
Lourdes is moving in!
Below is a satellite view of the Upper East Side. The red arrow with the
"A" points to where MAC II is. Madonna has supposedly purchased a
townhouse the next block over to the right on 81st Street (So, basically
across the street).