Fired from his job at NBC and facing divorce from his wife of 20 years, Matt Lauer is getting a rare bit of good news on the real estate front: His swanky four-bedroom apartment on New York’s Upper East Side has found a buyer.
Lauer, 60, bought the apartment in 2004 for $5.88 million, and in late March, listed it for $7.35 million. The apartment is already in contract, reportedly for a little over $7 million.
It’s easy to see why it sold so fast: The apartment is gorgeous, and in an unbeatable location—just three blocks from Central Park, on a leafy, tree-lined street. Originally built in 1927, the apartment exudes luxury, with listing agent Alexa Lambert describing it as being in “triple-mint condition.”
A private elevator landing leads to a square foyer, living room, dining room, and corner library. The living room has three large windows, a stone fireplace, parquet flooring, and a pair of built-in bookcases. Double doors open to a formal dining room with dark wood floors and deep blue wallpaper, depicting trees and birds.
The kitchen is palatial compared to most New York apartments, with a gas range, multiple ovens, wine refrigerator, and top-of-the-line appliances. It’s finished in classic, Shaker-style cabinetry, dark subway tile, and what appears to be a large, magnetic, command center wall.
The master bedroom is large enough for a sitting area, and features open shelving on one wall, with what appears to be a small workout room immediately adjacent, with mirrored walls and a yellow spin bike.
Lauer’s walk-in closet has rich, custom wooden built-ins, and room for dozens of pairs of shoes. (The listing photos show 40 pairs of leather wingtips, in every conceivable shade of brown.) There’s a second dressing room, and two marble master bathrooms.
He’s a New York City native who dropped out of college to become a broadcast journalist. Lauer joined NBC’s “Today” show in 1994, and was a friendly fixture on TV for decades.
But behind the scenes, multiple women claim he sexually harassed them at work, prompting the network to fire him without pay in November. His latest contract with the network had been rumored to be worth around $25 million per year.