Reel Estate

Reel Estate: Keeping up with Khloe Kardashian's rental budget

By Virginia K. Smith  | October 3, 2014 - 8:59AM

When a movie or TV show is set in New York City—and if the people making it are savvy—real estate becomes part of the story itself. (Anyone who's ever lived in this place will tell you it's a character, alright.) In Reel Estate, we look at some of the more memorable domiciles to grace the screen.

We recently fielded a question from a reader confused over the price tag on a high-end Tribeca listing, wondering if the penthouse was $25,000 per month or per year. And, per a recent bender of early-season Keeping Up With The Kardashians episodes, it seems that Khloe Kardashian once made a similar mistake. (Stars, they're just like us!)

In season 3, episode 9, Khloe ponders a move to Gotham, and enlists a native New Yorker friend to take her apartment hunting. Citi Habitats broker Carla Kupiec shows Khloe around a few different properties, including a penthouse duplex on Greene Street in Soho with its own private elevator. Khloe loves it, of course, but balks at the $25,000 a month price tag—her budget was $2,500 a month, silly. See the incident play out below: 

Well, oops. After that, Kupiec shows Khloe Manhattan apartments in her actual price range, and the options are, to put it mildly, less than impressive. "We walked into a room and I said, 'This is called a studio,'" Kupiec recalled to The Real Deal. Kardashian—who apparently has never been to a real person apartment?— responded, "So, I eat in the same room that I sleep?" 

For anyone who's experienced a rude awakening looking for their first New York apartment, it's at least sort of relatable. (Less relatable: elsewhere in the episode, the girls buy their mom Kris a pet monkey, to, um, teach her a lesson about not having any more kids?) If you want an even ruder awakening, that episode was filmed back in 2009, and prices have only gone up since then. A similar penthouse (possibly even the same one?) on Greene is currently listed on for double the price that scared off Khloe: $50,000 a month.

Of course, the Kardashians have only gotten more famous and well-to-do since then, and most recently, Khloe and Kourtney made headlines for dropping $70,000 a month on a Hamptons summer rental. Maybe it's time she gives this place another shot?


Is this apartment $25,000 a month or $25,000 a year? A newcomer's Tribeca sticker shock

Reel Estate: Lena Dunham and her family's real-life Tribeca loft in Tiny Furniture

Reel Estate: The Upper East Side (and Urban Haute Bourgeoisie) apartments of Whit Stillman's Metropolitan

Reel Estate: Friends With Kids and its envy-inducing apartments

Reel Estate: the eponymous brownstone bachelor pad in 1960's The Apartment


Brick Underground articles occasionally include the expertise of, or information about, advertising partners when relevant to the story. We will never promote an advertiser's product without making the relationship clear to our readers.