Residential Rejections of the Rich and Famous



We assume that there are few doors that are closed to the rich and famous, but for celebrities aspiring to buy co-op apartments in New York city, that’s not necessarily true. Buying a co-op differs from buying a regular apartment or condo. In a co-op, the buyer’s bid is subject to approval from the buildings board of directors. Each candidate is bidding to become a shareholder, buying a membership in a cooperative. Consequently, new members are rigorously screened. Madonna, one of the most powerful women in music, was rejected as a “paparazzi prone rock star” for her “disruptive lifestyle.” Mariah Carey was rejected for the same reason, while Barbra Streisand was denied due to being “a flamboyant type” and because she was likely to set up a recording studio. Even Richard Nixon received the thumbs down when he bid on an apartment on 72nd Street. The board initially approved him, but retracted their approval when neighbors revolted. Other celebrities who have been nixed include Calvin Klein, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, Rush Limbaugh, Diane Keaton, and Gloria Vanderbilt. It just goes to show that money can’t buy everything.