Jim Parsons moved to New York not long after he graduated with his master’s degree from the University of San Diego. That was in 2001, several years before he would achieve great success on The Big Bang Theory. In 2011, Parsons and his partner Todd Spiewak bought into an exclusive condominium complex near Gramercy Park. It was reported earlier this week on The Real Deal that Parsons and Spiewak bought a new penthouse in the same building, so the pair has brought their total haul in the complex to four units.
Parsons is spending merely a fraction of the Big Bang Theory money awarded to him after he and his co-stars signed lucrative contracts over the summer. According to Variety, that Big Bang Theory agreement will get Jim between $90 million and $100 million over its term. The total investment Parsons and Spiewak have made in the Gramercy Park complex, including their purchase three years ago, is just over $8 million for four neighboring units. The total square feet is 3,118, over two apartments and two penthouses directly above.
The building was converted from rental units into condos in 2009. When the Big Bang Theory star first bought in 2011, the New York Observer said Parsons must have been channeling Sheldon Cooper’s genius, as he reportedly paid $1.8 million for a 911-square-foot place, significantly less than the previous asking price of $2,248 per square foot. At that time, broker Ryan Serhant explained the building’s appeal. In addition to its views and gothic architecture, the building is in a highly-exclusive neighborhood.
“It’s a phenomenal two-bedroom in the condo on Gramercy Park. It literally flew off the shelves. It was hardly even on the market.”
The folks over at Curbed New York speculate Parsons and Spiewak may be planning a conversion that combines all of the units.
Residents of the building benefit from a concierge service and keys to Gramercy Park, a private park that does not allow public access. Only residents of the buildings near to the park have access.
Variety also reports Parsons sold one of his homes in Los Angeles, where The Big Bang Theory films, for $1.5 million over the summer. He has held on to the property he bought from Robert Pattison for $6.3 million.
Back in May, Vulture published a piece on Parsons where he admitted to his first indulgent purchase after he became successful: a white Mercedes. As described in the article, Parsons has a tendency to over-clarify everything he says in order to avoid causing offense, one feature of his personality that distinguishes him from Sheldon Cooper. Asked then if he could explain the success of The Big Bang Theory, Parsons seemed mystified.
“It’s crazy. You’ll hear no other better word from me on the topic.”
The Big Bang Theory returns in January with new episodes on CBS.
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