Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber 'splash out £11million on NYC apartment opposite best friends George and Amal Clooney'... a year after the couples sold their side-by-side Mexican getaways
For most people, a few dinners, phone calls and an annual Christmas card suffice when it comes to maintaining friendships.
But George and Amal Clooney, and their best friends Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, have gone one step further - and bought adjacent properties... for the second time.
The supermodel and her tycoon husband have splashed out £11 million on a brand new, panoramic apartment directly above the Clooneys’.
Best pals: George and Amal Clooney (centre), and their best friends Cindy Crawford (right) and Rande Gerber (left), have bought adjacent properties... for the second time
It comes exactly a year after the two couples sold their side-by-side Mexican getaways for a cool £80 million.
According to sources close to the foursome, Clooney, 55, and Gerber, 54, missed one another so much, they decided to recreate their erstwhile holiday set-up.
Six months after the Hollywood star and his human rights lawyer wife paying a reported £30 million for a luxury apartment in midtown Manhattan, New York, their chums have followed suit.
The two homes are said to be one on top of the other and whilst the idea of interconnecting doors was mooted, they eventually decided against any secret passageways. Instead, they will have to traipse up the stairs - or get the lift - like regular residents.
Nice pad: The supermodel and her tycoon husband have splashed out £11 million on a brand new apartment directly above the Clooneys’ £30 million pad in midtown Manhattan
Last night (weds) a US property insider said: ‘Rande’s loft apartment is not only almost identical, but sits directly above George and Amal’s.
‘Their pads are both “high-floor numbers” meaning they both get the best of the city views in the 60-plus storey tower.
‘They loved their time as neighbours in Mexico and after selling-up their homes, realised just how much they missed one another.
‘George can’t exactly pop over to a regular neighbour and ask for some sugar, but with Cindy and Rande he feels totally safe.
‘The boys also love their tequila, and can have a nightcap in the privacy of one of their new homes.
‘It is the perfect scenario.’
Check out the view: Whilst the Clooneys bought their property off-plan in the state-of-the-art new building, Gerbe and Crawford are understood to have purchased theirs last month
Whilst the Clooneys bought their property off-plan in the state-of-the-art new building, Gerbe and Miss Crawford, 51, are understood to have purchased theirs last month.
It means both couplings can move in next month when the tower - one of New York’s most exclusive residences - is expected to be completed.
As well as such close proximity, the couples will be able to enjoy cosy movie nights at the complex’s cinema, or pampering massages and facials within the on-site spa.
An indoor cinema and several bars and restaurants are also on-tap should they fancy a spontaneous double date.
Moving: It means both couplings can move in next month when the tower - one of New York’s most exclusive residences - is expected to be completed
Naturally there is also a pristine indoor pool, complete with mood lighting, and a state-of-the-art gym.
Happily, the foursome know from experience they are compatible neighbours.
Although both have homes in California, just a few miles apart, in 2009 the actor and Gerbe - who own a tequila company together - collaborated on a project to build two lavish ocean-view homes in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Missed each other: The new purchase comes exactly a year after the two couples sold their side-by-side Mexican getaways for a cool £80 million
As well as matching rustic courtyards with Ralph Lauren throw pillows, the pair had an architect design identical open kitchens and wood ceilings.
Speaking about the decision to live in one another’s pockets, Miss Crawford - one of the original supermodels - told Architectural Digest magazine: ‘Our lives go back and forth.
‘We’ll have cocktails at our place and dinner at George’s, and vice versa.
‘They’re (the houses) not twins, but more like sisters or cousins.’
Close: Both couples have homes in California, just a few miles apart, with George and Rande owning a tequila company together
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