When Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent first met on a fateful furniture-shopping date in 2012, they knew that they were meant to be. The pair wed just two years later, and have followed those same gut instincts in their professional and personal lives ever since. The dynamic duo have hosted numerous home design shows together—Nate & Jeremiah by Design; Nate and Jeremiah: Save My House; and most recently, The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project—and have bought and sold many homes in those years.
“Jeremiah always says, ‘It’s either the place or the space that holds you,’” Berkus previously told Architectural Digest. “For him it’s the place. For me it’s the space.” The couple has pinballed between both coasts in order to get that just right feeling, and presently, call the East Coast home. But, both Berkus and Brent are quick to note, that doesn’t mean that New York is forever. “One thing I can promise you,” Berkus told AD in that same 2020 interview, speaking about the pair’s former Los Angeles residence, “is that I will never again tell a publication that a house is my forever home.” Brent added, “We shan’t be saying that again!”
Berkus and Brent made their first real estate purchase together a year before their lavish wedding at the New York Public Library. The couple picked up an impressive 2,800-square-foot penthouse on the 14th and 15th floors of a prewar co-op building just above Washington Square Park. They reportedly paid $6 million for the penthouse and an adjacent one-bedroom, which they combined into a three-bedroom duplex with a terrace. “We couldn’t stop thinking about the apartment, believing we were meant to live there,” Brent told AD. “And then, suddenly, we were able to create the home of our dreams.”
The residence featured French limestone floors in the entrance hall, herringbone wood flooring, high ceilings with original crown molding, marble mantle fireplaces, and French doors leading out onto a terrace. Perhaps one of the most impressive rooms was the kitchen, with its solarium-style windows, butcher-block countertops, and marble shelving. They listed the duplex for $10.5 million in 2015 and ended up selling it for $9.8 million the following year, but that wasn’t the last the pair would see of their beloved home. The couple revealed in the November 2021 finale of The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project that they bought the duplex back. “I never thought that we would move home, and that’s what Fifth Avenue has been for us, it was always home,” Brent said on the emotional episode.
Also in 2013, the couple paid an undisclosed amount for a one-bedroom unit located in a nearby 19th-century prewar brownstone in NYC’s Greenwich Village. It’s unclear whether they spent much time at the charming apartment, since they purchased the much more spacious penthouse around the same time. They listed this unit in 2019 for $800,000 after outfitting the space with a “mix of vintage finds and pieces from their current collections,” according to a release. (There was an option to purchase the apartment fully furnished for an added cost.) Images from the listing reveal a sun-lit home with a black-and-white design motif, a high-ceilinged living room with a marble fireplace, a cozy kitchen with white subway tile backsplash, and French doors leading from the main living area into the bedroom, which boasts floor-to-ceiling built-in closets. The unit has since sold.