OFFSTAGE: Live Like Nicole Kidman for $45,000 a Month

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Have you ever searched for a vacation spot and found a place that looks really nice and affordable — and then realized the price you thought was for an entire week is actually for just one night? Well, that’s what happened to me when I saw that Nicole Kidman was planning to rent her New York City apartment . I thought the $45,000 price tag was for a year of living in this glamorous West Village three-bedroom. But that’s what it costs each month. So it’s more like $540,000 a year. But, still, if you’ve got that kind of money, it would be worth it for views of the Hudson River . And the deep Boffi soaking tub alone is worth about $12,000. The way it’s furnished right now, with a grand piano by the floor-to-ceiling windows, makes me think her husband, Keith Urban, probably played a lot of his piano songs right there. Like “Tonight I Wanna Cry” or maybe even his cover of the Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun.” The realtor calls this a home “where steel, glass, stone and wood mingle to stunning effect, yielding an experience that is at once striking and serene.” I wonder what kind of response he’d get if he just said “Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman might’ve lived here at one time.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.