PALM BEACH — Radio star Howard Stern is spending between $8 million and $10 million on the renovation of the ocean-front mansion he just bought in Palm Beach for $52 million!
And the purpose for some of the construction work is to satisfy Stern’s model wife: She wanted a larger closet!
She’s going to get one that’s about 1,000 square feet! And for that to happen, a source who saw the blueprints tells me, workers will have to move the grand staircase to a different part of the 18,000-square-foot house.
It’s another Gossip Extra exclusive: The judge of America’s Got Talent just hired Woolems general contractors in West Palm Beach for the work.
A work permit filed with Palm Beach County simply states “interior renovation” and “new roof.”
But for what the source tells me is between $8million and $10 million, Stern is going to get what could be one of the island’s grandest mansions.
“They’re changing the master suite, which is on the first floor,” the source said. “The suite includes his and her bathroom and his and her dressing areas.
“Beth wanted a bigger closet in her dressing area. There was no room for it downstairs, so they’re building a new staircase in the master suite that goes to a second-floor closet. The closet alone is supposed to be at least 1,000 square feet.”
The closet will set the satellite radio host back $500,000!
To accommodate the change, major work will have to be done on the first floor. And while they’re at it, the Sterns are building a brand new kitchen and roof.
Gossip Extra broke the story in May: After trying to find a mansion in the Jupiter-Palm Beach Gardens area, the Sterns bought 601 North County Road, next door to billionaire investment fund manager Nelson Peltz.
Howard and the wife started looking for contractors at Christmas and returned in late January to sign off on the work.
Stern’s agent has not returned calls for comment.