July 15, 2008
RandomRumors: Bono Buys Big Atop One Rincon Hill?
Every so often we receive a rumor/tip that leaves us a little stunned. And while most are busted behind the scenes and never make it onto the site, this one we couldn’t resist:
Did Bono buy a penthouse in One Rincon Hill? Can someone verify this? Just really curious/excited as I live there as well…
Well, according to our sources the answer is no. And if that were simply the "on the record" answer we'd usually get a little wink (which we didn't). Now to the real question, who got the rumor going?
First Published: July 15, 2008 12:15 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Now we know the misinformation that caused someone to pay $1.3 million for that recent "resale" in ORH.
(just a joke . . .)
Posted by: Trip at July 15, 2008 12:34 PM
Bono is a founding member of the private equity firm, Elevation Partners. Wouldn't be a surprise at all for him to have a place in SF.
Posted by: DirtySanchez at July 15, 2008 12:59 PM
Not exactly Bono but I've been told that John Cleese has a place at The Montgomery (74 New Montgomery) ... never seen him but some of the construction folks said "he's friendly and a nice guy."
Posted by: SF Monty Rez at July 15, 2008 1:04 PM
My understanding is that Bono did not purchase a penthouse at ORH, but that his second cousin, twice removed, is looking at a studio in Soma Grand.
Posted by: tipster at July 15, 2008 1:05 PM
On advice of counsel, I can neither confirm nor deny. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Posted by: Paul Hwang at July 15, 2008 1:07 PM
At least we have John Madden at the St. Regis. (As reported in the San Francisco Business Times last week.)
Posted by: JKD at July 15, 2008 1:12 PM
"Bono is a founding member of the private equity firm, Elevation Partners. Wouldn't be a surprise at all for him to have a place in SF."
I agree. At the St. Regis, or Four Seasons, or Millennium, or...
Posted by: Michael at July 15, 2008 1:15 PM
With all the money in the world ORH is the last place I'd want to live. If I wanted to live in a tower in SF, I'd pick the St. Regis, Millenium or Infinity anyday. Their penthouses are much more exciting. I also just can't imagine Bono waiting 20 minutes for his car at the valet. I guess that's if he drives though.
Posted by: anon at July 15, 2008 1:53 PM
I've also heard that Al Gore has a place in the St. Regis here - anyone know if that's true? Any other celebs there?
Posted by: phatty at July 15, 2008 2:02 PM
I heard about the Al Gore one from someone who was working on the interior.
Posted by: BDB at July 15, 2008 2:12 PM
Sonny Bono is dead.
Posted by: Brian at July 15, 2008 2:23 PM
Desparate timz call for desparate rumors.
Some funny posts on this one!
Posted by: gh at July 15, 2008 2:53 PM
Al Gore definitely has a place at the St Regis ... seen it myself in the residents' lobby while waiting for a friend who owns there ... not surprisingly he waiting for his Prius to be brought up ... and he's a frequent keynote speaker at Moscone conventions.
Posted by: SF Monty Rez at July 15, 2008 3:27 PM
I can confirm both Al Gore & John Madden live in the St. Regis. John Madden bought a place in there recently and Al Gore has lived there for several years. I do not know if Bono or the Edge live anywhere close to SF. Robin Williams lives in SeaCliff.
Posted by: Karl & Lenny at July 15, 2008 5:12 PM
Brett Favre!! Brett Favre!! Brett Favre!!
Posted by: John Madden at July 15, 2008 6:59 PM
What is this LA? (or CurbedSF?) And we care because? Next up - SF tourist map to the stars? - Al Gore, Ronstadt, Williams.
Posted by: invented at July 16, 2008 8:18 AM
Saying that a celebrity is buying into a building is one of the oldest tricks of sales offices or others who have motivation.....I remember in the early 80's reading that the British Royal Family was allegedly buying an apartment at Trump Tower, as if...
Posted by: Russian Hill Dweller at July 16, 2008 8:23 AM
I agree with Michael, I wouldn't expect him to buy at such a run-of-the-mill building.
Posted by: Ryan at July 16, 2008 1:25 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, Bono has left the Big Banal.
Posted by: Delancey at July 16, 2008 9:29 PM
I heard that Al Gore ate part of the Four Seasons. Now there are just Three.
Posted by: Chris at July 16, 2008 11:15 PM
dear los angeles --
you know why we don't care about celebrities here? because we're better than you.
Posted by: lefty at July 17, 2008 10:59 AM
Bono did not buy the penthouses in 1 Rincon Hill - (at least not the top floor) - I can't confirm the 59th floor though... ;-)
Also, yes, Gore is in the St Regis!
Posted by: Mark Choey at July 20, 2008 10:03 PM
lefty, please read the following by Herb Caen which might help you to understand that nobody down south cares...
"Old-time San Franciscans, who don't dare venture beyond the city limits for fear of finding out we are no longer Numbah One, will hate L.A. to their dying day, whereas Losangelenos can't be bothered to return the insult."
Whether or not a celebrity buys a condo in L.A. is not even thought of as being newsworthy down there.
Posted by: strangedejim at July 21, 2008 5:03 AM
I agree the whole SF vs LA debate is silly and LA dominates in terms of cultural significance, but strangedejim, you have it exactly backwards on your specific point. LA is psycho about anything to do with celebs, where they buy and for how much, who walked into what store when, etc. That kind of stuff is way, way more "newsworthy" in LA than up here.
Posted by: anon at July 21, 2008 7:25 AM
I heard he bought a place in Chicago; NOT....don't I wish!
Posted by: bonosone at November 15, 2008 2:46 PM