NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn was upgraded Wednesday night — from a Broadway high-rise to a Tribeca townhouse.

The former International Monetary Fund boss made the quick move a mile away after a judge agreed to his luxury living arrangements. What was waiting for him was waiting for him was three floors of luxury, including a gym and rooftop deck, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

It happened fast, too.

A half-smiling Strauss-Kahn was ushered out of his temporary lower Manhattan apartment at 71 Broadway on Wednesday night after nearly a week of house arrest, 24-hour security, a crush of media and anxious neighbors waiting for any movement.

After 7 p.m., it finally happened.

“We get our building back, and our life back,” neighbor Krista Brady said.

1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney has more on Strauss-Kahn’s move to Tribeca

Strauss-Kahn, who is free on $1 million bail following his May 14 arrest for sexual assault inside the posh Sofitel hotel, moved from the Financial District to Tribeca, inside a pricey, $14 million, three-story townhouse on Franklin Street. Cameras captured security guards moving bags in, for the long haul.

Inside, there’s a spectacular floor plan – four bedrooms, four and a half baths. Fine finishes everywhere, including a state-of-the-art home theatre, a magnificently modern European kitchen, a full-scale home gym and even a kid’s bathroom with a TV at the tub. There is another room glowing with a custom skylight, leading to an expansive roof-top deck, overlooking Tribeca.

“We’re used to publicity around here — Tribeca Film Festival, lot of celebrities live around here. I think it’s just another part and parcel of the neighborhood,” new neighbor John Donis said.

Residents on the block appear indifferent to the former head of the IMF and now an accused sexual predator moving in to a vacant home, on the market.

Neighbor Jane Bradbury told Dennis she thinks Strauss-Kahn was the first tenant after the owner.

Bradbury and her toddler live just across the street, and say in this area of movie makers and money moguls, Strauss-Kahn being on home detention might have gone unnoticed if not for the international media.

“It’s unusual,” Bradbury said.

Strauss-Kahn had been under temporary house arrest in an apartment in Lower Manhattan.

The one-time French presidential contender was jailed for about a week in New York City following his arrest. A hotel maid said he sexually assaulted her in his hotel room. Strauss Kahn’s attorneys have said he’s not guilty.

Strauss-Kahn left Rikers Island last Friday.

The former IMF leader will have to wear an electronic monitor – and have at least one armed guard nearby.

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  1. HaroldmillerforSan Franciscomayor Dotorg says:

    I’m putting together a Bar-B-Que this Monday 5/30/2011 night at 5p.m. 345 Fulton cross street Franklin think you get get some people to come for free food and talk politics to help out my campaign?

  2. HaroldmillerforSan Franciscomayor Dotorg says:

    .I’m putting together a Bar-B-Que this Monday 5/30/2011 night at 5p.m. 345 Fulton cross street Franklin think you get get some people to come for free food and talk politics to help out my campaign?

  3. nyc says:

    I can’t believe the New York cops that were acused of rape were aquited this morning. Strauss-Kahn should get off for sure ! Sex for money gone bad, and how could the maid be forced to give oral sex when the hotel door was open and no weapon was used.She could have biten down hard and ran out the door hearing screams in the background !

  4. David says:

    The maid is Muslim and from Africa. What do you expect? Once she found out who he was she blackmailed and extorted this hard working man.

    1. DanTe says:

      How much do you make as a REPU TATION DEFEND ER? Especially since you’re so dense, you just copy and paste the same thing over and over again. Be original at least, SHEESH.

      I do find it funny that CBS censored the words REPU TATION DEFEND ER. Is this a service they offer the criminally stupid?

      1. Michael H. says:

        It’s likely among a list of keywords that their spam filters get triggered by. RD is a company that advertises heavily on many of the radio stations in the NY Metro area, including WCBS and WINS.

  5. John Scott says:

    IMF….International Maid F*#kers ?

  6. Dale Auburn says:

    How much am I paying (through my taxes) for all these high-end homes for this guy?

    1. Michael H. says:

      Not one red cent. He’s paying for them out of pocket, as per the terms of his bail agreement. He’s also paying for the security firm that is supplying the armed guards and monitoring bracelet he’s to wear while awaiting trial.

  7. JH says:

    IT’S THE FRENCH!!!!!

  8. Pete says:

    It is quite obvious that a corrupt judge was found, who OK’s every move of this man. Next move will be granted to France, and I am sure it is just a matter of time, and how much Dollars or Euros it will cost.

    1. INNOCENTuntilPROVENguilty says:

      Pete, Would you suggest that Mr. Strauss-Kahn should be afforded less rights than any other person charged with a crime in the US? To be honest, they have trampled this guys rights from the beginning. While I am not defending HIM, I will defend his right to bail. The courts give murdereres bail, why not Mr. Strauss Kahn? You make it seem as if the courts are letting him go about his life. He’s under house arrest, hes paying for his own livign arrangements and his own security detail. If he had a good civil rights atty, they would be filling suits right now…

  9. DanTe says:

    Why is this smelly frenchie out of jail when there’s DNA evidence? Lock the smelly turd up already.

    And before the REPU TATION DE FENDER hired by the frenchie comes piping in about innocent until proven guilty: Let’s use the French laws – the accused has to prove it’s innocence. Especially since he was trying to fly out of here ahead of the police.

    1. Michael H. says:

      DanTe, I don’t know where you get your information but “innocent until proven guilty” applies in France too.

      In France, article 9 of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, of constitutional value, says “Everyone is supposed innocent until having been declared guilty.” and the preliminary article of the code of criminal procedure says “any suspected or prosecuted person is presumed to be innocent until their guilt has been established”. The jurors’ oath reiterates this assertion.

      1. Wow says:

        Why was he given bail? Because he is entitled to bail. DNA evidence does not make this a rape case…the maid’s accusation does. DNA can also be left with consensual encounters. Also, the fact that he was on a plane to France could play in his favor since he called the hotel to let them know he was at the airport. Most guilty men don’t call the scene of the crime when they are trying to escape. I am not saying he’s innocent, but from a legal stand point, he does have rights…

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