Singer, actress, and comedian Bette Midler is selling her divine triplex penthouse apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The $50 million asking price makes it the week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®.
The entertainer and her husband, Martin von Haselberg, have decided to part with the property they purchased in 1996, according to the New York Times. In addition to featuring a light-filled space and lush landscaping, the apartment is a short drive to the theater district, Midler told the Times.
The couple, who have a daughter, are now empty nesters. “It’s time for another family to enjoy it,” Midler said. They plan to downsize to a smaller apartment in the city.
The 7,000-square-foot, three-floor unit is a combination of two apartments. The layout also includes 3,000 square feet of landscaped terraces. Architect Frederick Fisher and Partners handled interior work, and the exterior was landscaped by Sawyer Berson.
The 14-room penthouse occupies the top three floors of a Fifth Avenue prewar building. The residence includes views of Central Park, the reservoir, and the Manhattan skyline. Picturesque terraces are located off of the living room, dining room, and the top-level library.
The kitchen features custom wood cabinetry, marble counters, and top-of-the-line appliances. There’s also an office and a bathroom on the main floor.
On the lower level, there’s a family room as well as six or seven bedrooms. The master suite includes picture windows and an adjacent dressing room with a fireplace.
On the top floor, you’ll find a library with a 13-foot ceiling, fireplace, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and windows looking out to Central Park and the reservoir. The library also opens to another landscaped garden with views in all directions.
The 1925 building was designed by Emery Roth in the neo-Renaissance style. The full-service building offers residents privacy and security. A new fitness room is being installed, and additional storage is available for each apartment.
Midler, 73, has appeared in movies such as “Ruthless People” and “Gypsy.” She most recently starred in the Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly,” which won her a Tony. Over her long career, she has also won three Grammys, four Golden Globes, and three Emmys.
John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens holds the listing.
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