SELLER: Demi Moore
LOCATION: New York City, N.Y.
PRICE: $75 million
SIZE: (approx.) 7,000 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: After she floated it as an off-market whisper listing last year, Demi Moore has officially hoisted her spectacular and rare New York City triplex penthouse on the open market with a spine-straightening asking price of $75,000,000. Located in the south tower of the legendary San Remo building on Central Park West, the mansion-sized apartment was acquired by Miz Moore and her second ex-husband, Bruce Willis, in 1990 from music manager and movie producer Robert Stigwood for an unknown amount.
The Avery Architectural & Fine Art Archive at Columbia University shows the original duplex on the 26th and 27th floor — the 28th floor space was incorporated later — was designed with four large bedrooms on the upper floor, each with a windowed, en suite bathroom and at least two walk in closets, while a duplexed staff wing at the back of the apartment had five more much smaller bedrooms that shared two bathrooms. Current online marketing materials and other online resources show that the approximately 7,000 square foot aerie, described in listing details as “the embodiment of the last unicorn of Manhattan” and redone by Miz Moore and Mister Willis in a Southwestern Mission style, has five bedrooms plus a staff suite and a total of 5.5 bathrooms.
A private elevator landing opens to a double-height foyer with a sweeping, tightly spindled staircase and cherry wood pocket doors with stained glass inserts that open to an especially ample formal living room. At almost 800-square feet, the 22-food wide and nearly 36-foot long living room features a massive fireplace and three exposures with north, east and western vistas. A corner library, which could be pressed into use as a sixth bedroom if need be according to online marketing materials, features the original plaster ceiling rosette and bas-relief as well as an attached bathroom with original fixtures. The oversized dining room faces south with unobstructed city views and connects through to a roomy and expensively equipped kitchen with stone-topped center island and adjoining breakfast room.
Online marketing materials reveal there are five principal bedrooms on the second floor plus a staff suite as well as stair access to a sun-drenched media room on the uppermost floor with 16-foot ceilings, a drop-down movie screen, a secondary kitchen and glass doors that open to approximately 1,500-square-feet of bluestone tiled wrap around terraces. A mezzanine level that overlooks the media lounge offers a study, loft bedroom and full bathroom. The $75 million asking price also includes a maisonette unit for guests or staff with two bedrooms and two bathrooms with original fixtures as well as direct access from both the street and lobby.
The San Remo, one of Cental Park West’s finer and most recognizable buildings, was designed by prominent and deftly skilled architect Emery Roth and completed in 1930 as a high-end rental building. The building was converted to a cooperative style apartment house in 1972 and its well-heeled residents pay high monthly fees for white glove services that include two stunning lobbies, 24-hour doormen, private and semi-private elevator landings, a residents’ only fitness center, communal laundry facilities and storage rooms. (Listing details show the monthly fees for Miz Moore’s triplex run up to $17,912 and monthlies for the maisonette come in at $3,273 for a total monthly outlay of $21,185. Looked at another way, it would take a New York State minimum wage worker who earns $8.75 an hour more than 2,421 hours — that’s more than sixty 40-hour work weeks — to earn enough to pay what Miz Moore shells out each month for her San Remo apartments.)
Though Madonna’s bid to buy a three-bedroom apartment in the mid-1980s was (allegedly) rejected, since at least the early to mid-1970s the San Remo has attracted a long and impressive list of past and present high-profile residents who include Steven Spielberg, Diane Keaton, Tiger Woods, Tony Randall, Glenn Close, Dodi Fayed, Donna Karan and Aaron Spelling. Dustin Hoffman dumped his mid-floor triplex in early 2014 for a tetch over $21 million, and the duplex penthouse in the building’s north tower was once owned by Apple Computer founder and visionary Steve Jobs, who had it renovated by architect I.M. Pei but — so the stories go — never actually moved in and sold it in 2003 for about $15 million to its current owner, uni-named U2 frontman Bono.
Miz Moore — once one of Hollywood highest paid actresses who has dated a slew of much younger men including art world scion Vito Schnabel and fortunately born restaurateur Harry Morton since she and her third ex-husband, Ashton Kutcher, called it quits in 2013 — continues to own a whole bunch of property in and around Hailey, Idaho, as well as a Beverly Hills contemporary she bought in July 2003 for $3.15 million and, after an extensive renovation and expansion spearheaded by some of L.A. most illustrious architects and designers, had photographed for Architectural Digest’s March 2007 issue.
NOTE: The New York Times was provided with a lovely cache of photographs that include a number of interiors shots and they’re worth a good long gander.
Listing photos: Modlin Group