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Paul McCartney Snags Triplex Penthouse in Manhattan

BUYERS: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
LOCATION: New York City, N.Y.
PRICE: $15.5 million
SIZE: 3,500-ish square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: After a couple of years of casual looking around, former Beatle Paul McCartney and his third wife Nancy Shevell have shelled out $15.5 million for a dated but spacious and well-located triplex penthouse atop a glass-faced post-war building directly across from Central Park on New York City’s storied and historically posh Fifth Avenue, the New York Post reported and property records confirm. According to listing details, the 12-unit, cooperative-style full-service building requires a minimum of 50% down payment, which means the knighted, 21-time Grammy winner plunked down at least $7.75 million for a down payment, and carries heavy-duty monthly maintenance charges of $12,935.

The three-floor penthouse’s square footage isn’t noted in any of online marketing materials we peeped at, but our quick and rudimentary calculations suggest it comes in at about 3,500 square feet, and floor plans show there are four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms plus a small staff room and bathroom tightly tucked back behind the kitchen. A private elevator landing opens to a tiny, double-closeted vestibule that gives way to an L-shaped foyer and gallery with white marble floors, double-height ceiling, dismally dizzying mirrored walls and a dated but divinely decadent brass- and glass-railed floating marble staircase. The floors switch to chatoyant parquet in the formal living room, where a nearly 30-foot wide expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows and glass sliders provide a head-on views over the Central Park reservoir and direct access to a slender terrace that spans the full 40-foot width of the building.

The living room adjoins a fully carpeted, 33-foot long library/den with built-in book and display shelves, a marble bar, a bathroom with gold nugget-like fixtures, and more floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sliders that open to the park-side terrace. At the rear of the apartment, a marble floored formal dining room had two exposures to the north and east and connects through to a noticeably compact, east-facing kitchen that the New York Times reported earlier this year “could use a face-lift.” Upstairs each of the two guest/family bedrooms has a private bathroom, while a third guest/family bedroom with private east-facing terrace on the third floor is accessed by a corkscrew staircase. The park-facing master suite comprises a private sitting room, large bedroom, walk-in closet, a narrow but private wrap-around terrace and a marble-floored and mirror-walled bathroom that looks like it was ripped from the set of “Mad Men.”

Mister McCartney, who presides over a fortune estimated to be more than $650 million, maintains a fairly extensive Stateside portfolio of private residences that our research indicates includes a secluded, 1.63-acre Beverly Hills estate purchased from rocker Courtney Love in March 2001 for $3.995; a 187-acre-plus desert spread outside of Tucson, Ariz., where Linda McCartney died in 1998; an East Hampton hideaway acquired in late 1998 for $495,000; and a New York City townhouse that overlooks the backside of the MOMA, picked up in August 1984 for $1.88 million. Mister McCartney also maintains extensive real estate holdings in the U.K. that include but are certainly not limited to a walled, gated and heavily secured residence in the St. John’s Wood area of London, a farmhouse on 1,500 acres in the East Sussex village of Peasmarsh and a reportedly little used retreat in the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

Listing photos and floor plan: Elliman (via Street Easy)

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