Monday, January 16, 2012

Joan Rivers Gets Back on the Manhattan Real Estate Merry-Go-Round

SELLER: Joan Rivers
LOCATION: East 62nd Street, New York, NY
PRICE: $29,500,000
SIZE: 5,190 square feet, 3-4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Back in May 2009 trash-talking octogenarian comedienne Joan Rivers heaved her mansion-sized New York City triplex penthouse apartment on the market with a hefty hefty hefty asking price of $25,000,000.

At some point, we're not sure exactly when, Miz Rivers took her posh penthouse pad off the (open) market. Howevuh, the sassy senior recently pushed the terraced 5,190 square foot spread, perched grandly atop a limestone-clad 42-foot wide Horace Trumbauer-designed townhouse building in East 62nd Street, back on the market with an notably higher asking price of $29,500,000 and this time, hunties, the listing includes a floor plan (above) for all us floor plan addicts to drool over.

By Your Mama's count, which may or may not be an accurate assessment, the three floor penthouse has 3-4 bedrooms (the top floor office is serviceable as a fourth bedroom), 4.5 bathrooms, 2 staircases, 2 mezzanine balconies, more than 20 closets including a cedar walk-in and another just for the china, 5 fireplaces, 2 itty-bitty but windowed kitchens, a couple of planted terraces with oblique Central Park views, a voluminous double height entrance hall far larger than most Manhattan studio apartments, an 800-plus square foot formal living room with soaring 23-foot ceiling, and a comparatively tiny—let's call it intimately scaled—formal dining room.

Since this is our last day in New York City before we wing our way back west and we're starting to run short on time, we're going to refrain from commentary about the unquestionably wonky and awkward spatial moments—i.e. access to the lowest level is via a narrow stairway in the laundry room off the mid-level kitchen—and instead let the children duke it out over the layout, decadent day-core and (higher) price.

Because the penthouse is a condominium as opposed to a co-operative, the buyer need not court a persnickety co-op board and the building rather surprisingly, as per listing information, allows a minimum 10% down payment. Maintenance, common charges and taxes add up to a considerable $20,100 per month which means it takes a quarter million a year for Miz Rivers just to pay the monthlies. Beehawtcha may still be working her much nipped and tucked tail off in the Business of Show, but with those sorts of expenses, no wonder she wants to sell this place.

Current online listings includes only a couple juicy photos of the decidedly opulent and heavily gilded penthouse but marketing materials from 2009 included a few more that can be seen here.

floor plan: Prudential Douglas Elliman

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Joan, however if it didnt sell before, why the higher price? I think it has to do with the Marjorie Post/ Uziel property going on at the same price perhaps?? The post property is much more desireable..

Anonymous said...

It looks like the 2 bedroom and living room level is completely separate - no private stair nor elevator. That's fins for guests. Also, for the master bedroom, one walks through a building stair across a mezzanine to get to a WIC. Otherwise, a pretty interesting apartment plan, but a little thick with frosting for my taste.

Anonymous said...

Amazing what plastic surgery and a few jokes can do. Is there some relationship between low birth and high "style" in decoration? Does this faux-empire style come from her humble beginnings?

Anonymous said...

Mamma, did the dowager queen of comedy ever sell her Conn. house with a pool, which went on sell the last time she tried to unload this gaudy mess?

Anonymous said...

7:18. Watch Joans movie about her life, A Piece Of Work. Its very interesting, and she makes no apologys for her taste in the movie, or anything else. She has worked her entire life and has earned it, good taste or bad. And lets face it, her bad taste in comedy has worked well for her.

Anonymous said...

That lower level unit with two bedrooms, a living room and kitchen would be perfect for two well treated domestics, no?

Doug said...

I like the layout, but is sure needs to be butched-up a bit for my taste.

midTN said...

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I've lawys thought it was a fabulous looking apartment.

Good luck Joan!
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Anonymous said...

I love a living room plus foyer you can land a plane in

marisa125 said...

The master bedroom has its own walk-in closet -- the mezzanine leads to the CEDAR walk-in, presumably where one stores one's old faces. No disrespect to Miz Rivers though -- Fashion Police is a guaranteed bowl full o' laughs on my dee-vee-arr when the huzband and baby child have gone to bed.

Suzy said...

The number of closets is impressive.

Ms. Rivers bought a country place in Connecticut a while back on which she had a redo executed that didn't go over so well with locals, but sadly this is common celebrity stuff there now. Maybe she's spending more of her time there, assuming she still owns it.

Not long after she bought it, I found myself in line right behind her at a local bookstore. She was expensively dressed, demanding, rude to the counter clerk, short, alarmingly knock-kneed, and - the plastic surgery, when seen up close, was tragic.

She was being dogged that day by a New York Post reporter who had followed her to CT after she'd allegedly minorly stabbed a rental car clerk with a pen that very morning in Manhattan, so this was not a good day in Joanland. Said reporter collared me outside the bookstore, which I had departed first since it was clear that mere mortals were not going to get anywhere until she was dealt with. He identified himself, showed a press I.D., and asked me if she was still in there. I don't know why, but I said she had left.

I liked Ms. Rivers' standup very much back in the '60s, but the ruder and meaner she got over the years the less I thought of her. Rude and mean is really funny to lots of people but it's just not my thing. You could argue that she was being hounded in a karmic sort of way, after how outright awful she has been both onstage and in private life to many people. But when you see her in person, she's just plain old, old and cranky and miserable. I think it was her age that made me mislead that reporter.

Lilithcat said...

Why would they put the china closet in the parlor, several miles away from the dining room?

Anonymous said...

Interesting anecdote, Suzy. Sad but telling.

Anonymous said...

dayum Joan I bet throws some fabulous parties all liquored up in her Marie Antionetteish Lair. I wonder who she kicks her knickers off for?

Anonymous said...

Hey Mama

I was wondering if you have ever done a top 10 or even top 3 post showing your all time favourite celeb houses. Is this something that you might do?

Loving your blog all the way from sunny Australia!

Cheers, Carly

Anonymous said...

I love Joan Rivers and I think both her NYC apt and her other home look great.

Anonymous said...

Suzy darling, your info is... how do I put this delicately? Flawed. We locals don't care a whit about her home. It can't be seen from the road. How on earth should we care about something that doesn't impact us in any way? It's still on the market as you can see at the link. Every time I've come into contact with her, she's been at the very least, pleasant and on occasion, hilarious.

http://klemmrealestate.com/properties_details.php?32

N said...

The house itself, 1 East 62nd Street, aka Tee Alice T. Drexel Residence, is written up, with floor plans (but not of Ms. Rivers' apartment, in American Splendor, The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer by Michael Katherens.

As for Ms. Rivers' penthouse: it merits a 10 page spread of text and incredibly lush pictures in New York Apartments, Private Views by Jamee Gregory.

If you like apartment and/or floor plan porn, and if you're reading this, I assume you do, both books are well worth the expense.

Anonymous said...

11:38. Thanks for giving us the unvarnished, up-close version. I suspect it is a far more accurate characterization than the adoration shown by 8:23.

Anonymous said...

This old hag still hasn't kicked the proverbial bucket?!

MOI said...

Is it normal in NYC for a 5000sqft home to have a 10x8 kitchen!?

midTN said...

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Suzy dear...11:38 AM....bullshit.

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Have a Nice Day

angie said...

Suzy, interesting comment, thank you. I too fail to see what's funny about rude comedy crossing the line to become mean spirited, and that goes for Kathy Griffin as well.

@7:04 AM re: "a little thick with frosting for my taste". What a perfect description. Wish I thought of things like that :)

Anonymous said...

10:29 She probably has but expert embalmers can do wonders.

Anonymous said...

SCREWY floorplan.

Rosco Mare said...

Joan Rivers owned a beautiful southern colonial house on Ambazac Way in Bel-Air next to one of the Bel-Air Country Club's fairways. She may have lived there with her late husband, Edgar, who tragically committed suicide.

My fraternity brothers and I met her once when we were in college, telling her that we just saw Heidi Abramovitz (one of her fictional characters) in an elevator. Joan quickly asked with a grin, "Was she on the floor with her legs open"? Classic Joan!

Anonymous said...

6:46 One might be more honest but less kind and say "Edgar, who understandably committed..."

Viva! said...

I love Joan and I think she has suffered enough in this life to warrant the sense of humour she has. No one should judge her before seeing the documentary made about her: Joan Rivers, A Piece of Work.

The apartment is over the top. The interior you either love or hate. But the space is amazing. A really unique, if odd, floorplan. Not cookie cutter. One of a kind, much like its owner.

They broke the mould when they made Joan.

The reason she's selling is because she's in LA most of the week working on Fashion Police. Her apparent goal is to buy a small place in The Pierre Hotel.

Anonymous said...

She bought the place over 20 years ago, so whatever she gets for it, she's made a huge profit.

As for the floorplan, a good redesign could turn into a more liveable space...

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