Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Jon Bon Jovi Lists Downtown Duplex Penthouse

SELLER: Jon Bon Jovi
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $42,000,000
SIZE: 7,452 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Painstakingly preserved middle-aged rock superstar Jon Bon Jovi and his Missus, Dorothea Hurley, coughed up $24,000,000 in June 2007 for a sleek and sophisticated, suburban MacMansion-sized duplex penthouse atop a very swank cast iron building in New York City's tourist-filled SoHo neighborhood.

Thanks to the diligent research of our unofficial (but much appreciated) aide de camp Hot Chocolate we've learned that Mister and Missus Bon Jovi have hoisted the nearly 7,500 square foot spread on the open market with a significantly increased $42,000,000 price tag.

This isn't the biggest surprise. Avid real estate watchers may recall that back in the fall of 2011 rumors surfaced on Curbed and elsewhere that the post-reno penthouse was quietly being shopped off-market with a $45 million price tag.

A key lock elevator opens directly into the five bedroom penthouse's upper level main foyer off of which are coat closets and an itty-pitty powder room. Floor to ceiling windows wrap around four sides of the massive main living/dining space that includes a mirrored fireplace and access to both the the posh penthouse's expansive roof terraces that together total more than 3,100 square feet of fully landscaped exterior living space.

Besides the addition of a lot of beige, brown and—although undoubtedly excessively expensive—very boring furnishings, a quick comparison of the floor plan included with current marketing materials (above) and the one included with online listings from the time of their purchase (see here) show Mister and Missus Bon Jovi made a couple of significant alterations and reconfigurations. When they purchased the penthouse there were two master suites, one upstairs the other downstairs. The upper level master suite—the one we imagine was likely used by the previous occupant as the actual master bedroom—occupied a private wing on the upper level. That space was converted by the Bon Jovis to a media room with adjacent projection room, a puny, window-lined study and a compact guest bedroom with adjoining bathroom.

The master suite was moved to the lower level and includes small entry vestibule that promotes privacy, a 25-foot long bedroom area with a trio of over-sized street-facing windows, a double-sided fitted dressing room and a spacious (if windowless) bathroom with two sink, crapper cubby and double-headed shower. Three more guest/family bedrooms on the lower level each have private bathrooms as does the squeezy staff bedroom that's tucked up behind the laundry room.

The penthouse has two U-shaped kitchens, one off the main living space on the upper level and the other slightly smaller one off the 1,100-plus square foot so-called "Great Room" on the lower level. Both kitchens are equipped with custom cabinetry and top of the line appliances, natch, but, oddly enough, neither is much bigger than what one might safely expect to find in a mid-priced suburban tract house.

Our brief and entirely unscientific research indicates Mister and Missus Bon Jovi maintain a small but rock star style real estate portfolio that in addition to the Manhattan duplex they'd like to unload and a jaw dropping $18,000,000 profit includes (but may not be limited to) a multi-acre river-front spread in quietly ritzy Red Bank, NJ and a large house on one of the finest and most expensive lanes in East Hampton, NY, that they scooped up in August 2004 for $7,600,000.

exterior photo: Kate Leonova for Property Shark
listing photos and floor plan: Corcoran

30 comments:

Gilsner said...

I always love it when New York listings have telescopes.... clearly pointing at the neighbors.

Anonymous said...

This is the same building that Mark Madoff hung himself in.

Shopgirl said...

For $42mm the kitchen sucks and I hate the open staircase. Holy crap that guy sells a lot of records.

Shopgirl said...

For $42mm the kitchen sucks and I hate the open staircase. Holy crap that guy sells a lot of records.

Anonymous said...

Shopgirl...he didnt pay 42M for it (and neither will anyone else). I find the outdoor space curious, in that it has a Buddah but no seating that is visible.

Desert Donna said...

Lil GB, is that a stripper pole I spy in the living room vis a vis Pam A or a fire pole vis a vis Cooper A?? Please carify for the Children.

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Anonymous said...

Not being sandwiched between adjoining buildings of equal or height is a plus--but I'm sure they recognized that. Still, it allows this space windows on four sides.

He's a good family man and generous philanthropist. Best to their family.

Sandpiper said...


Above 4:42 was me.

The Melburnian said...

Needs a total gut.

Hey, buzz-kill said...

Anon 1:05. T-M-I.

Anonymous said...

This a-hole bought this place at the top of the market in 2007 for $24 million and now wants $42 million? Eff off and go fly a kite.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying hard to like it.

But I don't. Looks creepy.

Cy said...

Sooo...what makes them think they can get that?

Somebody said...

To the site owner: I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but all the duplicate ads on your pictures (which are rather annoying) actually overlap into your writing, blocking some of the details you give about the houses.

Anonymous said...

@6:32: Mama has to be able to maintain the site so the ads are a necessary evil. You can close them though, just click the little X on either the top right or left corner of them.

I like the original layout of this place better, why would you put a terrace off a projection room? Seems wasteful.

Anonymous said...

The decor is pretty bad. He must have brought the designer over from Hoboken or something. I am picturing Fran Dresher before she became the Nanny...My motto is "when in doubt BUY taste"

Anonymous said...

The decor is pretty bad. He must have brought the designer over from Hoboken or something. I am picturing Fran Dresher before she became the Nanny...My motto is "when in doubt BUY taste"

Anonymous said...

There is no way he is getting 40mil+ for this. There are way better penthouses in downtown New York that are more spectacular than this place.
195 Hudson Street penthouse in TRIBECA, 8000 sqf and a better layout. (currently owned by Jay Z & Beyonce).
Even the 2 penthouses at 30 Crosby Street in SOHO are way better.

Anonymous said...

Is that even real wood flooring in living room???

And wall to wall carpeting in the bedroom!

lil' gay boy said...

Donna,

Looks kinda industrial-strength to me; I'm picturing the hippos from Fantasia -- the sofa only reinforces that impression.

Love the floor plan -- good bones, and the location & building aren't bad either, but...

..the decor is not on a par with the asking price, which, IMHO, they'll never get.

lil' gay boy said...

BTW -- 6:32 & 7:04

Yes the ads are an evil necessity, but they used to be anchored at the bottom of the images -- now they overlap in the hopes that when you have to click on the close box in order to read what's under it, you may click thru to their site instead...

Deliberate, underhanded, and if I needed a lung they were selling I'd think twice...

Anonymous said...

I live in the same neighborhood as the Bon Jovi's primary residence on Navesink River Road in Middletown, Nj (it has a Red Bank mailing address but is in Mtown). We all knew this was doomed from the start. Mr. bonjovi appears to be all down to earth, but the man has a giant, humongous ego that even Bruce Springsteen rarely wants anything to do with. And Mrs. Bon Jovi supposedly never wanted to leave their home in NJ for NYC. So it's actually taken longer for them to list this than I would've thought.

Their main home on the Navesink River is drop dead gorgeous. It's this French Chateau thing on like 15 acres high on a bluff overlooking the river. The inside is filled with original mantles and details from chateaus in France.

Anonymous said...

Will think twice about ever going to L*we's. That ad is making me nuts and I don't have far to go.

Anonymous said...

His spoiled daughter wanted to live in New York City to intern at a prestigious fashion magazine, which never happened. This was the biggest mistake of his life.

Sean Riker said...

Love it. I am definitely going to have to do some of these for a project I have right now! I did something along these same lines for my girls room except I used fabric as the background and then put some flat wooden birds that I found in the garden section (they were plant sticks) over the top to give it dimension. Someday maybe a picture of them will be on my blog:)

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