Never has a blank slate looked so appealing before.
A long-coveted, rarely occupied twelve-room duplex penthouse at 55 Central Park West has hit the market, asking for $35 million.
The 5,000-square-foot combined apartment at the exclusive Art Deco co-op was last home to Calvin Klein, who lived there in the 1990s and tore down all the interior walls in an act of minimalism (which we suppose is the inverse of an act of passion).
Seller Steve Gottlieb, who owns videochat platform Shindig and resides in another unit in the building, bought the 19th-to-20th-floor pad from Klein for $8.6 million, keeping it as a party venue for the last 12 years.
Although the decade-plus-long vacancy might conjure sad, cobwebby images of an architectural Miss Havisham, the apartment has been lovingly looked after, if the $5 million Gottlieb spent in renovations is any indication.
The penthouse has a 37-foot gallery with huge windows overlooking Central Park and 2,000 square feet of terrace space. A separate staff suite is located on the garden level of the building. The glassed-in pavilion facing the east terrace was where actor Christopher Reeve did his “up, up and away” in “Superman.”
Gottlieb originally envisioned the apartment as a three-bedroom home with an entertainment space, large corner terrace and conservatory, but the unit can accommodate up to 7 bedrooms. Listing agents include John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens and Raphael De Niro and Howard Margolis of Prudential Douglas Elliman.
“It is exceptional to find picture windows of this size in a prewar building,” Burger told the New York Times. “At this price point, there are buyers who want to do their own renovations and are looking for the unique clean white slate that this penthouse presents.”
Get your tabula rasa on with the pictures and floor plan below, courtesy of Elliman: