When it comes to luxury real estate, over-the-top design, celebrity residences hardly disappoint — and Joan Rivers’ old Penthouse is no exception. The Penthouse, allegedly acquired by a Middle Eastern bidder for $28 million, is back again on sale for $38 million.
Located on 62nd Street, near Fifth Avenue, and most importantly, offers breathtaking views of Central Park, the Penthouse was once home to one of the world’s most famous comedians since the 1960s, Joan Rivers. Joan’s life was as fast-paced as her one-liners, spanning a busy 55-year career as an author of 12 books, a joke-and-comedy screenplay writer, a film director and performer in 27 films, and in conclusion, a jewelry designer.
In 1987, a year after her husband, Edgar Rosenberg, died, Joan sold her Los Angeles home and returned to her home state. She then bought the New York penthouse and immersed herself into lavishly adorning it while being sensitive to the French-themed architecture. She lived there for 28 years and hosted several and dignitaries celebrities, including Princess Diana, at her home.
Take a Look Inside The Luxurious New York Joan Rivers’ Penthouse
The palatial triplex, the pinnacle of luxury real estate, includes four bedrooms, four and a half baths, five fireplaces, and also its private elevator. The Penthouse’s private elevator entrance hall leads to a spectacular two-story gallery. The gallery is connected to a light-filled living room, both of which include wood-burning fireplaces. The reception areas have 23-foot ceilings and exquisite parquet-de-Versailles flooring. The Penthouse also has a huge corner-paneled library and a formal dining room with historic wood-burning stoves. Its south-facing terrace haselaborate 18th-century French panels. The four-bedroom triplex contains a ballroom, music room, ancient columns, extensive party rooms, an eye-catcher for luxury real estate lovers as well as experts.
The Penthouse was built in the Neo-French Classic style by renowned architect Horace Trumbauer. The Penthouse, reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles, features majestic gold accents and also 23-foot ceilings. Rivers characterized it as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger” in a previous interview with the Post. The decoration shows Joan’s keen eye for luxury real estate, who commented, “It’s what Marie Antoinette would have done if she had money.”
This mansion has another standout feature aside from the lavish design, boundless room, vistas, and five wood-burning fireplaces. In 2009, the house was featured in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories, in which Joan enlisted the help of a voodoo priestess to exorcise the ghostly presence known as Mrs.Spencer. The author of The Diary of a Mad Diva and former anchor of Fashion Police on E! was sure the ghost had taken refuge in the house.
Jenny Lenz and Dolly Lenz of Dolly Lenz Real Estate are the sole agents for this luxury real estate.