A lot has changed for Madonna since she bought her Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park more than two decades ago. She's now a mom to four children, has gotten divorced, married, and divorced again, released 10 albums, and turned the big 5-0. Now, she's finally saying goodbye to the apartment that's seen her thorough the last 25 years, listing her 6,000-square-foot Upper West Side pad for a whopping $23.5 million.
Though Madge purchased a single unit back in the mid 1980s, over the years she's bought two more neighboring apartments in the building, combining them into what is now a 6-bedroom, 8-bathroom duplex, which takes up the 5th and 6th floors of West 64th Street's prestigious Harperley Hall, according to real estate website Zillow.
A peek at the listing shows the apartment offers luxuries most Manhattanites have to forgo, like great rooms on both floors with French doors leading to outdoor "Juliet" balconies, five wood-burning fireplaces, central air conditioning (not always a given in NYC apartments), bedrooms with their own wings, and yes, those priceless park views.
The apartment was featured in a 1991 issue of Architectural Digest, and according to the article, Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone (who later turned on her, writing a tell-all book about his sister) served as her interior designer. Ciccone stocked the kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances, kept a set of original (circa 1915) leaded-glass doors that lead to the living room, and sound-proofed the private gym so that neighbors couldn't hear the stereo system. "Madonna likes to feel the music," Ciccone told the magazine at the time.
Unfortunately, others in the building ended up feeling the music, too. According to the New York Post, the 54-year-old was sued in 2009 by an upstairs neighbor, who claimed that Madonna played her tunes so loudly that the walls shook for up to three hours a day. The building's board reportedly threatened to evict the "Vogue" songstress and she settled the lawsuit in 2011. After that she moved out of the building and into an even bigger apartment across town on the Upper East Side, this one a 12,000-square-foot 13-bedroom, 14-bathroom triplewide townhouse with nine fireplaces (because five just isn't enough), for which she paid a reported $40 million. They don't call her the Material Girl for nothing!
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