Billie Holiday’s former Upper West Side townhouse sells for $13.9 million – Robb Report
This New York brownstone is the epitome of Easy life.
The former Upper West Side townhouse of jazz legend Billie Holiday just hit the market and if you want to get your hands on the late singer’s historic digs, it’ll set you back almost $14 million. . Listed with Douglas Elliman, the neo-Renaissance residence was recently renovated and received a few practical upgrades along the way. Although it still retains many of the original finishes from when it was built in the early 1900s, Holiday is said to have lived on the first floor for the last years of her life before her death in 1959. It is also where she released their penultimate album, lady in satin.
The 20-foot-wide, 6,300-square-foot townhouse is spread over six levels and features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two powder rooms. Alterations took place in 2017 when architect Amie Sachs and interior designer Fawn Galli were brought in to breathe new life into the space. Today, among its modern conveniences is a screening room with wallpaper designed by Lenny Kravitz, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and a manicured backyard garden. Inside, you’ll also notice that a ton of old-world detail has been preserved. Think of the original mahogany doors, woodwork and 10-12 foot ceilings.
Downstairs is a striking foyer with a sparkling chandelier and herringbone oak flooring. Adjacent to the chic main entrance is the living room which features a carved plaster ceiling and a majestic fireplace. Nearby is a private office and state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bertazzoni range, two Fisher and Paykel dishwashers, marble counter tops and a full bar. A formal dining room and powder room are also found on this level.
Upstairs, the third floor is laid out as a 1,100 square foot master suite. But honestly, it’s more like a personal sanctuary. Perks include a walk-in closet, fireplace and an ultra-luxurious bathroom which has been decorated with heated floors, a bathtub and marble details. You will also have access to your own private library. Elsewhere in the house is a skylight which exposes the vaulted brick dwelling to a large amount of sunlight.
“Legacy properties always have a certain allure and cachet, especially in New York City,” listing agent Kelly Killoren Bensimon said. World Mansion in an email. “New Yorkers love and adore their icons. Knowing that one of the most beloved storytellers of our time lived in a residence is a very strong selling point.
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