Peek Inside Bette Midler’s $50 Million NYC Penthouse For Sale

published Sep 19, 2019
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A palatial residence belonging to an entertainment legend recently hit the market. The Fifth Avenue penthouse belonging to Bette Midler is now up for sale, and much like its owner, the home’s asking price commands center stage. 

Listed at $50 million with Brown Harris Stevens, the 7,000-square-foot dwelling atop the Emery Roth-designed building has been home for the performer and her family for the past 20 years. As for why she’s ready to settle down elsewhere, Midler told The Times that she and her performance artist husband Martin von Haselberg are looking to downsize since their daughter Sophie left home and officially made the couple empty nesters. 

Perfectly suitable for a megastar of Midler’s stature, the luxurious 14-room mansion is comprised of three levels linked by curved staircases, plus an elevator that accesses all but the top floor. The 15th floor holds the bedrooms; in total, the home features four en suite bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms. The master has its own dressing room, a beauty parlor and a gym that could serve as a fifth bedroom.

The main entryway is on the 16th floor, which also features a spacious living area with wood-burning fireplace (one of three in the home), an office and a greenhouse complete with sitting area. The main level holds the dining room and kitchen, which is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. In addition to the interior, the 3,000 square feet of exterior space offers breathtaking views of the Central Park Reservoir and features wraparound terraces on the 16th and 17th floors, the latter of which houses a rooftop garden.

After purchasing the triplex in 1996, Midler began upgrading the space to its modern-day luxurious state by enlisting the services of architect Frederick Fisher and Sawyer Berson, who contributed to the exterior landscaping.

The future owner of Midler’s manse can also expect to pay $25,515 in monthly maintenance fees.