Giorgio Armani buys William Randolph Hearst’s one-time Central Park West penthouse for $17.5M
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Giorgio Armani buys William Randolph Hearst’s one-time Central Park West penthouse for $17.5M

December 10, 2019

Listing images by Evan Joseph; courtesy of Compass

T-Mobile’s departing CEO John Legere first listed his palatial penthouse at 91 Central Park West for $22 million in February 2018 and progressively dropped the price to just shy of $18 million in his search for a buyer. In the end, he didn’t have to look far. Giorgio Armani—who already owns a unit on the same floor—recently purchased the residence for roughly $17.5 million, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. The one-time home of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst sprawls over 3,000 square feet and comes with a 1,700-square-foot private terrace overlooking the park. Armani will combine the residence with his existing, similarly sized unit and take over the entire floor.

The entrance is via a private elevator that opens onto a stone foyer. From here, a gallery hallway with vaulted ceilings leads to the corner living room, featuring 11-foot plaster ceilings, a wall of built-ins, and a carved Elizabethan oak fireplace. As 6sqft previously reported, Legere hired design firm SheltonMindel to update the residence and restore its historic details, which include elaborate woodwork and stained glass windows throughout. During the work, the architects reportedly found the initials of Marion Davies—Hearst’s mistress—carved into the fireplace.

The living and dining rooms both have access to a 1,700-square-foot wrap-around terrace, that spans the width of the building.

Despite Legere’s passion for cooking, the kitchen is on the small side but comes updated with contemporary stainless steel and a walk-in pantry.

The main level has four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and access to the aforementioned terrace. Two of those bedrooms enjoy direct park views.

Back in the entrance foyer, a sky-lit staircase leads to the penthouse’s second level, complete with a hand-carved bar, built-in banquettes, 14+ foot beamed ceilings, and more enviable views.

Located on the northwest corner of West 69th Street, the 16-story building was constructed in 1926 by Schwartz and Gross Architects in the neo-Renaissance style. It has 94 units and is considered one of Central Park West’s most prominent co-ops.

Legere will leave his position at T-Mobile in the spring. It’s unclear whether he plans to purchase another home in the city, but for now, it seems like he might prefer a sunnier climate. Back in October, he dropped $16.7 million on a 6,240-square-foot mansion in Naples, Florida.

The unit wasn’t publicly listed at the time of the sale, but Compass agents Heather McDonough Domi and Henry Hershkowitz were the last listing agents.


Listing images by Evan Joseph; courtesy of Compass

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