Joakim Noah–NBA All Star, philanthropist, social activist, and noted free-spirit–signed with the Knicks in June for $18 million a year after spending nine years with the Chicago Bulls. Ahead of his debut season in New York, Noah has scooped up a $5.8 million Chelsea penthouse with an appropriately tricked-out entertaining terrace, reports the Post. The three-bedroom spread at 555 West 23rd Street not only has 2,300 square feet of impeccable indoor space, but the 2,000 square feet of outdoor space boasts a built-in hot tub, gas grill and wet bar, pergola, self-watering planters, and surround sound.
The great room has 12-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open to the terrace, wide-plank walnut floors, and a sleek built-in entertainment center with gas fireplace. The open kitchen comes complete with a walnut island, high-end appliances, and a wine fridge.
The first guest bedroom is off the great room, overlooks the terrace, and has an en-suite bath. A separate wing holds a second guest bedroom, also with an en-suite, a powder room, and a full laundry room. The master has a large walk-in closet and a spa-like bath.
Noah was born in New York City to a Swedish mother and a French father, but was raised in Paris. He returned to the big apple as a teenager; of this time he told CBS Sports, “I always give respect to and pay homage to New York, because I don’t feel like I would be the player that I am today if it wasn’t for New York City. It gives you a certain edge, a certain toughness just growing up in the city.” An unnamed source told the Post that he chose the Chelsea penthouse because “He likes its proximity to practice, and the fact that he can have late night and early morning hoop practice before and after games at Chelsea Piers, which is like an extension of the building.”
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