Abby Leigh may be famous around the world for her contemporary art, but here in NYC, she’s becoming just as well known for her big-ticket real estate wheeling-and-dealing. In June of 2014, just three months after her husband, Tony-winning “Man of La Mancha” composer Mitch Leigh, passed away, she bought a $4.8 million Upper West Side artist co-op at 27 West 67th Street. The following year, she both listed her Upper East Side townhouse for $28 million (it sold for $20.4 million in 2016) and bought an $8 million home in one of the turrets of the former New York Cancer Hospital on the Upper West Side. And perhaps now Leigh has decided she only needs one UWS residence, as she’s just unloaded the 67th Street residence for $4.8 million according to property records, breaking even on the sale.
27 West 67th Street
Built in 1903, the 12-story building at 27 West 67th Street is the oldest of eight that comprise the West 67th Street Artists’ Colony Historic District. The studio buildings–which now find themselves next to Central Park, Lincoln Center, and the Time Warner Center on the Upper West Side–were built by a group of artists to provide live/work space on what was then a block of ramshackle stables. Asking $4,950,000, this graceful pre-war duplex is as much an important part of New York City history as it is creative and cool. The stylishly renovated three-bedroom co-op was, until 2007, the residence of graphic designer Milton Glaser, creator of the “I ♥ NY” campaign among other iconic designs and co-founder of “New York” magazine. Another unusual thing about this pretty property: It comes with an additional room on the building’s top floor, perfect for a gym, home office–or artist’s studio.
It’s been two-and-a-half years since Rosie O’Donnell sold her chic Greenwich Village penthouse for $9 million, presumably spending more time at her other home in Nyack. But it looks like she’s ready to move back to NYC, as the Post says that she’s been house hunting on the Upper West Side. O’Donnell reportedly checked out a $5.75 million spread at the historic artist co-op 27 West 67th Street–part of the West 67th Street Artists’ Colony History District. The ultra-mod duplex is currently owned by internationally famed artist Abby Leigh, whose late husband was Tony-winning “Man of La Mancha” composer Mitch Leigh.