Hidden at the end of a cul-de-sac on 450 East 52nd Street in Manhattan is The Campanile building. This 14-story “Jazz Age” Venetian-Gothic co-op has counted such famous personalities among its residents as Greta Garbo, Rex Harrison, Ethel Barrymore, the Rothschilds, H.J. Heinz, Noel Coward, Henry Miller, Ralph Pulitzer. Now, this swanky NYC building can be your home as well, as the full-floor, duplex penthouse atop The Campanile is currently being offered for $12 million. The penthouse residence was recently renovated, boasting about 3,000 interior square feet and an impressive 2,000 square feet of terraces across both levels.
The home was previously owned by the muse of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mary Martin, the American actress, and singer known for her roles in Peter Pan, South Pacific and the Sound of music. The current homeowners purchased from her and oversaw a complete renovation of the penthouse, making it the duplex home that it is today.
The elevator brings residents directly into The Campanile penthouse. The 32 feet in length, the great room features a wood-burning fireplace, a wall of oversized windows and three French doors leading out to a large terrace.
The adjacent study/bedroom has stunning wood paneling and an onyx-clad bath with a radiant heated marble floor. The room can be converted into a bedroom with recessed pocket doors.
Just like the great room, the primary bedroom boasts a wall of glass and 2 French doors leading to a north and east facing terrace. There are 2 large walk-in closets and an exquisite marble bath with soaking tub, oversized steam shower and vanity, radiant heated marble floor and a view of the River and beyond.
This level also has a wet bar, walk-in and temperature-controlled wine storage room, laundry room, privately accessed service elevator and vestibule and just under 10 foot ceilings.
A bronze and marble floating staircase leads to the dining level that is fitted with a fireplace and boasts majestic River and skyline views.
The kitchen, which is outfitted with La Cornue Grand Palais 180 stove, leads into the beautifully planted wraparound terrace. The north portion of the terrace has an outdoor grill with a dedicated gas line. This floor has a powder room and charming arched doors and windows.
The Campanile penthouse features its own HVAC system allowing the owners to completely control both heat and central air. A custom Lutron Smart System controls lighting, shades, and music throughout the apartment.
Roger Erickson and Molly Reilly of Douglas Elliman have the listing at 450 E 52nd Street.