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Leonard Bernstein’s Penthouse in Park Avenue, NY (Listed for $29.5 Million)

The prewar Art Deco architecture of Manhattan houses the penthouse once owned by Leonard Bernstein, now for sale. The roomy two-story penthouse provides six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and many family rooms. The property offers two terraced balconies with railed walkways to provide outdoor spaces 21-stories above the New York City streets.

This is a view of the bright and airy living room that features a large grand piano on the opposite side from the window. Image courtesy of

Music fans house hunting in New York might consider the family home-sized penthouse of Leonard Bernstein. The Park Avenue property lists for $29.5 million.

The American composer, conductor, pianist, and author resided in this spacious 6,300 square feet penthouse until his death. It offers a roomy living space of six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

The property also includes a private elevator landing. Upon exiting the elevator, guests enter a 34-foot grand gallery. This oversized foyer opens onto a dining room, formal living room, and a library.

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Many describe the penthouse as iconic for its checkered floor in the living room and dark hardwood floors in the kitchen. These dark floors contrast with the light tones of the kitchen cabinets and the black counters.

The penthouse comes partially furnished with items such as a sofa, a glass-topped coffee table in the living room, and a round glass-topped dining table in the dining room. Cozy touches like the living room fireplace blend with elegant features such as the chandelier in the formal dining room. Its sunny solarium provides indoor light on days too cold or rainy to go outdoors.

Enjoy casual family dining in the bright, airy breakfast nook. Its glass skylights and walls welcome natural light and provide an epic city view.

The primary bedroom features a four-poster bed with a matching wood dresser to complement the fireplace’s wood mantle. Fireplaces figure into many of the penthouse’s rooms, including its library which features an immense fireplace surrounded by built-in bookshelves. Another wall features a mural and lengthy windows that provide natural light for reading. The apartment also includes a furnished home office consisting of a sofa, chair, and desk.

Although most people do not associate a Manhattan high-rise address with a large yard or any yard, the Bernstein property provides 700 square feet of outdoor space. It comprises a yard in the sky of two large private balconies, one of which includes an outdoor dining area surrounded by potted plants and affording a view of the city skyline. The balcony terrace includes walkways edged with wrought iron safety railings. Creeping plants adorn the wrought-iron arches to provide a landscaped feel to the outdoor space.

The apartment building features numerous amenities, including a health club, basketball court, squash court, doorman, and an elevator attendant. Built in 1930 in the prewar Art Deco style, the duplex penthouse comprises the uppermost two floors of the 21-story building.

Warburg Realty of Manhattan represents the seller of the 14-room penthouse. The listing agents are Bonnie Chajet, Allison Chiaramonte, and Tania Isacoff Friedland.

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