When it first hit the market in 2013, one of the most majestic high-rise residences in Manhattan’s landmark Plaza Hotel was listed for US$80 million. Now, offered at just shy of US$59 million, buyers can purchase a piece of New York City’s prime real estate, perched on the 18th and 19th floors, overlooking Central Park and Fifth Avenue.
The seller is eminent fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. In 2008, Hilfiger bought two units at the century-old lavish hotel and condominium building for more than US$25 million. He and his second wife, Dee Ocleppo, then spent three years and an additional US$20 million in extensive renovations, as well as combining the apartments, according to the current listing by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Spanning almost 6,000 square feet, the duplex penthouse features a grand architectural trait of the renowned plaza, encapsulated in its signature dome room. There, the Hilfigers commissioned a mural that features family members and the character ‘Eloise’. The popular children’s book character lived on the top storey at the Plaza in Kay Thompson’s book series. The new frescoes were reportedly made by the original illustrator of Eloise: Hilary Knight.
Other unique interior elements abound, from the richness of the reclaimed wood flooring to the elaborate moldings, millwork, stonework, and distinctive ceilings. An Art Deco grand staircase connects the main and upper levels, which house four bedrooms. The master suite has a sitting area, two dressing rooms, five-fixture spa bath, and a terrace with Central Park views.
Back on the main level, there is a professionally equipped chef’s kitchen; a formal dining room with wet bar; library; and a spacious home office.
Hilfiger told the Wall Street Journal that he is selling the apartment because he and his wife spend most of their time at their estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as their homes in Miami and the Caribbean island of Mustique.
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