It’s still tough to believe that David Bowie is gone. His death last year after a battle with cancer makes looking at Bowie’s grand piano all the more bittersweet.
But there it is, sitting in the corner of this Essex House condo that Bowie and his wife, Iman, owned from 1992 to 2002, before they sold it and famously moved downtown.
The residence at 160 Central Park South inside the Marriott-owned Essex House is on the market for $6,495,000. Bowie and Iman netted $1.75 million when they sold it in 2002. The 1,877-square-foot apartment has since been sold several times, with closing prices of $2.8 million in 2004; $3.995 in 2006 and $4.45 million in 2010.
The current owner has tried to fetch a sale at higher list price ($7.5 million in 2014) but has settled on the current list price with Corcoran.
According to the Daily Mail, Bowie’s Yamaha grand piano has remained in the apartment since his departure, and is again part of the deal in what must be considered a permanent fixture of music history in the 3-bedroom abode.
In addition to the ivories, the apartment comes with some pretty stellar views of Central Park through its north-facing picture windows. The third bedroom is used as an office. The pass-through kitchen and bathrooms have all been renovated.
The unit features central air, custom lighting and sound system. The new owner would have access to amenities at the Essex House — a luxury hotel in Manhattan’s most expensive neighborhoods if you go by price per square foot. No wonder monthly maintenance fees for this unit are $6,457, not including monthly taxes of $1,141.
Good thing this unit is allowed to be rented out for short-term leases — a good way to defray some of those costs AND share the Bowie love.