This strikingly ornate penthouse is located in a 42-foot wide limestone mansion located at 1 East 62ND Street on the upper east side in Manhattan, New York City, NY. It belongs to television personality and comedian Joan Rivers. The pre-war mansion turned condominium was designed by renowned architect Horace Trumbauer in the neo-French Classic style. It features 5,190 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, grand living room with soaring 23′ ceilings and elegant parquet-de-Versailles flooring, formal dining room with ornate 18th century French panels and fireplace, paneled library with fireplace, gourmet kitchen, home office and two terraces. It is listed at $29,500,000.

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  • marc22

    Horace Trumbauer knew how to design great classical spaces in his grand Gilded Age mansions. His townhouses were no less important or grand than his sprawling mansion commissions. This townhouse is spectacular even though it is now divided into a number of residences.

    The main apartment living space is comprised of the home’s former turn-of-the-century ballroom. Whether it is your style or not, the impeccable panel detailing and quality of the design is unmatched and irreplaceable. In today’s crazy Manhattan real estate market someone may eventuallly pay close to the asking price.




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    • sam

      I read her penthouse apartment was actually an add on to the original Mansion is this not the case?




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      • marc22

        This has been described as part of the original home in everything I have ever read about this apartmnet. If it was added to the townhouse than it was certainly done only by Trumbauer and completed when the original owners were still occupying the townhouse.




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        • Andrew

          If you look at the exterior of the building it’s clear that even if the “ballroom” section of the penthouse is original, the top 2 floors of the townhouse definitely underwent MAJOR renovations in the last few decades (they replaced the original mansard roof with a MODERNIST facade)–pretty sure the library, dining room, and master bedroom are completely new additions and do not date to the turn of the century like the rest of the house.




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          • Doug

            Yeah I’ve read in numerous places and it’s also evident in photographs that none of this is remotely original. Her entire apartment was part of an addition when the mansion was turned condo. She simply designed it to look original.




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          • marc22

            Its very simple, the large interior space is original to the townhouse. Those are Trumbauer designed interiors. During conversion to condos, someone had to add a kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. upstairs to make what was a giant room into a full fledged condo. The French panelled interior is origianl to the home. I dont know where you get your information from but that is why the exterior looks tacked on, because the original exterior roof level had to be drastically modiified to accommodate an apartment up on the roof.




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  • Daniel

    Holy hell. I love grandeur and opulence, but that is just WAY too much gold gilt. I don’t think I’d be able to live in something this museum-like. If it were up to me, I’d just whitewash the whole damn apartment and have all of the preservationists up in arms 😉




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  • Chris

    Its truly stunning and definitely worth the asking price.




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  • Grrrowler

    This couldn’t be less my style, but I totally love it. Joan Rivers, despite her public persona, has exquisite taste and she took the detailing in this place to incredible depths; she also knew exactly when to stop. The smaller rooms look a lot more intimate and comfortable than the large salons but I think overall that it’s very impressive. There are some things about the layout I’m not a fan of, particularly the fact that the kitchen is minuscule, even by New York standards, and the fact that the main stairway is somewhat out of the way and feels like an afterthought. Unfortunately the apartment has been on the market at this price for well over a year, and maybe it’s time to lower that price. Or, maybe Joan doesn’t need to sell and will just wait for the right buyer.




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    • Jeff P.

      I agree with all of the points you make. Re the kitchen – per the stereotype, this is not the apartment of someone who eats at home.




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  • WrteStufLA

    It’s been on the market for a couple of years now at that price, and Ms. Rivers says that she won’t let it go for any (or much) less money. She’s just spending most of her time in LA to be close to Melissa and Melissa’s family. And who’s the head of the condo board of this 8-unit building? Why, it’s Ms. Rivers herself! (Although I understand that the rest of the building know her as Mrs. Rosenberg — her married name.)




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  • Limedaiquar

    I absolutely hate this.




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  • Marie

    This is just truly a gaudy looking penthouse. Definitely not something if I had millions of dollar I’d spend it on.




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  • sam

    Over Priced! Divide the price by two and you might have a buyer. For 20+ million you could do much better in NYC and buy an actual mansion not just part of a mansion.




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  • rob

    This is a beautiful classic apartment. Although this over the top French style is not my style she does it beautifully. To pull this style off you have to have a good eye and it appears that Mrs. Rosenberg has a good sense of style. That being said, I can only picture this place with a rich old lady with a little dog.




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  • NOVA Ben

    Too frilly.




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  • architect121

    While this is much (you guessed it) too formal for me, I can appreciate the amazing architectural details throughout the home. It has such a different feeling than a newly built mcmansion that tries to emulate this elegance. I suppose if I was forced to reside in NYC, this wouldn’t be a bad way to live!




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  • lambskin

    Perhaps a Russian buyer?




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    • rob

      This is what Russian buyers think they are building when they build those hideous, garish monstrosities. They cannot tell authentic class from tacky kitsch.




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