See Inside John Lennon’s Former New York City Penthouse

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john lennon former new york city penthouse for sale

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While New York City real estate listings are constantly teeming with luxury apartments and penthouses, it’s not too often that you come upon the once home of a member of The Beatles. Today, John Lennon’s former 4,000-square-foot NYC penthouse has hit the market for $5.5 million and it’s where some of the musician’s most iconic moments took place.

john lennon former new york city apartment

James Smolka/ Brown Harris Stevens

john lennon former new york city apartment

James Smolka/ Brown Harris Stevens

Located at the top of the exclusive Southgate complex at 434 East 52nd Street, the apartment spans three floors and includes an enormous 2,000-square-foot wraparound terrace that can be accessed from every room on the main floor. Not to mention, that the apartment as a whole delivers stunning panoramic views of the city— and even in the days before Instagram, Lennon knew a good backdrop when he saw one.

john lennon former nyc apartment at 434 east 52nd street

James Smolka/ Brown Harris Stevens

According to the listing, this apartment is where Lennon’s infamous black-and-white “New York City” photos were taken and later published in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine in 1974. This is also where Lennon was living when he famously claimed he saw a UFO.

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But even besides the legendary musician’s experiences there, the apartment’s style makes it a standout home on its own. The entry level offers an elegant living room with high ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, and gorgeous inlaid hardwood flooring. Also on that levels is the kitchen, which nods to the style of French countryside, but is complemented with top-of-the-line appliances, ample counter space, and storage room. The impressive dining room (which can seat up to 20), the library/media room, and a spacious bedroom and bathroom live on this floor as well.

john lennon former nyc apartment for sale at 434 east 52nd street

James Smolka/ Brown Harris Stevens

john lennon former nyc penthouse for sale

James Smolka/ Brown Harris Stevens

The next level is home to a reading room, a two-level dressing room that contains an electronic rotating closet system and washer/dryer, and the main bedroom. This suite boasts 14-foot ceilings, two en suite bathrooms and a cozy fireplace—and overlooks the Hudson river.

john lennon former new york city apartment hits the market for 55 million

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john lennon former new york city apartment master suite bathrooms

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Lastly, the lower level of the home is its own apartment with a living room, kitchen, full bathroom and one bedroom. It can be accessed from via stairs in the penthouse, but also from a separate entrance.

Renowned architect Emery Roth designed the apartment building, which is located off a quiet and discreet cul-de-sac in between Midtown East and the Upper East Side. Lauren Cangiano and Alisha Lloyd-Hudson of Brown Harris Stevens hold the listing, which you can view here.

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