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Annie Leibovitz sells her two apartments in Manhattan for 15.8 million

The artist, 74, has outgrown her family home on the Upper West Side.

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Annie Leibovitz sells her two apartments in Manhattan for 15.8 million

The artist, 74, has outgrown her family home on the Upper West Side. She put it up for sale in October for 8.6 million dollars (7.86 million euros) without success, for the moment. And now she has just put her studio apartment in the West Village on the market for $8.5 million (€7.9 million).

The two properties couldn't be more different from each other. The first is a spacious apartment in a building built before World War II with high ceilings, hardwood floors and traditional moldings with views of Central Park.

The second is a two-bedroom apartment with a modern design, with low ceilings, gray stone floors and large steel windows overlooking the Hudson River. While with the latter, the photographer seeks a profit of 2 million dollars in two years; With the first, she is willing to lose almost three million, after occupying it for a decade.

In 2014, he paid $11.3 million for the stately duplex at 88 Central Park West, where he shared the neighborhood with other artists such as singers Sting and Paul Simon, actor Robert De Niro and the creator of the comedy show Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels.

In addition to its privileged location facing the park, the interior, built in 1910, has all the original details. These include arched doors in the entry gallery, a coffered ceiling in the dining room, and a decorative fireplace in the spacious living room, as well as a grand wooden staircase that leads to the upper level, where the master suite is located.

The Village studio, located at 495 West Street, has only maintained it for two years. Leibovitz bought it in 2022 for 6.5 million dollars and is now selling it for 8.5 million dollars thanks to the revaluation that the neighborhood has experienced thanks to millionaires looking for a good location and tranquility.

The residence has direct access from the elevator to its almost 1,000 square meters. Inside there are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a toilet and large common spaces with views of the river to Lower Manhattan. It also has a wood-burning fireplace, underfloor heating, a bar and a large library.

The winner of the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities in 2013, aged 74, has decided to get rid of the family home because the apartment has become "too big", after her three daughters have become adults and have decided to "build their own own lives," Leibovitz explained to The New York Times.

The house across from Central Park served her well while raising her daughters, Sarah (22) and twins Susan and Samuelle (18), because the park was "the girls' front yard," where they rode bikes and skated. on ice. "One of them walked across it every day to go to school," she added.

The photographer's intention is to settle in the other "family home" located in the prosperous town of Rhinebeck, on the banks of the Hudson River, in upstate New York, which has been the scene of many of her famous photographs.

The property is a pointed-towered former mansion built in 1915 by Gilded Age architect Harrie T. Lindeberg for millionaire businessman and philanthropist Vincent Astor. Leibovitz paid $2.3 million for it in 1996 and later $635,000 for an adjacent parcel.

Thanks to his good eye for the real estate sector, Leibovitz managed to overcome the worst economic downturn of his life. In 2009, she was on the verge of being evicted by her creditors after accumulating debts of more than $24 million.

He saved the crisis by selling his former home in the Greenwich Village neighborhood to David Lauren, son of designer Ralph Lauren, and his wife, Lauren Bush, for $28.5 million.

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