There was a time when pop culture icon, Marilyn Monroe, called New York, New York home. While the California native lived in the Big Apple she resided at an unsurprisingly elegant and unique pre-war penthouse, which is now for sale.
Located at 444 East 57th Street, just off of Sutton Place, Monroe‘s former pad is said to be “unlike anything else.” Constructed in 1929, the 2,200-square-foot apartment with more than 3,000 square feet of terrace space underwent a two-year renovation.
The large living and dining room features a wood-burning fireplace and leads to a sprawling terrace. The state-of-the-art kitchen, with a breakfast bar, can be accessed via the living and dining room area as well as the home gallery.
Accompanying the master bedroom is a dressing room and office; a master bathroom with a soaking tub, a separate multi-jet stall shower, and heated floors; a wood-burning fireplace; and a private 1,000-square-foot terrace. There’s also a guest bedroom, an additional bathroom, a hidden laundry area, an elevator that’s attended 24/7, spacious closets and basement storage areas, central air conditioning, and mesmerizing views of both the East River and the Queensboro Bridge.
Monroe wasn’t the only 444 East 57th Street penthouse resident with celebrity status. Bill Blass, a fashion designer famous for his designs for the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, and many others, had also lived there. During his time there, he reportedly threw extravagant parties and events, which were attended by actors, socialites, and members of royal families, such as the duke and duchess of Windsor.
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