Joan Rivers might have left the entertainment world unexpectedly in 2014. Perhaps it is less of a surprise that her lavish penthouse on East 62nd Street in Manhattan sold for an incredible $28 million, and that the new owners are said to be royalty from the Middle East.
It's a legendary home owned by an equally larger-than-life entertainment industry figure. The home is in a limestone mansion just off Fifth Avenue, and was built in 1903 during the Gilded Age. It was designed by Horace Trumbauer, prominent in that time. Inside, Ms. Rivers' former triplex certainly lived up to the building's reputation. It had ornate details restored from their original architecture, double-height entertainment rooms, and some of the most arresting views of the Manhattan skyline, according to the property's listing on Corcoran.com, the agency in the deal.
Residents and visitors enter from an elevator landing, which opens onto what is described as "one of the grandest rooms in Manhattan." That would be the ballroom and adjoining music room – with 23′ ceilings – create the centerpiece of the 11-room home. Further into the space, and beyond three French doors is the dining room and terrace access, which can also accommodate dining, according to the Corcoran listing.
Three fireplaces, a couple of them marble, help keep the interiors warm and at least inviting on frigid New York nights. The array of crystal chandeliers, medallions and ceiling paintings keep visitors looking up.
The second floor of the unit is just as busy, with a mezzanine that overlooks the music room and ballroom, and which leads to the master suite. This level also has access to the servant's quarters, through a stairway near the kitchen. Just like properties with guest houses in the country, this place in town has separate guest quarters, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room and an eat-in kitchen.
It's easy to imagine staff excitedly swapping brief stories about encounters with the Glitterati of TV, Broadway and film when Ms. Rivers owned the place. Now, with royalty supposedly moving in, it could get even better!