Peter Jackson's House: The House The Lord of the Rings Built

By on May 27, 2013 in ArticlesCelebrity Homes

Peter Jackson, now known as Sir Peter Jackson, has been riding relatively high since the massive success of his adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy.  He first gained notice for writing and directing a series of "splatter" films in mid-80s.  Then broke through to mainstream success with the film, "Heavenly Creatures", starring a very young Kate Winslet in 1994.  The film won numerous honors and was nominated for an Oscar.  The next few years were tumultuous, as studio pressure and increased critical scrutiny combined to make it difficult for him to produce the kind of films he desired.  In 1997, he began working on "The Lord of the Rings", and the trilogy launched the director, and the films' cast into international super-stardom.  After winning multiple awards for his work on the series, including Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, he moved on to other larger-than-life film subjects.  He next directed a re-make of "King Kong", produced and directed a portion of "The Adventures of Tintin" with Steven Spielberg, and most recently, directed "The Hobbit" trilogy.  While the New Zealand-born director spends most of his time in New Zealand, he has also purchased multiple homes in various cities, including two penthouses in Manhattan.  This month, he decided to put the two penthouses on the market, as he has spent very little time in them since they were purchased in 2008.

Peter Jackson's house is made up of two penthouses totaling 8000 square feet.  He originally intended to combine the two apartments into one, but never completed the job.  One of the penthouses has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and 4000 square feet of outdoor space.  The other penthouse has two bedrooms and three bathrooms.  The two penthouses also have walk-in closets, laundry rooms, and separate entrances.  He began the process of combing them after purchasing the two units for $17.35 million in 2008, including adding a new roof system, a new HVAC system, and some basic interior renovation.  However, his directing schedule rendered it impossible for him to continue.  Fast-forward to 2013, and he has put both units on the market for $21.5 million.  Will he be as successful with real estate as he is with moviemaking?  Only time will tell…

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