Published On: Fri, May 9th, 2014

Bette Midler Shows The World Her Manhattan Penthouse

For the first time, fans of the great Bette Midler get a glimpse inside her penthouse apartment which overlooks New York’s Central Park.

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Actress, singer, comedienne, Bette Midler, 68, is one of the most versatile celebrities in the world. Now, for the first time, she has let us see what her Fifth Avenue home looks like in an interview with Architectural Digest. It is a 12 room co-op penthouse with beautiful views of New York’s Central Park’s reservoir, a roof garden and a spacious living room.

The terraces around the roof, which were designed by architect Brian Sawyer, are covered in climbing rose bushes and clematises and filled with green tress in a style reminiscent of English country homes and create shaded escapes from hot New York summers.

As Midler told Architectural Digest about the living room, “We’re always right here, drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.” It has a direct view of the reservoir.

The 3, 100 square foot penthouse has three floors, a flowered Art Deco rug, hand painted chairs from Sweden and red lanterns made of crappy old kimonos, as she put it. As explained in the interview, Bette Midler has had so many varying life experiences that she could not settle for just one style for the entire home. She also made sure to install many large windows to ensure that her home would get plenty of natural light.

“My mother was a great seamstress, really brilliant, because of her I’ve been crazy about textiles all my life. And my father painted houses for a living. I grew up around people who worked with their hands, so I love how you can see the care and affection that craftsmen pour into their creations, ”’ said Midler.

Bette Midler

 Architectural Digest

Her husband is an investor and performance artist and is responsible for the apartment’s artwork, which has a focus on really “juicy paintings.”

The property was purchased for $3.5 million in 1996 by Midler and she shares it with her husband of thirty years, Martin Von Hasselberg.

Bette Midler is the star of such hit films as Beaches, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Rose and Ruthless People. She has won three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and was once nominated for an Oscar for best Actress in the movie For The Boys.


 Architectural Digest

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