The late great Joan River’s spectacular penthouse located at 1 East 62nd St. is now on the market for $28 million. He daughter Melissa had inherited it.
Joan Rivers lived in this beautiful penthouse on Manhattan’s East Side before she passed. The late comedienne quipped about her home in a documentary that, “This is how Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had money.”
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Totaling more than 5, 000 square feet in space, the apartment has floor to ceiling windows, wood burning fireplaces, a parlor, a mezzanine floor and a second floor.
It is decorated with candelabra like light fixtures on its walls, white decorative drapes and has hardwood floors. Support beams that separate the living areas are decorated to look like Greek columns and the spacious master bath has a standalone ornate tub.
Rivers had put the apartment on the market two years ago for $29.5 million. She was the head of her building’s condo board.
The penthouse occupies the entire top three floors of the seven story, 42 foot wide, turn-of the 20th Century limestone mansion built in 1903 by millionaire John Drexel and his socialite wife Alice Troth Drexel in Lennox Hill near the corner of Fifth Ave. The home was converted into condominium apartments in the 1930s.
Ernest Hemingway once lived there and it is where he wrote The Snows of Kilimanjaro.
Rivers had come a long way from the simple Brooklyn apartment building in which she grew up. The star lived with her parents and older sister in apartment 107 at the 16 story Art Deco building 135 Eastern Parkway. Built in the 1920s, it stands opposite the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.