Friday, August 12 2022

If you want to live like Hugh Jackman, you better win like a triple threat A-lister. The stage and screen veteran’s recently listed triplex condo in New York’s West Village not only carries an elephantine price tag of nearly $40 million, a few clicks and smacks on the abacus show that monthly taxes and common expenses accrue up to $734,000 per year.

Currently starring alongside Broadway royal Sutton Foster in a revival of the 1957 musical “The Music Man,” the “X-Men” franchise star and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, have owned the spacious condo for fourteen years old. According to tax records as well as the New York Post, the first to post the listing, the Furness-Jackmans paid $21 million for the sui generis condo at the end of 2008. The listing is owned by Deborah Grubman, David Adler and Paul Albano, all of The Corcoran Group.

A flamboyant sculptural spiral staircase, part of which is encased in a circular wall of glass, connects the three bright floors of the approximately 11,000 square foot condo that is almost entirely enveloped in floor-to-ceiling glass with five en-suite bedrooms and five full and two half baths. There are a trio of small balconies, one on each floor, and uninterrupted views up, down, and across the Hudson River to the New Jersey skyline.

The pristine, almost all-white interior architecture was managed for the previous owner by Richard Meier, also the building’s architect, who cleverly divided the living, entertaining and private spaces into distinct zones. The main living and entertaining areas, in the middle of the 9th floor of the triplex, comprise a large open plan space that forms a U around a carefully arranged central core that houses closets, a powder room and a walk-in wine cellar. , as well as a catering kitchen and a pantry. A grand piano anchors one end of the double-height living room, while a massive double-sided fireplace that seems to magically float above the floor separates the spacious dining room from a study/home office. Creamy natural stone countertops cascade to the ends of the 20+ foot island in the open-plan kitchen with breakfast nook which also sports a commercial-grade range set in a bank of stainless steel cabinetry.

Four en-suite guest bedrooms share the 8th floor with a 30-foot-long family room, library, and powder room. An entire wall of one of the bedrooms functions as a gigantic pocket door which, when it disappears into the wall, almost doubles the size of the adjoining bookcase.

Perfect for a superstar actor, tech mogul or financial industry big cat, the 10th highest floor is dedicated to the owner’s retirement. The loft bedroom spans the full width of the building as it overlooks the river and the living room below, and the sleek, minimalist bathroom features a cleverly designed baby blue glass privacy screen. The sprawling suite also offers a fitness area, two walk-in closets, tons of built-in units, a pair of fitted walk-in closets, a large sauna, and a small laundry room.

Residents of the 13-unit boutique building are pampered with a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-time doorman and concierge services, and a full-service parking garage. But the best amenity might just be the door-to-door dining service available at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Perry St restaurant, located on the ground floor of the building, where a burger costs $30 and a frie costs another twelve. Other big names with units in the building include Vongerichten, Calvin Klein, Ian Schrager, and multidisciplinary designers Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu.

Jackman and Furness aren’t abandoning New York; they plan to stay in the immediate area. And like many New Yorkers who have the dough to do so, they also maintain a posh second home in the Hamptons. In their case, it’s a custom-built waterfront resort in a quiet, undiscovered neighborhood of East Hampton that they snapped up in two deals, one in 2014 and the other in 2015, for a total expenditure of $7.5 million.

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