As quickly as the 12-room 55 Central Park West duplex had appeared on the market in March of 2008, it was gone. This time around it looks like it's in it for the long haul, however, as owner Steve Gottlieb has been telling the Times all about the place. ("Every day is a miracle from up here," he says, while explaining the original listing simply as premature.) Gottlieb, a former record executive, bought the 5,000-square-foot apartment in 1999 for $8.6 million, reportedly beating out an offer from Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols. The Art Deco penthouse's high-profile list of previous owners include "Hello, Dolly!" composer Jerry Herman, producer Keith Barish, Calvin Klein (twice), and David Geffen. It was also used as Superman's apartment in the 1978 film Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. The next owner will certainly be in good company.
Here's how the place is described by the listing agents, who include John Burger, Raphael De Niro, and Howard Margolis:
The space has been dramatically expanded and has never been offered as a combined unit. There has been an extensive amount of design and architectural planning to create a clean white space. You can bring your own ideas and architect to create your own masterpiece, or adapt the extraordinary proposed plans which are available for review upon request. The apartment provides extraordinary flexibility for up to 7 bedrooms. The proposed floor plan has a gracious 37' gallery, leading to a dramatic entertaining expanse with enormous windows overlooking Central Park and a vast South East terrace. There is a 27' x 20' living room with a fireplace, a 30'x 17' formal dining room, and a 17' x 14' Family Room/Media room, all overlooking the Park. The Southern wing of the home includes a 20' eat-in-kitchen with a 14' x 11' dining area, a butlers pantry and laundry room. A sprawling Park-facing master suite with fireplace overlooks both the Eastern and Northern terraces, and has French Doors opening onto the East-facing wrap terrace. It has an oversized master bath and dressing room. There are two spacious bedrooms, both with ample closets and full baths en suite; one of which overlooks the apartment's Northern terrace.