The Rosario Candela-designed 834 Fifth Avenue is one of the most expensive and exclusive buildings in New York City. The list of former and current residents includes Rupert Murdoch, Charles Schwab, Laurance Rockefeller, and Harold Prince. It never really included Woody Johnson, though, as the New York Jets owner and Johnson & Johnson heir never actually lived in the duplex he owns on the building's eleventh and twelfth floors, opting instead for a different lavish apartment he owns at One Central Park West. Now, Johnson has put his 834 Fifth Avenue digs on the market, quietly, as one does. He is reportedly asking $75 million, which would break the New York co-op record that Israel Englander set in 740 Park Avenue last month. The only listing for Johnson's apartment that we could turn up lacks photos or floorplans, but the description gives a sense of what's inside.
This magnificent residence is comprised of 14 rooms and enjoys spectacular Central Park views. With over 120 feet fronting Central Park, this outstanding duplex apartment is resplendent with light streaming in from 43 windows and the gracious layout is beautifully enhanced with high ceilings, pristine hardwood flooring and exquisite prewar architectural details. The first level of the home features a grand marble gallery with an elegant curved staircase. The public rooms include a 38-foot living room with woodburning fireplace and 4 large windows over the Park, a stately 22-foot corner library and a 27-foot South-facing formal dining room. There is a vast windowed kitchen with a sunny breakfast room and butler's pantry as well as separate staff quarters. Located on the upper level, the private chambers include five spacious bedroom suites. Perhaps we'll see photos one day. Bids closed this week, the Post reports.
· Woody Johnson puts $75M duplex on the market [NYP]
· Listing: 834 Fifth Avenue 11/12A [Elliman]
· 834 Fifth Avenue coverage [Curbed]