Seven years after his death, the estate of Luciano Pavarotti is selling his 23rd floor pied-à-terre at Hampshire House, the white-glove co-op building overlooking Central Park South. The Italian tenor first bought the apartment three decades ago and according to his widow Nicoletta Mantovani, it was his favorite of his multiple homes, with "its views, roomy layout and the fact that it was within walking distance—and eyesight—of the Met." Despite Mantovani's string of bad luck with her late husband's other New York properties, she's asking an impressive $13.7 million.
Granted, the two-bedroom apartment does have some pretty spectacular views, with northern, eastern, and southern exposures of both Central Park and the Midtown skyline. The kitchen and master bath have been updated, but apparently Pavarotti left most of the apartment as it was when he first moved in 30 years ago, preferring the acoustics of the apartment's 10.5' beamed ceilings and oak herringbone flooring. It was here that he entertained a cavalcade of fellow performers, including his Three Tenors colleagues Plácido Domingo and José Carreras, as well as Andrea Bocelli and Sting.
· Listing: 150 Central Park South #2301 [Elliman]
· "A View Worthy of an Aria" [NYT]