In April this year, Yoko Ono tried to sell her penthouse apartment at 49 Downing Street in the West Village, asking $8.995 million, but in late July the apartment was taken off the market due to some misunderstanding with with the building’s board who, she claimed, attempted to block the sale of the property. Although, Ono still battling the board in court, her penthouse is back on the market with an reduced price of $6,5 million.
Japanese-born artist and peace activist, Ono purchased the property nearly 20 years ago, and that time it was a former horse stable which she turned into capacious, multi-level townhouse-style cooperative apartment on a narrow, tree-lined block in the heart of New York City’s West Village. She bought it, apparently, for her son, musician and composer Sean Lennon, who lived there only a few years before moving, leaving the unit empty.
Described as a “rare,” “one of a kind” property, the five-floor apartment features 3 bedrooms, 3 full and one half bathrooms in about 5,700 square feet of Old School New York loft which also includes large kitchen, library, a greenhouse, rooftop deck, terrace and rec room. Inside, the penthouse is all brick and soaring ceilings, with original beams and columns, working fireplaces and a whole bunch of sky lights that brighten the über-urban spread with natural light. The home has a private entrance with a private single-car garage and elevator with access to three of the five floors.
Maintenance charges for the unit runs up to $5,331 per month according to online listings.