The New York Post: Bette Midler scores buyer for $50 million Manhattan penthouse


Bette Midler really has the wind beneath her wings now, and she is flyin’ high!

After spending two years on the market, the award-winning singer and actress’ regal $50 million Manhattan penthouse that she has lived in for over two decades has finally scored a buyer.

Sold for exactly the price tag she was hoping for, the “Beaches” star is set to make a hefty profit.

Midler, 75, first purchased the Upper East Side home in 1996 with her husband of 36 years, Martin von Haselberg, for just $3.5 million, according to property records. Even factoring in the upkeep, renovations and two-year remodeling by architect Frederick Fisher, she is still set to have made a killing.

With six bedrooms and seven baths, the 14-room Fifth Avenue property occupies the top three floors — 15, 16 and 17 — of the prewar co-op building and spans a massive 7,000 square feet.

Views of Central Park from the expansive terrace.

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The sun-drenched kitchen is outfitted with stainless-steel appliances, including an enormous stove hood, along with custom cabinets and marble countertops.

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The curved stairway with brass balusters connects the three levels of Bette Midler’s longtime Fifth Avenue penthouse.

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A living room, which opens to a terrace, is anchored by a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by ceramic tiles.

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On the first floor, a private elevator opens to an expansive, light-filled gallery.

Beyond that is a 70-feet-wide entertaining space with a high ceiling that features a living room, a dining area and a renovated eat-in kitchen with marble countertops, custom wood cabinetry and high-end appliances. There is also an office and a guest bathroom.

The 17th floor, the third level of the home, includes a large space used as a library and music room.

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Another view of the library and music room which features floor-to-ceiling windows.

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A hallway that leads to the bedrooms.

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The family room is located on the first level, where all the bedrooms are.

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One of the more colorful rooms in the penthouse, which was largely decorated in soft, neutral colors.

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The outdoor space on the first level includes a greenhouse with a seating area.

There are six bedrooms, two of which face Central Park and feature large bathrooms and dressing rooms. The master suite, located in the corner of the home, has oversized windows, a study and a wood-burning fireplace.

Three other bedrooms boast city views. The second level also comes with a large family room and laundry space.

Two of the bedrooms boast city views.

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Another view of one of six bedrooms.

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A sitting space in one of the bedrooms is featured. All six bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms.

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A dumbwaiter can be seen in this bathroom, which is one of seven.

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The top-level contains a 21-by-18-feet library and music room and opens out to an expansive 3,100-square-foot rooftop garden with “sweeping Central Park and reservoir views,” the listing notes.

In an interview with the New York Times, Midler, who often referred to the home as a “country house in the city,” said their decision to unload their longtime abode was so they could downsize since her daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, had moved out.

“It’s time for another family to enjoy it,” she explained.

In the fall, Midler confirmed she would reprise her role as a Sanderson sister in the “Hocus Pocus” sequel.

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