A New York City penthouse where Frank Sinatra lived and helped design in the 1960s is now for sale and featured this week on the Top 10 homes spotlight at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
In the 1960s, Frank Sinatra was at the top of his show business career. He was a good friend of John Kennedy, supervising much of the President’s 1961 inauguration festivities, and partied with his Rat Pack friends Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Frank was one of the busiest performers in Las Vegas, Hollywood and New York doing movies, concerts, recordings and TV shows.
In his spare time, Frank did quite a bit of design work on the New York penthouse where he lived with Mia Farrow. Frank and pixie-faced Mia met on the set of “Von Ryan’s Express” in 1965. They were married in 1966, lived in their stunning Manhattan glass-walled penthouse and were divorced by 1968. When Mia’s movie “Rosemary’s Baby” production time ran over and she refused to quit the film to be in Sinatra’s film “The Detective,” Frank handed Mia divorce papers in front of her movie cast crew.
According to the apartment’s listing agent, Frank was quite active in the penthouse design when it was under construction in 1961 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. And how his pal, Sammy Davis Jr., enjoyed tossing champagne glasses down on FDR Drive from the apartment’s terraces. Frank loved to entertain his wide circle of friends that ranged from presidents, royalty and Hollywood’s biggest stars to religious leaders and mobsters. His New York penthouse was designed for parties and socializing with 18-foot ceilings and glass walls overlooking the city and East River. During the eleven years Frank owned the home, it was a known swinging party place that welcomed not only his Rat Pack gang but also the likes of President Kennedy, Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe.
With a modernization undertaken by the current owner after she bought it in 2008, the 3,200-square-foot apartment has four bedrooms, six baths and an additional 2,000 square feet in two wrap-around terraces overlooking the river and city.
The penthouse was previously priced at $7.7 million – now listed at $4.995 million. The listing agents are Jacqueline Teplitzky and William Martin of Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York City.
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