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Guess the celebrities who have called this New York penthouse home

Well one clue is that if either of the big name owners of the iconic apartment were singing in the shower, then the neighbourhood would open its windows to listen

From TopTenRealestateDeals.com

A light and airy New York penthouse in one of the city's most historic residential buildings – previously a silk factory before it was repurposed to residences and then owned by a bevy of celebrity A-Listers – is on the market at $US6.995 million.

Built in the Italian Renaissance style in 1908 and converted to apartments in the 1980s, the 12-storey 'Silk Building' is located in Manhattan’s NoHo neighbourhood, taking up an entire city block between Broadway and Lafayette streets.

For decades, the style-conscious have looked to Cher for her home choices in glamorous locations from New York City to California and Hawaii, with her artistic vision and related upscale decorating talent rivalling her singing and showmanship.

Cher was the Silk Building penthouse-apartment’s first owner when she purchased it after the building’s transition to residences, and she lived there until 1990 when she sold it to Russell Simmons for $US1.6 million.


Britney Spears later bought the apartment and lived there for four years. In fact it was where she wrote the Grammy-winning song 'Toxic'.

The pop star had combined two units to make up the current apartment with 352m² and four bedrooms.

Keith Richards also once lived in the building where he had two floors and a recording studio.

Some of the penthouse's best features are the tall ceilings, 37m² outdoor terrace, fully operational wood fireplaces, and the wet bar in the primary suite.

A fifth bedroom could be added by repurposing the rooftop den with bath that opens to the large terrace with views over Greenwich Village and the Empire State Building.

The kitchen is styled up-to-the-minute and bathrooms are upgraded with book-matched marble.

The Silk Building is located in a neighborhood developed by John Jacob Astor many decades ago that housed a large number of garment-related businesses and factories.

In 1983, the Silk Building’s first-floor retail space was leased by Tower Records, which attracted local music fans, tourists and entertainers. The building was recently the site of a Major League Baseball store and currently a Blink Fitness centre. 

The listing agent is Ian Slater with Compass located in Midtown Manhattan.

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Evan Joseph Studios, courtesy of Compass

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