Annie Leibovitz is among the world’s most celebrated and prolific photographers, with a deep portfolio of well-known portraits, from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Michelle Obama. She’s additionally fairly busy in actual property.
Along with proudly owning a house in Rhinebeck, N.Y., Ms. Leibovitz has purchased and bought a number of properties in Manhattan. Amongst them, a co-op in Chelsea and a three-building compound she assembled within the West Village within the early 2000s. In 2014, trying to be nearer to her youngsters’s faculty, she bought a sprawling duplex on the Higher West Facet.
However now resettled downtown after shopping for an house on West Avenue within the West Village simply final yr, Ms. Leibovitz is placing the duplex at 88 Central Park West, a.okay.a. the Brentmore, again in the marketplace. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom co-op is “priced to promote” at $8.6 million, in accordance with the itemizing dealer, Deborah Kern of the Corcoran Group, which is effectively under the practically $11.3 million she had paid for it. Month-to-month upkeep is $10,307.
“The house is now too huge for me,” Ms. Leibovitz, 74, stated in an e mail, including that her three grownup daughters are “constructing their very own lives.”
“I dwell and work downtown,” she stated, “and our home upstate is now our household dwelling.”
The duplex, measuring round 3,500 sq. toes, sits on the fifth and sixth flooring on the north facet of the 12-story Brentmore, dwelling to a number of different superstar residents over time, together with the actor Robert De Niro, the TV producer Lorne Michaels and the musicians Paul Simon and Sting. And like lots of the beige-brick constructing’s 27 different items, it provides picturesque views of the close by Central Park, a serious draw for Ms. Leibovitz.
“Once I first walked into the house over 10 years in the past, lovely gentle was pouring into the lounge home windows from the park,” she stated.
After shopping for the unit, Ms. Leibovitz undertook numerous renovations and updates, making over the kitchen and visitor bed room and toilet, making a separate workplace space, and carving out a library inside the lounge. Many prewar particulars additionally stay, just like the 11-foot ceilings, oak flooring and moldings.
She embellished the house with an eclectic mixture of furnishings and art work collected over time, together with a couple of of her personal pictures. Ms. Leibovitz’s critically acclaimed work traverses greater than half a century, and consists of iconic images of Queen Elizabeth II, Bruce Springsteen, and a nude John Lennon curled round Yoko Ono, taken simply hours earlier than his loss of life in 1980. (She can be the creator of a number of books, among the many newer, “Wonderland,” an anthology of trend photos shot primarily for Vogue.)
The house’s entrance is on the decrease degree. A spacious lobby with a coat room and a curved staircase results in a 32-by-21-foot lounge, giant sufficient to comfortably match a child grand piano (which it does). It contains a ornamental fire with a carved wooden mantel, built-in bookshelves, beamed ceiling and oversize home windows that present treetop vistas of the park. French and pocket doorways open to the eating room, additionally with park views, together with its authentic coffered ceiling.
“The entertaining areas are so elegant and gracious,” Ms. Kern stated.
Past the eating room is the workplace, laundry room, visitor bed room with marble rest room, and the kitchen.
“The kitchen could be very a lot in character with the constructing,” Ms. Kern stated, declaring the ample wooden cabinetry, marble counter tops and subway tile. Ms. Leibovitz additionally added a middle island with an induction cooktop and banquette seating, and there’s a separate butler’s pantry for meal prep.
The primary bedrooms are upstairs. The 19-by-15-foot main suite has two closets, one walk-in, and an en suite rest room with a pair of home windows. The opposite two bedrooms, additionally with ample closet house, share a toilet.
Ms. Leibovitz has had fond reminiscences of the Lincoln Sq. neighborhood. “Central Park could be the women’ entrance yard — using bicycles, ice skating,” she stated, including that “one among my daughters walked throughout the park to high school nearly day by day.”
And, she famous, “Lincoln Middle is true behind us, and the nice museums are close by.”
She has additionally appreciated her time spent on the Brentmore, which was erected in 1910 on the nook of West 69th Avenue and transformed right into a co-op in 1959.
“The Brentmore is discreet with nice outdated bones — tall ceilings, huge home windows,” Ms. Leibovitz stated. “There’s a variety of historical past within the constructing.”