If you want to live like Hugh Jackman, you better earn like a triple-threat A-lister. The stage and screen veteran’s recently listed triplex condo in New York’s West Village not only carries an elephantine price tag of almost $40 million, a few clicks and clacks on the abacus shows monthly taxes and common charges pile up to a heart-stopping $734,000 annually.
Currently starring opposite Broadway royal Sutton Foster in a revival of the 1957 musical “The Music Man,” The “X-Men” franchise star and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, have owned the airy condo for fourteen years. According to tax records as well as the New York Post, the first to turn up the listing, the Furness-Jackmans paid $21 million for the sui generis condo in late 2008. The listing is held by Deborah Grubman, David Adler and Paul Albano, all of The Corcoran Group.
A flamboyant sculptural spiral staircase, part of it encased in circular wall of glass, connects the three light-filled floors of the roughly 11,000 square foot condo that is wrapped almost entirely in floor-to-ceiling glass with five en-suite bedrooms and five full and two half-baths. There is a trio of small balconies, one on each floor, and uninterrupted views up, down and across the Hudson River to the New Jersey skyline.
The pristine, nearly all-white interior architecture was handled for the previous owner by Richard Meier, also the building’s architect, who smartly divvied up the living, entertaining and private spaces into distinct zones. The main living and entertaining spaces, on the triplex’s middle 9th floor, comprise a vast, open-plan space that forms a U-shape around a carefully arranged central core that houses coat closets, a powder room, and a walk-in wine cellar, along with a catering kitchen and pantry area. A grand piano anchors one end of the double-height living area, while a massive, double-sided fireplace that appears to float magically above the floor divides the spacious dining area from a study/home office. Creamy natural stone counters waterfall over the ends of the 20-plus-foot island in the eat-in galley kitchen that also sports a commercial-grade stovetop set into a bank of stainless-steel cabinets.
Four en-suite guest bedrooms share the 8th floor with a 30-foot-long family room, a library, and powder room. An entire wall of one of the bedrooms functions as a gigantic pocket door that when vanished into the wall almost doubles the size of the adjacent library.
Fit for a superstar actor, tech tycoon or financial industry fat cat, the uppermost 10th floor is devoted to the homeowner’s retreat. The lofted bedroom spans the full width of the building as it overlooks the the river and living room below, and the sleek minimalist bathroom showcases a cleverly designed baby-blue glass privacy screen. The sprawling suite also offers a fitness area, two walk-in closets, tons of built ins, a pair of fitted dressing rooms, a large sauna, and a small laundry room.
Residents of the 13-unit boutique building are pampered with a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-time doorman and concierge services, and a full service parking garage. But the best amenity just might be the in-home dining service available from Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Perry St restaurant, located on the building’s ground floor, where a burger runs $30 bucks and side a fries costs another twelve. Other big-names who own units in the building include Vongerichten, Calvin Klein, Ian Schrager, and multidisciplinary designers Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu.
Jackman and Furness aren’t giving up New York; they plan to stay in the immediate area. And like a lot of New Yorkers with the dough to do so, they also maintain a swanky second home in the Hamptons. In their case, it’s a custom-built waterfront compound in a quiet, unsung area of East Hampton that they picked up in two transactions, one in 2014 and the other in 2015, for a total outlay of $7.5 million.