Home Celebrity Exclusive: Madonna Puts NYC Apartment Up for Sale: $22 Mil

Exclusive: Madonna may be in hot water over her charity for Malawi, but life goes on: I am told that in anticipation of her move to the East Side of New York, she’s selling her duplex apartment in a building called Haperley Hall at Central Park West and 64th St. The apartment–spread over 5500 square feet on two floors– has five bedrooms, two wood burning fireplaces. The monthly maintenance is said to be a whopping $11,000 a month. But with clear views of Central Park West, it may turn out to be well priced.

Madonna, meawhile, is packing up and getting ready for her move to a double wide townhouse with 26 rooms on East 81st St. She paid a reported $40 million for the house, which has 13 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms– important if you’re adopting more kids, and having young live in boyfriends. All this business of millions of dollars being spent on lavish homes does raise a question re the non built school in Malawi that Madonna promised that poor country. She seems to have abandoned the project over a misappropriated $3 or $4 million. The amount is a fraction of what she’s spending on just her New York residence. Charity does begin at home!

PS The move across town kind of screws things for Madonna’s Africa documentary, “I Am Because We Are” (aka “We Are Because I Am”). In the film she said the people of Africa were really nice, and nothing like them like could be found on Central Park West, in London’s Park Lane, or on Rodeo Drive–her points of reference. Maybe on the Upper East Side, among more private mansions, she can find that missing spirit. Good luck, Madonna!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
13 replies to this post
  1. What is Madonna job in the movies she acts in? (When those rolls do materialize, pun intended)
    To make everyone else look young…

  2. In your haste to attack her and spin things, you got the amount she actually paid for her home wrong, you also forgot to state she’s given more than $11m to Malawi alone and the charity has helped hundreds of thousands of Malawians with more than $13-15m in funds in the last couple of years. Though this school plan in particular has been abandoned as the organization was advised to do thanks to Trevor Nielson, the organization is still helping thousands of children and will work with countess existing schools as well as will build new schools throughout the country. Madonna has also given millions to charities in the US and abroad since the beginning of her career. Stop pretending like she hasn’t.

  3. Madonna sings live. I took my girlfriend to her last tour for her birthday and I can state for a fact that she was singing live. ALL singers nowadays have backing vocals.

  4. Madonna has done amazing work in Malawai. Why focus on one project gone bad? She provides thousands of oprhans and vulnerable children with clean drinking water, nutritious meals, shelter, education, and health care on a daily basis. Thats more than any one of you biased bloggers have done. I’m sick and tired of reading all this false BS online about Madonna. Get your facts straight. Stop spreading false information.

  5. Mariah Carey has stated she will not donate the million she made performing for Gadhafi, but it’s Madonna’s charity work that gets trashed. Typical.

  6. I shudder to think about that electricity bill alone that energy-wasting apartment has let alone the new townhouse……..;-) Have real estate managers ever thought about establishing, buying/selling modern, energy-saving luxury apartments and houses? There should be a market for that!

  7. Get the story right. The project has not been abandoned at all. Madonna’s hired managers of the project failed the people. She pulled the plug on it herself after not seeing results. The entire plan has been restrategized for the benefit of even MORE children. Stop being spreading more false tabloid BS just to peg her down a notch. Its been 25+ years of people like you reporting falsely of her. Her heart is in the right place and she herself is doing ‘the right thing’. You don’t care about these children at all-just your trashy writing. Complete hypocrite.

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