The duplex penthouse — billed as a “contemporary masterpiece” — boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, multiple outdoor terraces that offer 360-degree views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, plus a private seven-car garage, which can fit 14 cars if valeted.
It also features a central courtyard, master bedroom with two walk-in closets, an en-suite bathroom with steam room and a library with a wood-burning fireplace.
Page Six has learned that the property was home to Tribeca Film Festival co-founder De Niro, 71, and his wife, Grace Hightower, who rented the sprawling place following the June 2012 fire at their Upper West Side apartment.
De Niro was out of the country when a fire erupted at his home at 88 Central Park West and wreaked havoc on several floors of the posh building. The blaze, caused by a lint buildup in a clothes dryer, had spread to every apartment on the fifth floor.
Following the blaze, the De Niros were forced to do an extensive gut renovation on the apartment, which is still believed to be ongoing.
A source told Page Six that after renting on Perry Street, De Niro was ready to come back uptown. Last year, he and Hightower moved to exclusive 15 Central Park West, nicknamed “The Limestone Jesus,” until renovations on their 88 CPW apartment are complete.
De Niro rented steel magnate Leroy Schecter’s 35th-floor condo for $125,000 a month — one of the highest rents for a Manhattan apartment or townhouse. It comprises two condos that were combined.
The apartment had previously been rented to Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. Neighbors at the tony residence include Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, Denzel Washington, Sting and Spanx founder Sara Blakely.