Joan Rivers’ NYC Penthouse Listed for Sale at $28 Million

The Manhattan penthouse once home to Joan Rivers, the comedian and television personality who died last September, was listed for sale Monday at $28 million.

The 5,100-square-foot (470-square-meter) triplex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was owned by Rivers for 25 years, according to a brokerage listing by Leighton Candler of Corcoran Group. The property, at 1 East 62nd St., off Fifth Avenue, was built in 1903, and its original owners were Alice and John S. Drexel, according to the listing.

“The home’s centerpiece is a ballroom and adjoining music room with 23-foot ceilings,” which “allow for entertaining on a grand scale,” according to Candler’s listing. “Adjacent to the music room is a dining room that allows for more intimate gatherings -- its three French doors opening to the south-facing terrace, allowing for al fresco dining.”

The limestone property, described as a penthouse condominium, has five fireplaces, two kitchens and four full bathrooms. Common charges on the property are estimated at $16,812 a month, while monthly taxes are about $8,525, according to the listing.

The median sale price of Manhattan luxury homes fell to $4.8 million in the fourth quarter, down 2 percent from a year earlier, according to brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate and appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. The inventory of luxury homes, defined as the top 10 percent of the market by price, climbed 31 percent to 1,559 apartments for sale.

Rivers, with her rapid-fire, nasal, Brooklyn-inflected delivery, specialized in celebrity gossip, ribaldry and insults. She died at 81 after undergoing a diagnostic procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy LLC in Manhattan. Her estate sued the facility last month, saying it provided reckless and negligent treatment, violated her privacy and abandoned her when she needed emergency care.