ForbesOctober 07, 2013Many celebrities alternate between living in New York and Los Angeles. Singer, entertainer and pianist Michael Feinstein, however, is trading the Manhattan lifestyle for Carmel, IN, where he is the artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts.
Feinstein recently listed his double brownstone home for $17.9 million. While nearly $18 million is not utterly outrageous for a home on the Upper East Side (where the median list price is $1.895 million), it’s light years away from Carmel’s most expensive home, which is listed at $4.5 million. The median list price in Carmel is $349,900, and unlike Manhattan, most homes for sale there are situated on green lots within suburban neighborhoods.
The New York residence, located at 143 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065, is made up of two brownstones that create an 18-room home with 6 bedrooms and 8 baths. The three levels of living space have 12-foot-high ceilings and enormous windows that offer “lush tree-line or garden views.” Designed for entertaining, the house has two kitchens — one for “light meals and casual conversation” — as well as a gym, meditation terrace, music room and a pair of pagodas that connect the living room to the outdoors. Herringbone hardwood floors, marble fireplaces and other designer details fill the turn-of-the-century space.
Feinstein became famous in the late 1980s with a series of concerts on Broadway. He’s produced a number of albums covering George and Ira Gershwin’s work, and currently serves as an anthropologist and archivist for the Great American Songbook, a collection of the most popular songs of the 20th century.