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T-Mobile Chief Lists Manhattan Penthouse with Big Plans for $22 Million

Wall Street Journal // Feb 02, 2018

John Legere, the president and chief executive of T-Mobile who has developed a cult following for his weekly online cooking show, is listing his Manhattan penthouse for $22 million.

Located in 91 Central Park West at the corner of West 69th Street, the four-bedroom, four-bath home is over 3,000 square feet and has 1,700 square feet of terrace space. The unit features intricate woodwork, herringbone flooring, stained glass windows and a carved Elizabethan oak fireplace. Off the entry, a staircase leads to a tower lounge with 14½-foot ceilings and a handcrafted wooden bar.

It has been widely reported that the apartment was occupied at one time by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and his mistress Marion Davies. The couple’s relationship with the property could not be independently verified. Lee Mindel, the architect hired by Mr. Legere to re-imagine the penthouse, said he found Ms. Davis’s initials carved into a fireplace and a portrait of a woman that resembled her in the stained glass.

Mr. Legere said he purchased the apartment in 2015 for $18 million. He hired Mr. Mindel and secured approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to expand the unit by acquiring the rights to incorporate the building’s roof as part of his home. The deal would have added about 2,246 square feet of exterior space to the home, said Heather McDonough Domi of Core, one of the listing agents.

“The plan respectfully paid homage to the property’s rich history but truly maximized the home’s potential by optimizing the Central Park views and vistas and creating a layout for a modern lifestyle,” Mr. Legere said.

The deal was never finalized. Mr. Legere changed course after he signed a three-year contract extension at T-Mobile which is keeping him in Seattle, he said.A new owner could continue with his plans or discard them. Mr. Legere declined to comment on how much he would have paid for the rights.

Ms. Domi shares the listing with Henry Hershkowitz.

Original Article: Wall Street Journal