Bette Midler Lists Her Manhattan Penthouse for $72 Million

The star’s six-bedroom, 650-square-metre triplex boasts some of the best views in Manhattan.

By Howard Walker 13/09/2019

Tony Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and comedienne, the Divine Miss M—you know her as Bette Midler—and her actor-director husband, Martin von Haselberg, have decided their sprawling 7,000-square-foot New York triplex is now just too big for an empty-nester couple. So after 23 years, the star of everything from Broadway’s Hello Dolly, to The First Wives Club to Beaches has just listed the 14-room penthouse for $72 million. And if you need to ask, the monthly maintenance will set you back around $37,000. Taking up the top three floors of the classic brick-and-limestone Emery Roth-designed, 1920s building at 1125 Fifth Avenue and 94th Street, the Midler residence offers breathtaking views of Central Park, the Reservoir and that enchanting Manhattan skyline from its 278 square-metres of terraces. Midler and von Haselberg bought the three-story penthouse in 1996 and spent two years having it remodelled by architect Frederick Fisher into an easy-going loft-like space. Ceilings were raised, corridors widened, and rooms combined and expanded. A private elevator whisks you to the building’s 16th floor and the condo’s main living area. Doors open on to a vast 70 feet of entertaining space flooded with light.
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The living area. Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy Evan Joseph/Brown Harris Stevens
To the left is the cozy 7.6x 7.3-metre living room with wood-burning fireplace. It opens up on to a huge 14 x 3-metre west-facing terrace with million-dollar views of Central Park. Now stroll back across the large open gallery with its spiral staircase and light-oak floors, and there’s a large dining room and sun-drenched, newly-renovated, eat-in kitchen.
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The foyer. Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy Evan Joseph/Brown Harris Stevens
The country-style kitchen features top-of-the-line appliances, including a six-burner Garland stove, Sub Zero fridge and Miele dishwasher. Large glass doors open out on to a private 11.5 x 4.8-metre, east-facing terrace that catches the morning light.
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The kitchen. Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy Evan Joseph/Brown Harris Stevens

On the north side of the room, there’s a sun-filled greenhouse alcove featuring a sloping glass roof and windows on three sides giving views uptown.

Now take the staircase up to the condo’s 17th floor jungle-like roof terrace and take in its massive deck. Kick back in the library/music room with its floor-to-ceiling bookcases, fireplace and views over Central Park.

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The terrace. Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy Evan Joseph/Brown Harris Stevens
The elevator takes you back down to the 15th floor which is the main bedroom area. Here are five bedrooms, six and a half baths, along with a family room, and full laundry. One large room, currently used as a home gym, could easily be reconfigured as a sixth bedroom.
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The library opens on to a deck. Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy Evan Joseph/Brown Harris Stevens
The magnificent corner master bedroom comes with a fireplace, large picture window and an adjoining dressing room/study and bathroom with a Japanese hinoki-wood soaking tub.
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The piano room leads to a colourful guest bedroom. Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy Evan Joseph/Brown Harris Stevens
With Midler and von Haselberg’s daughter, the 32-year-old actress Sophie von Haselberg, now based in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career – she starred in the 2015 Woody Allen film Irrational Man, the couple says that it’s now time for another family to enjoy the home.
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A guest roomPhoto: Courtesy of Courtesy Evan Joseph/Brown Harris Stevens
John Burger, a broker with New York realtors Brown Harris Stevens, has the listing.
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