David Bowie’s SoHo apartment sold for $17 million in just one month

Late glam-rock legend David Bowie’s New York City apartment has sold for US$17 million, after just one month on the market. It was the first time the Nolita home was listed since Bowie’s death in 2016.

David Bowie first purchased the 465sq m property in 1999 for $3.8 million, according to StreetEasy.

The apartment is located in the Nolita neighbourhood in SoHo, which Bowie was reportedly very fond of, according to the book Forever Stardust: David Bowie Across the Universe.

Bowie apparently would enjoy wandering through Washington Square Park and browsing local bookstores.

“He felt at home, semi-anonymous, among New Yorkers [who were] too cool to act starstruck at celebrity sightings,” author Will Brooker wrote.

The four-bedroom unit has direct elevator access, a 56-foot-long great room, a library and a main bedroom suite totalling more than 1000 square feet with a fireplace and a dressing room, Wall Street Journal reported.

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The property is owned by a trust linked to his estate, records found by WSJ show.

Other celebrity owners within the 30-unit apartment complex include Courtney Love and Saul Rubinek.

Another unit in the same apartment building

The 30-unit building dates back to 1885, when it was the site of a Hawley & Hoops candy factory, according to Robb Report. It’s been thoroughly reimagined since, with amenities including an expansive rooftop deck and garden.

Before his death, Bowie also owned an apartment at the JW Marriott Essex House by Central Park, which sold earlier this year, and his famous estate on the island of Mustique in the Caribbean, which you can rent for about $57,000 per week. 

Closer to home, the Nurimbah property where Bowie re-wrote China Girl is for sale for $3.5 million, according to realestate.com.au. Sadly, the previous owners renovated the home and removed Bowie’s lyrics from the garage wall.

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Jessamy Tredinnick

Jessamy Tredinnick was the news journalist for Elite Agent Magazine from June 2021 - October 2021. For current stories, news alerts or pitches, please email editor@eliteagent.com.au.