|Address:||155 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013, USA|
|Size:||8,018 square feet|
Taylor Swift is not only an incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and performer, but she has an uncanny knack for snapping up property.
She has a staggering net worth and owns a real estate portfolio that would the envy of even the most elite of Hollywood's richest.
In 2014, Taylor handed over nearly $20 million to previous owner, Peter Jackson, the director of Lord of the Rings. In return, she became the proud owner of not one but two apartments at 155 Franklin Street. Before moving in, she spent a reported $535,000 renovating and refurbishing the space.
The result was an incredibly large, one-of-a kind living area, located in TriBeCa, lower Manhattan.
Other celebrity residents at 155 Franklin include comedian Aziz Ansari, who bought his $5.7 million unit from Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh. Steven Soderbergh and Orlando Bloom used to own apartments in the building.
Taylor's ridiculously expensive pad takes up the entire top floor of 155 Franklin Street.
While the street is very busy, not much noise reaches the lofty heights of her penthouse located on the sixth floor. The building is a stone's throw from Broadway, Rockefeller Park, and Canal Street. We doubt that Taylor walks far, but everywhere is within walking distance.
The Sugar Loaf Building, as it was fondly named, was built in 1882 and renovated in 1912. Each of the 10 condominiums feature many of the original details.
Spanning 40,682 square feet, exposed brick, and wooden roof beams are sought-after architectural features, especially by the rich and famous. Steel and wooden columns shown in the original floorplan still prop up the roofs of the interiors of the residences.
Interior design style
Before Taylor moved in, she gutted the interior in order to merge the two apartments. Walking through the front entrance, you are struck by the spaciousness that greets you. There are few walls, and the living areas flow into one another.
She chose a cool, muted palette for the walls, echoed by the beige and brown of the soft furnishings and oak floors. This color tones in beautifully with the renovated, magnificent wooden beams permeating the apartment.
Exposed water pipes give the rooms a warehouse feel; however, the luxurious, modern and antique furniture and decor belie that.
The kitchen, always the heart of any home, is no exception in Taylor's home. It's small and cozy, relative to the scale of the rest of the penthouse. Glass shelving meets light oak counter tops and a granite island balances on white wooden legs, complementing the color of the cabinetry.
The main living area is huge and is sectioned only through the placement of the pieces Taylor chose. It is eclectically furnished with a cream lounge suite, a large wooden dining table and antique chairs, a book-laden wall unit, and a baby grand piano.
Strategically placed plants bring life, and art pieces adorn the copious wall area. The polished oak floors have expensive Persian carpets strewn throughout. The palette in this space is a muted cream, beige and brown.
It is impossible not to notice and marvel at the wooden beams stretching across the penthouse's roof, bringing character and a sense of its history dating back to the nineteenth century.
However, can a sought-after address make up for some of the rooms looking onto the neighboring building's fire stairs?
One of the nine bedrooms features a dinky wooden canopied bed and a much-needed bicycle to traverse the huge walking space in the apartment.
Ms Swift has an enviable lifestyle. Her renovated, beautifully decorated Tribeca living space offers enough accommodation for her and her many friends. She is famous for entertaining, and this slightly off-the-wall condo set in the heart of New York certainly lends itself to this.