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Real-LeadThe Queen of Pop, Madonna’s ‘glamorous but low key’ Manhattan home is on the market. The duplex is spread over the fifth and sixth floor of Harperley Hall, an apartment cooperative located on 64th and Central Park West on the Upper West Side.

Designed in the Neo-Italian Renaissance style, Harperley Hall was built in the early 20th century. This co-op is an architectural gem with elements of the Arts and Crafts Movement – a rarity in most New York buildings. The property features a large courtyard entrance with luxurious landscaping, romantic balconies and terracotta detailing.

Harperley Hall is not only beautiful to behold, the co-op also has luxurious communal amenities, which include garage space for 20 cars, bike storage space, a gym and laundry rooms. The most coveted feature however is the idyllic rooftop garden; ranked amongst Manhattan’s best, it offers spectacular views of the city and nearby Central Park.

If Harperley Hall sounds impressive, then the Queen of Pop’s duplex is surely fit for royalty. Spread over 6,000 square feet, the apartment has four separate bedroom wings with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Each bedroom has a juliet balcony overlooking Central Park. In fact, this particular apartment has 110 feet of frontage facing Central Park which guarantees a breathtaking view all year round. In addition, the diva’s apartment has a formal dining room, a library, five wood-burning fireplaces, a marble-clad master bedroom and plenty of closet space.

The property is priced at a whopping US $23.5 million. If you think this is exorbitant consider the fact that this duplex was valued at US $32.5 million in 2009. And for the pleasure of living in such luxury, enjoying top class facilities and waking up to beautiful views every day, tenants pay US $11,000 in monthly maintenance fees.

– Leila Mahfooz Barry

First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on January 6, 2013.