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320-Central-Park-West-1 All images of The Ardsley via David Paler
While Barbra Streisand's Malibu home may have attracted considerable attention (that spawned the phrase "the Streisand effect"), her Manhattan penthouse in The Ardsley, an Emery Roth-designed Art Deco cooperative, was further under the radar but still noteworthy. As Ms. Streisand's star began its meteoric rise, she moved into the penthouse on the top two floors with then-husband Eliot Gould (h/t The New York Times). She and her son stayed after her divorce from Mr. Gould and put it on the market for $10 million in 1998. Four years and several rejected bids (including one by Mariah Carey) later, it was purchased for $4.25 million. It is now asking $11.25 million, and Fox Residential Group has the listing.

During their time there, the most recent owners updated the electricity and knocked down a few walls to open up the space. However, the prewar details and atmosphere are largely intact. Classic and modern features include soaring ceilings, herringbone oak floors, a 450-bottle wine closet, and multiple zoned central air conditioning.

In addition to four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and about 3,600 square feet of interior space, the apartment comes with a rich musical history: Before Ms. Streisand moved in, lyricist Lorenz Hart lived in the apartment in the 1940's. His standards with Richard Rodgers include "Blue Moon," "My Funny Valentine," and "Isn't It Romantic?"

The expansive living room faces south and has a wood-burning fireplace of French Pyrenees marble as the centerpiece.

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A spectacular corner library with a wood-burning fireplace could easily be used as another bedroom.

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Just off the kitchen with a butler's pantry and washer/dryer, a maid's room was turned into a windowed breakfast area.

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The wraparound terrace is ideal for both hosting parties and quiet relaxation

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Both levels are connected by a grand staircase in the inviting entry gallery.

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The top-floor master suite has a wood-burning fireplace with marble surrounds, a wall dedicated to storage, and bath with dressing area.

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The penthouse enjoys sweeping views of Central Park, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and the city skyline.

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