Luxury pick of the week

A Nomad duplex penthouse that belongs to Jennifer Lopez, for $24,990,000

Lopez initially put four-bedroom condo on the market for $26,950,000 in 2017.

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When this sprawling duplex penthouse at 21 East 26th St. in Nomad went on the market for $26,950,000, the New York Times featured it in a big spread. No wonder: It is owned by the New York-born singer and actress Jennifer Lopez.

That was nearly two years ago, and after several price cuts, including one five months ago that chopped almost $2 million off the price tag, the four-bedroom, six-plus bathroom condo is now asking $24,990,000. Even stars as big as Lopez, who just finished a sold-out tour and has a new movie, “Hustlers,” coming out Sept. 13, can see their luxury apartments linger on the market.

The apartment is at the Whitman, a condo conversion with only four units that overlooks Madison Square Park. Lopez purchased it directly from the developer in 2014 for $20.15 million, according to the New York Times.

It’s a spacious place, with nearly 12-and-a-half-foot ceilings, and over 6,500 square feet of interior space, and 3,000 square feet of exterior space, thanks to four terraces. There’s a private, keyed elevator and an entry foyer on the fifth floor. Monthly taxes are $9,840 and common charges are $11,808. 

The duplex’s fifth floor also has a great room with three French doors that open to a terrace overlooking the park.

This floor has an Arclinea chef's kitchen with a large island, open shelving and custom cabinetry. Also on this floor are three bedrooms with en suite baths, a staff room with a full bath, and a laundry room.

On the sixth floor is a master suite with two master bathrooms and two terraces.

There’s also a media room and another terrace with views of Madison Square Park and the Flatiron District. The duplex also has wide-plank, rift oak floors, Italian marble slab bathrooms, and a Crestron smart home system.

The neighborhood is stocked with restaurants, stores and many exercise studios—Eataly, Eleven Madison Square Park, and The Home Depot are a couple of blocks away.