Perlman is selling his New York home for $17.5 million

Perlman is selling his New York home for $17.5 million


norman lebrecht

March 30, 2022

The Upper West Side home owned by Itzhak Perlman and his wife Toby is on the market for a mere $17,500,000.

It includes a sauna and swimming pool.

Here’s the realtor’s hype:
This absolutely stunning 20 ft wide townhouse built in 1901 is located just off Central Park West on beautiful tree lined 70th street.
With approximately 8,000 square feet of interior space and nearly 1,500 square feet of private outdoor space, this home is truly spectacular! This is one of the very few homes with a spa level that includes an indoor swimming pool, and sauna.
The massive chef’s kitchen is any cook’s dream with all top of the line appliances. The dining room is made for entertaining and equipped with skylights and easy access to the garden.

The parlour level of the house has soaring 12 ft ceilings and a great room sprawling over 36 feet.

The home has a flexible 6 bedroom layout with 5 bathrooms and 4 powder rooms as well as a private roof deck, terrace, and garden.

This breathtaking Manhattan residence offers absolute privacy with easy access to Central Park, fine restaurants, vibrant cafes, galleries, and theaters. Just a short distance from The Met and Lincoln Center.

Maybe we all need to practise a bit more.


  • Freddy McManure says:

    Ron Perlman has always been a man of good taste.

  • John Kelly says:

    Well I’m sure Mr Perlman bought it many years ago for much much less. Good for him. It looks lovely. If he’s moving out of the neighborhood at least he won’t be holding up the lox and bagel line at Zabars in his usual manner…………

  • David K. Nelson says:

    Breathtaking to be sure. Still, I envy his bow arm more than I do his 8000 sq. ft. townhouse.

  • RW2013 says:

    Such a spectacular description and we see a photo of the toilet…

  • Kenny says:

    Here, we “practice.” And so vainly.

    Itzhak and Toby raised a family of about 11 in that house. It distresses me that they’re selling it, but I can’t possibly afford to take it off their hands…

    • V.Lind says:

      This blog is written in England, by an English writer, and there, as here in Canada, “practice” is a noun and “practise” a verb. I assume by “here” you mean the US, where apparently the forms are not differentiated. But what do we expect from a country that spells “defence” with an “s”?

      • Eric says:

        Oh the horror of it all! Another Brit having a hissy fit about a minor difference in spelling conventions. The Empire is truly lost!

  • Akutagawa says:

    Powder rooms? How quaint!

    • PaulD says:

      A “powder room” in the U.S. is a small bathroom – just a sink and a toilet.

      • Anonymous says:

        Must be regional. i’m American but not from New York and thought it was bizarre and antiquated as well.

        • MK says:

          It’s all over the place. Pretty standard in any upscale real estate listings anywhere in the country.

        • Tiredofitall says:

          Not regional, just faux etiquette. (Remember, the US is a young-ish country and still unsure of itself.)

          Growing up all over the US, “powder room” was always used for the guest bath (read, minus shower). Now I believe the lingo is “two-piece”, signifying a sink and a toilet.

          Powder room sounds higher class (to Americans and silly real estate agents), as if one constantly has guests who would not use the private facilities. The horror.

        • Robert Holmen says:

          It’s not antiquated… it’s brokerese.

  • Monsoon says:

    A bit surprising that they took the listing photos before moving out, and that they didn’t even bother to take down personal photos. It seems like they’re rushing to sell.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      No, it’s smart. Provenance sells, at least in Manhattan at this price point. Witness Leontyne Price’s house in the Village. Bragging rights for the buyer.

    • V.Lind says:

      Maybe they’re selling some of that hideous furniture.

  • MacroV says:

    Also of note, unless he moved sometime in the last 30 years or so, this was once Babe Ruth’s apartment.

  • Gustavo says:

    All western prejudices confirmed.

    The devil accumulates his goods.

  • Karl says:

    I can’t swim. Could I have the pool turned into a bowling alley? That would make it an ideal place. I’m checking my piggy bank for the $$.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Cover the pool with a wood floor and maybe you’ll have good resonance for a studio space. It worked that way at Vienna’s Sophiensaal, where many legendary recordings were made, including the Solti Ring.

  • japecake says:

    I remember Ned Rorem telling me once that Perlman was a despicably bad neighbor, and something about a very loud air-conditioning unit.

    • Anonymous says:

      If Rorem has made these criticisms, and they need to be public knowledge, he can release them under his own name.

      • Tiredofitall says:

        Time to get your knickers out of their twist.

        The story was mentioned by Mr. Rorem in his Library of Congress interview from 1996. He even described the air conditioner situation with the f-word. Overall, the interview made Mr. Rorem seem like a very petty man.

    • MacroV says:

      Ned Rorem was rich enough to live next to Perlman?

  • NYMike says:

    I’ve often seen him on his motorized chair on Columbus Ave. riding between 70th St. and Juilliard on 66th St where he teaches. I’m wondering where he’s moving to….

  • Karol Jozef Lipinski says:

    Legend has it that a few years ago he sold his del Gesu for a similar sum

  • Mark says:

    Nice! needs a remodel. Looks like it was last redone in the 90s.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    I would have thought this was a private, financial matter.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    “This breathtaking Manhattan residence offers absolute privacy with easy access to Central Park, fine restaurants, vibrant cafes, galleries, and theaters. Just a short distance from The Met and Lincoln Center.”

    Oh, goodie!!!

    • Tiredofitall says:

      For longtime residents of the area, a better description pre-pandemic. The UWS in the Lincoln Center area has deteriorated. It is slightly depressing to live here now; not so depressing for real estate prices, which are through the roof (again).

      • Sisko24 says:

        When did NYC real estate prices ever come down? Last I knew, they were selling ‘market rate’ (whose market?) condos with monthly rents/maintenance rates of $5,000-$6,000 per month(!). Yikes!

    • Tom Phillips says:

      Why are you so regularly contributing to a classical music blog if none of those things appeal to you?

  • DG says:

    I assume they are not living in Shelter Island year-round now? It’s beautiful, but not the easiest place to get to.

  • No comment says:

    This Upper West Side residence also provides easy access to breathtaking taxes, soaring crime levels, and absolutely stunning vaccine mandates.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re correct that the taxes are high, but what is your evidence that crime is soaring?

      Anyone who can’t bother to get a simple vaccination should probably go live in the country away from other people and away from medical care anyway.

      • Tiredofitall says:

        Sadly, we have a documented increase in crime on the upper west side. It’s sad, but true.

        • Anonymous says:

          The level of violent crime is very low. Most urban areas you would move to would have the same level of crime or higher. The crime statistics are available on line.

          • Tiredofitall says:

            Official statistics from the NYPD. At least murders are down.

            20th Precinct – 59th to 86th Streets, Riverside to Central Park West (Data covers the year through the week of Dec. 19, 2021.)

            Murder – 2020: 1, 2021: 0, -100 percent

            Rape – 2020: 5, 2021: 7, +40 percent

            Robbery – 2020: 87, 2021: 109, +25.3 percent

            Felony Assault – 2020: 52, 2021: 82, +57.7 percent

            Burglary – 2020: 146, 2021: 79, -45.9 percent

            Grand Larceny – 2020: 474, 2021: 718, +51.5 percent

            Transit – 2020: 18, 2021: 22, +22.2 percent

            Housing – 2020: 19, 2021: 24, +26.3 percent

            Petit Larceny – 2020: 1,312, 2021: 1,218, -7.2 percent

            Misdemeanor Assault – 2020: 132, 2021: 187, +41.7 percent

            UCR Rape – 2020: 8, 2021: 15, +87.5 percent

            Other Sex Crimes – 2020: 36, 2021: 52, +44.4 percent

            Shooting Victims – 2020: 4, 2021: 3, -25 percent

            Shooting Incidents – 2020: 3, 2021: 3, 0 percent

            Hate Crimes – 2020: 3,
            2021: 5, +66.7 percent

            Out of the 15 types of crime covered by the Upper West Side precinct, 10 of them went up in 2021 compared to 2020.

  • Simon Scott says:

    Can I buy it on the never-never?

  • Rich C. says:

    Itzy is on the political left. (That’s fine with me, I think he’s an great guy and personality). But if he ever makes a comment about income inequality ……………..

  • Robert Holmen says:

    Amazing place. $17 million sounds low.

    How does he navigate that multi-story residence with no elevator? I don’t see one in the floor plan.