Renée Fleming can sing a mean Tchaikovsky, but can she renovate a two-unit Upper West Side penthouse? The 48-year-old diva paid $4,262,700 late last month for eight and a half rooms atop 200 West 86th Street, but she has a bit of work ahead of her.
“Bring your architect to this exceptional opportunity to combine two penthouse homes,” says the listing with Prudential Douglas Elliman executive vice president Ronald Lense.
After renovation, the apartment will take up 3,000 square feet, discounting the 1,200 square feet of wrap terraces (behind French doors, of course). All that melodramatic outdoor space, which faces north and south and west, affords “gorgeous Manhattan skyline views, breathtaking sunsets, privacy and unparalleled light.”
The apartment’s custom sound system will come in handy for Ms. Fleming, who starred in February’s Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera—she hasn’t skipped a season there since debuting in 1991.
And take note, Garrison Keillor: The soprano’s oversized master bathroom comes with a large soaking tub, a steam shower and atrium windows. (This year, Mr. Keillor wrote, “Miss Fleming’s bare left shoulder is more erotic than Madonna naked and when she puts her hand to her bodice, she makes my nostrils twitch.”)
The penthouse sellers, Victoria and James Corcoran, the president of Washington Mutual’s retail banking franchise, probably induce fewer twitches. The Corcorans do not have an eponymous chocolate dessert designed by Daniel Boulud; Ms. Fleming does.