With 4,000-square-foot of living space and spread over three storeys, the property boasts an amazing wrap-around terrace overlooking the East River. It’s a space that has become part of Lennon folklore, as we will touch on later. Buying it would surely be a (#9) dream for Beatles fan.

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John Lennon was famously married to Yoko Ono from the late 1960s until his death in 1980. But while the couple were extremely close, they did separate for 18 months in 1973. The split was instigated by Yoko, who also actively encouraged John to begin a relationship with the couple’s personal assistant, May Pang. John would refer to the next 18 months away from his wife as his ‘Lost Weekend’. And it was during this time that John and May lived in this Manhattan penthouse on East 52nd Street, built in 1928, as reported by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com (opens in new tab). It’s just 20 blocks away from the Ono-Lennons’ more famous New York address, the Dakota Building.


One – if not the – main selling point of the penthouse is the 2,000-square-foot, wrap-around terrace can be accessed from every room on the main floor. It’s well known to Lennon fans for a few reasons, but perhaps most famous is it was the location of the John Lennon ‘New York City’ photoshoot. The iconic images of John were published in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine in 1974. John and May Pang also reported seeing a UFO here, which Lennon later described in detail in interviews.


A wide staircase with wrought iron balustrades creates a grand first impression. The current owners are clearly art lovers, their dramatic canvases making a huge impact against white walls.

Living room 

Located on the entry level, the living room boasts high ceilings and inlaid wood floors. Its large picture windows offer uninterrupted views of the East River. 


Next door, there’s a large chef’s kitchen with a French Country vibe and a formal dining room that will seat 20.

Master suite

The next level contains the master suite with 14-foot ceilings, two master baths, fireplaces and a two-level dressing room with rotating clothes racks.  

Self-contained apartment

The lowest floor contains a complete one-bedroom apartment accessed either internally or through its own private entrance.   The building is pet-friendly, has a full-time doorman, landscaped gardens and is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. So any fears of being kept awake by the New York traffic should be put to bed.  It’s on the market with Brown Harris Stevens (opens in new tab).