In the late winter of 2021, late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon listed his engaging Manhattan penthouse for sale. Fallon was shooting for the neighborhood of $15 million for the Gramercy Park neighborhood residence, a unit that crowns an area elder that went up in 1883. By October of last year, the pad was back tagged at $12.5 million.
This summer, the triplex property sold. The buyer was British model-turned-entertainer and Epicurean philosophy devotee Cara Delevingne. The property changed hands for $10.8 million.
The wildly varied and endlessly interesting apartment’s eclectic sense of style is partially due to the fact that it was cobbled together across several years, and actually incorporates four separate original units. Fallon bought the first in 2002, and worked from there. As it currently stands, the penthouse is a remarkable home that traverses three levels. A photo series of it makes for a fascinating pictorial tour.
If the residence is considered a text, then the overall mood is whimsical. Not surprising, really, considering Fallon’s on-air antics, although the Proustian irony that applied to, say, the on/off personality of Jerry Lewis might in such a case cast doubt on face value to the well-read. Suffice it to say that, in the case of Fallon, his New York house follows through from his media presence: curious, a little manic, and as literate as playfully creative.
Among the details and individual rooms of this property: a wild hodgepodge of light fixtures that run the gamut from kitsch to period authenticity, a soaking tub slash reading room, a guest bedroom with a pyramid skylight for starry night or moonlight flights of fancy, a secret passage or two, a secret room or two, abstract expressionist glossy hardwood wall cladding, antique wall covering, and a Scottish pub.