For sale: One condo to rule them all

MATT STEWART
Last updated 05:00 27/05/2013
Sir Peter Jackson's New York penthouse

HEAVENLY CREATURES: Both of Peter Jackson's New York penthouses feature opulent furnishings after a $20m revamp.

Sir Peter Jackson's New York penthouse
LUXURY PAD: The envisioned "sprawling duplexed masterpiece with private multi-level wraparound roofdeck".

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Sir Peter Jackson has listed a pair of New York apartments for sale at NZ$26 million, in what one website is calling "the potential megapenthouse to rule them all".

American real estate blog Curbed reports that potential buyers are being encouraged to "combine both penthouse condos to create a sprawling duplexed masterpiece with private multi-level wraparound roofdeck".

The Lord of the Rings director is reputedly worth nearly $500m.

He bought the penthouses in 2008 for about $20m.

Jackson's executive assistant, Matthew Dravitzki, his New Zealand-based lawyer Michael Stephens, and his Hollywood lawyer Peter Nelson are all listed in city records for the property.

If new owners were to combine the two, they would have the run of a 566-square-metre, five-bedroom, five-bathroom monster duplex - including two "powder rooms" - with over 371sqm of private outdoor space plus a bonus 176sqm two-bedroom, three-bathroom guest apartment.

The average New Zealand home is a mere 149sqm.

The penthouses are in the painfully chic and astronomically expensive Tribeca area of lower Manhattan.

The suburb is a hotbed of cinematic activity and home to dozens of other celebrities including Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, rapper Jay Z, U2 guitarist The Edge, and Kate Winslet, who starred in Jackson's 1994 film Heavenly Creatures.

Curbed speculates that maybe Jackson "prefers his real estate, like his films, in instalments".

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