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Nadja Beschetnikova
May 15, 2018

We used to see Bruce Willis in the role of fearless characters on the screen, accustomed to the most modest conditions, but in real life he prefers luxury.

In January, the star of classic flicks like Die Hard and Armageddon listed his six-bed, four-and-a-half bath home in NYC. The 6,000-square-foot duplex on Manhattan's Upper West Side was offered for a whopping $17.75 million.

The spacious apartment overlooking New York City’s Central Park found a buyer almost immediately. The actor listed it on January 17 and the property entered a contract on January 25, according to StreetEasy. The house spans over two floors and boasts six bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. The former star owner is not the only thing that this house, located at 271 Central Park West, is famous for.

This sophisticated twelve-story building with an elegant lobby was designed by architects Simon Schwartz and Arthur Gross in a Neo-Renaissance style. It was built in 1913 before World War I. There is a bike room, and an outdoor half basketball court in the back of the building.

Bruce Willis, 62, and his wife Emma Heming, 39, have bought an apartment in this building just three years ago from Wesley Edens, the owner of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. Two apartments consolidated into one provided a perfect hideaway for the pair and their little daughters, but it seems, the actor already needs new sets for the next episode of his happy family life.   

The home's foyer leads to the living and dining rooms with the large windows which let loads of natural light into the apartment. Nearly every room in the duplex has stunning views of the park. The interiors, finished in neutral colors, feature many stylish details like a vintage-looking chandelier in the dining room, or sunset orange leaf-printed wallpaper in the powder room.

An eat-in kitchen boasts a breakfast bar, custom cabinetry with metallic chrome accents and granite countertops. The centerpiece of the kitchen is a big table with a wooden tabletop with seating for six people – just perfect to accommodate Willis’ family and a couple of spontaneous guests.

The luxurious master suite features a master bath with a steam shower and separate soaking tub overlooking Central Park. Isn’t it a perfect spot to unwind after saving the world even on the film set?

One of the corner rooms with two giant windows served as a playroom for Bruce’s daughters. It also has gorgeous wood flooring and a big soft fluffy carpet. You can guess that perhaps it was difficult for him to get the children down for bed. Indeed, how can you stop playing in such amazing interior scene!

But Bruce Willis has ended this idyll. Only to move his family to another luxurious home! The actor, who has been living on Upper West Side on and off since the '70s, bought a roughly 3,000-square-foot apartment on Manhattan’s West Side. The smaller apartment cost him relatively cheap: the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 3,000-square-foot unit in the brand new 41-story One West End tower at 59th Street was last listed at $7.9 million. The sculptural glass building is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and Hill West Architects. Bruce Willis and his wife went into contract on the apartment on February 15, just a few weeks after they sold their Upper West Side apartment. 

Recently, they were not spending enough time in the six-bedroom apartment, so it was time to scale back. The condo is located on the 37th floor – stunning views and loads of natural light seem to be an integral part of actor’s home. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer eye-bending city views to the north and east.

Though the apartment is not as spacious as the previous one, the building’s amenities totally compensate it. According to the listing agents, the couple was attracted to the building’s services. There’s a garden terrace with cabanas, a gym with a 75-foot swimming pool, a spa, a game room, a media room and on-site parking. The listing agents describe the apartment as a  “home hotel”. Besides, it has a favorable location close to the highway that goes to the couple’s 22-acre spread in Bedford, NY.

The kitchen with marble countertops is also equipped better than in their former apartment. It features a dedicated pastry-making area and a built-in coffee-machine system.

“They saw [the apartment] and they loved it," the agent said. "There are not very many buildings that have such great amenities and Bruce wanted to stay on the Upper West Side so this spot really checked all the boxes."

Well, Bruce Willis’ sixth sense definitely doesn’t fail him when it comes to real estate!

Bruce Willis is an American actor, film producer, musician/composer and screenwriter. His breakthrough as an actor came in 1988 with his box-office success Die Hard. He also has three grown-up daughters with the actress Demi Moore, to whom he was married from 1987 to 2000. In 2009, he married the model Emma Heming. Currently, he is working on the script for a sixth Die Hard movie. Bruce Willis can also be seen in the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film, “Glass”, and in “Motherless Brooklyn”, a thriller written and directed by Edward Norton.