Less than six months after John Barrett died from blood cancer at age 66, the beloved hairstylist and salon owner’s Upper West Side apartment has popped up for sale, asking just under $2 million. Per Curbed New York, which first reported the listing, Barrett acquired the double unit from Emmy-winning composer Peter Fish and his wife Diane Singer for $1.8 million back in 2013.
A legendary hairdresser best known for creating bespoke tresses for famous clients such as Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes, Martha Stewart, Ethel Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Princess Diana, the Ireland native operated a salon space on the penthouse level of the Bergdorf Goodman department store, where he invented his signature “Bergdorf Blonde” hair color.
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Sited within the 12-story, pre-war Parc Vendrome residential building—and featured in a 2019 Architectural Digest article—Barrett’s former home rests on the 10th floor, and has two bedrooms and an equal number of baths in a little more than 1,650 square feet of open-concept living space outfitted with wide-plank hardwood floors, high ceilings, custom light fixtures, plenty of wall space for art and a sound system.
Highlights include an entry hallway that leads to a spacious living room boasting eight casement windows offering south-facing views of the Midtown skyline. An adjacent dining area connects to a professional chef’s kitchen equipped with white lacquer cabinetry, Carrara marble countertops and a matching backsplash, top-tier appliances and access to an al fresco dining terrace.
Elsewhere is a cozy library nook flaunting built-in bookcases painted an eye-catching shade of lime green, plus a music alcove that comes complete with a grand piano Barrett acquired during a furnishings auction at the original Tavern on the Green. The primary bedroom hosts a large walk-in closet, as well as a luxe bath equipped with an extra-deep soaking tub and separate rain shower, and another en-suite guest bedroom has a built-in daybed.
The new owner also will be privy to plenty of amenities courtesy of a $3,214 monthly common charge fee, including a 24/7 doorman, formal gardens, a roof deck, and billiards, music and banquet rooms.
According to The New York Times, Barrett left Bergdorf in 2019 after more than two decades to open his own salon on East 57th Street; and though the Covid-19 pandemic hit the industry especially hard, and he was forced to declare bankruptcy, he emerged quickly without having to lay off any of his employees.
Despite his declining health, he went on to cut hair for the likes of Martha Stewart, who decided to drop by his salon for a pick-me-up after her flight to Britain was canceled. “I used the newly found time to get a manicure pedicure by Luda and a haircut by the maestro himself,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “The new do is refreshing and lovely! Thanks John!!!”
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