It's Official: Taylor Swift Bought Peter Jackson's Penthouse

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By Catherine Sherman

It's been waiting for her. And Taylor Swift could dance to this New York City beat forevermore. With the release of her fifth studio album, "1989," this week, the singer is leaving her country roots behind and embracing life in the Big Apple. But Swift first said "Welcome to New York" this spring when she moved into Peter Jackson's former penthouse. Reports of the purchase first surfaced in March, and now property records confirm the deal closed for $19.95 million.

Rolling Stone recently paid the country girl a visit to see how she's settling into her Tribeca digs. "There's my piano," she told the magazine. "Here's my pool table that always has cat hair on it. ...That's a door that I walk into."

It appears Swift is taking her own advice and "keeping the joke on me." On a more serious note, though, she's opening up her home to die-hard fans, known as "Swifties," for secret jam sessions.

"Instructed to conceal their shrieks of excitement, they climbed the stairs to the top floor of a Tribeca building, where their suspicions were confirmed," writes the New York Post about her recent night entertaining fans. "...Then, they headed across the hall and into Swift's apartment - outfitted with a beautiful piano, books whimsically displayed in birdcages, a signed Oscar de la Renta sketch of Swift's 2014 Met Gala gown and lots of Le Labo candles, personalized to read 'Taybeca.'"

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It's Official: Taylor Swift Bought Peter Jackson's Penthouse

The home -- previously owned by the bearded genius behind the "Lord of the Rings" movies -- has seven bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and a cool warehouse-loft feel with exposed brick and overhead beams. There's also a smaller, three-bedroom unit across the hall, which Swift reportedly purchased for her security detail.

In addition to media interviews and events with fans, Swift is trying to be the Global Welcome Ambassador for New York City. While some are skeptical, she's trying to get into the things New Yorkers like to do -- like watching the Knicks on NBA opening night. This Wednesday, she was spotted courtside along with Justin Bieber and Ben Stiller.

Time will tell whether Swift makes the Big Apple her permanent residence. From Nashville to Beverly Hills and Rhode Island, she's been known to shake it off and keep cruising.
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