Freddie Mercury's Former Home is Fit for a Queen

Freddie Mercury wouldn't recognize his former New York apartment if he were alive to see the monochromatic beige decor of the 3-bedroom, 4.5-bath unit that recently hit the market for $4.35 million.

The flamboyant and colorful lifestyle of the lead singer of Queen, who died of bronchial pneumonia in 1991, was reflected in his home, with its long-gone floor-to-ceiling mirrors and satin walls described by New York magazine. Sadly for Freddie fans, when new owners took over, the satin walls bit the dust. These days, the look of the one-floor home will still rock you, albeit in a more subtle way.
With its imported stone and bleached maple floors, the potential pied-a-terre at 425 E 58th St. has an elegant, sleek personality -- think modern meets classical. It was renovated about 14 years ago by internationally renowned designer and architect Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz of BNO Design and underwent a few upgrades since then, listing agent Jessica Ushan of Brown Harris Stevens told Housing Watch.

The third bedroom was converted into a den/media room that opens to the living room. It has a wet bar, built-in desk and window seating as well as its own full bath. The living room with terrace has unobstructed views of the river and of skyline. There is a staff bedroom with bath tucked behind the galley kitchen with sinks in two preparation areas.

The large, open entrance gallery, flanked on either side by the living and dining rooms makes a perfect entertaining space. Even if new owners brought in more colorful furniture than the current furnishings, the monochromatic scheme of the light-colored walls and bleached maple floor chosen by the interior designer will still do the trick of visually appearing to enlarge the connecting rooms, as designers discussed in a Rented Spaces article.

Noriega-Ortiz, known for his clean lines and simple patterns, is no stranger to designing for the musically inclined. He designed the digs of Sean Diddy Combs, a home for Russell Simmons, and two for rock star Lenny Kravitz, according to BNO Design.

Ortiz's styling of Kravitz's Miami villa can be seen here on Shelter Pop, and this Luxist gallery shows his makeover of Kravitz' two-story SoHo penthouse at 30 Crosby St., which sold to Alicia Keyes earlier this year.

Whether the next buyer is also a musician or not, they might want to call on BNO to help them get settled in to a new look. It's the BNO design team that is the true champion here, which might explain why this unit is priced nearly a million dollars more than another 3-bedroom, 4.5 bath unit agent Ushan has listed in the same Sovereign building. Mercury's former home would be quite the place to be "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon."

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Sheree R. Curry, an award-winning journalist, writes regularly about celebrity homes. She recently gave Matt Damon advice about his home search and penned a piece about DJ "AM" Goldstein's home sale.
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