John Lennon, Yoko Ono's NYC loft purchased after Beatles' breakup selling for $5.5M

Thursday, June 06, 2024

John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono's New York City loft is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years.

The two-story loft-style building at 496 Broome St. was purchased by the duo in 1971, not long after The Beatles broke up and Lennon released one of the most influential songs of the 20th century, "Imagine."

At the time, Lennon was eager to break free from The Beatles and make a name for himself as a solo artist while creating a new identity with Ono – an artist and peace activist – by his side.

While the couple only lived there until 1973, the building has often been used as a workspace throughout the years.

"The building on Broome Street was sort of like a base for their artistic ventures," Philip Norman, the author of "John Lennon: The Life," said via the New York Times. At the time, the couple was also renting an apartment at 105 Bank St. in the West Village. "Bank Street was their salon, where people could just walk in," Norman added.

Located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, the Broome Street loft features a gallery-like ground-floor space with 14.4-foot. ceilings, an open kitchen plus a bedroom loft in the rear.

The top floor has another large live-workspace and recording studio.

The property has 4,600 square feet of air rights and current zoning allows for three additional floors for a total gross floor area of roughly 7,500 square feet above grade, subject to Landmarks approval, according to the JLL’s Capital Markets Team, who has listed the property.



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