Martha Stewart just purchased a $12.3 million apartment in the TV-famous 'Only Murders in the Building' NYC complex

The TV darling and her daughter bought a duplex in the Belnord – a prominent feature as the titular building in Hulu’s comedy-mystery hit Only Murders in the Building

Belnord Apartments
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American retail businesswoman, writer, and television personality Martha Stewart and her daughter, Alexis Stewart, have recently purchased an iconic six-bedroom duplex in the Upper West Side building – one of the world's best homes – made famous in the hit Hulu TV Only Murders in the Building.

The pair recently closed on an exceptional and sought-after unit in the Belnord, a block-long luxury residential building used for exterior shots of the Arconia apartments in the comedy-mystery series.

Crain’s New York Business reported that Stewart and her daughter paid $13.3 million for the coveted address despite the original asking price of $18 million and the last listed price of $13.2 million. The star-studded cast, led by Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, has been instrumental in increasing the desirability of the Belnord. 

The reimagined Robert A.M. Stern building sits at approximately 4,600-square-foot – an impressive footage for central New York City. The unit offers views of the Belnord’s courtyard – as seen in the show – and 87th Street through oversized windows.

Belnord Apartments courtyard

The Belnord courtyard is a private oasis centered around an historic fountain, with evergreen and boxwood hedges, shade trees, flowers and seating

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Entering the Belnord is an experience in itself. Perhaps most known for its handsome entrance, the Belnord greets guests and visitors to its doors through a gilded wrought-iron gate that leads to a vaulted porte cochère decorated with frescoes and arabesques. Walk a few steps further, and an expansive courtyard, where an impressive fountain awaits you. Renowned landscape architect Edmund Hollander has redesigned The Belnord's interior courtyard, the largest in the world when the building first opened.

Belnord Apartments NYC

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Onwards, a lobby is equipped with a 24-hour concierge. With six distinct residential lobbies, each offers three means of entrance to each residence, – a private elevator, a grand, open staircase, and a private freight lift – the Belnord is a private haven amid its vibrant, lively Upper West Side neighborhood.

Inside, the Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed Molteni kitchens are generously sized, expertly equipped with only the most technologically efficient Gaggenau appliances, and available in two color palettes – cerused oak and white lacquer. The Calacatta gold marble backsplash and kitchen countertops are a true sight to behold, and the refrigerator holds 45 bottles of wine. 

All main bathrooms are finished with Siberian White marble slabs and platinum finish Dornbracht fittings and hardware. They are as opulent as The Belnord itself. Designed by Anna Karlin and Rafael de Cárdenas, the Belnord is a place to marvel at. 

Belnord Apartments entrance

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While we can't say for sure whether the new purchase will function as a full-time residence for the mother or daughter, we are certain that no expense has been spared in the iconic design of the Belnord, and we imagine they will be very happy in this pied-à-terre.

Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.