Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Lists Downtown Loft

It's the end of Michael Stipe living in his SoHo duplex penthouse as we know it. Stipe, the lead singer of R.E.M. (the band called it quits after 31 years), just listed his Canal Street abode for $10.95 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. Click through the photo gallery to take a tour of the crib that features a Mario Batali-designed kitchen and a 2,500-square-foot terrace, amongst other sweet amenities.

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It's the end of Michael Stipe living in his SoHo duplex penthouse as we know it. <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303901504577460941225466200.html?mod=WSJ_NY_RealEstate_LEADNewsCollection" target="_blank">Stipe, the lead singer of R.E.M. (the band called it quits after 31 years), just listed his Canal Street abode for $10.95 million, according to The Wall Street Journal</a>. Click through the photo gallery to take a tour of the crib that features a Mario Batali-designed kitchen and a 2,500-square-foot terrace, amongst other sweet amenities.
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The upper level of Stipe's drool-worthy loft features a living and dining room together with the Mario Batali-designed kitchen. Here's a look at the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the gigantic 2,500-square-foot private terrace that boasts North, South, and West exposures.
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We can't imagine it's easy giving up this amazing roof deck. Stipe is reportedly looking for a large studio where he can work on his sculptures.
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Michael Stipe isn't the only notable name that has called this loft palace home. Director of "Good Will Hunting," Gus Van Sant, lived here and so did actor Casey Affleck, who sold it to Stipe for $5.75 million in 2007.
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Maintenance charges for the duplex penthouse total a little over $2,500 per month. The spread features a total of three bedrooms.
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Here's a look at the Mario Batali-designed kitchen. Batali himself loves this kitchen (after all, he designed it) and cooks here once in awhile, reports The Wall Street Journal.
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Anyone who's ever lived in New York (or tourists who have lined Canal Street looking for cheap knock-offs) know that Canal Street can be deafening. But in Stipe's loft the sounds are muted. He comments to The Wall Street Journal, "When you are up there you have been transported to another world. You are mesmerized by the view."
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Staircases run throughout the home. There's also a private elevator.
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A view of one of the 2.5 bathrooms in the spread. The master suite boasts an oversized master bath and antique farm sink, along with radiant heated floors.
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Stipe renovated the pad after buying it, restoring the dirty concrete floors and replacing a narrow spiral staircase with a wide one in the atrium.
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A view of the brick exterior of Stipe's building. From the outside, it sure doesn't look like anything too special.
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