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The Schmooze

Lauren Bacall’s Swank Apartment Hits Market — For $26M

Getting tired of your windowless closet, better known as a New York apartment? Or maybe you’ve decided to give your roommate —  or uninvited guests (mice I’m looking at you) — some space and are on the market for a new home.

Well, if you have a spare $26 million to drop on a new crib, super star Lauren Bacall’s 9-room apartment overlooking Central Park just hit the market, and It. Is. Epic.

Bacall, who died earlier this year, moved into the iconic Dakota Building (where John Lennon lived — and died) on New York’s Upper West Side in 1961. The real estate listing does a great job on the sell, we think. Talk about descriptive adjectives!

Retained by the original owner since the 1960’s, this rare and iconic treasure represents a true once in a life-time opportunity. Uncommonly grand in scale, one cannot help but feel awestruck by the sheer enormity of the rooms’ size and volume.

Nine lavish rooms in total, five rooms sit directly on Central Park and span approximately 100 feet of prized frontage. Breathtaking views of the park look on to the tree top canopy, with city architecture beyond, and open sky. Even exceptional for the Dakota, the ceilings soar 13 feet, and the majestic residence retains much of its exquisite 19th original detail.

One enters the residence through a private mahogany vestibule with towering doors into an elegant and exceptionally large 18 foot entry Foyer, with its own highly coveted original fireplace, unique to the Dakota only. To the right is a seemingly endless 70 foot gallery connecting the major public rooms including the Library, Great Room, and Formal Dining Room. The warm, inviting Library includes original pocket doors, fireplace, and overlooks Central Park from a floor to ceiling window with a Juliet balcony, offering a small treasure from which to enjoy the exceptional park views. The 29 foot wide Great Room offers a sprawling entertaining space with two enormous park facing windows, mantled fireplace, mahogany doors connecting the Library, and another set of mahogany double doors leading to the Gallery.

The listing goes on to describe the elegance of the formal dining room, and the ever important west wing.

So if you’re interested, get moving. Because in our dearly departed Lauren’s famous words, “Patience was not my strong point.” The market feels the same way.

Here’s a sneak peek:

[h/t Gothamist].


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