November 14th 2014
Lauren Bacall’s former apartment in Manhattan’s tony Dakota hits the market today with a price tag of $26 million. The 9-room co-op was the actress’ primary residence from the 1960s until her death in August.
The Dakota Building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is one of the city’s most iconic residences, and has been home to many notable names, from football legend John Madden to billionaire financier Wilbur Ross to John Lennon, who was murdered there. With its pedigreed residents and rich architecture, the building is one of Manhattan’s most prestigious addresses. It even has its own private drive and large fountains within an interior courtyard.
Bacall’s apartment is unusual for the building because it retains the original layout and many pre-war details, from the mahogany paneling to to the hardware on the doors. “She was really diligent about maintaining and keeping the original detail of the apartment,” notes listing agent Rebecca Edwardson of Warburg Realty, adding that many owners at the building have knocked down walls and modernized their apartments.
Bacall’s apartment opens onto an 18-foot-wide foyer. From the hallway a grand, 70-foot-long corridor connects the public rooms, giving the apartment a sense of expansiveness that is reinforced by its large windows and 13-foot ceilings. Five rooms–the library, great room, and the three bedrooms–all face Central Park. The library features Juliet balconies, as well as a wood-burning fireplace with a hand-carved mantel that dates back to the building’s construction in 1884. Even the flooring is the original hardwood. The windows are unusually large for a prewar building, and stretch nearly from ceiling to floor. Because of the high ceilings throughout the building, the 4th-floor apartment feels more like it is on the 7th floor, Edwardson says. ”It’s amazing for entertaining,” she says.
Each of the three bedrooms has views of the park; the apartment features three-and-a-half baths. Due to a quirk of New York City real estate law regarding co-ops, Edwardson could not specify the apartment’s square footage. But Forbes’ sources say it is more than 4,000 square feet. The apartment features a butler’s pantry (a re-emerging trend) and a maid’s room, which had functioned as an office.