If you are flushed with funds there is one spectacular apartment in the Upper West Side of Manhattan for you to consider. The beautiful penthouse is part of a pre-war building built in 1909 in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.
The 4,200 sq ft. apartment has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, a dining room with original paneling, wine cellar, library, a second fireplace in the library and a large kitchen with plenty of room for entertaining. A piano owned by Isaac Stern takes its place near the entrance. And for entertaining a stone fireplace is converted to a full bar.
The biggest attraction of the house is its enormous living room with 24-foot-high ceilings that provide panoramic views of the American Museum of National History, Central Park and its surroundings through its huge steel-cased windows. The living room gives the feeling of being in a museum because of the floor-to-ceiling Corinthian columns and the Miro-like ceilings done by Madrid-based artist Ramon Canet, what’s more the artist lived and painted in the apartment while renovations were underway. Also taking the center stage is a 17th century built 8-foot stone fireplace from the Iberian Peninsula.
Art work adoring the house come from four corners of the world. A wooden installation of stars by Colombian-born artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso hangs from the ceiling on strings and a neon piece by Brazilian Antonio Dias directs attention to the western wall. Priceless quilts and porcelain more than 2,500 years old and midcentury Danish chairs exists in harmony next to each other. Other artists to grace the walls and space include Cuban maestro Emilio Sanchez and George Nakashimi.
In the home, the back hallways give way to bedrooms. A large foyer greets double front doors. The floors in the great room have been restored to their lightwood color with a subtle chevron shape.
The apartment currently owned by a couple from Latin America are planning to move back home. Husband is involved in art and music world while wife is involved in philanthropy and finance and they prefer to stay anonymous. They purchased the home in 1997 and as wife described “as soon as I walked in and saw this (living) room, I said I’ll take it. I needed someplace for art. Here, it was the light, space and flexibility. I just thought this room could be anything. That’s what makes it so special, if you have imagination, this room can be anything you want it to be.”
The listing broker for the property is Monica Luque of Prudential Douglas Elliman. There is a slight confusion of the asking price though – NY Daily News story says it is $20 million but the listed price on agent’s company web page says $14.75 million. Either way you need more than few millions to buy it.