Grace Kelly once lived in this Upper East Side co-op building at 988 Fifth Avenue, known as one of Manhattan’s most exclusive addresses, designed by J. E. R. Carpenter in an Italian Renaissance-palazzo-style and to have just one apartment per floor. In this case, the massive penthouse actually occupies two of those floors. And considering it’s renting for $100,000 a month, we’d expect no less. The listing compares it to hotel living, and while the level of services and perks–the cashmere-upholstered dressing room, two wrap-around terraces, an outdoor bar, spa, guest suites, weekly flowers and laundry service just for starters–certainly match that in any international hotel, the dizzying views from every corner remind us more of a first-class seat on an international flight.
The home is currently owned by Italian businessman Pier Guerci, who told New York Magazine that he discovered “nine small, derelict maid’s rooms on a Fifth Avenue rooftop overlooking Central Park” back in 2004. He promptly purchased the property–for $500,000–and set about transforming the errant clutch of rooms into a 3,800-square-foot pied-à-terre.
This opulent corner living room has amazing views of adjacent Central Park and the skyline. Also on this level are the kitchen and formal dining room. The landscaped terrace can be accessed from every room.
Rounding out the main level is a private guest suite along with the master suite, complete with the aforementioned 250-square-foot closet upholstered in cashmere.
Upstairs, two more guest rooms that are no longer maids’ rooms allow that spectacular wrap terrace to place all of New York City at your feet.
If you should tire of the view, the terraces are outfitted with an outdoor bar and covered pergola, three separate private outdoor showers, and “a small spa.”
Lest you find the $100k monthly outlay unfair, know that it includes daily maid service including laundry and ironing, weekly fresh flowers, satellite TV, WiFi, electricity, and a gardener who maintains the outdoor spaces and landscaping. And should another blackout plague the city, know the building has an emergency generator, so your champagne stays chilled.
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side