Barbara Walters’ longtime Upper East Side apartment lists for $19.75M

Posted On Fri, April 21, 2023 By

Posted On Fri, April 21, 2023 By In Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

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The 11-room, full-floor co-op that celebrated TV journalist Barbara Walters called home for 30 years until her death last year is now on the market for $19,750,000. The sprawling residence at 944 Fifth Avenue is a classic Upper East Side pre-war gem, with Central Park views, five bedrooms, and a layout befitting a resident who entertained and interviewed politicians, princes, stars, and scoundrels alike as just another day on the job.


The apartment begins with a private elevator landing and a gracious entry gallery. The living room is anchored by a wood-burning fireplace and framed by 10-foot ceilings and park views. Perhaps more importantly, this invite-the-whole-gang-sized room easily accommodates both guests and family in multiple seating areas.


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Spacious transition areas connect the living room, dining room, and cozy, burled wood-paneled library, creating a connected entertaining space that’s comfortable enough for everyday life. A vast eat-in kitchen is served by a well-appointed butler’s pantry. An adjacent laundry room promises to make the tedious task seem like a privilege.

The wood-paneled primary bedroom suite continues the gift of park views and adds the favor of a wood-burning fireplace. This tranquil suite also holds two baths. Down the bedroom hallway are two more large bedrooms, one of which is currently being used as a den. Bedrooms have full en-suite baths, and there are two staff rooms, each with their own bathroom (there are five bathrooms in total).

Built in 1925, 944 Fifth Avenue is a 14-story pet-friendly limestone building with only one apartment per floor. This elegant Manhattan refuge offers residents a door attendant, private storage, and a gym.

[Listing details: 944 Fifth Avenue Fl. 6 at CityRealty]

[At Compass by Alexa Lambert]

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