Over the summer, the Times asked the question, “Who owns Helen Gurley Brown’s legacy?” The 32-year editor of Cosmopolitan passed away in 2012, leaving behind her apartment in the legendary Beresford, one of only three that has space in the building’s iconic turrets. The co-op board, of course, wanted the valuable Central Park West residence listed, but those involved with her will didn’t oblige. The board must’ve won the fight, though, because Curbed reports that the penthouse apartment has hit the market for $20 million (significantly less than the $50 million+ some were speculating). And just as you’d expect from the author of “Sex and the Single Girl,” the four-level spread is full of leopard, flowers, and pink, pink, and more pink.
The formal living room has a funky leopard/floral carpet, as well as a baby grand piano, fireplace, and built-in bookshelves. The sliding glass doors open to a wrap-around balcony with views of the Museum of Natural History and Central park. There’s an adjoining library that could be used as a second bedroom, and the formal dining room (perhaps the pinkest room of all) that connects to the kitchen.
The top floor is by far the most spectacular, located within the turret. There’s 17-foot ceilings, another fireplace, wall-to-wall pink carpeting, and, of course, those incredible 360-degree views.
Architectural critic Paul Goldberger described the apartment as “extraordinary; it is the apex, the architectural climax of the building.”
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Images via Sotheby’s
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side