El Dorado childhood home of Beastie Boys’ Mike D finds a buyer after $4.5M price chop

May 10, 2023

Photos from the 2022 listing courtesy of Rise Media

The childhood home of Beastie Boys rapper Mike D has found a buyer, after a year on the market and a $4.5 million price cut. The apartment at the Upper West Side’s enviable El Dorado building belonged to the estate of Hester and Harold Diamond, owners of one of the world’s finest art collections and parents of Mike Diamond. The duplex co-op hit the market in May 2022 for $19,500,000 and relisted this past March for $14,995,000 before entering contract on Tuesday, as first reported by the New York Post.

The Diamonds purchased the apartment for about $1.2 million (for both units) when the El Dorado went co-op in 1982 after renting at the building since the 1960s, as the New York Times reported. The couple’s art collection included Picasso, Mondrian, Rothko, and many more.

According to the Post, after Harold died, Hester remarried and lived at the building until she died at age 91 in 2020. In 2021, her art collection was auctioned at Sotheby’s for $26.7 million.

The duplex takes up the 18th and 19th floors of the Art Deco building’s south tower. The six-bedroom apartment was designed to highlight the amazing art collection.

Measuring 29 feet long, the party-ready living room is surrounded by park and skyline views. The home, which combines two apartments, spans 6,300 square feet and boasts 800 square feet of terrace space overlooking Central Park.

The kitchen has stainless countertops and cabinets, along with top-of-the-line appliances. As 6sqft previously reported, there’s also a fine china room and a nearly hidden powder room.

The landmarked building at 300 Central Park West was designed by Emery Roth in 1930 and features white-glove services and amenities.

[Listing info: 300 Central Park West, Unit 19D at CityRealty]

[Listed at Compass by Michael J. Franco; listed at The Corcoran Group by Amy Katcher]


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