Gloria Vanderbilt’s Midtown East apartment lists for $1.1M

Posted On Tue, August 3, 2021 By

Posted On Tue, August 3, 2021 By In Celebrities, Cool Listings, Midtown East

All photos courtesy of Anastassios Mentis/Brown Harris Stevens

The apartment in Midtown East where Gloria Vanderbilt lived for nearly 25 years is for sale. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, the son of the late heiress-businesswoman-artist, is selling the three-bedroom, two-bath residence at 30 Beekman Place for $1,125,000, as first reported by the New York Times. Filled with artwork and family treasures, much of the apartment has remained the same since Vanderbilt’s death in 2019 at the age of 95.

Vanderbilt’s love for art and design is on display throughout the second-floor apartment, from the handpainted fireplace mantles to the colorful hanging fabrics. In the living room, there’s a full-scale portrait of her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, painted by the artist Dana Pond. A life-size portrait of Vanderbilt herself, painted by artist Aaron Shikler, can also be seen in the living room.

Cooper, who set up an Instagram for his mother to sell her own pieces, told the New York Times his family moved a lot growing up, with his mom “always remodeling and redecorating.”

“Moving would be part of that. She would get restless with a place,” Cooper said in an interview with the newspaper. “For her to stay in this apartment for 23 years, which for my mom is an eternity, it had to change. I think she got tired of all the moving, and she decided to burrow into this place and just work on it.”

The spacious unit has a well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast room, a windowed foyer that leads to a gallery, a formal dining room, a large living room with a wood-burning fireplace, and two bedrooms, one of which has a walk-in closet. It has been unrenovated since Vanderbilt moved there in 1997, so updates are likely needed. Below the apartment, a two-bedroom unit that she used as a studio could also be for sale.

Vanderbilt, who was the great-great-granddaughter of the railroad magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, was born in Manhattan in 1924. Caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother and her aunt over her trust fund, the tabloids called her the “poor little rich girl.” Later, she became known for her line of designer jeans, her paintings, writings, and of course, home decor.

The building sits on the quiet, tree-lined enclave of Beekman Place, between East 50th and 51st streets off of First Avenue. Built in 1930, the 10-story co-op contains 38 total units and boasts amenities like a new fitness center, bike storage, and a furnished outdoor courtyard.

[Listing details: 30 Beekman Place, Unit 2A at CityRealty]

[At Brown Harris Stevens by Ileen G. Schoenfeld and Aracely Moran]

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All photos courtesy of Anastassios Mentis/Brown Harris Stevens

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