Greta Garbo fans buy the actress’ longtime Sutton Place co-op for $2.5M over ask
This sprawling three-bedroom at the exclusive Sutton Place co-op The Campanile may have a private location, incredible East River views, and old-world details such as wall-to-wall pine wood paneling, working fireplaces, and tons of built-ins, but it was its longtime resident who encited a bidding war. Mansion Global reports that Greta Garbo’s longtime home (she lived there from 1954 until her death in 1990) has sold for $8.5 million, 43 percent higher than the $5.95 million it listed for back in March. The late actress’ great-nephew Craig Reisfield said the buyers have “a reverence for my great aunt” and added that he anticipates them being “great stewards” of the home that’s very much intact from Garbo’s days.
Garbo chose the apartment for its private location and the fact that it was “very reminiscent of where she grew up in Stockholm — close to the water and with lots of sunlight,” according to her other great-nephew Derek Reisfield. After the Hollywood icon’s death, the Reisfeilds’ late mother Gray inherited the apartment as the sole heir to her estate. She and her husband used it as a pied-à-terre and later a permanant residence until 2012. But since the family no longer lives in New York, they decided to sell. Listing agent Woody Kerr of Halstead told Mansion Global that the celebrity connection attracted multiple offers, driving up the price.
The large, L-shaped 34-by-20-foot living room has a working fireplace and many oversized windows and leads to a library.
The formal dining room was described as having “Scandinavian ethos.” A recently renovated eat-in kitchen has granite countertops, Miele appliances, and an adjacent storage space that includes locking silver and wine cabinets.
As 6sqft previously detailed, “Garbo decorated the walls of the master bedroom and the bed’s headboard with rose-colored Fortuny silk. The paneling on the walls come from an old Swedish armoire, imported from her country house near Stockholm. All three bathrooms, including the master bath, were recently renovated.”
All of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. One featuers a lovely window seat and the other a one-of-a-kind, brass lattice encased bookshelf.
The pink and green color scheme, along with much of the artwork and furniture, were from Garbo’s days, though they weren’t included in the sale.
[Via Mansion Global]
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Images via Halstead Property
Photo of Greta Garbo via Wiki Commons