Interior designer and “high society tastemaker” Bunny Williams has just listed her classic six Carnegie Hill apartment at the 1185 Park Avenue cooperative. The apartment–now full of antiques she has collected from around the world–is asking $3.995 million with a maintenance is $4,685 a month. (According to the New York Times, she purchased it for about $900,000.) The two-bedroom, three-bathroom spread is on the fourth floor of the 15-story prewar co-op, one of the last in the city designed with a drive-through central courtyard.
You enter through a semi-private elevator foyer into a perfectly proportioned gallery. The gallery then leads to a south-facing living room with wood-burning fireplace. As the Times notes, Bunny “was attracted to [the apartment’s] large square rooms, big closets and open layout, allowing her to entertain big groups.”
Bunny added her own touch to the living room, putting in crown moldings painted in a trompe l’oeil style, with a motif of flutes and medallions, and designing built-in bookshelves. A mercury-glass mirror with a gold patina was mounted opposite the wood-burning fireplace, to make the room feel wider and reflect light.
The apartment’s original oak herringbone parquet floors are intact everywhere except in the kitchen, where faux wood vinyl flooring was installed for its durability. It’s been recently renovated, according to the listing.
A formal library and dining space faces north. At the west end of the gallery is a private hallway with three closets that lead to two bedrooms. The second bedroom faces north, overlooking the building’s drive-in courtyard. It also boasts an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet.
The master bedroom, facing 93rd Street, has a large walk-in closet and its own fitted dressing room an bathroom. The room also features a mirrored canopy bed by the French designer Serge Roche, with an impressiv hand-embroidered headboard.
Bunny and her husband John Rosselli have called the apartment home for many years, but have decided to sell to move into a larger apartment they purchased in the same building on a higher floor. We don’t blame them–1185 Park Avenue is considered one of the most unique, and stunning, co-ops of the Upper East Side.
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Photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side