Lena Horne’s Upper East Side co-op, listed for $2.2M, has a built-in bar and diva-worthy closets

Posted On Mon, October 24, 2022 By

Posted On Mon, October 24, 2022 By In Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Photo credit: Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group

On a tree-lined Central Park-adjacent block on the Upper East Side, this pre-war co-op has the distinction of being the late singer and actress Lena Horne’s “private refuge,” according to the New York Times. The celebrated diva moved into the Volney hotel-turned-co-op at 23 East 74th Street in the 1980s, eventually owning five units on the building’s fifth floor. Asking $2,195,000, this 2,100-square-foot, two-bedroom home–currently owned by Horne’s daughter–is the last of those units to be listed. A combo of two units, the space is currently configured as a huge one-bedroom, but can easily accommodate two bedrooms with space to spare.

The entry foyer reveals the pre-war bones of this classic co-op. Original herringbone-patterned oak floors and beamed ceilings frame the gracious bright and airy space.

A highlight of the extra-large living room is a jewel-toned built-in bar. Five south-facing windows line the room’s 30+ linear feet.

The eat-in kitchen is a modern classic, with shaker cabinetry in a stylish dark gray topped by crisp white worktops. The space is anchored by a prep island with a four-burner gas range. A capacious pantry provides lots of storage space. An adjacent separate room with built-in storage is a flexible dining or entertaining option, and could easily be converted to a second bedroom, with the use of one of the home’s two full baths.

The apartment is a combination of two units; one was an extra-large studio which became a huge 450-square-foot primary suite that includes an office/sitting area and a full set of diva-worthy closets. The en-suite marble-tiled bathroom features a stall shower.

The Volney was built in 1929 and converted to a co-op in 1982. The full-service building offers a 24-hour doorman, a live-in resident manager, a landscaped rooftop terrace, a laundry room, and additional storage.

[Listing details: 23 East 74th Street, #5A at CityRealty]

[At The Corcoran Group by Jonathan D. Schulz and Jason T. Miller]

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Photo credit: Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group

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