American songwriter Irving Berlin moved into the duplex at 130 East End Avenue—an Emory Roth-designed co-op in Yorkville right across from Carl Schurz Park— in 1931, where he went on to write hits like “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “Say It Isn’t So.” As Berlin’s biographer Laurence Bergreen described, the formal residence featured antiques and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that “quietly suggested the home of [a] wealthy, cultivated businessman possessed of exacting, if severe, taste.” Though the Berlin’s moved out in 1944, the stately residence with East River views retained it’s formal decor when the unit last hit the market in 2017 for $7,900,000. Over the past two years, the apartment has undergone a modern renovation and is back seeking a much reduced $3,995,000.
A “gracious entry” with circular staircase opens onto a corner living room. Bookshelves line the walls in the 28-foot space, which features the original herringbone wood floors and a wood-burning fireplace. Five windows provide unobstructed river, park, and bridge views.
A formal dining room has an adjoining sunroom through which you can access the wrap-around terrace. The once blue room has been painted a more contemporary white, but still features the original built-ins. On this lower level, you’ll also find a kitchen, bathroom, and a maid’s room.
The circular staircase leads to the two bedrooms upstairs, which both boast great views. There are also two bathrooms on this floor, and a study/guest room with access to a large, private roof terrace.
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Listing images courtesy of Warburg Realty