Socialite Georgette Mosbacher lists luxurious full-floor, Fifth Avenue co-op for $29.5M

Posted On Mon, January 23, 2017 By

Posted On Mon, January 23, 2017 By In Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

This grand Fifth Avenue co-op belongs to the socialite and political fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher, who has hosted everyone from King Juan Carlos I of Spain to Tom Hanks to Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump at her apartment. It occupies the entire fifth floor of 1020 Fifth Avenue, a prestigious limestone cooperative, and it’s now asking $29.5 million. Mosbacher, who has lived here since 1992, told the New York Times, “It’s come to a point where I want to make a change in my life, and it won’t happen unless I shake it up.” So now the palatial pad could be yours.

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Mosbacher is only the second owner of the apartment–the first was an Italian countess who took up residence after the limestone-clad building was completed in 1925. She restored many of the original details, like a painted coat of arms in the grand salon, the oak floors, carved doors and three wood-burning fireplaces.

She also set up the space for entertaining, especially the 20-by-40-foot grand salon, which features a fireplace with an ornate plaster mantle, as well as a crystal chandelier hanging from the center of a 20-foot-tall fresco-painted ceiling. Sixteen-foot-high paned windows look down upon Fifth Avenue. According to the Times, the room can fit 200 people.

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A 5-by-11-foot central gallery is decorated with a gold-leaf soffit ceiling and two giant bronze centaurs near the main entrance. This luxe hallway separates the public rooms from the bedrooms and kitchen.

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The formal dining room is surrounded by walls upholstered in a jacquard fabric. The table, which sits beneath a Russian chandelier, seats 18 guests.

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The paneled library has a marble fireplace and a mariner’s map painted on the ceiling. Through these windows you get a glimpse of Central Park.

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Like all great cooperative apartments, the floor plan offers a great flow between rooms. (It was designed by the architecture firm Warren & Wetmore, the main architects of Grand Central Terminal.) Lalique glass doors connect the salon to the library, while a hand-painted door in the salon connects to the dining room. And a long hallway adorned with Gracie wallpaper leads to the four en-suite bedrooms. According to the broker, “there are no dead rooms.”

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The co-op–considered the one of most prestigious along Fifth Avenue–is located right across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It only holds fourteen, full-floor apartments and this is the only one currently on the market.

[Listing: 1020 Fifth Avenue by John Burger for Brown Harris Stevens]

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