Starchitect César Pelli and his wife Diana Balmori have bought a $17.5 million apartment at the San Remo, according to city records released today. And the seller of the 4,900-square-foot, 12-room residence is Rona Maurer, John Leguizamo’s mother-in-law who was recently involved in a lawsuit claiming she was covering up the sale of the home to keep her stepdaughter from getting any of the profits.
The corner unit has all the details one would hope for from the Upper West Side‘s most prestigious co-op, including 65 feet of Central Park views, soaring ceilings, herringbone floors, three entertaining rooms, and a marble entry gallery.
Currently, the apartment is outfitted in a slightly garish design, but we have no doubt that Pelli will transform it with a refined hand. The 34-foot x 21-foot corner living room boasts five casement windows and a hand-carved fireplace. There’s also an adjacent library, 27-foot x 18-foot dining room, renovated windowed kitchen, and laundry room. The master suite comes complete with a large dressing area, walk-in closet, and spa-like bath. Four additional bedrooms are located off a private hallway and all have full baths and plenty of closets.
The architect’s firm Pelli Clarke Pelli is responsible for the World Financial Center, three LEED-certified buildings in Battery Park City, and One Beacon Court. His son, Rafael, now runs operations at the firm’s New York office, so it makes perfect sense that César is looking to enjoy the high life on Central Park West.
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Neighborhoods : Upper West Side