While it’s not exactly what we’d call affordable housing, you don’t have to be as rich as Yoko Ono or as famous as Lauren Bacall (whose apartment recently sold for $21 million) to live in the iconic Dakota overlooking Central Park. This pint-sized top-floor aerie on the Upper West Side offers a seriously rare chance to rub elbows with venerable co-op’s celebrity residents–and the memories of notable residents past–for a relatively earthbound $1.85 million.
Though there’s still the nearly $3,000 monthly co-op fee to contend with, it’s not often that a space here that isn’t a storage unit finds its way to the market for less than four or five million at the very least; there are currently three eight-figure units listed, including Roberta Flack’s pad and Judy Garland’s former home. And the one-bedroom apartment itself is just the bright and elegant pre-war gem you’d imagine it to be.
This one-bedroom charmer seems as if it once may have been a hallway or passageway (many of the building’s units have been sliced, spliced, merged and customized to create sprawling though odd-shaped dream homes) albeit a spacious one. But like most pre-war apartments, it’s configured so there’s plenty of room for people and their things.
The listing calls it a “beautiful old world oasis…Straight out of a fairytale book,” which doesn’t sound inaccurate. Throughout are elegant and well-kept pre-war details like gabled windows, a stained-glass panel, built-in-bookcases and hardwood floors, starting with a long, spacious living room, with windows lining one wall. A bright and tidy eat-in kitchen is both modern and vintage, with painted brick, renovated white cabinetry and updated appliances.
A serene bedroom (yes it’s true that a few coats of white paint can do wonders) gets a renovated ensuite bath and a huge walk-in closet fronted by a dressing area. Downside: Guests have to walk through your serene bedroom to access the bath.
Designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh and completed in 1884, the full-service, white-glove Dakota is a New York City landmark and national historic landmark. Though the building has a notoriously strict co-op board, the listing calls it a “perfect pied-a-terre” so they’re at least open to that possibility.
- Judy Garland’s Former Dakota Apartment, Now a Designer Pad, Asks $16.7M
- Lauren Bacall’s $23.5M Dakota Apartment Finds a Buyer
- Live in Singer Roberta Flack’s Dakota Apartment for $9.5M
- Legends of the Upper West Side: The Past, Present, and Future of the Dakota
Images courtesy of Town Residential.
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side