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While the 1967 "Good-Bye to All That," a meditation on leaving New York City, is one of Joan Didion's most famous essays, she and her husband, fellow writer John Gregory Dunne, bought an Upper East Side apartment in 1988 and stayed there until both their deaths. Indeed, for a number of luminaries, there has very much been a "till death do us part" mindset to them and their New York City homes. Ms. Didion's apartment is among the celebrity listings of December 2022 and January 2023.

Steve Wynn — Listed for $90,000,000

50-Central-Park-South-01 The Ritz-Carlton Residences, #30/31 (Sotheby's International Realty); Steven Wynn (User1964; Cropped by User:Bobak - User1964, CC BY-SA 3.0,
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As the application process for New York City's first casino begins, casino magnate Steve Wynn has been in the news for his bids to build a casino in an as-yet undeveloped portion of Hudson Yards. However, he has taken another gamble by listing his Central Park South penthouse for a staggeringly high price about 10 years after he purchased it for $70 million. The Real Deal notes that the apartment once served as the ballroom when the hotel on the site was the Hotel St. Moritz; it is now a Ritz-Carlton, and residents have access to the hotel's services and amenities.

From the Listing:
This glamorous duplex residence is defined by its stunning and commanding views over Central Park and the glittering and dramatic Manhattan skyline. Comprising the 30th and 31st floors of 50 Central Park South, this exceptional condominium offers spectacular scale, soaringly high ceilings, mesmerizing outlooks, and an abundance of space and style. Sited perfectly, Central Park is seen from a superior position along its southern edge with a marvelous, bird’s-eye perspective.

Accessed by a private elevator landing, the grandly-scaled gallery opens into the magnificent living room, which is a breathtaking 44 feet in length and boasts dramatically tall 15-foot ceilings. This majestic room is lined with ten colossally-scaled arched windows, five of which overlook Central Park and the residence’s largest terrace, which stretches almost 45 feet along the length of the facade. Throughout the apartment, from every Park-facing window, and especially from the wide and wonderful terrace, there are inspiring skyline views of Central Park.
3 Available Listings for Sale from $21,500,000

Carlos Slim Helú — Listed for $80,000,000

1009-Fifth-Avenue-01 Benjamin N. Duke House (Compass); Carlos Slim Helu (By José Cruz/ABr - Agência Brasil [1], CC BY 3.0 br,
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For a time, telecom billionaire Carlos Slim Helú was the wealthiest man in the world and remains the richest man in Mexico. In listing his Upper East Side mansion, he is pursuing another superlative in the process: The New York Post notes that it is currently the most expensive townhouse for sale in the city, and that it would set a new record for the most expensive townhouse ever sold if it went for the asking price.

From the Listing:
With over 20,000 square feet of living space, the limestone and red-brick mansion boasts 27 feet along Fifth Avenue and 100 feet of frontage facing 82nd Street. The unique design elements and dimensions throughout the property make it stand out among any of its peers, offering endless possibilities with its grand and spacious rooms, high ceilings, large windows, and an abundance of natural light. The property features numerous bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as ample living and entertaining spaces, with elegant marble fireplaces and ornate moldings throughout.

The impressive grand staircase climbs up through five levels, with spacious landings featuring large windows. Additionally, the upper floors of the residence feature a striking skylight and can be reached via an additional staircase. The terrace and rooftop provide breathtaking views of Central Park and the city skyline. With a rich history and unparalleled craftsmanship, it stands as one of the most unique and important assets of its kind, the rarest of offerings for investors and collectors alike.

Julian H. Robertson Jr. — Listed for $30,000,000

150-Central-Park-South-01 The Hampshire House, #27FL (Douglas Elliman)
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As The Wall Street Journal observes, the 27th floor of The Hampshire House on Central Park South has a rich history. It was once owned by Alice Tully, the opera singer-turned-philanthropist who has been honored by having the chamber music hall at Lincoln Center named after her. Its most recent owner was Julian H. Robertson Jr., founder of hedge fund giant Tiger Management. Mr. Robertson's family has listed the apartment following his August 2022 death, and we are eager to see the next powerhouse who will move in here.

From the Listing:
Once in a lifetime does the most remarkable home come to the market. This is one of those, from its provenance to its breadth of over 100 feet precisely centered over Central Park with west and east windows at each end. Few buildings accommodate a full floor apartment comprised of approximately 6,500 square feet of interior space.

No other home on Central Park offers a 38’ x 20’ living room with 18’ 3" ceilings and three arched doors, each soaring over 15’ high, and opening onto the terrace and the park. This is a perfect home that combines oversized windows with views, and still has walls to accommodate a great art collection or over scaled art work.
4 Available Listings for Sale from $750,000
1 Available Listing for Rent for $4,500/month

Kerry Washington — Listed for $21,000,000

50-Riverside-Boulevard-01 One Riverside Park (Serhant LLC); Kerry Washington (By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0,
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As the listing for a penthouse at One Riverside Park proudly declares, Kerry Washington once rented the apartment, presumably during her performance in American Son on Broadway. It has now been listed for sale.

From the Listing:
Welcome to this majestic full-floor sky mansion with 100 feet of Hudson River frontage, a sprawling 6-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom penthouse featured in Architectural Digest for its decadent river and sunset views and sublime finishes. Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, this special home is a paragon of urban design and modern luxury. Key-locked elevators and a private landing lead into a welcoming foyer and a 60-foot great room that hovers over the Hudson River.

Living and dining areas are separated by a look-through fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling surround. The massive eat-in kitchen is equipped with a huge island, custom cabinets, marble countertops, a shimmering stainless steel tile backsplash, and fully-integrated high-end appliances from Miele and Sub-Zero. Just off the kitchen is a corner media room with spectacular river views and a wet bar with a built-in wine fridge.
8 Available Listings for Sale from $1,395,000
3 Available Listings for Rent from $7,300/month

Beth Comstock — Listed for $10,995,000

62-Jane-Street-01 62 Jane Street (The Corcoran Group); Beth Comstock (By Joi Ito from Cambridge, MA, USA - Beth Comstock, CC BY 2.0,
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Just over 10 years after purchasing it, former General Electric vice chair Beth Comstock and her husband, tech executive Chris Travers (not pictured) have listed the Greek Revival townhouse they spent two years renovating. The Wall Street Journal announced the listing and revealed that the couple are spending more time at their second home at the Hudson Valley.

From the Listing:
Located on a tree-lined block in the heart of the West Village, this turnkey five-story home features a harmonious layout with many original details, on a 22’ x 48’ lot. Enter the parlor floor and be greeted by a meticulous two-and-a-half-year restoration led by renowned architects Kathryn Ogawa and Gilles Depardon, who have preserved all the original details--the 11’ ceilings, the wide plank floors, the staircase, the fireplace, and the French windows, still featuring the original shutters. Take a seat in the formal dining room, with its own wet bar.

Watch the sunlight stream through the floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall facing the backyard to the south. Then head downstairs to garden level, where the ceilings have been heightened and the open kitchen features Shinnoki cabinets by Japanese craftsman Yuji Kurosu. Through folding glass doors, an informal living room opens onto the garden terrace to create an indoor / outdoor living space.

Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne — Listed for $7,500,000

33-East-70th-Street-01 33 East 70th Street, #5A (Sotheby's International Realty); Joan Didion (By David Shankbone - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
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Shortly after the New York Public Library acquired Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne's personal literary archives, the Upper East Side apartment they shared went on the market. Curbed notes that the sale also comes hot on the heels of Ms. Didion's estate auction.

From the Listing:
This splendid 11-room residence is located in one of Manhattan’s finest white-glove cooperatives. Perfectly located on East 71st Street and Madison Avenue, it is moments to Central Park and to many of the city’s best museums, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants on the Upper East Side. This pre-war apartment’s gracious and versatile layout offers distinct areas for living and entertaining, and its very spacious and elegant rooms are enhanced by beautiful herringbone hardwood floors and many original details.

Accessed via a semi-private elevator landing, the entrance hall opens to a marvelously spacious gallery, which serves as a fulcrum to the apartment. A grand living room with a wood-burning fireplace is currently open to the library, which is a step above and equipped with a wet bar. Both rooms benefit from open and very charming northern outlooks of the majestic spire and roofline of St. James’ Church. Nearby, the gracious dining room is also accessed from the gallery, as are a den and powder room. The gallery offers two ample coat closets.
2 Available Listings for Sale from $3,950,000

Savannah Guthrie — Listed for $7,100,000

12-Warren-Street-01 12 Warren Street, #5 (Sotheby's International Realty); Savannah Guthrie (By David Shankbone - Own work, CC BY 3.0,
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Five years ago, Today anchor Savannah Guthrie and her family purchased a Tribeca loft near her colleague Jenna Bush Hager and embarked on a renovation inspired by the concrete ceiling in the Great Room. The family is now eagerly preparing to upgrade to a townhouse, but Ms. Guthrie has admitted it won't be easy to leave - she told The Wall Street Journal, “My fingernails will be scraping against the glass leaving this apartment.”

From the Listing:
This 3,735 square foot, full-floor loft features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a home office and soaring 10’2” ceilings. No expense was spared in the meticulous and thoughtful renovation of this entire home by AD100 architects Ike Kligerman & Barkley and AD100 designer Monique Gibson. The elevator opens directly into a gracious foyer which leads to a Great Room with nearly 50 feet of linear frontage.

The space, renovated to perfection and with wall-to-wall south-facing windows, is ideal for entertaining with three separate living areas and a custom marble and white oak bar with Julien sink, 30” Sub-Zero refrigerator and ice maker. Other features in the Great Room include a wall of custom oak millwork adding tremendous warmth and character, concrete ceilings with breathtaking light fixtures and a stunning steel and glass wall with doors that lead to a large formal dining area with an antiqued mirror and cerused oak backdrop.
3 Available Listings for Sale from $5,195,000

Roger Angell — Listed for $3,000,000

1261-Madison-Avenue-01 1261 Madison Avenue, #5N (The Corcoran Group); Roger Angell (Flickr - WNYC New York Public Radio)
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In the 50 years he lived in his Carnegie Hill apartment, sportswriter turned New Yorker senior editor Roger Angell hosted many literary parties in the home. The New York Post announced that following his death in May 2022, his estate has put the apartment on the market.

From the Listing:
Offered for the first time in 50 years, 1261 Madison, Apartment 5N, is a grand, half-floor 8 into 7 room property located in a Landmarked Beaux Arts boutique cooperative in desirable Carnegie Hill. The longtime home of famed New Yorker editor and hall-of-fame baseball writer, Roger Angell, this tremendously stylish apartment was the scene of endless gatherings of New York’s literary and cultural set for half a century and features many original 1901 details such as wide hallways, high beamed ceilings, generous moldings, transomed-windowed doors, two decorative fireplaces, preserved oak hardwood floors and wainscoting.

The 31-foot double living room faces west over Madison Avenue, offering plenty of light throughout the day through two enormous windows, including one with a distinctive arch. The adjacent library/bedroom can be seamlessly combined to create a huge loft-like room, running the entire length of the apartment. With lovely northeastern views of The Brick Church steeple and verdant townhouse gardens, the corner primary bedroom or dining room has super-sized crown moldings, oak wainscoting and a decorative fireplace with an oversized closet. An ensuite primary bathroom has been installed in this line with board approval.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $3,000,000

Hamish Bowles — Listed for $2,900,000

45-East-9th-Street-01 45 East 9th Street, #8 (Sotheby's International Realty)
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In 2008, Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles purchased a Greenwich Village apartment in an estate sale and proceeded to fill it with his collection of antique furnishings, vintage books, and couture menswear. He described it as "a salvation – and a marvelous place for me to call home [during the pandemic]" (h/t 6sqft), but has listed it after relocating to London. He is not the only fashion powerhouse to make a home in the building -- Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler's apartment was featured in Elle Decor.

From the Listing:
Welcome to unit 8 at 45 East 9th Street. This charming and oversized 2-bedroom, 2-bath duplex (currently configured as a 1-bedroom with dining room) is a one-of-a-kind find. Greeted by a gracious foyer you are led into a beautiful living/sitting room with vaulted ceilings, gorgeous custom millwork and bookshelves, and a wood-burning fireplace.

The galley and windowed kitchen is located beside the dining room. Up the beautiful staircase to the second level, you will find an enormous walk in closet and the bedroom with an en-suite bath. Hardwood flooring throughout the apartment and ample closet and storage space. Off the iconic Gold Coast in lower 5th Avenue, 45 East 9th Street is one of Greenwich Village’s most desirable full service prewar cooperative buildings.
2 Available Listings for Sale from $2,500,000

Chase Mishkin — Listed for $2,840,000

425-West-50th-Street-01 Stella Tower, #12H (Compass)
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A few months after Trevor Noah's condo in Stella Tower was listed, another luminary's home in the building hit the market: Tony-winning Broadway producer Chase Mishkin's beautifully renovated home in the building has been listed following her death in July 2022. The New York Post notes that her estate will take a loss on it; she bought it from the developer for $3.97 million, and its price was recently reduced to $2,749,000.

From the Listing:
Melding art-deco pizazz with modern living, #12H pulls off the impossible fusing the best of yesterday with the demands of today. This stunning 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath residence with a home office is the perfect layout that you have been seeking. #12H allows for a true home office setup without compromising a bedroom or living room. The residence is oversized at 1,851 square feet and feels more expansive due to the 11-foot ceilings. The open kitchen has been handcrafted by Smallbone of Devizes.

It is complete with European oak cabinetry, polished concrete countertops and appliances by Miele. The kitchen overlooks the enormous living and dining room. The scale of the living room is extraordinary, allowing for multiple configurations. The walls here are perfect for displaying large art. Each room has huge tilt-and-turn windows which flood the apartment with natural light. The primary bedroom is perched on a corner and has two exposures, north and west.
3 Available Listings for Sale from $1,750,000
1 Available Listing for Rent for $6,500/month

Kate Cordsen — Listed for $2,500,000

333-East-68th-Street-01 333 East 68th Street, #3C (Compass); Kate Cordsen (By Marvingoing - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
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Throughout her celebrated career, Kate Cordsen has gone from one side of the camera to the other as a former Ford model and an acclaimed photographer. She has long used her Upper East Side apartment as a showcase for her work and hosted many gatherings for the art world. Upon listing the apartment, she admitted to the New York Post, "It is bittersweet selling my apartment."

From the Listing:
Enter this sensational apartment and you will instantly feel at home. Gorgeous oversized arched windows capture your eye with the tree tops beyond. A collector’s dream with picture lights set into the stunning coffered ceiling this ’classic 6’ brings the past into the present.

The centerpiece is a wood-burning fireplace and custom built-ins complete the chic airy and open feeling. Continuing off the spacious living room is a square dining room with large south-facing windows with plenty of room for at-home entertaining. Two large bedrooms are in a separate wing, each with an immaculate en-suite bathroom.

The primary is on the southeast corner and has three large windows and its bathroom features a walk-in shower. The generous second bedroom looks over the beautiful front garden that is a feature of the building’s renown. The bright and well thought out kitchen naturally is outfitted with top of the line stainless steel appliances.
3 Available Listings for Sale from $1,600,000

Dennis Sprung — Listed for $1,999,000

211-Madison-Avenue-01 Morgan Court, #24B (Douglas Elliman)
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Around the time the American Kennel Club was gearing up for the Meet the Breeds event at the Javits Center, the organization's president, Dennis Sprung, listed his Murray Hill apartment in a building that, appropriately enough, allows pets. He told the New York Post that he's selling to move closer to Central Park, as so many dog owners do.

From the Listing:
Enter the semi-private landing to a full wall of panoramic glass windows that boast breathtaking views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Freedom Tower. The spacious great room offers an ideal layout for comfortable living and dining with direct access to the eat-in kitchen. The kitchen provides an abundance of cabinet and counter space, a separate breakfast nook, and laundry area with a washer-dryer.

An interior spiral staircase leads to the lower-level sleeping quarters, providing a complete retreat from the rest of the home. Both bedrooms are oversized and bright with ensuite bathrooms and an abundance of closet space. The primary spa-like bathrooms features double sinks, a tub, and a glass enclosed shower. The primary suite boasts western-facing views, a generous layout, and convenient built-in California closets. The second bedroom, which could comfortably be used as the primary suite, guest room, or oversized office, offers panoramic windows spanning south and west.
3 Available Listings for Sale from $1,295,000

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