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The Clarendon, 137 Riverside Drive, #PH

Listing no longer available on CityRealty as of Mar 10, 2014
Last Sold on Jan 15, 2016 for $20,000,000
6+ beds, 6+ baths
  • Buyers
  • The A.h. 2012 Family Trust
  • J.p. Morgan Trust Company Of Delaware, As Trustee
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1 apartment is currently available in this building.

Pricing History

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Key Details

  • Listed Mar 10, 2014
    Last Price Change -18.4% ($7M) on Sep 2
    Days on Market 0
    Building Type Cooperative
    Doorman FT Doorman
    Listing viewed 928 times
Monthly Maintenance $9,687
Total Taxes & Fees $9,687
Est. Monthly Mortgage -
Total Est. Monthly Carrying Cost $107,710

Description

The Original Hearst Quintuplex Penthouse Immortalized in the classic film Citizen Kane, William Randolph Hearst (born 1863) was a legendary figure wielding great influence on the politics, economy and culture of his time. By 1920, it was said that 1 in 4 Americans read a Hearst newspaper every day and Hearst had assembled a fortune estimated to equal $30 billion in today’’s dollars. His movie studio, Cosmopolitan Pictures, produced 35 movies, many of them starring Marion Davies, his long time companion.

In California he built the magnificent San Simeon Castle where he lavishly entertained the important people of his time. Before moving to California Hearst lived with his family in New York City where he created another extraordinary home --a precursor to San Simeon. His search for the perfect site to build his splendid and unique Penthouse led him to a hill overlooking the fabled Hudson River, at 137 Riverside Drive, where he leased the top three floors and then, in 1913, bought the whole building for the sum of $950,000.

This quintuplex comprised floors eight through twelve and was at that time the largest and most opulent apartment in the city. A top floor medieval tapestry gallery spanned a block long expanse overlooking the river and featured suits of armor, stained glass windows and art taken from European palaces. Other rooms, the Greek Room, English Room and the Julius Caesar Room, were lavishly appointed in the style their names suggest.

The Present Entering the reception hall from the private elevator landing, the impression of tremendous scale and natural light which characterized the original Hearst Penthouse can be immediately felt in the soaring ceiling heights and extraordinary open views of the Hudson River. The grand living room with fireplace opens to a south-facing terrace which also connects to the kitchen. Along the western wall, the living room, which can be configured to accommodate a large dining room table as well, leads to a beautifully appointed library with custom shelving and Hudson River views.

The library could also be converted to a formal dining room. Facing west and north, the palatial master bedroom suite includes a full bath, large walk-in closet, dressing room, as well as dramatic northern views as the George Washington Bridge and the Soldiers and Sailors monument. There is a second bedroom which includes a full bath and walk-in closet.

The second bedroom and master bedroom both open onto an enormous north and east facing terrace. The chef’’s kitchen includes an informal eat-in space, ample storage, and access to the south-facing terrace. Utilizing either the internal stair or the internal elevator, the second floor of this triplex penthouse includes two large bedrooms which share a full bath, ample storage, a terrace facing east and north, a large gallery and finally a third bedroom with two closets, a full bath, and access to another L-shaped terrace facing east and south.

The third floor of the penthouse features a large solarium, presently configured as a media room and gymnasium, with a vaulted ceiling capped by a skylight. There is a large full bath and a gallery on this floor as well as an expansive terrace which runs the full 94 feet of frontage along Riverside Drive. The Future Two acclaimed art collectors, William Randolph Hearst and the present owner, selected this unique location for themselves and their immense art collections.

The qualities that appealed to them - extraordinary interior scale and size with exquisite terraces - and magnificent views in every direction will draw the next generation seeking these irreplaceable features. Encompassing 17 rooms with abundant outdoor spaces throughout all three levels, this mansion above the Hudson River gives new meaning to the oft-used phrase chateau in the sky. It is unique in possessing an incomparable historical and artistic provenance, one that can never be duplicated.

It is truly a penthouse for the ages.

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Apartment Amenities

  • Northern Exposures
  • River View

About The Clarendon, 137 Riverside Drive

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The Clarendon, 137 Riverside Drive has received a CityRealty Rating of 84, based on:

 
Architecture

Anything above 30 is remarkable, from 20-29 is distinguished and from 11-19 is average, while below 11 is below average.

 
Location

Anything above 27 is remarkable, from 18-26 is distinguished and from 9-17 is average, while below 9 is below average.

 
Features

Anything above 22 is remarkable, from 16-21 is distinguished and from 9-15 is average, while below 9 is below average.

Rating Summary

23
Out of 44
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34
Out of 36
+
18
Out of 39
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9
=
84
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Distinguished 7 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
None 2 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Dramatic 3 out of 3 points
Alterations:
Well Done 1 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
None 0 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
Yes and Good 2 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Enclosed 1 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Allowed and Present 0 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
Corner 1 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
None 0 out of 2 points
Garden:
None 0 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
No 0 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unified Design 1 out of 1 points
Illumination:
None 0 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Outstanding 5 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 10 blocks 5 out of 5 points
Views:
Dazzling 4 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Very Little 3 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
3-5 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
3-5 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
Less Than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Shopping:
5 or less Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Schools:
No Noise 1 out of 1 points
Noise From Nightlife:
None 1 out of 1 points

Features Rating: Points Breakdown

Lobby:
Spacious 4 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
5-9 2 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
9-11 Feet 2 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Some 1 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes 1 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
None 0 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Considerable 2 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
None 0 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Door Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
None 0 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
None 0 out of 1 points
Driveway:
None 0 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Catering:
None 0 out of 1 points
Garage:
None 0 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
No 0 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Prewar:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Some 1 out of 2 points
  • Co-op
  • Built in 1906
  • 61 Apartments
  • 12 Floors

Building Amenities

  • Attended Lobby
  • FT Doorman
  • Pre War
  • Resident Storage
  • Health Club
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Children's Playroom
  • Fitness Center
  • Bike Room
  • Live-In Superintendent

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