IWALKED NEW YORK CITY’S THE BERESFORD
The upscale Beresford apartments were designed by architect Emery Roth and constructed in 1929. It replaced the former 6-story Hotel Beresford which resided here and had been designed by Alva Walker. The existing Italian Renaissance structure is a 23-story co-operative (as it has been since 1962) with 175 units. The first three-floors are decorated with a limestone base before giving way to a beige brick exterior the remainder of the way up. The exterior is most recognized for its three octagonal towers atop it which light up each evening. The towers are situated on each corner of the building less the northwest corner. One of these towers actually acts as a clever cover for the apartment’s water supply.
If you are in the market for an apartment in price range of $2.5 to $31 million (mind you with a maximum allowable financing of 50%), you can live amongst the likes of famous former and current residents. These include the ranks of Rock Hudson, Diane Sawyer, Calvin Klein, Diana Ross, Tony Randall, John McEnroe, Glenn Close (who was reportedly trying to sell her apartment in late 2010), and her neighbor, Jerry Seinfeld.
Mr. Seinfeld is noted within the Beresford as having his own regulation named after him, dubiously titled the “Seinfeld Rule.” After undergoing lengthy alterations of his 1998 2,000 square foot duplex which he had acquired for $4.35 million, the co-op’s board elected to require owners to pay a fine of $500 per day that construction went passed its scheduled deadline. In reference to Mr. Seinfeld’s alterations, I was unable to find the specific period over which they occurred but I found multiple references to the term “multiple years.” One last tid bit about Jerry if you’re interested is that he also owns a townhouse just around the corner on West 82nd Street. This is where he supposedly stores approximately 20 of the nearly 50 Porsches from his collection.
Address: 211 Central Park West, New York City, NY
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