Lauren Bacall's New York Apartment Lists for $26 Million
By Laura Vecsey
One thing's for sure about Lauren Bacall: She knew how to turn heads.
What was true of the cinematic grand dame in life continues even after her death in August at age 89. Currently making an impression: Her magnificent apartment in New York City's fabled Dakota building. The unit has hit the market with all the pomp and circumstance of an old-time Hollywood blockbuster majestically set in the heart of the Big Apple.
Bacall's nine-room spread overlooking Central Park has been listed for a whopping $26 million. Replete with original detail -- including the unchanged floor plan and mahogany wood trim -- the apartment is sure to draw an eager audience.
Rebecca I. Edwardson of Warburg Realty Partnership, who trumpeted the unique property's arrival on the hot Upper West Side real estate market, holds the listing. The dwelling is entered through a private mahogany vestibule into an 18-foot-wide foyer that leads to a 70-foot gallery connecting the library, 29-foot-wide great room, formal dining room and three bedrooms, including a 22-foot-wide master suite -- all of which face the park.
Bacall was as much a fixture in and around the Dakota as any of its other famous residents, who have included John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Judy Garland, Roberta Flack, Connie Chung and John Madden. In fact, Bacall was adamant that her Dakota apartment was not only her beloved home for 60 years, but also her most prudent business deal ever.
After the death of her first husband, Humphrey Bogart, in 1957, Bacall tired of the Hollywood scene and decided to return to her native New York. She called her business manager and told him to cash all her stock, which she then used to buy the sprawling apartment in one of the city's most iconic buildings.
Brace yourself: Bacall paid $48,000 for the co-op.
Today, that sum would just about cover four months of the $11,146 monthly maintenance for the unit, which has been estimated to fill about 4,000 square feet.