We had a chance to see some beautiful penthouses as part of a pre-war buildings. But, what makes this apartment so special and unique besides its location is its enormous living room with 24-foot-high ceilings that provide panoramic views of the American Museum of National History, Central Park and its surroundings through its huge steel-cased windows. This beautiful penthouse is part of a pre-war building built in 1909 in the Lincoln Square neighborhood can be yours for $20 million.
Beautifully adorned with a Miro-style mural in Venetian plaster created by Madrid-based artist Ramon Canet, the living room gives the feeling of being in a museum. The centerpiece of this room is an imposing 8 foot stone fireplace built in the 17th-century from the Iberian Peninsula.
Beside this maybe the greatest living room in the history of New York City, the 4,200 sq ft. apartment has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, a dining room with original paneling, wine cellar, library, a second fireplace in the library and a large kitchen with plenty of room for entertaining. A piano owned by Isaac Stern takes its place near the entrance. And for entertaining a stone fireplace is converted to a full bar.
Masterpieces adoring the house include works by Cuban artist Emilio Sanchez and George Nakashimi, Brazilian Antonio Dias, Colombian-born artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso to name just a few.
The apartment currently owned by a couple from Latin America are planning to move back home.
“As soon as I walked in and saw this room, I said I’ll take it,” says the woman owner, who purchased the home in 1997. “I saw 130 apartments. I needed someplace for art. Here, it was the light, space and flexibility. I just thought this room could be anything. That’s what makes it so special: If you have imagination, this room can be anything you want it to be.”