Gloria Vanderbilt’s Manhattan apartment on sale for $ 1.12 million
Gloria Vanderbilt’s apartment in Manhattan was just as colorful and avant-garde as the lady herself. Gloria, who died in 2019 at the age of 95, was an internationally known socialite, the great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt and the mother of CNN presenter Anderson Cooper. She was also an artist and clothing designer who made her fortune when she first put her name on a pair of designer jeans. What followed was a career that marked the history of denim fashion. Her charming Beekman Place apartment went on sale in July for $ 1.12 million. The apartment is now under contract and, according to the listing agent, has received many offers significantly above the asking price. The sale has not yet been completed and the final sale amount has not been disclosed.
Built in 1931 and designed by George F. Pelham, Gloria’s home is in a 10-story, 38-unit, full-service building located in one of Manhattan’s most exclusive neighborhoods. The pre-war building retains many of its original details, including the four-poster main entrance. It has a 24-hour doorman, a new fitness center, and access to the River Walk just across the street. In addition to walks along the River Walk, the building is close to restaurants, shops and other activities.
Vanderbilt’s apartment has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen-diner, a library and a cozy fireplace. Gloria has made it a magical setting with her unique flair for art and design. Under his ownership, he was animated with colors and fantasy, making his visit a real experience for his many friends. An additional two-bedroom apartment on the ground floor, which Gloria has used as a studio, will soon be for sale, although the price has not yet been determined.
A poster family of the American 1%, the Vanderbilts lived abundantly on the wealth accumulated by the railroads during the Golden Age. A Dutch family headed by Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, he began the enormous fortune by borrowing $ 100 to begin transporting passengers from Long Island to Manhattan. Cornelius eventually entered the railroads and created a wealth of historical proportions. Married four times, Gloria was a pioneer of a new family work ethic that passed down to her son Anderson, who is often referred to in his television appearances.
Celebrities have long been drawn to Beekman Place, including Lillian Gish, Joan Crawford, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Blass, Aristotle Onassis and Tom Jones. Part of American history and music, in 1776 Nathan Hale was condemned by the British and hanged as a spy a few blocks from what is now Beekman Place. In his song, Near the border, Billy Joel refers to Beekman Place as a millionaires’ neighborhood.
Ileen G. Schoenfeld and Aracely Moran of Brown Harris Stevens, Manhattan Broadway office, held the list.