Whenever a property hits the market at the iconic Plaza hotel, it’s bound to catch the attention of quite a few high-profile homebuyers and investors—and of course, anyone whose dreams are made of beautiful real estate.
But in the case of the Astor Suite, which just went up for sale for $39.5 million, there’s an especially historic and venerable background that makes the listing awe-worthy. The 4,284-square-foot apartment has consistently been considered the best suite in The Plaza, and former residents include John Jacob Astor, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and John F. Kennedy—the listing claims it is “one of the most historic homes ever to become available in the United States.”
The listing boasts the sprawling home’s interiors, designed by S.R. Gambrel, who hired the same artisans that rebuilt Windsor Castle to detail the Astor suite with Old World relics like English oak paneling, hand-drawn plaster ceilings, antique fireplace mantles and hand-hammered leather walls from France.
Apparently, when it comes to the price tag, the devil is in the details (not to mention the sheer size and history of the home).
The suite, which is situated in a coveted corner of the hotel overlooking Central Park and Fifth Avenue, also encompasses technology relatively common for high-end properties: It comes with an HVAC system and humidifier to protect artwork and a Savant system that lets the resident control the temperature, television, lights and music from an iPad.
Despite its famous background, the suite has been on and off the market, partly because of high asking prices from its owner. After attempting to sell the suite for $55 million in 2008, Friedrich dropped the price to $38 million then took it off the market in 2009. He later experimented with putting it on the rental market in 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal. Now, after putting it on the market once more, he has moved out.
It’s not the only famous Plaza residence up for sale: Tommy Hilfiger has also been trying to sell his Plaza Hotel apartment for $58.9 million (down from its 2013 price tag of $80 million). Understandably, buyer pools dwindle when price tags swell to the multi-millions.
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