The storied Astor Suite in New York’s Plaza Hotel designed by Steven Gambrel is the dream place for all the millio and billionaires that love history and design allied.
Interior architect Steven Gambrel designed the Manhattan apartment – on sale for a cool $39.5m via Douglas Elliman – enlisting the specialist artisans who rebuilt Windsor Castle after a fire devastated it in 1992. During the 20th century, President John F Kennedy and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor all stayed within its oak-panelled rooms.
Today the three-bedroom home mixes ‘old New York’ with new: rooms have hand-drawn, 14ft-tall plaster ceilings, wood panelling, hand-hammered leather walls and ornate period marble fireplaces. Its gallery-like walls are hung with contemporary art pieces, with a specialist humidity-controlling system protecting them, along with well as smart home technology.
The French Renaissance-style Plaza Hotel was designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and opened to the public in 1907. The Astor Suite sits on its fifth floor, overlooking both Central Park and Fifth Avenue.
A Plaza residence with royal ties is yours for the taking, granted you have nearly $40 million to spare.
The three-bedroom, 4.5-bath apartment, known as the Astor Suite, is currently owned by Esprit founder and former CEO Jürgen Friedrich. It’s the guests who stayed in the suite pre-condo conversion, however, that are likely to appeal to the royal-obsessed.
The 4,299-square-foot corner unit was considered the best suite at the Plaza, per the listing shared by Douglas Elliman brokers Melanie Lazenby and Dina Lewis, often chosen by guests like John Jacob Astor (whose name apparently stuck) and John F. Kennedy, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Sure, Prince Harry hasn’t stayed here, but JFK is pretty much American royalty.
John F. Kennedy stayed at the Astor Suite and Freidrich bought the apartment at 1 Central Park South for $25 million in 2007, after the partial condo conversion of the storied hotel, and proceeded to put it back on the market just a year later for a staggering $55.5 million. There were apparently no takers, but he did offer it as a $125,000-a-month rental (the most expensive rental listing in the city, for a short time), in 2011.
Now, the palatial abode is back, with a reduced asking price of $39.5 million. And its past residents aren’t the only royal part of this space—apparently, interior architect Steven Grambrel Inc. brought in the artisans who rebuilt Windsor Castle to transform the apartment. So it’s kind of like your own castle in the city, which means you’re just like Kate Middleton.
Aside from it’s location inside the luxurious, famed hotel, the plush abode features 14-foot ceilings, English oak paneling, antique fireplace mantles and hand-hammered leather walls imported from France, as well as hand-drawn plaster ceilings.
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