Manhattan real estate in history/today: The Beresford

By
Real Estate Broker with The Corcoran Group

The Beresford Upper West Side Manhattan

The Beresford

A coop building so vast it contains three separate lobbies fronting both Central Park West and West 81st Street.

It has three addresses 211 Central Park West, 1 West 81st Street and 7 West 81st Street. The building was completed a month prior to the stock market crash in 1929.

The Beresford is a master piece of architect Emory Roth. The building has 175 apartments on 23 floors with a limestone base and brick-clad upper floors.

The courtyard contains a fountain and a garden. Italian Renaissance in design, the Beresford is executed in brick with limestone and terra cotta trim. Animating the walls is a distinctive blend of late-Renaissance sculpture: winged cherubs, angels, dolphins, rams' heads and rosettes.

The Beresford is where Rock Hudson had his "classic six" home away from Hollywood. After the star died of AIDS in 1985, most of the contents of his Beresford apartment were auctioned off at William Doyle Galleries in New York, bringing prices that far exceeded the auction house's expectations.

Fans fought over many of the items from his apartment including the footstool that 5-foot -4 inch Elizabeth Taylor used to reach the 6-foot -5-inch actor's Beresford bathroom sink while staying in the apartment in 1981. Written on the stool in lavender ink are the lines "E.T. stood here (she had to because she couldn't reach the sink) R.H. is a love, and I thank him always --even tho he is one foot taller. Your always friend, Elizabeth."

The Beresford has many famous former and current residents. Current resident Jerry Seinfeld had extensive major renovations to his apartments at The Beresford. His renovations went on for a very long time annoying the other neighbors and famous residents. Because of his lengthy renovations NYC coops enacted a new coop regulation called the "Seinfeld Rule." For every day that a renovation continues after it's scheduled completion date the apartment shareholder must pay the coop fines of $500 a day.

Jerry Seinfeld also bought a Townhouse on West 82nd Street for $3.95 million adjacent to his Beresford apartment for his cars. In that townhouse real estate transaction his broker wasn't available to show him the townhouse on Saturday because of religious observance. Jerry negotiated directly with the seller and tried to cut his broker out of her commission.  A judge ordered Seinfeld to pay her the commission.

Built in 1929 The Beresford converted to a Co-operative in 1962. The Beresford has six (6) Attended Elevators, A Fitness Room, Laundry Room, Private Storage, Washer/Dryers and Pets are Allowed. Maximum financing allowed is 50%. There is a 2% "transfer fee" paid by the seller. Residential Street, Block: 1195, Lot: 29, Community Board: 7, School District: 3. Prices in The Beresford range from $2.5 million to $31 million.

For more information about The Beresford or any other Manhattan building please contact me.

Manhattan real estate in history/ today

A blog series by Mitchell Hall

Landmark Living

Hotel des Artistes

The Castle 455 Central Park West

The Ansonia 

The Dakota

50 West 86th 

The Oliver Cromwell

Townhouses to Apartments     

©Mitchell Hall

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the clip to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Location:
New York New York County Manhattan Central Park West
Groups:
Heritage Properties, Historic Sites and Antiques .
I Love NY
Local History
Luxury Home Agents
Urban Core - Returning to our Downtowns
Tags:
the beresford
manhattan
real estate
history
upper west side

Comments 17 New Comment

Rainmaker
499,160
Mitchell J Hall
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
The Corcoran Group
Laurie, That is really romantic. What a great memory for them. I would hate to see them go too. Ok my next post.
December 10, 2007 08:55 PM
Ambassador
2,267,319
Patricia Kennedy
For Your Home in the Capital
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.
Mitchell, I was catching up on my reading and I just love your dish on Seinfeld.  What a freakin' DOG!  I'll never laugh at another one of his jokes!
December 13, 2007 12:09 AM
Rainmaker
499,160
Mitchell J Hall
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
The Corcoran Group

LOL Pat, All that money and he tries to stiff his broker.

November 27, 2008 09:38 PM
Rainmaker
215,994
Don Davies, GRI "AshevilleRealEstateTrends.com"
"Realsearch" and Agent Referrals in Asheville NC
Don Davies Real Estate/REALSEARCH/Asheville, NC

Every time I see something about New York, I think what an amazing city it must be. You give a very enticing presentation of your location. I'd love to see it some day, too bad I don't really enjoy going into such a LARGE place with so much going on. I wouldn't know where to start and I would probably run out of money anyway.

Great posts.

December 15, 2007 04:38 PM
Rainmaker
499,160
Mitchell J Hall
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
The Corcoran Group
Hi Don, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. Each neighborhood in NY is like a small town with it's own personality. Start one neighborhood at a time and it's not very large. I can tell you where the bargains are and where not to go. New Yorkers call the expensive places "tourist traps."
December 16, 2007 09:44 AM
Rainmaker
499,160

Mitchell J Hall

Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
How Can I Help You ?
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the music-note to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

Google

Trulia MVP Century Award Winner