Spectacular 4-bed apartment in NYC’s iconic Dakota building where John Lennon died listed for $11m

Author: Yuvi September 30, 2022


A gorgeous nine-bedroom apartment in New York City’s exclusive Dakota building has been listed for $11.9 million, but buyers beware that even the most famous celebrities have been barred from getting a place in the building, including Madonna and Cher.

The pre-war property features dazzling rooms of furnished wood and tasteful design and comes with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and seven fireplaces and is finished with granite countertops and hardwood floors.

The apartment has a whopping 4,425 square feet of space and boasts many different amenities that are included with the building, including an airy central courtyard and an in-building gym.

The website for the apartment sale bills the apartment as being ‘laid out as if the many stories of a neighboring limestone mansion were harmoniously arranged on a single floor.’

The Dakota has listen an apartment for $11.9 million, and it comes with four bedrooms and four full bathrooms along with being across the street from Central Park

The apartment is equipped with an astounding seven fireplaces, and comes fully customizable on furnished hardwood floors

The apartment is equipped with an astounding seven fireplaces, and comes fully customizable on furnished hardwood floors

Originally, The Dakota was 'conceived as a daring experiment to lure discerning Manhattanites from townhouse living to the luxury apartment concept'

Originally, The Dakota was ‘conceived as a daring experiment to lure discerning Manhattanites from townhouse living to the luxury apartment concept’

One of the bedrooms is modeled as a kids room, and comes with a lofted area and a ladder to enter it

One of the bedrooms is modeled as a kids room, and comes with a lofted area and a ladder to enter it

Those who wish to inquire about living at The Dakota reportedly must undergo a lengthy interview process

Those who wish to inquire about living at The Dakota reportedly must undergo a lengthy interview process

'Completed in 1884 at Central Park and West 72nd Street, The Dakota is the original Grand Dame¿ of Central Park West,' says the apartment's listing

‘Completed in 1884 at Central Park and West 72nd Street, The Dakota is the original “Grand Dame” of Central Park West,’ says the apartment’s listing

The apartment is 'laid out as if the many stories of a neighboring limestone mansion were harmoniously arranged on a single floor,' according to the listing

The apartment is ‘laid out as if the many stories of a neighboring limestone mansion were harmoniously arranged on a single floor,’ according to the listing

The dining room 'can easily seat 12 or 14 guests' and has plenty of natural light with huge windows and high ceilings

The dining room ‘can easily seat 12 or 14 guests’ and has plenty of natural light with huge windows and high ceilings

The dining room ‘can easily seat 12 or 14 guests,’ while the kitchen and den provide views of the courtyard fountains.

The listing for the apartment says pets are permitted on the residence, and 50% financing is also permitted but any buyer is required to pay the 3% flip tax which goes to the building.

While The Dakota is known for being one of the most glamorous buildings in the city, it also has a storied history from the time it was constructed in 1884 next to Central Park.

Originally, The Dakota was ‘conceived as a daring experiment to lure discerning Manhattanites from townhouse living to the luxury apartment concept.’

This specific apartment comes ‘complete a beautiful floorplan and customizable that works for today’s lifestyle, even 140 years after completion.’

Singer Sewing Machine Company founder Edward Clark commissioned the apartment building for $1 million and intended it to house 60 families, but he died two years before the building was completed.

Singer Sewing Machine Company founder Edward Clark commissioned the apartment building for $1 million in 1880

Singer Sewing Machine Company founder Edward Clark commissioned the apartment building for $1 million in 1880

Notable residents of The Dakota include Bono, Maury Povich and author Harlan Coben, along with famed actress Lauren Bacall who lived there for 53 years

Notable residents of The Dakota include Bono, Maury Povich and author Harlan Coben, along with famed actress Lauren Bacall who lived there for 53 years

This specific apartment comes 'completely a beautiful floorplan and customizable that works for today's lifestyle, even 140 years after completion' according to the website

This specific apartment comes ‘completely a beautiful floorplan and customizable that works for today’s lifestyle, even 140 years after completion’ according to the website

The kitchen provides a view of The Dakota's courtyard that has a Japanese maple tree and two fountains

The kitchen provides a view of The Dakota’s courtyard that has a Japanese maple tree and two fountains

The full bathrooms are fitted with white granite countertops, floors and walls and also boast walk-in showers

The full bathrooms are fitted with white granite countertops, floors and walls and also boast walk-in showers

Pets are permitted at the residence, and buyers are able to finance 50% of it but must cover the 3% flip tax

Pets are permitted at the residence, and buyers are able to finance 50% of it but must cover the 3% flip tax

The Steinway family, founders of the Steinway piano company, were among the first to live in the building, while actress Lauren Bacall owned a fabulous nine-bedroom apartment in the building for 53 years.

The building gained even more fame in 1980 when Beatles front man John Lennon was shot dead outside of the building as he resided there with his wife, Yoko Ono.

Ono still lives in the apartment building along with her and Lennon’s son, Sean. Ono resides in the same 7th floor apartment that she lived in with Lennon, and famously irked neighbors when the pair bought up four other apartments to use for storage.

Other notable residents of The Dakota include Bono, Maury Povich and author Harlan Coben – while a host of others have been duly rejected for a variety of reasons: Antonio Banderas, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Alex Rodriguez, Judd Apatow, Melanie Griffith and Tea Leoni.

But it’s not surprising that the building is comprised of wealthier individuals – the application process alone is $1,000.

The building has also snubbed its fair share of big-name celebs, famously including singers Madonna and Cher – the former reportedly did not impress the board during the interview process.

Those who wish to inquire about living at The Dakota reportedly must undergo a lengthy interview process and turn over years of tax documents and financial statements.

It also notoriously does not come equipped with fire escapes, as architect Henry J. Hardenbergh purposefully avoided them, and put mud from Central Park between the layers of brick to ‘fireproof’ the building.

30 September, 2022, 3:08 am

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