From time to time, someone monitors the high-end real estate market of different cities in case he suddenly has a lot of money. Is there an urgent need to choose a dream apartment in New York or Rome?
We’re talking about the famous “Dakota” house. One of the bright representatives who were fortunate to live in this house was John Lennon, and it was on the doorstep of «Dakota» that he was shot.
In the 1880s, a number of businessmen decided to build an elite country house where they could take a break from the urban noise. Prior to this, wealthy Manhattans preferred to live in separate villas and the idea of combining many expensive apartments under one roof was new. It was a revolution in architecture.
The excitement around Dakota began before the house was put into service, and all apartments were sold or rented long before construction was completed.
Among the millionaire initiators of the building was the sewing king, the owner of “Singer” Edward Clarke, who commissioned the project to the architect Henry Hunderberg. Unfortunately, the customer did not have time to enjoy life in this house because he died before the house was built. His grandson inherited the residence.
A big fan of French architecture, unlimited in resources – Handerberg has unleashed a fantasy. The exterior decoration of the house is astonishing with its artsy, luxurious, and picturesque details. The house is built of light yellow brick with a dark brownstone finish, wall thickness – 40 cm, each of eight floors – twice as high as the floors of the modern house. In apartments – fireplaces with marble lining, oak ceilings, copper fittings. Plus a delightful view of the park of giant arrow-shaped French windows.
“Dakota” was equipped with the most advanced technology, at the services of residents – its own kitchen with a chef and waiters who are ready to deliver food to the apartment, swimming pool, court, croquet court, comfortable lifts, a closed courtyard at any moment. horse yard. The house had its own electric generator as well as central heating.
The address of the Dakota complex is at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West. In total, the building has ten floors, the ceilings in the apartments are four meters high, the maximum footage is 300 sq. m.
At first, there were 65 apartments in Dakota, with service personnel living on the 8th and 9th floors. After the Second World War, the servants were evicted, and the vacated premises were converted into housing for “ordinary” people. There are now 130 apartments in Dakota.
Here are some facts collected in more than 130 years of the famous residence:
Lauren Bacall, 1969
In the first 45 years of existence of the apartment complex, from 1884 to 1929, there were no vacancies in it, absolutely all apartments were occupied. Each of them had at least four bathrooms, a dining room with a living room, an office, and a room for servants.
John and Yoko in their apartment, 1980
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