October 9th, 2011

More than four years after the death of society heiress Brooke Astor, her apartment has sold - at last! With an asking price of $46 million the Park Avenue duplex is being sold.

This remarkable duplex at 778 Park Avenue on the 15th and 16th floors reflects the renowned personal style of the late Brooke Astor, philanthropist and doyenne of New York society.

Designed in 1931 by Rosario Candela, New York’s most celebrated luxury residential architect, this home has 4 brilliantly sun lit exposures. The architectural assets lend its charm to this home.† There are 15 large and beautifully proportioned rooms, 10 of which have at least 2 exposures, many with partial views of Central Park.†

French doors open to 6 terraces, and there are 5 fireplaces with antique mantels, elaborate and original moldings, antique parquet de Versailles floors and high ceilings.† The entertaining rooms radiate off a 30 foot long gallery with 18th century oak floors and include a grand living room with fireplace and a wall of bayed windows looking up and down Park Avenue.†

The home’s oversized formal dining room has a fireplace and 2 sets of French doors to a small terrace.† The red lacquer and brass trimmed library was designed by Albert Hadley and is likely the most photographed room on Park Avenue.† This room features a fireplace and 3 sets of French doors opening to a large, square south facing terrace. The private quarters are on both the 15th and 16th floors.† The 16th floor boasts a charming oval study with French doors to a small terrace. The remarkable master bedroom has three exposures including Central Park, a fireplace and 2 sets of French doors to a terrace, this master bedroom is truly enchanting. †Before reaching this incredible master bedroom, there is a guest room and a hallway powder room.

The 15th floor boasts another master bedroom almost identical to the one above, with all the same features, with a smaller 4th bedroom and bath.

The service area has a large servants’ hall, kitchen and pantry with 3 maid’s rooms and a bath with remarkable light and views to Central Park.

This is truly a home of grand style!

In contract at $24,900,000, the apartment still has to close — as a few years ago, a Swiss businessman made an offer on the apartment — but was rejected by the building’s co-op board. Will this new buyer pass the coop board and make this their new home?