Renowned art collector and “Beastie Mom” ​​Hester Diamond’s El Dorado Apartment costs $19.5 million – 6 square feet | Candle Made Easy

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An apartment in the El Dorado at 300 Central Park West is an enviable thing in itself, without the additional cachet of belonging to the estate of Hester and Harold Diamond, owners of one of the world’s finest art collections and parents of Mike Diamond of the famous Beastie Boys, whose Parental home this was, Picassos and everyone else. Ms. Diamond, who died in 2020 at the age of 91, was an art dealer and collector whose collection of Old Master and Modernist art included Picasso, Mondrian, Rothko and many more, according to the New York Times. Priced at $19,500,000, the duplex co-op in one of New York City’s most iconic buildings is 6,300 square feet, the size of a museum with 800 square feet of patio space and unparalleled views of the park and skyline.

The six-bedroom duplex occupies the 18th and 19th floors of the South Tower of the 1929 Art Deco building known for its Manhattan skyline and views of the Central Park Reservoir. Much of this unique residence has been specifically designed to highlight a beloved and extensive art collection. It was also designed for epic entertainment.

Hester Diamond also worked as an interior designer and was known for her irreverent style. At home, she likes to juxtapose classic furnishings with modern art and old masters with contemporary furniture. This exuberance is evident in the bold, modern colors of the apartment’s rooms and its mix of unconventional materials and finishes.

A semi-private elevator stair case takes you to a masterpiece in a house of many masterpieces: a “grand salon” of a living room is surrounded by breathtaking park and skyline views from every angle, day or night. The space is 29 feet long and ready to accommodate large and small gatherings.

The grandeur of the home is highlighted by the building’s subtle pre-war details such as herringbone floors, high ceilings and crown molding, all of which are in immaculate condition. On the 21st century side, there is a thoughtful lighting plan, central air conditioning and humidification system.

A smaller entertaining room is off the foyer and gives access to a dreamy corner terrace. A hall gallery worthy of a world-class art collection connects to an equally impressive collection of additional rooms on this floor.

The apartment combines two massive units, so there are seemingly endless spaces that have served—and no doubt will continue to serve—a variety of functions at different times. Alternate floor plans have been created to help a new owner visualize their dream space (see gallery below).

A formal dining room features inlaid herringbone floors and more stunning views. Though created for sophisticated entertaining, a true chef’s kitchen features a sunny, casual breakfast nook. Gleaming stainless steel countertops and cabinets combine with top-of-the-line appliances like a Garland Professional Series range with an externally-vented Salamander hood and SubZero refrigerator. There’s even a fine china room – and an almost hidden secret powder room.

An expansive master bedroom suite opens onto a private patio that overlooks Central Park. An equally massive windowed bathroom meets its counterpart in a 24-foot walk-in closet and decadent dressing room.

Down a sweeping staircase on the 18th floor are five more bedrooms (or whatever you like). Towering over Central Park is a massive, colorful media room with two full baths and closets galore.

The remaining bedrooms are as gracefully proportioned and blessed with views as you can imagine, with ensuite bathrooms and enviable closets. A large, airy laundry room conveniently features a second staircase leading directly into the kitchen.

Michael Diamond and his brother David told the Times stories of growing up in the apartment, which the Diamonds bought for about $1.2 million (for both units) when the building became a co-op in 1982, having lived here since the 1960s had rented. Her earliest memories were of a house full of modernist art and rooms that served different purposes at different times; Later memories include the Beastie Boys gold records proudly displayed in the home office. The older Diamonds, a social worker (she) and a school teacher (he), were art lovers who began collecting their favorite artworks one at a time, “on the time-out schedule.”

[Listing info: 300 Central Park West, Unit 19D at CityRealty]

[Listed at Compass by Michael J. Franco; listed at The Corcoran Group by Amy Katcher]


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tags :
300 Central Park West, Art Collections, Beastie Boys, Cooperatives, El Dorado, Hester Diamond

Neighborhoods :
Central Park West, Upper West Side

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