She may have been the epitome of old Hollywood glamour, but Greta Garbo’s taste for high-end real estate thrived in New York City. Now, the Midtown East co-op the Swedish stunner called home from 1954 until she died in 1990 is officially on the market for $7.25 million.
Built in 1927, the three-bed, three-bath property is located inside the Campanile, a 16-unit prewar building. It sits on a hill overlooking the East River from its prime location on a cul-de-sac. (In fact, Garbo said the passing boats reminded her of her native Stockholm, according to the listing.)
Comprising the entire fifth floor of the luxe building, the home features a private elevator lobby that opens into a spacious formal central gallery. The home has had several recent renovations, including the kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, and HVAC system. But it’s the grand, L-shaped living room that will stop you in your tracks. Filled with drama and natural light that cascade in from the urban landscape, the elegant space has a cozy den area and a working gas fireplace, surrounded by timeless wood paneling. Oversized windows highlight the city’s exquisite surroundings, which include everything from buildings and bridges to the dramatic river. French doors open out to a balcony that allows a cool breeze to blow in off the water.
Leave the living room and move into the gallery hallway, where you’ll find extensive closet space disguised in the walls as you move from room to room. Immediately after the living room is the primary bedroom, which is covered in Garbo’s favorite rose-hued Fortuni silk, as is the headboard. It boasts extraordinary river views and an elegant private bath. On the opposite side of the hallway is a home office tucked behind elegant pocket doors. The two additional bedrooms are equally as stunning spaces with unique views of the waterfront. The third is currently functioning as a study, with elegant bookshelves and a comfortable spot to sit by the window.
At the opposite end of the co-op, the renovated kitchen features a new Miele side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and five-burner oven. There’s also a big, custom maple-top center island with a deep sink, and plenty of counter space surrounded by storage. Next door, the dining room is as elegant as be, and streams in natural light from the picture windows. There’s a separate laundry and utility room, as well as a storage room in the basement.
At every turn, you see beauty,” said Brian K. Lewis of Compass, who shares the listing with Will and Woody Kerr of Corcoran. “At every turn you see passion. And at every turn you see drama. But inside, completely, calm, completely beautiful, and completely unique. There’s a magic here that’s very special.”
The apartment actually stayed in the Garbo family until 2017, when John McGraw and Marjorie McGraw of the famed publishing house McGraw-Hill purchased it.
On top of being a common city living reality, small-space living is just so satisfying. Maximizing minimal square footage means getting creative with storage and organization, making the most of precious floor space, and putting your personal style on display as soon as you walk in the door. And this studio for sale in Lincoln Square delivers on all of that.
While working from home out of a studio and maintaining any sense of division between workspace and living space can be difficult, a clever feature helps this home strike that balance: A subtle sliding screen partitions the living room from the sleeping area and office alcove. So, you can close it off during the workday and open it up back at night when you’re ready to shut the laptop.
A narrow but cabinet-filled galley kitchen also makes the most of its space, and because it’s tucked at the front of the unit away from the bedroom nook, you don’t have to literally eat where you sleep, as is often true with studios.
The icing on this small space cake? It’s a toss-up between the wide bank of factory-style windows with covetable city views and the full wall of bookshelves that ensure you won’t have to downsize your paperback collection before moving in.
Are you on the house hunt, or just the type of person who loves browsing real estate listings, even when you’re not in the market for a new home? Property Crush is a column where we feature actual real estate listings that get the Apartment Therapy seal of approval in regards to style (we haven’t done home inspections or anything, so don’t sue us). Know of a great house on the market? Email the listing to email@example.com.