The Pierre Hotel has been synonymous with elegance and luxury since 1930, when it was built by the illustrious Charles Pierre on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 61st Street. Unfortunately, right after the disastrous stock market crash, it was a bad time to open a luxury hotel. De Pierre went bankrupt in 1932, and in 1938 J. Paul Getty, then the richest man in the world, bought it for about $2.5 million.
In 1959, 75 apartments were sold as cooperative apartments, while Getty retained control of the hotel’s services and rooms. Since then, the Pierre’s private apartments have been home to an international bevy of high-profile people, including Elizabeth Taylor, Aristotle Onassis, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed and fashion icon Yves Saint-Laurent.
One of the 525-foot tower’s supremely elegant units, a two-bedroom and two-and-a-half bath spread over approximately 2,000 square feet, has become available and is asking for a princely $11.25 million. Maintenance costs for the 27th floor unit total a mouth-watering $15,000 per month.
Listed by Nic Bottero and Erin Boisson Aries at Douglas Elliman, the tenuous residence features an astonishingly high-end design by English designer Anouska Hemphill, while the exquisite woodwork was created by the noble and world-renowned furniture maker David Linley, the only son of the late Princess Margaret . Linley installed parquet floors, cabinets, bookshelves, doors, wainscoting, boiserie and cornices with inlaid ebony which was then polished with black lacquer. With three exposures (North, South and West) The beautiful dark wood is offset with plenty of natural light streaming through large windows.
The elegant L-shaped entrance gallery leads to the nearly 30 feet long great room, which offers a wood-burning fireplace, as well as fantastic frontal views of the park. Other spaces include a well-proportioned dining room filled with beautiful Linley-designed display cabinets, a small home office, and a powder room. The kitchen is small, but why cook when you are immensely wealthy and live in a five-star hotel that offers room service to guests from the hotel’s restaurants? As long as there’s a little place to pop corks and cut limes for cocktails, it’s all good!
Of course, both bedrooms have their own bathroom. The black and white striped wallpaper of the smaller bedroom is reflected in the black and white striped carpet, while the larger master suite on the corner offers views of the park and skyline, along with a velvet-cushioned chair by the window to enjoy them . There’s also an incredible mirrored dressing room with plenty of closet space and an amazing (if slightly dizzying) Art Deco black and white marble bathroom. Comfort for each room is ensured by individually controlled air conditioning, heating and lighting systems.
In addition to room service, owners have full access to all hotel services, including 24-hour concierge, twice-daily maid service, spa and fitness center, conference room, and business center and beauty salon.