Saturday, July 5, 2008

Diana Ross Is Doing it in Manhattan


SELLER: Diana Ross
LOCATION: 781 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
PRICE: $9,000,000 (and going up to $11,000,000)
SIZE: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (plus staff room with bath)
DESCRIPTION: This apartment is one of only a few tower units, each with comprises a full floor. Tower suites offer grand scaled room – the living room is almost 29 feet long – stellar views in all four directions overlooking Grand Army Plaza and Central Park, 3 bedrooms, a formal dining room, large entrance foyer, kitchen and maid's room, plus 3 full bathrooms.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Divalicious music icon Diana Ross has long had Quarry Farm–her 9-acre Greenwich, CT estate–on the market with an eye popping asking price of $39,500,000. Turns out the Supremes queen is also looking to unload her Manhattan pied a terre located high in the tower of the super swish Sherry Netherland Hotel. For all those children not lucky enough to be familiar with the extravagance and elegance that is The Sherry, the dee-luxe and dignified building towers over the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue and includes a mix of high priced hotel suites as well as a limited number of co-operative apartments which 0ffer residents the full services of the 5-star hotel...for a ferocious monthly fee, natch.

Currently listed at $9,000,000, Braden Keil at the NY Post reported this week that the sixty something, humongous haired, drunk driving and breast fondling Motown legend is planning to renovate her 7-room full floor residence and jack the asking price to $11,000,000.

Listen chickens, eleven million smackers is a lot of money by any residential real estate standards, particularly for an apartment without a single square foot of outdoor space. But to be quite honest, even with the $16,999 monthly maintenance it seems like a reasonable (by Fifth Avenue standard) price for a full floor apartment at the tippy top of the insanely posh Sherry Netherland Hotel that includes acrophobia inducing 360 degree views including over the lush green carpet of Central Park. Listing information and a quick perusal of the dee-lishus floor plan reveals that the apartment includes a private elevator landing, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a 29 foot long living room, formal dining room, and an itty bitty staff room with private bathroom tucked back behind the postage stamp sized kitchen.

But the size of the kitchen is really of no matter to the lucky and rich residents of The Sherry: No one uses them for much more than making late night tea and stashing a few tins of Beluga and a couple of extra battles of Perrier-Jouet. That's not only because the super rich rarely cook their own meals but also because all the co-op apartments at The Sherry include full hotel service that includes room service by Cipriani as well as twice daily maid service, once a month general cleaning, a barbershop, beauty salon, and a full gym where all the resident industrialists and high society babes on the social circuit can sweat out the champagne.

Listing information for Miss Ross's residence does not include any photographs of the interior but Your Mama likes to imagine that every room has been done up and did over in a dramatic but very tasteful style with a giant pop art portrait of Herself hanging in the living room. The thoughtful floor plan has the public rooms occupying one side of the unit and the private bedroom spaces the other. Your Mama could not be more pleased to see that each of the bedrooms includes a perfectly private pooper because even though the owner of this apartment is the Diana Ross and she deserves every accolade ever pitched at her, the ladee's shit surely stinks just like everybody else's.

In addition to her estate in Greenwich and her urban hideaway in Manhattan, Your Mama understands tht Miss Ross also has a house in one of the better zip codes in Los Angeles. But to be honest children, Your Mama can't figure out where it is. Perhaps Mister Big Time can give us a helping hand with that?

Other current and past residents of The Sherry are rumored and reported to include candle king Harry Slatkin, tech titan turned art collector and philanthropist Max Palevsky, investment banker Roberto de Guardiola and his interior designer wifey Joanne who reportedly own five units, big bad Babs (Streisand), George Burns, Jack Warner and Francis Ford Coppola as well as any number of other big bizness tycoons, industrialists and financiers who are so ridiculously rich and discreet that most of the children have never even heard of them.

30 comments:

Bigdaddyj said...

I've stayed at the Sherry as a hotel, and it was wonderful (though we're talking 20 years ago at this point, now I do the Four Seasons, LOL...), and the location can't be beat, so I think the price is actually kind of reasonable for an apartment of that size, with those amenities and views, in that location...though we shall see...;-)

Anonymous said...

A perfect opportunity for Veronica Hurst to buy into the Sherry as you suggested Mama. An amazing apartment that should take some of the sting out of being forced to sell her 4 East 66th Street co-op.

Anonymous said...

The purchase price of hotel coops are lower because their monthly maintenance charges are huge. This apartment probably has additional monthly charges around $12000. Yes, that's per month. Normal maintenance charges for a similar apartment (size, prewar, location, etc) would be way less, maybe $3000 tops.

exsherryemployee said...

I am so glad she is redoing it......that is what it will take to get the hamster smell out of the place.

BrooklawnDr said...

So they're not called bedrooms but "chambers". Kinky.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Ross, l.a. pad is on st. ives drive heading west, just before the doheny st. ives intersection.. paid aprox 4.9 tried to sell for 7.8 a few years back and then pulled it off the market, needs some TLC..its starting to look a bit "weathered"

lil' gay boy said...

"Ain't no mountain high enough…"

Anonymous said...

The maids room is 7'x9.5? cells in Gitmo are bigger than that. The walk in closet in the 15.5x 16.5 master? Haha try to find a diva's wardrobe in that. Only $11,000,000, there's a sucker born every minute in New York.

so_chic_darling said...

A few years back I was walking fast up Fith Ave. and I collided head on with Miss Ross as she was dashing into the Sherry Netherland. I was literally entangled in her weave. I remember that she was wearing a black leather cat suit and looked every bit the glam diva she is.

Anonymous said...

whats with this once a month general cleaning??

I live in Moscow and it's standard for my place to be cleaned twice a week.

The third bedroom should be a study room.

Why is there 2 service lifts? waste of space.

Anonymous said...

anon 9:17, maintenance fees are not cleaning fees. You think anyone would pay thousands of dollars for one day of cleaning??

Maintenance fees are for maintaining the commonly owned elements of a building/property, such as the exterior, lobbies and hallways, elevators, heating & air conditioning, staff, shared utilities, insurance, etc.

DavidB_REE said...
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Anonymous said...

Oh, nevermind, I see what you are referring to now.

Viva! said...

I like the floorplan, I like the views, I like the building, I don't mind the price but I cannot live with the maintenance fees. Sorry Miss Ross, I'd have to take a pass.

average joe said...

maybe a hedge fund guy will buy it they make a billion a year.

well the small ones make 100 MM a year

average joe said...

btw 11MM seems cheap for that area

Anonymous said...

i always see miss ross in the liquor aisle at the beverly hills pavilions.

Anonymous said...

I once saw her driving an enormous Gold Sububran in Westchester County stopped in traffic, and all I could see was hair.

Anonymous said...

This unit must need work.

It was put on the market as long ago as 2004 according to last entry in this article.

http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/columns/intelligencer/n_9889/

There is another unit recently listed at $12.5 that is not even a full floor.

http://www.trulia.com/property/1046071054-781-5th-Ave-New-York-NY

bentley said...

I don't like that the elevator landing opens up onto a bedroom across the foyer. It's an awkward layout.

It's a good thing she needn't use that kitchen, as her hair wouldn't even fit in it! I've been in bigger bathroom stalls.

Anonymous said...

Maybe that bedroom is just the wig room?

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Chilrenz #586 said...

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StPaulSnowman said...

NYC complete opportunist........listen to chilrenz ......."I second that emotion"........send Mama some coin!

Anonymous said...

Diana is a hard worker and deserves everything she owns!

Anonymous said...

Please make note: The Sherry Netherland Apartment was purchased by Ross and her husband Arne as their City get-a-way from the main house in Conn. He willed the New York Apt. to her in his estate. It pays to marry rich, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

I guess sing all those old tried songs paid off!

Anonymous said...

I guess sing all those old tried songs paid off!

Anonymous said...

Now, I understand why no one wants to hang around gay people...You're all so nasty & spiteful.
it's a real shame that NONE of you were willing to give a great artist like Miss Ross the RESPECT she DESERVES, or, at least, kept your nasty comments to yourselves & spend that energy figuring out that you're the reason why your lives are miserable, you have to spew at everyone in your general vicinity.
PATHETIC...

Ian said...

To the person who seems to know so much... "Anonymous said...
Please make note: The Sherry Netherland Apartment was purchased by Ross and her husband Arne as their City get-a-way from the main house in Conn. He willed the New York Apt. to her in his estate. It pays to marry rich, I suppose".

Miss Ross, has owned her Sherry diggs since 1980, when she moved her three young daughters from LA to NYC. The Lady was not “willed” anything... She did and does it on her own..... Get a life and speak about things that are truthful...