Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dustin Hoffman Quietly Unloads San Remo Triplex

SELLER: Dustin Hoffman
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $21,018,500
SIZE: (approx.) 8,000 square feet on three floors

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: A variety New York property gossips reported last December that two-time Oscar winning actor Dustin Hoffman planned to unload his mansion-sized triplex at the famed San Remo building on Central Park West and now, thanks to a covert communique from Mister Wrinklebottom, Your Mama learned that Mister Hoffman did indeed and very quietly sell his multi-unit combination apartment in an off-market deal a few weeks ago to a mysterious buyer for, according to property records, $21,018,500.

Your Mama's research on the internets turned up evidence that Mister Hoffman, who has owned at the San Remo since the mid 1970s, attempted to sell his gargantuan triplex back in the fall of 2002 when it was floated with an asking price of around $25,000,000. According to reports from the time, the approximately 8,000 square foot spread is an amalgamation of at least three units covers about half of the 15th floor and all of the 16th and 17th floors and includes four bedrooms, six bathrooms and two terraces.

The Central Park facing twin towered Art Deco building was designed by the legendary Emery Roth and finished in 1930. The former rental building, built on the site of a hotel that was also called The San Remo, went co-op in 1972 and its well-heeled residents enjoy white glove services that include two impressive lobbies, 24 hour doorman, private and semi-private elevator landings, a residents only health club, communal laundry facilities, and storage rooms.

Since at least the 1970s the high brow building has been occupied by a bevy of high profile people including (but not limited to) Steven Spielberg, Donna Karan, Glenn Close, Steve Martin, Tiger Woods, Diane Keaton, Tony Randall, Demi Moore, and Steve Jobs who sold a penthouse pad he owned and renovate but never lived in to uni-named rock star Bono. Back in the mid-1980s, at the apex of her early fame, Madonna tried to buy a three bedroom spread (listed for $1.2 million) but was rejected by board. (So the scuttlebutt goes Diane Keaton was the only member of the board who voted to approve the Material Girl.)

As far as Your Mama knows (and can tell from property records) the decorated Tinseltown veteran's property portfolio still includes an expensive house in the natty Kensington area of London, of  a five bedroom and five bathroom contemporary residence on (quickly disappearing) Broad Beach in Malibu (CA) that he appears to have owned since at least the late 1990s, and, his primary residence in L.A., a four parcel compound of about two acres in quietly swank Brentwood that includes a 10,000+ square foot main residence, two additional residences (of unknown utility), extensive gardens and, a swimming pool and tennis court.

exterior photo (New York City): Christopher Bride for Property Shark


Anonymous said...

21 million seems cheap for 2 1/2 floors.

Anonymous said...

The $21 million price is relatively cheap for the size and location because the unit does NOT face Central Park.

The San Remo is a large building that runs the full length of the block and there were originally multiple large apartments per floor below the towers. Each level of this apartment does approach half the floor.

Anonymous said...

Meant to write, does not approach half the floor

Anonymous said...

Narishkeit (Yiddish, translation, boulderdash)!

The San Remo "U' shaped floors two through seventeen each contain seven apartments. From the southwest corner: a two bedroom with library, a two bedroom (both apartments face 74th Street), a four bedroom with library (on the corner of 74th and CPW, a three bedroom (fronting CPW), a three bedroom with library (on the corner of CPW and 75th Street), a two bedroom with library, and a two bedroom (both facing 75th Street). Each floor is perhaps 25,000 square feet, with floors fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen smaller due to terraced setbacks.

Mr. Hoffman's former triplex is approximately 8000 square feet and not 62,500 square feet! Therefore, Mr. Hoffman's former triplex may combine one fifteenth floor apartment, with a semi-private elevator vestibule, and two sixteenth and two seventeenth floor apartments, now having private elevator vestibules.

Rabbi Hedda LaCasa

Unknown said...

In NYC apartment real estate listings, it's quite common (more so uptown in older co-op buildings, like the San Remo) for listing agents to refer to an apartment as having a whole floor if it is the only apartment off of an elevator landing, even if there are other apartments on the same floor, since they don't share a common elevator lobby with any other units. For example, the D-line apartments in the Beresford are regularly referred to as being on a private floor or having a whole floor because of thos, even though the Beresford is a huge building with several apartments on each floor, but none share an elevator landing with more than one other apartment, if at all.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the Beresford D-line: Three masters and a library overlooking the Hayden Planetarium, a corner living room and dining room both with direct park views, and a private elevator vestibule!


Mr DHH said...

Don't know about you guys but I would love to see the layout(floor
plan porn) of this.Sounds very

And of course "here's to you
Mrs.Robinson "(seduce us with it)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm not very computer savvy, but if you go to the Columbia Universities Site under New York Real Estate Brochure Collection it will take you to a site that has 30 floor plans listed for the San Remo building in NYC. The floor plans are very nice for the 3 apartments individually. It doesn't show the apartments connected, but you still get an idea of each individual apartment.

Sandpiper said...

Theirs faces 74th Street, but still nothing to sneeze at. Rick, I always enjoy your comments. So much about those great old buildings that's fascinating. Oh, and have I ever told you how much I love your name? Smiles every time.

Found myself randomly meandering through the auction. Not to be an alarmist (who, me?), but stumbled upon a quirky little item. Naw, of all the things to part with let's not let the imagination go there. Just couldn't make sense. Funny though.

Small aside...
Mr. Hoffman's infinity talented, of course, but I'll also always think of him as the early morning jogger down a nameless street on a nameless beach. I came out to a flat one day. In that moment of tire-kicking angst he happened bobbing by. I wanted so much to ask if he could help with the lug nuts, but better judgement -- and respect -- intervened.

Anonymous said...

Todah rabbah, Anonymous 9:07 p.m. for your San Remo floor plan referral to the Kinderlach! 15A or probably 15B appears to be the half tloor, and 16B and 17B, both with terraces, clearly comprise the upper private floors. And would you be a dear and please gift wrap gezunte 17C for the Rabbi?