Celebrity Homes: Lauren Bacall's NYC Home At The Dakota Is For Sale

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Since 1884, The Dakota has been the home for dozens of celebrities including Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall’s long-time home at The Dakota in Manhattan is for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

“Lauren Bacall's Dakota Apartment”

The Dakota at Central Park West in New York City is one of the most prestigious residential addresses in the world with a long history of some of the world's most powerful business, sports and movie star owners. The building’s design is a mix match of French Renaissance, German Gothic and English Victorian steep-pitched roofs, dormers, moldings, balconies, pavilions and a Dakota Indian figure watching over the main entrance. The legend is that it was named "The Dakota" because it was built in 1884 in the boondocks, far away from the most popular areas of Manhattan. It has been the home for dozens of celebrities including Leonard Bernstein, John Madden, Rosemary Clooney and Judy Garland. John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved into the building in 1973 and lived there until John was murdered outside the building's 72nd Street entry in 1980 by a deranged fan; Yoko still has a home there. The building's exterior was filmed as the home of Mia Farrow's character in “Rosemary's Baby.” Stephen Birmingham’s best-selling 1996 book, "Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address," chronicles the building's history and cast of the rich and famous who have lived there.

One of the most famous long-time residents of The Dakota was the sultry, contralto-voiced Lauren Bacall. She began her long career as a model doing covers for “Harper’s Bazaar” and “Vogue” before getting her first acting job at age 19 in “To Have and Have Not.” Her most famous films including “Key Largo” and “The Big Sleep” were with co-star Humphrey Bogart who she married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Lauren’s last movie was “The Forger” in 2012 spanning a film career of 68 years. She was also a Broadway actress winning Tony Awards for “Applause” in 1970 and “Woman of the Year” in 1981 and received an Honorary Academy Award in 2009.

Lauren passed away at age 89 in 2014 at her home in The Dakota where she lived for 53 years. Her nine-room, three-bedroom, four-bath apartment with almost 100 feet facing Central Park is now for sale. The large apartment retains the 19th century Dakota features such as 13-foot ceilings, foyer fireplace, 11-foot pocket doors, wainscoting, original butler’s pantry, plaster moldings, shutter-framed windows and hardwood flooring. The 70-foot long gallery opens to the major public rooms including the library, great room, and formal dining room. There is also a Juliette balcony that opens over treetop Central Park views.

Stage and screen star Lauren Bacall’s home of 53 years in The Dakota in Manhattan is for sale, priced at $26 million. The listing agent is Rebecca Edwardson of Warburg Realty in New York City.

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