This NYC Co-Op With A Star-Studded History Is On The Market For $6 Million

A co-op in Greenwich Village with a long list of previous celebrity residents has hit the market for nearly $6 million. New York Post reports that Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton lived in the building together pre-divorce, as did Blythe Danner (Gwenyth Paltrow's mother), Keith Richards, Brian De Palma, and currently, Jessica Lange. Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe took the cover photo for Patti Smith's "Horses" album in the apartment, and it was the setting for Candace Bushnell's novel "One Fifth Avenue."

Despite the building's celebrity, the current asking price for the co-op is quite significantly discounted, having been listed in 2019 for $8.5 million. According to Curbed, the inhabitants of One Fifth Avenue include new residents willing to pay the high price point for the luxury and notoriety of the building, as well as long-term residents who purchased apartments in the '70s for as little as $8,000. The historic building has a long legacy in New York and has a variety of benefits to offer potential buyers.

A look at historic One Fifth Avenue

One Fifth Avenue is one of the most beloved residential buildings in New York, Curbed states the building, while obviously great to live in, has transcended into a mythical ranking, uniquely exuding "New York–ness." The average price of an apartment in the beloved co-op is roughly $3.1 million, making this 25th floor unit a little above the normal asking price. One Fifth Avenue was also made a landmark in 1969, now included in the Greenwich Village Historic District.

While there isn't a terrace or patio in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, the location is more than enough to make up for it. Located in Greenwich Village, New York Post notes its close proximity to Washington Square Park, with priceless views of New York sights like the Empire State Building. New York Online also mentions the nearby luxury stores for the building's equally luxurious residents, including Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Versace, and more. Fifth Avenue also hosts the Guggenheim, MOMA, the Rockefeller Center, the Met, and more.

Inside the famous Greenwich Village co-op

The square footage of the co-op apartment is not mentioned on the Trulia listing, though the 1927 build has ample space, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and New York Post notes the potential for the new owners to create an additional bedroom or an office. The apartment is accessed by a private elevator that leads directly into the living room, though there are two sets of emergency fire stairs accessible by both hallways. The hardwood floors in the living room and rest of the residence are original to the '20s building, as are the picture windows overlooking the city.

The unit is designed in quite a modern and classic fashion, with white walls, ceilings, and gray concrete lining the inner lip of all rooms. Windows line the entirety of the apartment, letting in plenty of natural light that only further reflects on the white walls, making the already large space seem even bigger.

More of the 25th floor unit

The hallway next to the living room leads into one of the bedrooms and the attached en suite on one end, and the combined kitchen and dining room on the other. A hallway off the dining room leads to the next bedroom and en suite duo. The first bedroom is larger by a hair, the floorplan on the Trulia listing putting the first at roughly 225 square feet and the second at around 210 square feet. Each bedroom is gorgeous and luxurious, one with a modern light gray carpet and multiple windows that let in plenty of direct sun. The second bedroom also has plenty of windows; the only difference is the wood flooring.

The bathrooms are one of the best features of this Greenwich Village co-op, though. Both are stunning, the one attached to the larger bedroom having a gorgeous, greige color scheme, from the stone sink to shower tiles. The shower is huge, with a large window providing a priceless view of the city while you shower. The second bathroom, though, is a little sleeker, more beige, and streamlined. The shower is even larger, also complete with a window, as well as a bench and steamer, providing the experience of a luxurious spa from the comfort of your bathroom.