Puttin’ On the Ritz: Irving Berlin’s Former NYC Penthouse Is For Sale

published Apr 9, 2019
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(Image credit: Warburg Realty)

Renowned songwriter Irving Berlin is one of the most famous tenants to occupy the posh New York City penthouse duplex located at 130 East End Ave, and now the sky-high residence is officially up for sale.

With an asking price of $3,995,000, the celebrated composer’s former digs is one of three apartments in the building on the market. The three-bedroom, four-bath penthouse sits on the 16th floor of a building that faces the East River and the Carl Schurz Park, and the location also offers spectacular views of the city bridges.

Built in 1921, the home was designed by Emery Roth, whose lasting architectural legacy includes pre-war apartment buildings, residences and hotels in NYC. Berlin and his family occupied the high-rise abode from 1931 to 1944. The penthouse offers the peak of luxury, from its high ceilings and glamorous circular entryway staircase to its five oversized living room windows and wraparound terrace. On the lower level, a wood-burning fireplace and several built-in shelves give the living area a welcoming feel. The spacious dining room leads to a Four Seasons Room, which has a step-up entryway that leads to the terrace. The kitchen and the maid’s room also occupy the bottom floor.

On the second level, there’s a master suite, an additional bedroom, another terrace-connected room that functions as a guest room or a study, plus two bathrooms.

The building houses 48 apartments and has a full-time doorman and a canopied entryway.

As Curbed notes, The Museum of the City of New York houses several photos of the Upper Eastside dwelling that architectural photographer Samuel Gottscho snapped home during Berlin’s stay, and reportedly the interior hasn’t changed much save for some basic upgrades.

The penthouse is listed with Jane R. Andrews from Warburg Realty, who has declined to comment. In 2017, the Yorkville apartment was listed for $7.9 million and only months later, the asking price dropped by $1 million.