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The Dakota: New York’s Most Exclusive Building

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Inside The Dakota

The Victorian-era German Renaissance co-op apartment building at 72nd Street and Central Park West is best known as the home shared by John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1972 to 1980 and the site of Lennon’s murder. Ono still lives there, as do many other celebrities, but as the following slides will show, being famous is no guarantee of residency at the Dakota, and neither is simply having ample savings.

The gabled and turreted Dakota is a square structure with a porte cochère leading to a central courtyard that served as a turnaround for carriages. While the outside looks fairly tame, inside, no two of the luxuriously appointed apartments are alike, as many were tailored to the specifications and whims of their first occupants.

Even when the Dakota opened in 1884, it was already impossible to rent an apartment, according to the book “Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address” (Syracuse University Press). A 2,500-word article praising the new building in The New York Times generated a flood of aspiring residents, but by then all 65 original apartments were occupied.

The following slides showcase several apartments, including one that turned away a celebrity couple as buyers. The broker for that property, “Queen of Real Estate” Dolly Lenz, shows the space in the “Secret Lives of the Super Rich: Mega-Homes.” Also in the slideshow are details of the Dakota’s most expensive apartment ever to sell, the most expensive storage space ever to sell, and a photo illustrating just how difficult it is to get permission to call the Dakota home.

By Colleen KanePosted 2 August 2012

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