Inside a quirky River House apartment

The co-op is on the market for $12.7 million

TRD New York /
Jan.January 24, 2015 05:00 PM

A quirky apartment in an exclusive co-op building on Manhattan’s east side is on the market for $12.75 million. The River House was built in 1931 in an art deco style. Until 2013, the co-op board forbid listings to include the name of the building or its address. It’s also turned away a number of applicants, including Richard Nixon, Diane Keaton, Joan Crawford, and Gloria Vanderbilt.

The apartment is located on the 14th floor and has a terrace that overlooks the East River.

Sotheby’s realtor Nikki E. Field has the listing.

Behold the gates of the River House, one of Manhattan’s most exclusive co-op buildings.


Don’t let its secluded East Side address fool you —the notoriously snooty co-op board ensures that only the wealthiest and most well-connected New Yorkers move in to the venerable tower. Until 2013, the board banned mention of the building’s name or its address in broker listings.


An exclusive off-street private cobblestone driveway with a fountain takes you up to the residence building.


Though much of the building dating back to 1931 has a distinct “old money” feel, this apartment boasts a delicate balance between modern and classic.


In addition to the large formal dining room, the kitchen has a breakfast nook to go along with the custom cabinets and appliances.


The library still retains the classic old world feel with custom wood cabinetry and a venetian plaster ceiling.


The most interesting room, by far, is this sun room. It features a full mural on the walls and ceilings with access to The Terrace.


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