Barbara Walters’ former Fifth Avenue home lists for $20M
It was the television journalist’s home for 30 years
Barbara Walters was known for asking tough questions. Now, here’s one for luxury home buyers: How much would you pay for the late journalist’s Fifth Avenue co-op?
The estate of the late television journalist, who lived at the 11-room home at 944 Fifth Avenue for 30 years, is hoping the answer is close to $20 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Alexa Lambert of Compass has the listing.
The home, which listed for $19.75 million, has two bedrooms, with the ability of converting space for up to two more, as well as a living room that has a view of Central Park, and a formal dining room, the outlet said.
There is also a dressing room, a small sitting room and a main bedroom with wood paneling.
Walters entertained at the home often, and had guests including Monica Lewinsky, who dined there a couple of times before agreeing to be interviewed about her relationship with then-President Bill Clinton, the WSJ said.
When the interview ran in 1999, Walters and several friends and producers watched it at the apartment as it was filled with smoke because the fireplace flue wasn’t open, Walters wrote in her memoir.
“It was an inflammatory evening in more ways than one,” she wrote, according to the Journal.
Walters was a pioneer in the television industry, having hosted numerous specials, as well as serving as producer, co-host and correspondent of the newsmagazine 20/20 on ABC and serving as co-host of the daytime talk show “The View.”
The asking price of the apartment isn’t out of step with at least one recent sale in the building. In December, art dealer Robert Mnuchin sold his co-op at 944 Fifth to RFR Realty principal Michael Fuch for $18 million.
The 10-room apartment includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half bathrooms. It’s serviced by a private elevator, which opens to a central foyer and 42-foot combined living room and library, along with an 18-foot formal dining room. The primary bedroom suite offers views of Central Park.
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