If walls could sing, I’d love to hear their music about the sprawling, eight-room apartment at the Osborne that went on the market a couple of weeks ago. The onetime home of cabaret singer Bobby Short and composer Leonard Bernstein has been listed for the first time in two decades, according to the Real Deal.
Apartment 4B is a four-bedroom, 3.5-bath co-op in the century-old Osborne at 205 West 57th St., designed with 11 stories on the front and 15 on the back. The asking price is $3.495 million for the apartment, which underwent 14 months of meticulous restoration before going on the market in late April. Diagonally, across from Carnegie Hall, the landmarked building has another celebrity apartment for sale as well. As noted in my newsletter, it belongs to Charles Osgood.
The eye-catching Osborne – crafted from brownstone by stone contractor Thomas Osborne in 1885 – has long been home to artists, writers and musicians, including Lynn Redgrave and writer Ira Levin, for whom the building’s big hallways supposedly inspired the setting for the suspense novel “Rosemary’s Baby.” The Osborne’s building’s impossibly ornate lobby, a Byzantine-inspired frenzy of mother-of-pearl, mosaics and gold leaf, was restored in the 1980s.
It was in 1961 that the Bernsteins moved in, the year Osborne residents banded together to buy the building and turn it into a co-op in the face of a proposal to replace it with a 17-story apartment building. Apartment 4B was purchased by actor Larry Storch. Then, in the 1970s, Bobby Short, known for his longtime gig at the Carlyle, moved in, staying for 14 years before selling to the current owners in 1986. There’s much more, all of it fascinating, in the Real Deal.
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