Louis Auchincloss, renowned for his astute chronicling of the moneyed class, was clearly not prone to dawdle; one simply can’t imagine where he would have found the time. In his 92 years, the lawyer and author published over 65 works of fiction and nonfiction while practicing law full time until his retirement in 1986. So it comes as no surprise that the listing and sale of his high-floor Carnegie Hill home happened with a swiftness and efficiency that would have made its former owner beam.
Auchincloss died at the end of January. By mid-April, the three-bedroom apartment at 1111 Park Avenue was listed with Brown Harris Stevens‘ Mary Rutherfurd and Leslie Coleman (both of whom offered “no comment”) for $3.9 million. Now, according to the Web site Streeteasy and sources with knowledge of the deal, the apartment has gone into contract, though the exact price is unknown. Brown Harris Stevens‘ Kathryn Steinberg, who was squiring the buyer, also declined to comment for this article.
The 14th-floor apartment where Auchincloss penned his novels longhand has both north and east exposures and “very generous proportions.” The living room includes a wood-burning fireplace, and elegant prewar moldings frame a formal dining room. The bedroom corridor has a corner master bedroom with an en suite bath, with two additional bedrooms fanning off the other end of the hallway.
And while the listing admits the apartment “needs updating”—a genteel euphemism for renovations—the buyers evidently were not fazed. Perhaps for them, provenance is paramount.