Yesterday the crazy kids of Occupy Wall Street marched right up Fifth Avenue and protested outside Rupert Murdoch’s place at the storied co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue. Today word circulated that one of the building’s drool-worthy duplexes had hit the market.
The apartment was owned by concrete magnate Walter Goldstein. Goldstein, who passed away in 2008, was the CEO of Underhill Industries, a concrete conglomerate which worked on some of the city’s most notable developments, including the World Trade Center.
His estate, through the good people of Brown Harris Stevens, is asking $27.5 million for the three-bedroom, 3.5-bath duplex. According to a listing from Ann Jeffery and Mary Rutherford, the home has everything you would expect from Fifth Avenue’s crown jewel. From a paneled, 38-foot living room featuring expansive Park views to a cozy library with a fireplace, the apartment is a true old money outpost, one of very few remaining in New York. The master suite comes with its own fireplace and an “extensive dressing area and bath.”
A representative for Brown Harris Stevens declined to provide photos for the property, noting a company policy. We wonder if the apartment isn’t quite ready for its close-up, however, as Walter Goldstein told The Observer several years back that he had lived in the apartment for 35 years.
Prospective buyers will certainly be drawn to the building’s impeccable pedigree. Designed by Rosario Candela and erected in 1930, 834 Fifth Avenue has long attracted New York’s most prominent families. With neighbors like Rupert Murdoch, Charles Schwab, Hal Prince and Woody Johnson, the future owner of the Goldstein apartment certainly be in good company. Imagine that housewarming party!