Late Baroness Betsy von Furstenberg’s Penthouse Sells for $7.5M


Late baroness Betsy von Furstenberg's Central Park West penthouse must have made quite the impression. (Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan)

Late baroness Betsy von Furstenberg’s Central Park West penthouse must have made quite the impression. (Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan)

While describing any apartment above the tenth floor as a “crown jewel penthouse” might be a tad overdone, it’s actually quite apropos in the case of the seven-room penthouse at 230 Central Park West, which belonged to actual royalty—well, kind of.

The unit in the Bolivar that belonged to the late actress and baroness Betsy von Furstenberg, who was herself born in a castle in Westphalia (of course), has sold for $7.5 million, made all the more impressive since it was asking just $5 million with Corcoran’s Susanne Columbia and Todd Vitolo—it also went into contract just eight short days after it was listed.

It does sound very nice, though we are quite curious as to what precisely it was that prompted such a speedy—and profitable—sale. Might it have been the corner unit’s 11-foot ceilings? The wood-burning fireplace? Perhaps it was the “one of a kind original skylight” in the kitchen. We must say that we don’t think it was the rather dated furniture or décor choices that would have created such a frenzy, though there is something to be said for the charm of pillows adorned with pictures of cats. Meow!

“It has the most spectacular Central Park views you could ever imagine,” Mr. Vitolo told the Observer. “When we priced it, we spent a lot of time thinking about the number and thought it was priced very fairly. The buyer who ended up buying it was someone who lived in the building, and simply fell in love with the views.”

“The apartment is sixteen floors above the park, above the trees,” Mr. Vitolo added. “It’s like sitting in a treehouse. It’s the difference between sitting in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium and sitting in the front row.”

Cat pillow, anyone? (Corcoran)

Cat pillow, anyone? (Corcoran)

The three-bedroom, 3.5-bath pad was put on the market after von Furstenberg passed away last year due to complications from Alzheimer’s at the age of 83, and has now been scooped up by Mark Castellano and Gabrielle Muir. Per public record, the couple already owns an eighth-floor unit in the building. We guess they were eager to move on up! We do hope that they are aware that paying a considerable amount over ask, does not entitle them to use of any of von Furstenberg’s regal titles. At least, not outside the apartment. Late Baroness Betsy von Furstenberg’s Penthouse Sells for $7.5M