The San Remo is the first twin-towered building in New York City, and has become one of the most upscale apartment coops in the world.
Just two streets north of the Dakota building sits the San Remo, a luxurious two-towered 27-floor cooperative apartment building in New York City.
The iconic building is in the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 145-146 Central Park West, between West 74th and 75th streets.
The skyscraper with spectacular views of Central Park is home to many past and present famous folks, such as Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore, Steve Jobs, Mary Tyler Moore and Rita Hayworth, to name a few.
Over the years, the San Remo building consolidated its position as one of the most sought-after apartment buildings in the Big Apple. If you’re wondering why, let’s dive right in.
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The history of the San Remo building
The site of the San Remo was once occupied by an apartment building, with the same moniker, between the years of 1890 and 1929.
Taking advantage of the zoning regulations of that time, acclaimed architect Emery Roth set out to build the first of New York’s twin-towered residential skyscrapers.
While the San Remo is topped by two iconic Renaissance-style towers, Roth is also famously known for building the Ritz Tower at 465 Park Ave., the Mayflower Hotel at 15 Central Park West, and the Eldorado at 300 Central Park West, to name a few of his well known NYC buildings.
Construction on the San Remo began in 1929, weeks before the market crashed and initiated the Great Depression, and the project was completed two years later. Because of the times, many of the larger units in the building were subdivided for affordability, and all but one of the south tower two-story apartments were divided into single-floor units. Both buildings were sold in 1940 for $25,000 over the existing mortgages.
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Inside a San Remo apartment that was listed for sale in 2019 for $25 million.
Fast forward to current times, the San Remo is one of the most desirable and expensive apartment buildings in Manhattan. In 1970, the building was converted into a cooperative, allowing tenants to become shareholders in the corporation that owns the building.
With its Old World elegance and prime Central Park location, asking prices for San Remo suites range from a minimum of $3 million to a high of $75 million.
The most desirable are the large units with park views or tower floors, which are typically valued at $2,500 to $3,500 per square foot.
With units that are grand in scale with large entrance galleries, have lofty ceiling heights, and stunning prewar details, it’s no wonder the penthouse suites are priced around $5,400 per square foot.
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The biggest celebrities that lived at the San Remo
When it comes to the San Remo, three words come to mind: location, location, location.
And that prime location is the Upper West Side of Manhattan, within walking distance of the Lincoln Center, the Met, the Juilliard School, Central Park, and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few iconic NYC spots.
Understandably, many past and present residents of the San Remo have been some of VIPs.
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Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
In 1990, Demi Moore and then-husband Bruce Willis bought the penthouse suite in San Remo’s south tower from Robert Stigwood, a film producer and manager for the Bee Gees.
Spanning 8,000-plus square feet, the luxurious penthouse offers three floors of open living space, five bedrooms and 1,500 square feet of wraparound terraces overlooking Central Park.
In 2017, Moore sold the suite for $45 million after originally listing the penthouse at $75 million. Although $30 million less than asking, this continues to be one of the priciest deals ever closed on the Upper West Side.
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U2 frontman Bono bought San Remo’s neighboring penthouse in the north tower from Steve Jobs in 2003.
The “Sunday Bloody Sunday” hitmaker paid $15 million for the spectacular suite that has been combined into a two-story unit.
Aside from 3,500 square feet of interior space, the posh penthouse offers 1,300 square feet of wraparound terraces with jaw-dropping views.
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At last count, Steven Spielberg’s real estate portfolio (in the United States alone) totals at least $200 million. And one of his magnificent homes is on the 16th floor of the San Remo.
Spanning 6,000 square feet, Spielberg’s two units offer terraces with spectacular views of Central Park.
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Since the ‘70s, “Annie Hall” star Diane Keaton owned a 3,100 square foot suite in the San Remo.
The luxurious apartment with three bedrooms, three baths, a library, oversized kitchen with a breakfast room and office is in the south tower of the iconic NYC building.
“It was one of those remarkable apartments,” Oscar-winner Keaton told Wine Spectator. “There was a window on every side. Everything was wide open. That was the beginning of my true interest in architecture.”
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In 2014, Dustin Hoffman sold his multi-unit apartment at the San Remo for $21 milion.
Spanning 8,000 square feet over three floors, the luxurious San Remo suite covers approximately half of the 15th floor and all of the 16th and 17th floors.
Boasting four bedrooms, six bathrooms and two terraces, the Academy Award-winning actor lived in the iconic NYC building since the 1970s.
On a completely different note … don’t expect to see the Material Girl at this iconic New York building. Despite what other outlets might say, when fact-checking our resources for this article, we learned that Madonna has been denied residency at the San Remo, as well as the Dakota.
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