Head east across Jean Kennedy Smith’s grand Manhattan duplex, where she plays host to her large, prominent family, as well as her property being sold by publishers of political, arts and showbiz circles. The asking price is $ 6.45 million with $ 19,975 in monthly maintenance.
Ms. Smith, the last surviving siblings of President John F. Kennedy and the second youngest in the Kennedy clan, Died last june At the age of 92. He served as the US Ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s and was credited with helping with decades of ongoing violence in Northern Ireland. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Their apartment is a combination of two units on the sixth and seventh floors of 4 Sutton Place, a 14-story co-op located in a leafy enclave with a 19th-century townhouse. The nine-unit, brick-and-limestone building between East 57th and 58th streets was built in 1957 by the former Rothero Candela.
Ms. Smith purchased the duplex in 1997 and a year later, after completing her diplomatic service, according to Amanda Smith Hood, one of her four children and the owner of a small equal-goods business in Washington. He received a two-bedroom dwelling on the seventh floor in 2001, and used it primarily for house guests.
Ms. Hood said, “She had a lot of Irish friends, including Seamus Hayne, poet and playwright, and Bill Whelan, a musician. Her other close friends included actress Lauren Beckle and Broadway veterans Phyllis Newman and Adolf Green.” “She turned to artists,” her daughter said.
Ms. Hood recalled how her mother particularly enjoyed the hosting ceremonies at the apartment. During the holidays, she said, “she would have two overlapping parties: a small children’s party with wizards and Santa, where she would invite friends’ children and grandchildren and Doraemon’s children, and grow up an hour later.” . It was a great place for entertainment. “
The house spans approximately 5,680 sq ft and has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms in the main duplex portion and two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a kitchen and seating room, in the connecting apartment.
The prewar layout remains largely intact, with mostly cosmetic changes that lead to renovations to the main kitchen and bathroom. Many original architectural evocations also remain, such as hardwood floors, approximately 11-foot-high ceilings and crown castings.
Formal entry is through a private lift vestibule on the lower level that opens to a spacious central foyer, where a curved, windowed staircase sits. The foyer leads to a spacious living room, a cozy library / study and dining room.
“She is a signature of Candela – she is known for her grand staircase and her stately, lavish living room,” said Paul Kolbus, a broker with the Corcoran Group who listed the property with his partners Marcus Bouchmeier and Melissa Sargentson Has been doing.
The 20-by-28-foot corner room features a wood-burning chimney anchored with an ornate granite and marble mantel brought from Ireland. The room has a splendid chandelier and three Juliet balconies that offer beautiful views of the river and Sautan Place.
A nearby library / study, painted in a deep red color, features Ireland as well as a carved wooden mantel with built-in bookshelf and a chimney. “There was the Red Room, where we drank drinks and cocktails before dinner and then later went back and watched a movie or talked,” Houston said.
The formal dining room next door is also lined with shelves and features three more Juliette balconies. This leads to a large eat-in kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and wooden countertops. There are two large windows overlooking the Queensboro Bridge and the wooden floor has a rude colored rug.
Beyond the kitchen is an en-suite bathroom and a guest bedroom with a staff bedroom and bathroom. There is also a powder room and a laundry room.
Other bedrooms are on the upper level. The primary suite has another wood-burning chimney, as well as two balconies, a large walk-in closet and a bathroom. It shares another bathroom with a neighboring guest bedroom.
Entrance to the guest apartment is through the gallery, away from the seventh-floor lift vestibule.
“What is the most impressive feature of this duplex is the grand proportions of all the rooms,” said Mr. Corbus, Corcore Broker. “It is elegant and chic. The apartment really defines the architecture of Candela. “