In this new age of skyward glass towers, we sometimes forget about the older, more noble buildings that dot our urban landscape. The 1930s was a defining decade for the future of the modern-day skyscraper and many of these buildings, both residential and commercial, remain iconic to this day. The Majestic, whose art deco-styled towers loom over Central Park, is one such building.
And this stunning penthouse apartment at 115 Central Park West does not disappoint. This cavernous residence atop the south tower offers museum-quality space. Frankly, one might even think that they’re in a museum. Spanning approximately 4900 square feet across three floors, this four-bedroom home offers just about everything.
The Majestic was completed in 1931 amidst the height of the art-deco movement in New York City. The building stretches the entire Central Park West blockfront between 71st Street and 72nd Street and sits between 101 CPW to the south and the Dakota to the north. It rises 32 floors and is one of four notable buildings along CPW with twin towers. The co-op offers white glove service, including an attended elevator.
This designer apartment knows no boundaries. Quoting the exclusive broker, “this home is a symphony of high-end finishes and materials.” Glass, wood, steel and stone are all used in equal parts to create the drama herein. The cantilevered staircase majestically leads one from the first level to the second, almost as if you are floating between floors. The wooden ceiling panels warm the residence, replacing the banality of the traditional white ceiling. Whitewashed wide plank flooring unifies the space. No matter the architectural details that have been interwoven into this glorious home, the park is the thing. The second floor great room, more than 46 feet in length, offers lofty views of Central Park and the Upper East Side skyline.
The main level includes not only the great room, but also the formal dining room, the library, a home office, a windowed eat-in-kitchen and the master bedroom suite. The suite contains a five-fixture marble bathroom and a huge WIC. The corner dining room and the adjoining library both enjoy direct Central Park views. If the stairs don’t suit you, then take a ride on the private elevator between floors.
The kitchen is exquisite. Light pours through three south-facing windows and bounces off the stone island. Dramatic double-height ceilings with wood slats and cross beams add yet another dimension to this formidable residence. Custom lighting allows you to set the mood, whether you are cooking, entertaining or just having a glass of wine. The glass side panels to the staircase set the boundary to the kitchen.
The entry level offers both an entry foyer and a wide formal gallery. The gallery walks you by two of the bedrooms and leads to the floating stairs. This floor hosts three bedrooms, two of which are corner rooms, two baths and a laundry room.
On the third level there is a single room that is now used as a golf simulator. Not into golf, then convert this room into a home theatre. A sliding door leads out to a lovely tiled terrace with eastward views over a brick parapet.
Not surprisingly, The Majestic has been home to some notable residents, even some notorious ones. Milton Berle, Conan O’Brien and Zero Mostel have all lived here. But at the same time these halls have seen the likes of some well-known gangsters, including Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky.
Apartment PH-31/33CD is currently listed at $14.9 million, the property first hit the market in September 2017 at $24.5 million. The current price represents a 39% drop off the original price, a reason to give this apartment even more LOVE.