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Legendary Swedish actress of the 1920s and 30s, Greta Garbo, was as well known for her reclusive ways and abhorrence of publicity as she was for her classic Hollywood films. A sultry and mysterious beauty, she is still remembered today through her famous line from “Grand Hotel” in 1932, “I want to be alone.” Frugal to the extreme, she invested well, primarily in stocks and bonds, acquired a valuable art collection and was able to provide for a comfortable, if secluded, retirement.
At the time of her death, her estate was worth near $57 million.
In 1950, Garbo purchased a New York City co-op overlooking the East River, where she was able to watch the shipping channel activity all the way to New York Harbor that reminded her a lot of her home in Sweden. She lived there in deep seclusion until her death in 1990. The property stayed in the Garbo family until now when they recently put it on the market.
The Campanile is a 14-story co-op built in 1927 that has 16 apartments and a swimming pool with water views on a quiet cul-de-sac. The 2,855-square-foot apartment encompasses the entire fifth floor and still has much of Garbo’s original decor such as the Fortuny silk on the walls and headboard in the master bedroom. Rooms consist of a large living room with working fireplace, formal dining room, library, large kitchen that includes locking silver and wine cabinets and breakfast area overlooking river views, three bedrooms, three baths, a home office with custom desk and built-ins and a laundry/utility room.
The apartment is listed with William A. Kerr II, William A. Kerr III, and Brian Lewis of Halstead Property and is asking $5.95 million.
Friday, April 07, 2017