THE DAKOTA 1 West 72nd Street at Central Park West
In 1884, the New York Daily Graphic called it:
"one of the most perfect apartment houses in the world"
Today more than 100 years later, the Dakota still has fabulous apartments and magnificent views. Some of The Dakota's most famous former and current residents are Lauren Bacall, Judy Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Gilda Radner and Barlis Karloff. The Dakota is filled with stories about it's famous residents. The most famous is John Lennon's murder outside the Dakota in December 1980. A section of Central Park opposite the Dakota has been named strawberry fields. At the time of the murder, many Americans were already familiar with the Dakota because of the famous film, Rosemary's Baby which had been shot there 12 years earlier.
The Dakota became a co-op in 1961. It has 10 floors and 103 apartments. The building only allows 50% financing, requires board approval and has a transfer fee paid by buyers of 2% of the sale price.
Carlie Simon was recently rejected by the board to purchase a 1 bedroom apartment. Apparently the board felt someone of her stature should be buying a larger apartment and they believed she was not buying it for her self but her son. Sean Lennon was also turned down for a purchase of an apartment and his mother Yoko is a board member. Yoko owns a couple of apartments on two floors. Her office is also in The Dakota.
Currently on the market there is one active listing in the Dakota. A 1 bedroom 1 bath with 2 fireplaces and park views. It is listed at $1,900,000 the monthly maintence is $2306. It has been on the market for 45 weeks and was originally listed at $2.150 million.
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