This Long-Time NYC Home of Late Literary Legend Joan Didion is a Foodie's and Booklover's Paradise
In case you were one of the legions of Joan Didion fans disappointed in trying to purchase an item from the late literary icon’s estate sale this past November, please be assured that there is still hope — provided you have a deep enough pocket, you still have a chance of obtaining the Manhattan apartment where the author and her husband spent their final decades together, author John Gregory Dunne, who is also a fellow writer.
An 11-room apartment located in an Upper East Side co-op building, according to Rich Report, has been listed on the market for a price of $7.5 million in a co-operative that is located on the Upper East Side. In representation of the listing, Serena Boardman is the agent representing Sotheby's International Realty, which represents the listing.
The unit at 71 East 71st Street and Madison Avenue was purchased by Didion and Dunne in 1988 and is located on the fifth floor of a limestone-based prewar building at the corner of East 71st Street and Madison Avenue. As soon as the couple's daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne, saw the apartment for the first time, she encouraged them to “California it up.”
A published 1992 essay stated that the couple filled the house with items that had a special meaning for them, such as art, mementos, and furnishings. As an example, Didion's father bought the antique partner's desk for $30 at an auction in Sacramento, restored it (it had been damaged in a fire), and gave it to the couple as a wedding present, demonstrating the couple's commitment to one another. They pointed out, “It has history and it has attitude, and we like to think the same of the apartment.”
As you may know, all of the literary power couple's personal belongings have been removed from their four bedroom, four and a half-bath residence. However, there are still some traces of their "California-ing it up" in its pastel hues and the red Spanish tiles in the kitchen and pantry, which still show some indications of the way they "California it up."
In addition to the three and a half bathrooms in the very large and elegantly decorated living room, there is a large step-down library with an elegant wood-burning fireplace and wet bar, and the kitchen is equipped with professional Viking appliances.
A few of the amenities offered by the pet-friendly co-op, which Didion served on for many years, include a 24-hour doorman and hall attendant as well as a resident manager, a state-of-the-art fitness center, bicycle storage, and individual private storage units. There are a little more than $8,000 in maintenance charges per month, which is a bit higher than the average.