COMMANDING THE VIEWS
A Central Park West apartment offers views of Central Park and the Hudson River from its location in an iconic building
The home that renowned cartoonist Ranan Lurie made for himself and his wife – a light-filled three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom condo – is on the market for US$28 million.
Located on the 36th floor of 15 Central Park West, the luxury residential towers designed by Robert A. M. Stern and completed in 2008, the unit features a gallery space, a library, and some stunning views of Central Park.
The late cartoonist had a hand in transforming the layout of the unit to take advantage of the views and allow more natural light to flow into the space. This was accomplished by shifting the space’s original layout, taking down some walls, and installing oversized windows.
The effort resulted in the creation of a bright studio in the unit’s east side, and the conversion of the hallway into a gallery space.
Lurie purchased the unit, which measures just under 3,200 square feet, directly from the developer before the project’s completion. After the renovation, its 11-foot ceilings and white-washed walls served as a modern and chic counterpoint to Stern’s pre-war-inspired, limestone-clad exterior architecture.
Broad vistas of Central Park can be enjoyed from both the north- and east-facing parts of the unit all the way to the west. Meanwhile, the Hudson River can be seen from the primary bedroom where a marble en suite bathroom with a soaking tub, a shower and a walk-in closet has been installed.
The principal areas which include the library, the great room, the dining room and one bedroom look out to the greenery, as do the foyer and gallery.
Compass agent and Lurie’s daughter, Danielle Lurie, has a lot of memories of the place her parents called home, recalling how they entertained world leaders, dignitaries, art peers, and family there.