Way back in March, the entire 17th floor co-op at the Rosario Candela-designed 778 Park Avenue went up for sale for $22.5 million and now, after months on the market, it's finally sold for $18 million to Joseph and Hilary Feshbach. The huge co-op had been in the family of architect Armand Phillip Bartos—who designed the Shrine of the Book exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Jerusalem's Israel Museum—for 70 years, but he died in 2005. Then, following the death of his wife Celeste Gottesman in January, son and stepson decided to part ways with the lavish apartment. And lavish it certainly is! The place features five terraces, 11-foot ceilings, a library and a formal dining room with wood-burning fireplaces, three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and staff quarters with a laundry room. However, despite the insane floorplan and awesome perks, the interiors do seem like they could use some updating (which might explain it sold for $4.5 million under ask).
But hey, 70 continuous years of residence will probably do that.
· "The Shrine of the Bartos: Family Sells Park Avenue Co-Op for $18 M. After 70 Years in Residence" [NYO]
· Previous 778 Park Avenue coverage [Curbed]