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Anderson Cooper's Mother's Former Mansion Asks $59 Million

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An Upper East Side mansion that used to belong to Vanderbilt heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, mother of Anderson Cooper, has hit the market for $59 million, though if someone were to buy it now they would have to take it on faith that it is going to be a very nice mansion. Currently separated into five separate apartments, with few remaining details harkening back to its Gilded Age days, the property was purchased last year for $19 million by two developers, who have announced plans to renovate it back into a single-family mansion (not, as previously reported, fancy condos). CetraRuddy is designing. The mansion will also be expanded from four stories to seven, and, via the listing, "To be delivered as a perfect white box, the new owner will have the ability to create a custom masterpiece, selecting all appliances and finishes to perfectly suit their taste, to be installed at cost."

· Listing: 39 East 72nd Street [Keller Williams, via Streeteasy]
· Upper East Side mansion once home to Gloria Vanderbilt could be restored for $59M buyer [NYDN]
· Former UES Home of Gloria Vanderbilt to Become Fancy Condos [Curbed]