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At the Dakota, combo pad that could 'revive lost grandeur' seeks $20.5M

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Two apartments at the Dakota are better than one

The Dakota.

Two apartments at the Upper West Side’s famed Dakota could return to their original combined state, if their owners have their way—and if they can find a buyer willing to scoop up both units for a combined $20.5 million.

The owners of the units, Virginia Dawn and John Rydzewski, have been next-door neighbors for some time, but have only now decided to team up to sell their apartments. Dawn listed her unit, a three-bedroom with Central Park views, earlier this month for $12.5 million; but according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the sale, the neighbors are hoping to woo a buyer looking to “revive some long-lost grandeur” in the aging co-op.

As the WSJ explains, many of the units within the building are markedly different from the original vision of architect Henry Hardenberg; over time, its 65 gracious apartments were subdivided into 85 smaller, slightly less gracious units. (Three of the originally laid-out apartments remain, one of which is owned by Yoko Ono.)

Virginia Dawn’s Dakota apartment.
Courtesy Stribling

In theory, offering a well-to-do buyer the opportunity to get one of those original layouts back could be appealing. “Sometimes, one plus one can equal 2½,” Jonathan Miller, real-estate appraisal expert, told the WSJ.

If the two units do sell together, they could be combined into a whopping 4,800-square-foot pad that would have 100 feet of Central Park frontage, high ceilings, five bedrooms, a library, and that all-important grandeur.

Dawn’s apartment is still on the market for $12.5 million with Stribling’s Sharon Walker Flynn; Brown Harris Stevens’s John Burger will have the listing for the combo pad.

Update: The listing is live! More photos + a floorplan below:

The Dakota

629 U.S. 190, , LA 70433 Visit Website