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Architect César Pelli lists sprawling San Remo apartment for $26M

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The starchitect bought the apartment just two years ago

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Just two years after picking up a 5,000-square-foot apartment in Central Park West’s iconic San Remo, starchitect César Pelli of the firm Pelli Clarke Pelli is selling the place. After gut-renovating the five-bedroom pad, it’s back on the market with a $26 million price tag. That’s a good deal more than he bought it for—the original purchase price was $17.5 million.

While it’s unlikely that the apartment was purchased with the intent to flip—the brokerbabble touts that it was “splendidly overhauled” by “two of the most renowned architects and urban landscapers of 20th/21st century for their own use”—it wasn’t in Pelli’s hands for all that long.

The apartment itself has a bit of a past: as we previously reported, Pelli bought it from “Rona Maurer, the mother-in-law of actor John Leguizamo, following a legal battle alleging that Maurer was masking the sale in order to keep any profits from her daughter in law.” Yikes.

After Pelli bought the place, he swapped out much of the old stuff—windows, plumbing, and the like—and transformed it into a sleekly modern (if not super exciting) co-op. But some of the original elements, like the oak floors and moldings, remain. There’s also a smart home system by Savant, and access to the building’s spate of fancy amenities.

If this apartment sells for the full ask, it would be the second high-profile sale in the building this year: Demi Moore’s grand triplex, originally listed for $75 million, finally sold last month for the much lower price of $45 million.

San Remo

145 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023