The Upper East Side apartment of late Paris Review editor George Plimpton his hit the market for $5.495 million. Plimpton regularly regaled the cultural elite of late 20th century New York in the apartment; his wife, Sarah Dudley Plimpton, confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the couple would host salons about once a week, drawing the likes of Norman Mailer, Muhammad Ali, and Andy Warhol.
Plimpton moved into the small rental building at 541 East 72nd Street in the 1950s, and purchased the four apartments that would make up the 4,700-square-foot spread when the building went co-op in the 1970s. In addition to serving as Plimpton’s longtime home, the duplex apartment was also an early headquarters of the Paris Review, the listing says. (These days, the Review’s offices can be found in Kips Bay.)
It’s easy to imagine the parties and salons that have taken place in this apartment, with its airy living room and adjoining game room stretching nearly 60 feet along the East River. Its kitchen and bathrooms have been updated, but remain more classic co-op than splashy loft.
Now for the particulars: The apartment has five bedrooms in total, including a petite maid’s room. There’s also a second floor den with a wood-burning fireplace that could double as a sixth bedroom. Monthly maintenance runs $9,452.