The House That Cosmopolitan Built
The Manhattan penthouse of the magazine's late founder, Helen Gurley Brown, is on the market for $20 million.
Helen Gurley Brown's Manhattan penthouse apartment is exactly what you'd expect from the founder of Cosmopolitan. On the market for the first time in 40 years, the nine-room, Pepto-pink confection sat untouched high above Central Park for more than two years after Brown's death as Hearst Corporation SVP Eve Burton executed the editor's will. Now, the home is on the market for $20 million thanks to nearly 11-foot ceilings, plenty of sunlight, and treetop views to rival any in New York City. Here are some of the apartment's other enviable features.
The penthouse occupies the Southeast tower in the Beresford, which, according to real estate brokerage firm Sotheby's is "one of the most recognizable and sought-after buildings on Central Park West."
On the main floor of the apartment, a small sitting room just off the elevator bank opens to a gallery with a curved staircase that connects the space's four floors.
The top floor of the apartment features an airy, light-filled great room with 17-foot-high ceilings, a fireplace, and double-height windows that offer 280-degree views of the park and New York City skyline.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the living room—the site of a petite fireplace—open to a large wraparound balcony.
According to Sotheby's, "The penthouse has been called a 'crown jewel of the Manhattan real estate market,' and the architectural critic Paul Goldberger described the apartment as 'extraordinary; it is the apex, the architectural climax of the building.'"