The Dakota in New York City

A slanted mansard roof dotted with dormer windows. Gothic-inspired gables and Victorian balustrades that meet reliefs and figures etched in peach sandstone and brick. These are just some of the features framing the striking Dakota Building. Few Manhattan luxury apartment buildings are as renowned. Located at 1 west 72nd Street, at the intersection of 72nd Street and Central Park West, The Dakota boasts breathtaking structural design in German Renaissance style. Its interiors follow the French style. Large rooms connected by multiple halls make ideal spaces for catered parties. Tall ceilings and expansive windows make these units peaceful retreats for their owners. Most floor plans for apartments in The Dakota span between three and ten rooms. No two units in the Dakota are exactly alike.

CNBC has called the Dakota “New York’s Most Exclusive Building. Famous residents of The Dakota include actor Lauren Becall, author Harlan Coben, anchor Connie Chung and actor Judy Garland. The Dakota has been the setting for the book Time and Again and the film Rosemary’s Baby. The Dakota is probably best known for being the site of the assassination of Beatle John Lennon by a crazed stalker in 1980. Lennon had lived with his wife Yoko Ono in The Dakota from 1973 to 1980, and Ono still lives there today. Yes, The Dakota is home to accomplished notables and celebrities, but residents nonetheless feel the white-gloved doorman and full service building exudes a sense of warmth. One owner, who put his one-of-a-kind 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment on the market for $29.6 million, was quoted in the New York Times as saying “They’re your neighbors, so you say hello… It’s really a very friendly and relaxed building.” Dakota is an 87- unit luxury cooperative apartment that also offers residents a private courtyard and numerous building community events throughout the year. Recent sales at the Dakota include a 3 bedroom 3 bath for $5.65 million and one bedroom one bath for $2 million. The Dakota building is currently priced at $2725/sq. foot (November 2012).

The Dakota’s immaculately kept appearance may make it hard for some to believe it was built in the late 1800s. The Dakota’s construction, from 1880 to 1884, was the brainchild of Edward Clark, Singer Sewing Machine Company’s founder. The same architectural firm behind the Plaza Hotel, Henry Jane Hardenbergh, designed The Dakota Building. Since its completion, The Dakota building struck a sense of wonder in the hearts and minds of all who saw it. It was the first truly luxury apartment building in the Upper West Side, built at a time when the Upper West Side was still a mostly empty plain. It even had a horse carriage garage, complete with elevators! The success of the Dakota cemented it as a trendsetter for future luxury apartment buildings in Manhattan. Originally a 93-unit building, over the years some apartments have been combined so that The Dakota now houses 87 units. The Dakota was named a NYC Historic Landmark in 1969. Seven years later, in 1976, The Dakota was recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The Dakota continues to be in-demand, and when units enter the market, they are purchased fairly quickly.