William Randolph Hearst's NYC Home Hits the Market for $38 Million

Before building San Simeon, the newspaper titan built an epic quintuplex on Riverside Drive. A remnant of his lavish home is now for sale.

Photo by: Zillow William Randolph Hearst once lived in this penthouse apartment on the Upper West Side. The triplex co-op — which was a quintuplex when Hearst resided there — is currently on the market for $38 million.

When most people think of William Randolph Hearst's home, they think of San Simeon, his extravagant California castle. Before San Simeon, though, there was 137 Riverside Drive. Hearst was initially a renter in the building's three-story penthouse. In 1913, though, he bought the building for $950,000 and converted his old unit into a lavish penthouse quintuplex — making it the largest apartment in New York City at the time.

The five-story apartment has since been sectioned off into smaller units, and one of those units is now on the market for $38,000,000. "Smaller," though, is a relative term, since the co-op has 7,000 square feet, seven bedrooms and 6.5 baths. To boot, there's another 7,000 square feet of outdoor terrace space.

Here's a peek at what remains of Hearst's old dwelling.

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