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.
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.