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San Remo Building

The San Remo (145 and 146 Central Park West) is a luxury co-operative apartment building in New York City, two blocks north of the Dakota building. It is described by Glen Justice of the New York Times as "a dazzling two-tower building with captivating views of Central Park." As a housing cooperative, its board has a "reputation for lenient admissions standards" compared to the conservative, old-money boards on the other side of the park.


Past and present residents of the building include such famous personalities as Steven Spielberg, Donna Karan, Steve Jobs, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman, U2 frontman Bono, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis, Eddie Cantor, Robert Stigwood, Marshall Brickman, Jackie Leo, Don Hewitt, Billy Squier and Texas natural gas heiress Adelaide de Menil. Rita Hayworth spent her last years there. In 2007 same floor residents Bono and Billy Squier went to court over a fireplace.


The San Remo is now one of the most desirable and expensive apartment buildings in Manhattan. It converted to a coop in the 1970s, meaning that tenants in the apartments are actually shareholders in the corporation that owns the building. Owning shares entitles one to reside in a particular unit. Purchasing apartments (shares) in the building is a significant investment. Recent asking prices have ranged from a minimum of $3 million to a high of $24 million. The best apartments (large units with Park views or tower floors) are typically valued at $2,500-$3,500 per sq. foot. The very best units command prices of $15 - $20 million.


Many purchasers over the years have actually combined units together. Steven Spielberg, combined two Park-facing units on the 13th floor into a 6,000 sq ft (560 m²) unit with terraces. A unit was reportedly sold to Golf Superstar Tiger Woods for $ 28 million in April, 2008. Dustin Hoffman occupies a triplex created from several 74th Street facing units.


The 27th floor (top floor) of the north tower has been combined into a portion of the tower above it (formerly mechanical space for the building itself), creating a unique duplex unit. In total, the apartment has 3,500 sq ft (330 m²) of interior space and 1,300 sq ft (120 m²) of terraces. This unit was recently purchased by Bono (from the music group U2) from Steve Jobs (of Apple, Inc.) for $15 million.


Demi Moore owns the last remaining south tower duplex, the unit at the very top of this tower. Demi Moore and Bruce Willis purchased the apartment in 1987 from Robert Stigwood, a noted music and film producer. This unit was in fact combined into a portion of the tower's mechanical and storage space above it (similar to the top floor unit in the north tower), creating a triplex with over 7,000 sq ft (650 m²) of interior space, multiple terraces and 360-degree views from all floors.

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Taken on May 17, 2008