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Childhood home of Beastie Boy Mike D lists for $19.5M

Sadly, that’s a rap on the Upper West Side home the place one of the Beastie Boys spent his earliest years.

A sprawling duplex on the famed Eldorado co-op at 300 Central Park West that belonged to the late artwork collector Hester Diamond — the mom of rapper Michael Diamond, in any other case often called Beastie Boys co-founder Mike D — has listed for $19.5 million, in keeping with a StreetEasy listing update and a report in the New York Times.

The residence has no fewer than 6,300 sq. ft of residing house and greater than 800 sq. ft of terrace house.

The late Diamond, who died in 2020 at age 91, lived there for greater than 50 years. Diamond and her first husband, Harold Diamond — who died in 1982 at age 56 — moved into the Eldorado within the mid-Sixties as renters. When the two-towered advanced turned a co-op in 1982, the couple bought the duplex and an adjoining Nineteenth-floor condominium. David Diamond, the eldest son of Hester, informed the Times his mother and father bought each flats for some $1.2 million — roughly $3.65 million in at the moment’s figures. However, in November that year whereas renovations had been ongoing, Harold handed away.

Hester Diamond, a known art world titan, filled the duplex with flair.
Hester Diamond, a identified artwork world titan, crammed the duplex with aptitude.
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Located in the famed Eldorado co-op, features include plaster moldings and oversize windows.
Located within the famed Eldorado co-op, options embrace plaster moldings and oversize home windows.
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Hester Diamond, right, passed away in 2020.
Hester Diamond, proper, handed away in 2020.
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Mike D, now 56, spent his early years in the unit.
Mike D, now 56, spent his early years within the unit.

“The renovation was completed in the summer of 1983, and the apartment was fully put back together in the fall,” David — a 63-year-old advertising and strategic planning guide — informed the Times. “But by then, it was clear that the renovated apartment was really my mom’s apartment. It was, in a real sense, the start of her new life.”

In 2009, in the meantime, the footprint grew bigger after Hester Diamond bought an adjoining two-bedroom unit on the 18th flooring. The itemizing reveals the home is being marketed as a six-bedroom dwelling with seven full loos and a powder room.

“Pretty much every room in the house changed its function at least once during the 50 years my mom lived there,” Michael Diamond, 56, informed the paper.

The listing's many perks include a large dining area.
The itemizing’s many perks embrace a big eating space.
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The eat-in kitchen, which is also roomy, has an eat-in nook.
The eat-in kitchen, which can be roomy, has an eat-in nook.
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During their time shared within the constructing, the couple started amassing artwork. Hester labored as a social employee, whereas Harold was a trainer — they usually finally settled on careers within the artwork world, establishing their very own business. In addition to dealing artwork, Hester was additionally an inside designer — and her assortment of work and sculptures was unfold all through the home. It included works by Picasso, and she or he was identified for pairing antiques with daring modernist artwork, then doing a 180 and mixing fashionable furnishings with artwork by the previous masters.

“I loved her fearlessness and her vision that she had, to switch so dramatically and radically,” Michael informed the Times. David added, “When I was a kid, my friends would say I lived in a museum.”

Touches also include herringbone oak floors.
Touches additionally embrace herringbone oak flooring.
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A detail shot of the grand living room.
A element shot of the grand front room.
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The duplex doesn't shy on terrace space.
The duplex doesn’t shy on terrace house.
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Views include the Central Park Reservoir.
Views embrace the Central Park Reservoir.
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Even more terrace space.
Even extra terrace house.
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As it stands, nonetheless, the duplex is empty. In early 2021, Sotheby’s auctioned off $26.7 million price of Hester’s maintain — together with the carved “Autumn” sculpture by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Pieter Coecke Van Aelst’s “A Triptych: The Nativity.” Other belongings had been donated or cut up between surviving relations. Michael added that Hester’s nook office was lined with Beastie Boys gold information.

The condominium’s major entrance is on the Nineteenth flooring. The lobby, partially, results in a 29-foot-long front room, the place Hester loved entertaining visitors and stress-free. There’s an enormous eat-in kitchen with chef-grade home equipment, a main bedroom with a terrace and, on the extent beneath, the remainder of the bedrooms — two of which result in extra terrace house. 

Among the opposite perks: herringbone oak flooring and plaster moldings that complement more moderen additions, together with central air-con. The itemizing pictures additionally present good views of Central Park and the Billionaires’ Row towers alongside the midtown skyline.

Amy Katcher, of Corcoran, holds the itemizing with Michael J. Franco, of Compass.

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