Celebrity Homes

Barbara Walters’ New York apartment hits the market

A historic co-op home in New York, formerly owned by the renowned TV journalist Barbara Walters, has been listed for sale for US$19.75 million.

The property is located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, right next to Central Park, and has five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.

It takes up the entire 6th floor of a 14-storey building that was designed by architect Nathan Korn in 1925.

The Upper East Side building is known for its Italian Renaissance-style and limestone cladding, making it one of the city’s most upscale locations.

The spacious 11-room apartment features a wood-burning fireplace, tall ceilings, and postcard-worthy views of Central Park from the living room.

Adjacent to the entrance gallery and living room is a red lacquer-painted library with a dressing table, seating area, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors that reflect some of Walters’ favourite books and mementos.

The primary bedroom suite includes built-in wardrobe cabinets with floral motifs, another fireplace, and even more stunning views of Central Park.

Photo: Donna Dotan

The apartment has a large dining room and an eat-in kitchen. It’s left mostly untouched, giving it a preserved charm that reflects the journalist’s 65-year career in journalism.

Walters, who passed away in 2022 at the age of 93, was known for her distinguished career in the television industry.

She started her career as a writer and weather girl for NBC affiliate WNBT-TV in the early 1950s before moving on to The Today Show in the 1960s.

In the 1970s, she became the co-anchor of ABC Evening News, making her the highest-paid news personality and the first female network news anchor.

Photo: Donna Dotan

Walters interviewed several celebrities and world leaders, including Katharine Hepburn, Sean Connery, Fidel Castro, and Donald Trump, as well as all of the US presidents and their wives, from Richard and Pat Nixon to Barack and Michelle Obama.

She was most recently seen as the host of ABC’s daytime news-and-talk show The View.

The property’s historical significance and prime location make it an attractive purchase for anyone looking to live in one of New York’s most luxurious neighbourhoods while owning a piece of media history.

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