Magazine article Variety

Helen Gurley Brown Penthouse Listed for $20M

Magazine article Variety

Helen Gurley Brown Penthouse Listed for $20M

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Legendary Cosmopolitan editrix-in-ehief Helen Gurley Brown told Vanity Fair in 2007 that her four-story apartment, which extends up into one of the three towers of the Beresford building on New York City's Central Park West, was "the best apartment in New York City." And this month, more than three years after her death, the magnificently eccentric penthouse popped up for sale at $20 million. The gutsy, Chanelclad sexual-politics pioneer and her late husband, four-time Oscar-nominated producer David Brown, purchased the oddball aerie in the 1970s from director Mike Nichols. Done up in a bold and decidedly camp-tinged glamour, the blush-pink living room stretches to 30 feet, with hair-straightening park and skyline views and downright kooky floral and leopard print carpeting, while the dining room, lined with cushioned banquettes, is slathered in lacquered lipstick-red paint. With just one proper bedroom - a full-floor master with dressing room and bubbie-gum-hued shag carpeting - there are two puny staff bedrooms and a bathroom tucked up under the kitchen, and the en suite library, just off the entrance gallery, could easily be converted to another bedroom. …

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