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Celebrity Homes: Barbara Walters New York City Home Hits the Market

Barbara Walters’ red lacquer-painted library.

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Barbara Walters New York City Home

The longtime New York City apartment of TV reporter-and-personality Barbara Walters has come on the market, priced at $19.75 million. Located on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue adjacent to Central Park, Ms. Walters lived there from 1989 until her death in 2022 at age 93. The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath apartment takes up the entire 6th floor in a 14-story building designed in 1925 by architect Nathan Korn.

Located in the Upper East Side, the Italian Renaissance-style, limestone-clad building ranks as one of the city’s premier buildings and upscale locations. Just as colorful and interesting as Barbara was, the 11-room apartment includes the living room with a wood-burning fireplace, tall ceilings and postcard views of the park. Next 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 Barbara’s favorite books and mementos. The primary bedroom suite includes built-in wardrobe cabinets with floral motifs, another fireplace, and more views of Central Park. There is a large dining room and an eat-in kitchen. The apartment is left mostly as it looked when Barbara died at the end of 2022, with its light-filled rooms and an abundance of seating areas – perhaps where she interviewed some of the fascinating people that she covered in her 65-year journalism career.

Ms. Walters began her work in the early 1950s with the NBC affiliate WNBT-TV and moved up to “The Today Show” in the early 1960s as a writer and weather reporter. She hit the big time in the 1970s as the co-anchor of the “ABC Evening News,” the highest-paid news personality and the first female network news anchor. Barbara interviewed a Who’s Who list of celebrities and world leaders from Katharine Hepburn and Sean Connery to Fidel Castro and Donald Trump, and every US president and their wives from Richard and Pat Nixon to Barack and Michelle Obama. She was most recently seen as the host of the ABC daytime news-and-talk show “The View.”

The listing agent is Alexa Lambert of Compass.

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