Thursday, September 6, 2007

Pierre Berge's Jewelbox Pied a Terre at the Pierre

SELLER: Pierre Berge
LOCATION: The Pierre, 795 5th Avenue, New York, NY
PRICE: $7,500,000 (monthly maintenance / $7,080)
SIZE: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge's legendary pied-a-terre apartment. Situated in New York's celebrated Pierre Hotel, the apartment had been beautifully designed and decorated by Jacques Grange, Peter Marino and Jed Johnson. An elegant gallery leads to an exquisite living room and adjoining dining area. The two lovely bedrooms, both with custom leather-lined mahogany dressing areas and wonderfully crafted mahogany and marble en suite baths. On the 39th floor the apartment boasts uninterrupted, spectacular panoramic Central Park views from all major rooms. Wet bar & kitchen, plus access to full hotel service.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Today we are going to piggy back on famed real estate columnist Braden Keil at the New York Post who revealed today that the pied-a-terre of Pierre Berge, antique dealer of note and ex-consort to the retired fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, has finally been sold. Children, this 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom co-op apartment, located in the hyper exclusive and fabled residential hotel The Pierre on swanky Fifth Avenue, has been for sale forever. Last listed at $7,750,000 and sold for $7,750,000 according to Keil, Your Mama seems to remember somewhere in the dark recesses of our failing memory when this meticulously designed and maintained jewel box of an apartment hit the market with an asking price well over $8,000,000.

According to Mister Keil, the apartment has been sold to another fashion icon consort, this time to Giancarlo Giametti, the business and life partner of the perpetually and deeply tanned Valentino who is known for flawless red dresses worn by rich and elegant bitches around the world.

The interior of the apartment was designed and decorated by very accomplished and respected designers including the masterful Jed Johnson, who perished in the tragic Flight 800 crash. Your Mama watched the aftermath and rescue efforts of this hideous event from the beach in Quogue, and to this day can not walk that sand without being overcome by sadness.

Done up in a hoity toity "masculine" style that is only seen in the residences of uppity queens, the modestly sized 39th floor apartment has been fitted with gorgeous yacht worthy mahogany dressing rooms and bathrooms. It appears from the photos that each gentleman maintained separate bedrooms and dressing room areas. This might seem strange in today's world where only the ridiculously religious care about homosexuality anymore, but children, remember, these are old school gurls who are of a generation that were often, for the sake of safety and business, compelled to maintain an aura of being roommates and bachelors.

The disturbingly huge monthly fees ($7,080/month) in the building make for posh living circumstances including 24 hour concierge service, overnight shoe-shine service, a fitness room, hair salon, valet parking, and 24-hour room service. Additionally, there is morning maid service and nightly turn down service if requested. Residents can also request a picnic basket to haul across the street to Central Park, but this luxury is not free and costs upwards of $65, plus a $100+ deposit for the china, cutlery, napkins, and blanket.

The uber swank Pierre is the same building where filthy rich hedge fund honcho Martin Zweig has had his triplex penthouse on the market for an improbable $70,000,000 since 2003. Also in residence are an assortment of millionaires and billionaires such as Harrod's owner and royal hater Mohamed Al Fayed, media tycoon Sumner Redstone, and recent dee-vorcée fashion designer/socialite Tory Burch, who occupies a vast 9,000 square foot spread on the 9th floor she managed to keep in her dee-vorce decree from obscenely rich venture capitalist Chris Burch.

Your Mama has no idea what Mister Giametti has planned for his new pied-a-terre, but we do so hope that he retains the spirit and grace of the apartment which has surely seen the likes of any number of high society divas and queens.

Source: NY Post

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