If Joan Didion’s estate auction taught us anything, it’s that people will pay a wild amount of money to own a piece of the writer. (Because, as we all know, both talent and ineffable cool live on in the Limoges fish plates.) So it will be interesting to see how much money her actual apartment—currently on the market for $7.5 million—fetches.
Naturally, the built-in bookshelves are a major selling point, but the Lenox Hill co-op also features a wood-burning fireplace (did not know those were a thing in New York!), a wet bar, and a staff room. You know, for your staff. According to the listing, the building is “considered to be among the most prestigious residential addresses in New York City”—a sentence that is so virtuosically gross that I have high hopes for the future writing the apartment will inspire.
StreetEasy lists the estimated monthly payments at $31,508 (just slightly less that one editorial assistants’ annual salary). Hey, at least the staff of the hedge fund guy who minored in English at Princeton who inevitably buys it will have a nice room.