The longtime Upper West Side dwelling of the comedy workforce Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, an expanded co-op the place they raised their two youngsters, wrote and collaborated on materials and entertained a number of celebrities, is coming to marketplace for the first time in additional than half a century.
The asking value for the fifth-floor residence at 118 Riverside Drive is $5 million, with $7,593 in month-to-month upkeep, in keeping with Bruce Ehrmann, a dealer at Douglas Elliman Real Estate who’s itemizing the property together with his colleague Andrew Anderson.
Mr. Stiller died in May 2020 at age 92, 5 years after the demise of Ms. Meara, who was 85 and his spouse of 61 years.
In 1965, the couple, with their daughter, Amy, had moved from Washington Heights into unit 5B of the constructing shortly earlier than the beginning of their son, the actor Ben Stiller. It was a rental again then, and they had been paying $220 a month.
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara pictured with their youngsters, Amy and Ben Stiller, each actors, in February 2007.Credit…M. Tran/FilmMagic, through Getty Images
“I think my dad always wanted to live on Riverside Drive as a kid growing up very poor on the Lower East Side,” Ben Stiller stated in an electronic mail.
At the time of their transfer, what had been thought-about fascinating flats in Manhattan had been more durable to return by. “People were trying all different ways to get an apartment,” Amy Stiller, additionally an actor, stated. “My mom was pregnant with my brother, and the landlord asked if he could touch her stomach. He wanted to make sure she wasn’t pretending to be pregnant.”
Mr. Stiller and Ms. Meara purchased the unit after the 1929 orange-brick residence home was transformed to a co-op in 1968, then in the early 1980s, they acquired 5A subsequent door and mixed the two areas. (The 16-story Renaissance Revival constructing, with Art Deco detailing, and neighboring No. 110, are a part of a two-building advanced dealing with Riverside Park between 83rd and 84th Streets.)
The library/den is lined with bookshelves. There are excessive ceilings and oak flooring all through the residence.Credit…Douglas Elliman
The dwelling has round three,700 sq. toes and consists of 5 bedrooms, three and a half bogs, two kitchens, and employees quarters consisting of a small bed room and rest room.
“This apartment has great bones, great views, and a livable and flexible layout,” Mr. Ehrmann stated. He turned acquainted with the Stiller household, he stated, whereas Ben Stiller was working on the 1995 movie “Permanent Midnight,” based mostly on the e-book by Mr. Ehrmann’s finest buddy, Jerry Stahl. (Mr. Ehrmann additionally dealt with the buy and sale of a duplex owned by Ben Stiller and his spouse, the actor Christine Taylor, at 118 Riverside Drive.)
The residence “doesn’t have bling details,” Mr. Ehrmann famous, however over the years Mr. Stiller and Ms. Meara had made varied adjustments to the format, in addition to upgrades, like renovating the bogs and including a sauna and Jacuzzi. Just a few prewar particulars stay, together with the excessive ceilings and oversize home windows with authentic casings, and all through the unit are oak flooring and a number of built-ins.
Although a lot of the authentic décor (suppose felt chairs and daring colours of the ’70s) was just lately changed with some staged furnishings and new coats of paint, lots of the rooms are nonetheless adorned with private images and memorabilia from a bygone period in leisure.
A portray of Mr. Stiller and Ms. Meara by the artist Sam Messer was commissioned by Ben Stiller as a present to his mother and father.Credit…Douglas Elliman
The Stiller and Meara comedy workforce turned a fixture beginning in the early 1960s in nightclubs, on tv selection reveals like “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and in commercials earlier than the couple finally parted methods professionally. In more moderen years, Jerry Stiller had a recurring function on “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens” TV collection.
The dwelling, which has a non-public elevator touchdown, is entered by a central gallery that results in a big open house on the west finish containing a lounge with an workplace alcove, a powder room, a eating space, and a kitchen geared up with customized wooden cupboards and stainless-steel home equipment. “That was my mom’s little office in the living room,” Ms. Stiller stated. “My dad had his office in the back.”
Mr. Stiller remembers his mom “had her office zone, her couch zone, where she would do the Sunday Times crossword in ink every week.”
Off the kitchen are the employees rooms. And additionally on the west finish is a bed room with an en-suite rest room and the sauna.
The gallery and hallway resulting in the east wing are lined with photographs of the well-known couple, together with Hirschfeld caricatures and a portray of them by Sam Messer commissioned by Ben Stiller as a present to his mother and father. In this a part of the residence is one other kitchen, additionally with wooden cupboards and stainless-steel home equipment, in addition to an consuming space and a pantry. French doorways open to a library/den with bookshelves, and there are 4 extra bedrooms, certainly one of which had been used as an workplace. The major bed room suite includes a marble rest room, a walk-in closet and a dressing room.
The dwelling, which is made up of two mixed flats, has two kitchens.Credit…Douglas Elliman
Both Amy and Ben Stiller have had fond reminiscences of rising up on Riverside Drive.
“It was our whole lives that happened there — everything from birthday parties, to Thanksgiving, Passover seders, and Christmas mornings and Hanukkah evenings,” stated Mr. Stiller, who has appeared in dozens of movies, like “Night at the Museum,” and is presently working on a documentary about his mother and father that may embrace his childhood dwelling. “Living in the building was like a community of its own,” he stated.
“We played with other kids in the building,” Ms. Stiller added, amongst them, the youngsters of the famend artist Peter Max, who lived on the 14th ground.
Brother and sister had their very own sibling enjoyable, too. “We were troublemakers as kids,” Ms. Stiller stated, recalling how the two would throw water balloons from the residence home windows, startling unsuspecting passers-by.
Their bedrooms had been subsequent to one another, she additionally famous, and as youngsters, they might typically talk throughout bedtime “by just banging on the walls.”
And then there have been the many gatherings Mr. Stiller and Ms. Meara would host, with notable company like the director Francis Ford Coppola and the actors William Hurt and Sylvia Miles. “It was very exciting,” Ms. Stiller stated.
Holidays had been notably particular. “We would have Thanksgiving there,” she stated, “and Rodney Dangerfield would come. The comedian Elayne Boosler came with Andy Kaufman. I remember him asking, ‘Can I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, please?’”
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