Greta Garbo’s Longtime Apartment Lists for $7.25 Million

The former New York City home of one of old Hollywood’s brightest stars has just hit the market.

Greta Garbo, the stunning Swedish-born actress who graced the big screen in the 1920s and 1930s, lived in the swanky Midtown East suite from 1953 until she died in 1990. 

Known for her melancholic, somber persona, the Academy Award-nominated actress originally purchased the posh pad with breathtaking water views since it reminded her of her beloved homeland.

Located across the street from the upscale River House co-op, here’s the full scoop on Garbo’s former luxurious fifth-floor condo that is situated directly above the East River.

Inside Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass

Greta Garbo called the apartment home for almost 40 years

The celebrated actress who starred in movies such as A Woman of Affairs and The Mysterious Lady retired from acting at the age of 35 after appearing in 28 films.

And although she was one of the most glamorous actresses of her time, Garbo never married, had no children, and lived alone as an adult.

The deeply private starlet spent most of her adult life — nearly 40 years — living in her Midtown East home in Manhattan.

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is all the difference,” Garbo once said.

As it turns out, living alone was a treat thanks to her stylish condo, located in The Campanile building at 450 East 52nd Street in Manhattan.

Fireplace and bookshelves inside Greta Garbo's longtime home in New York City.
Inside Greta Garbo’s apartment at The Campanile, which she called home for the biggest part of her adult life. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass

In 1953, the Hollywood legend purchased Suite Number 5 in the high-end co-op building in Manhattan’s east side. And it became such a big part of her life that she never sold it.

After her death in 1990 at the age of 84, the iconic actress left her entire estate — including her beloved NYC apartment — to her niece, Gray Reisfeld.

When Reisfeld passed away in 2017, the swanky suite was purchased by John McGraw and Marjorie McGraw, after spending more than half a century being a part of Garbo’s estate.

Given its star power and legacy, the stunning suite sold for well over its initial asking price of $5.95 million. Greta Garbo’s apartment at The Campanile prompted a bidding war, leading the McGraws to pay $8.5 million (43% over ask) for the co-op back in December 2017.

As the former chairman of the publishing house McGraw-Hill, John and his wife renovated the kitchen, dining room, and HVAC system but otherwise kept the graceful essence of Garbo throughout the apartment.

Greta Garbo’s apartment is now back on the market

The gorgeous fifth-floor unit in The Campanile is now looking for new owners.

The upscale co-op was built in 1927 and pre-dates the United Nations building and The FDR Drive. The Campanile has14 stories and offers 16 units of prime Manhattan real estate, with Garbo’s former home standing out as the crown jewel of the building due to its famous longtime resident.

Listing agent Brian K. Lewis of Compass says Garbo was drawn to it due to the water views from her stunning suite.

river views from Greta Garbo's apartment
River views from Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass

“She was drawn to this three-bedroom, three-bath aerie directly above the East River partly because the passing boats reminded her of her beloved, native Stockholm,” Lewis shares on the listing.

But there’s much more to love about this classy city residence.

Listed for $7.25 million, the 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home oozes grace and elegance much like its famous former owner.

Featuring a private elevator lobby opening into an expansive formal central gallery, the floor-through residence features a spectacular L-shaped living room, with den area and a working gas fireplace.

living room with old-hollywood elegance
Inside Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass

Including timeless wood paneling and large picture windows, the luxury condo offers jaw-dropping views of the cityscape to the south and east, and majestic river views.

small study with a window overlooking the river
Inside Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass
bookshelf and statue inside Greta Garbo's apartment at The Campanile
Inside Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass
elegant study
Inside Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass
stylish dining room
Inside Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass

Not to mention, the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets seen on the balcony outside the French doors.

At the opposite end of the floor-through residence is a large kitchen featuring a Miele side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and a Thermador 5-burner (with griddle) and oven. 

all-white kitchen inside Greta Garbo's former apartment at the Campanile
Inside Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass

Keeping things classy, the river-view primary bedroom features walls and a headboard adorned in Garbo’s favorite rose-hued Fortuni silk. 

the bedroom inside Greta Garbo's former apartment at the Campanile
Inside Greta Garbo’s longtime home in New York City. Photo credit: DDreps courtesy of Compass

The stylish unit is adorned with countless sophisticated details, seemingly giving away that it was once home to Hollywood royalty.

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