Unfortunately, this is a rap on the Upper West Side home of where one of the Beastie Boys spent his earliest years.
A sprawling duplex in the famed Eldorado co-op at 300 Central Park West, owned by the late art collector Hester Diamond – the mother of rapper Michael Diamond, aka Beastie Boys co-founder Mike D – is listed for $19.5 million to a StreetEasy listing update and a report in the New York Times.
The residence has no less than 6,300 square meters of living space and more than 800 square meters of terrace space.
The late Diamond, who died in 2020 at the age of 91, lived there for more than 50 years. Diamond and her first husband, Harold Diamond – who died in 1982 at the age of 56 – moved to the Eldorado as renters in the mid-1960s. When the two-tower complex was converted into a cooperative in 1982, the couple acquired the duplex and an adjoining 19th-floor apartment. David Diamond, Hester’s eldest son, told the Times his parents bought both homes for about $1.2 million — about $3.65 million as of today. However, in November of that year, while renovations were underway, Harold died.
“The renovation was completed in the summer of 1983 and the apartment was fully made up in the fall,” David — a 63-year-old marketing and strategic planning consultant — told the Times. “But then it became clear that the renovated apartment was really my mother’s apartment. It was literally the beginning of her new life.”
Meanwhile, in 2009, the footprint increased after Hester Diamond purchased an adjoining two-bedroom unit on the 18th floor. The listing shows that the house is being marketed as a six bedroom, seven bathroom apartment with a powder room.
“Pretty much every room in the house has changed function at least once in the 50 years that my mother has lived there,” Michael Diamond, 56, told the newspaper.
During their time together in the building, the couple began collecting art. Hester worked as a social worker while Harold was a teacher – and they eventually decided to pursue a career in the art world and start their own business. As well as dealing in art, Hester was also an interior designer – and her collection of paintings and sculpture was spread throughout the house. It featured works by Picasso, and she was known for pairing antiques with bold modernist art, then doing a 180 and mixing modern furniture with old master art.
“I loved her fearlessness and the vision she had to change so dramatically and radically,” Michael told the Times. David added, “When I was a kid, my friends said I lived in a museum.”
However, as it stands, the duplex is empty. In early 2021, Sotheby’s auctioned off Hester’s Keep for $26.7 million – including the carved “Autumn” sculpture by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Pieter Coecke Van Aelst’s “A Triptych: The Nativity”. Other belongings were donated or divided between surviving family members. Michael added that Hester’s corner office was lined with Beastie Boys gold records.
The main entrance to the apartment is on the 19th floor. The foyer leads in part to a 29-foot living room where Hester enjoyed entertaining and relaxing. There is a large eat-in kitchen with appliances, a master bedroom with terrace and on the level below the remaining bedrooms – two of which lead to more terrace space.
Among the other perks: herringbone oak floors and crown molding that complement more recent additions, including central air-conditioning. The listing images also show good views of Central Park and the spiers of Billionaires’ Row along the Midtown skyline.
Corcoran’s Amy Katcher holds the list along with Compass’ Michael J. Franco.