Realtors generally avoid ghost stories during sales pitches. A gruesome murder or a persistent poltergeist is hardly a selling point in New York City. But everyone loves a celebrity sighting. Here are five apartment buildings in Manhattan where legend says your neighbors will include a famous ghost.
- The Dakota Apartments
There are currently 7 apartments on the market in The Upper West Side’s preeminent haunted co-op building, whose prices range from $1,695,000.00 to $39,000,000.00. Several residents have seen a little girl ghost with long blonde hair bouncing a ball through the palatial corridors. John Lennon reported seeing a “crying, lady ghost,” and after his own murder in front of the building, he in turn has been seen by several individuals including his wife, Yoko Ono. If we are going to be haunted by anyone, we hope its John Lennon.
- 14 West 10thStreet
Brokers seldom use the neighborhood sobriquet “The House of Death” when renting apartments at this distinguished Greek revival brownstone in the West Village. No less than 22 ghosts have been spotted at the rental building, which was built in 1850. The most preeminent ghost is former resident Mark Twain who lived in the building from 1900-1901. He has been known to hang around the hallways clad all in white. There are only 10 units in the building, which rarely become available, but previous rentals have gone between $4,000 and $6,000 per month.
- The Ansonia Hotel (pictured above)
The magnificent Ansonia has experienced many chapters in its colorful history, and there were times that the building fell into a state of ramshackle disrepair. During one of these moments, one Dr. Clifford Bias began holding séances in a chapel off of the lobby to conjure up the ghosts of glamorous former residence. One Sunday, he conjured up the singer Geraldine Farrar who stated the obvious, “The Ansonia isn’t what it used to be when I was there.” It has since been restored to its former glory, and is now a luxury condo building. Currently, there are 6 units for sale between $725,000 (studio) and $5,580,000 (3BR) and 3 rentals, which range from $3600 (1BR) to $22,000.00 (4BR).
- The Hotel Des Artiste
When living in New York, iconic silent film actor and Italian heartthrob Rudolph Valentino rented a bachelor pad at the magnificent co-op, the Hotel Des Artiste. Although he died young, his good looks are still seen in the hallway mirror of the hotel where residents have repeatedly reported seeing his blurry form looking back at them and smelling his particular Middle Eastern cologne wafting through the corridor. For those fond of exotic cologne or the supernatural, there is a magnificent duplex currently on the market for $5,570,000. There are also two smaller units available for purchase, as well as one rental unit.
- 19 West 68thStreet
James Dean’s ghost provides a “comforting presence” to residents of this Upper West Side walk-up building. Dean used to use his top floor studio apartment as a low-key getaway from the madness of Hollywood. After his death, he continued to use the brownstone as a spiritual retreat. Units rarely become available in this reasonably priced rental building. After all, who wouldn’t want to be comforted by James Dean?