The longtime Higher West Facet residence of the comedy group Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, an expanded co-op the place they raised their two youngsters, wrote and collaborated on materials and entertained a bunch of celebrities, is coming to marketplace for the primary 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 line with Bruce Ehrmann, a dealer at Douglas Elliman Actual Property who’s itemizing the property along with his colleague Andrew Anderson.
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, they usually had been paying $220 a month.
“I feel my dad all the time wished to reside on Riverside Drive as a child rising up very poor on the Decrease East Facet,” Ben Stiller stated in an electronic mail.
On the time of their transfer, what had been thought-about fascinating flats in Manhattan had been tougher to return by. “Individuals had been attempting all alternative ways to get an residence,” Amy Stiller, additionally an actor, stated. “My mother was pregnant with my brother, and the owner requested if he might contact her abdomen. He wished to verify 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 within the early Nineteen Eighties, they acquired 5A subsequent door and mixed the 2 areas. (The 16-story Renaissance Revival constructing, with Artwork Deco detailing, and neighboring No. 110, are a part of a two-building complicated dealing with Riverside Park between 83rd and 84th Streets.)
The house has round 3,700 sq. toes and consists of 5 bedrooms, three and a half loos, two kitchens, and employees quarters consisting of a small bed room and loo.
“This residence has nice bones, nice views, and a livable and versatile format,” Mr. Ehrmann stated. He turned acquainted with the Stiller household, he stated, whereas Ben Stiller was engaged on the 1995 movie “Everlasting Midnight,” based mostly on the e book by Mr. Ehrmann’s greatest pal, Jerry Stahl. (Mr. Ehrmann additionally dealt with the acquisition 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 particulars,” Mr. Ehrmann famous, however through the years Mr. Stiller and Ms. Meara had made numerous modifications to the format, in addition to upgrades, like renovating the loos and including a sauna and Jacuzzi. Just a few prewar particulars stay, together with the excessive ceilings and oversize home windows with unique casings, and all through the unit are oak flooring and several other built-ins.
Though a lot of the unique décor (suppose felt chairs and daring colours of the ’70s) was not too long ago changed with some staged furnishings and new coats of paint, most of the rooms are nonetheless adorned with private pictures and memorabilia from a bygone period in leisure.
The Stiller and Meara comedy group turned a fixture beginning within the early Nineteen Sixties in nightclubs, on tv selection reveals like “The Ed Sullivan Present,” and in commercials earlier than the couple finally parted methods professionally. In newer years, Jerry Stiller had a recurring function on “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens” TV sequence.
The house, which has a non-public elevator touchdown, is entered via a central gallery that results in a big open house on the west finish containing a front room with an workplace alcove, a powder room, a eating space, and a kitchen outfitted with customized wooden cupboards and stainless-steel home equipment. “That was my mother’s little workplace in the lounge,” Ms. Stiller stated. “My dad had his workplace within the again.”
Mr. Stiller remembers his mom “had her workplace zone, her sofa zone, the place she would do the Sunday Occasions crossword in ink each week.”
Off the kitchen are the employees rooms. And in addition on the west finish is a bed room with an en-suite toilet and the sauna.
The gallery and hallway resulting in the east wing are lined with pictures 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. On 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 first bed room suite encompasses a marble toilet, a walk-in closet and a dressing room.
Each Amy and Ben Stiller have had fond reminiscences of rising up on Riverside Drive.
“It was our entire lives that occurred there — every little thing from birthday events, to Thanksgiving, Passover seders, and Christmas mornings and Hanukkah evenings,” stated Mr. Stiller, who has appeared in dozens of movies, like “Evening on the Museum,” and is at the moment engaged on a documentary about his mother and father that can embrace his childhood residence. “Residing within the constructing was like a group of it’s personal,” he stated.
“We performed with different youngsters within the constructing,” Ms. Stiller added, amongst them, the kids of the famend artist Peter Max, who lived on the 14th ground.
Brother and sister had their very own sibling enjoyable, too. “We had been troublemakers as youngsters,” Ms. Stiller stated, recalling how the 2 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 usually talk throughout bedtime “by simply banging on the partitions.”
After which there have been the various gatherings Mr. Stiller and Ms. Meara would host, with notable company just like the director Francis Ford Coppola and the actors William Harm and Sylvia Miles. “It was very thrilling,” Ms. Stiller stated.
Holidays had been notably particular. “We’d have Thanksgiving there,” she stated, “and Rodney Dangerfield would come. The comic Elayne Boosler got here with Andy Kaufman. I keep in mind him asking, ‘Can I’ve a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, please?’”