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Monday, November 22, 2004

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The New York Times
November 21, 2004 Sunday
Late Edition - Final
Section 11; Column 4; Real Estate Desk; BIG DEAL; Pg. 2
Park Views and a Fancy Shower Available at the San Remo

LIKE a leaf pressed between the pages of a book and come upon again years later, a 4,000-square-foot apartment that recently went on sale at the San Remo on Central Park West has been preserved with few changes since the majestic apartment building, designed by Emery Roth, went up in 1930. The apartment is being sold by the family of Nadia Jaglom, who lived there since about 1940 and died recently, shortly before her 105th birthday, according to Kirk Henckels, the director of Stribling Private Brokerage.

"Everybody comments on what good condition it's in," Mr. Henckels said. "It has all the beautiful hardware and bullet hinges. Emory Roth was famous for his metal kitchen cabinets. It has all that and Emery Roth's famous tile bathrooms, which are really in pristine condition. He would do each bathroom in a different color tile." In this case, Mr. Henckels said, the architect chose beige, green and brown.

Paul Wachter, Mrs. Jaglom's grandson, has fond memories of playing in the apartment as a child. He particularly remembers the shower, also designed by Mr. Roth. "It was a stall shower with multiple shower heads, like six or eight," said Mr. Wachter, who now lives in California. "There's three on each side, one up above and one at the bottom. I used to love going in there as a kid. You can imagine when that was built everyone probably thought that was the coolest thing anyone had ever seen."

The apartment, which is on the 10th floor, has 10 windows facing Central Park. There are also seven windows overlooking West 75th Street. Shortly after the apartment went on the market, at an asking price of $11.9 million, the owners of the two apartments on either side contacted Mr. Henckels and said they might also be willing to sell.

The result, Mr. Henckels said, could be a sprawling 8,000-square-foot apartment with 22 rooms, including seven bedrooms. The price for all three in combination has been set at $23.5 million.

"This is kind of an unusual opportunity," Mr. Henckels said.

Mr. Wachter said his grandparents moved into the San Remo sometime after they arrived in this country from Europe in the late 1930's. At the San Remo, they raised a family and compiled an art collection, including works by Renoir, Degas and Bonnard. His grandfather, Abraham Jaglom, died in 1975, but his grandmother remained in the apartment for three more decades.

The San Remo is visible from a distance because of the two pointed towers that rise up to a height of 27 stories. It has had its share of celebrity occupants, including Steve Martin and Steven Spielberg.


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