Have you ever dreamed of sleeping next to Marilyn Monroe?
You can — in a way — at this Sutton Place apartment, but you’ll need to get rid of your superstitions first.
According to a 2011 New York Times profile on Monroe’s private and public life, the famed actress moved into an apartment on the 13th floor of the building at 444 East 57th St. right after she married Arthur Miller.
She had previously been renting an apartment at 2 Sutton Place, according to the Times, “not far from 36 Sutton Place (at 55th Street), the classy digs in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire,’ in which she played the myopic, diamond-seeking Pola.”
The couple stayed in the home until 1961 when they divorced, according to the Times. It was where Miller wrote the final draft of “The Misfits.”
As for Monroe, “she often took her Maltese terrier, Maf (short for Mafia Honey), for walks to the park on Sutton Place. They would sit on a bench and gaze at the East River, Maf recalls in his ghosted memoirs (‘The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe,’ by Andrew O’Hagan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), and she would ‘stare into space and mention names,’" the Times described.
In addition to Monroe and Miller, other notables from the 1927 building’s residential past include late fashion designer Bill Blass, cabaret singer Bobby Short and most recently a Swedish princess, according to real estate firm Douglas Elliman.
Elliman just listed a unit in this pre-war condominium on the 13th floor, a number, for obvious reasons, not found in many buildings.
The floor only has two units — the other one once occupied by Monroe.
The apartment, listed at $6,295,000, boasts high-beamed ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace. With four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, the home also features a peek-a-boo view of the Empire and Chrysler buildings
Elliman adds that the unit’s 13th floor isn’t only a rarity, but also the fact that it exists in a “prewar condominium in the prestigious Sutton Place neighborhood.”
The affluent area itself is known for its famous residents, as the Times also pointed out, including wealthy families such as the Vanderbilts and Morgans in the early 20th century, and more recently United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.