Former NYC pad of late actress Joan Fontaine lists for $7.9M

A glam Upper East Side co-op once owned by the late actress Joan Fontaine is on the market for $7.95 million.

The four-bedroom, full-floor residence at 160 E. 72nd St. comes with a hefty $11,220-a-month maintenance fee.

The sellers bought the apartment in 2013. The ACRIS recorded price was $8,67 million.

Fontaine, who won an Oscar for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion,” was the younger sister of Dame Olivia de Havilland, who won two Oscars and was perhaps best known for her role as Melanie in “Gone with the Wind.”

The sisters’ epic feuds — and sibling rivalry — were legendary. Fontaine died at 96 in 2013; de Havilland passed away in 2020 at age 104. Their hatred for each other didn’t solely stem from Fontaine winning an Academy Award in 1942 for Best Actress over her sister, but also traced back to their early years.

Fontaine once reportedly said, “I remember not one act of kindness from Olivia all through my childhood. She so hated the idea of having a sibling she wouldn’t go near my crib.”

Interior of a bedroom inside the home.
One of bedrooms inside the Lenox Hill co-op.
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Interior of a living room with a fireplace inside the unit.
A cozy and well-lit living area.
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Exterior of 160 E. 72nd Street.
The unit enjoys a full floor inside the 1928-built historic 72nd Street building.
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Apart from family bitterness, the unit is lovely. A private elevator landing opens to an entrance gallery, which leads to a 30-foot living room with a woodburning fireplace, built-in bookcases and casement windows overlooking 72nd Street.

There’s also a wood-paneled library with arched windows and a woodburning fireplace, as well as a formal dining room with a decorative fireplace and a windowed chef’s kitchen.

The separate bedroom wing includes a main bedroom with a decorative fireplace and an ensuite marble bath.

Interior of the unit's eat-in kitchen.
The tony eat-in kitchen.
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A dining room inside the 72nd Street abode.
A dining room inside the 72nd Street abode.
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The co-op's wood-paneled library has arched windows and a woodburning fireplace.
The co-op’s wood-paneled library has arched windows and a woodburning fireplace.
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The eight-room home asks over $11,000 a month in maintenance fees.
The eight-room home asks over $11,000 a month in maintenance fees.
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One of the other three bedrooms features French doors that open to a Juliet balcony overlooking townhouse gardens.

The 15-story, 20-unit building, developed by Kingdon Gould, dates to 1928 and was designed by Taylor & Levi.

The listing broker is Leslie R. Coleman of Brown Harris Stevens.

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