Historic NYC brownstone that was once home to Gloria Vanderbilt lists for $11.995M

The Vanderbilt heiress and mother of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper lived in the ivy-covered brownstone back in the 1980s and '90s.

Georgie Mihaila
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Nearly three years after Gloria Vanderbilt’s passing, we’re still getting glimpses into the heiress’ epic life.

Gloria Vanderbilt, the great-great-great-granddaughter of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, was a stand-out presence among New York’s elite.

Beyond her role as an heiress and socialite, Gloria was also an accomplished artist, author, actress, and fashion designer.

Anderson Cooper and mom Gloria Vanderbilt, in 2016, together on the red carpet for the New York City premiere of HBO Documentary Films: Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper.
Anderson Cooper and mom Gloria Vanderbilt in 2016, arriving on the red carpet for the New York City premiere of HBO documentary Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper. Photo credit: © Laurence Agron | Dreamstime.com

Just a few days ago, Vanderbilt’s son, CNN journalist and political commentator Anderson Cooper went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and shared some of the exciting things he’d recently learned about his mom’s life.

He told Colbert about a pile of telegrams he found while sorting through his late mom’s possessions — love letters between the socialite and legendary crooner Frank Sinatra, with whom she had a short-lived romance back in the day.

Now, another tie to the glamorous past of the Vanderbilt heiress is holding headlines: her Upper East Side brownstone was just listed for sale — and it’s a beauty.

exterior of Gloria Vanderbilt's former house in New York City, covered in ivy
Photo credit: Compass

Gloria Vanderbilt lived in the turn-of-the-century brownstone throughout the 1980s and 1990s, drawn to the residence by the first floor greenhouse that became her painting studio. 

Since then, the property has been owned by renowned photographer and writer Priscilla Rattazzi, who bought the elegant residence from Vanderbilt back in 1995 for $10,500,000, public records show.

A closer look at the historic, ivy-covered UES brownstone that was once Gloria Vanderbilt’s home

Located on one of the most desirable tree-lined townhouse blocks in Carnegie Hill Historic District, where distinctly elegant townhouses and mansions built from the 1850s to the 1960s charm with their brick and stone masonry, the brownstone stands out with its ivy-covered, fairytale-like exterior.

The 19-foot wide home has approximately 6,400 square feet of elegantly appointed living space.

Photo credit: Compass

It has 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, and distinct features like a greenhouse covering the garden, a solarium on the fourth floor, a newly renovated eat-in kitchen and separate pantry, four wood burning fireplaces, an elevator, and a basement complete with laundry and storage.

Photo credit: Compass
Photo credit: Compass
Photo credit: Compass
Photo credit: Compass
Photo credit: Compass
Photo credit: Compass
Photo credit: Compass

Despite the many updates the property underwent over the years, it still retains its old world charm and glamor — and a distinct elegance that harks back to its days as private residence to a fashion icon.

Spanning five floors, 67 East 91st Street features an imposing staircase that transitions between the home’s many stories.

Photo credit: Compass

The primary bedroom suite sits on the third floor with a generously sized, rear-facing bedroom that looks out to the lush gardens behind.

Photo credit: Compass

Current owner/seller Priscilla Rattazzi — an Italian-born photographer whose work has been featured for over four decades in international magazines, galleries and museum exhibitions — found a great use for the greenhouse.

Once used as Gloria Vanderbilt’s painting studio, the greenhouse has been turned into an art gallery that doubles as an entertainment space.

Photo credit: Compass
Photo credit: Compass

The 1899-built city home is currently listed for $11,995,000, with Tania Friedland and Allison Chiaramonte of Compass and Jed Garfield of Leslie Garfield holding the listing.

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com