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Spectacular 4-bed apartment in NYC’s iconic Dakota building where John Lennon died listed for $11m

A gorgeous nine-bedroom apartment in an exclusive Dakota building in New York City is listed for $11.9 million, but buyers have warned that even the most famous celebrities have been barred from getting a spot in the building, including Madonna and Cher.

The pre-war property features impressive wood-furnished rooms and elegant design, with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, seven fireplaces and finished with granite countertops and hardwood floors.

The apartment measures 4,425 square feet and includes many of the different amenities the building includes, including an airy central patio and an in-building gym.

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The website for the sale of the apartment describes the apartment as “arranged as if the many floors of an adjoining limestone mansion were harmoniously arranged on one floor”.

Dakota’s $11.9 million apartment comes with four bedrooms and four full bathrooms along with being across the street from Central Park

Fitted with seven stunning fireplaces, the apartment comes fully customizable on furnished hardwood floors

Fitted with seven stunning fireplaces, the apartment comes fully customizable on furnished hardwood floors

Originally, The Dakota was conceived as a bold experiment to draw discerning Manhattan residents from the cottage to the concept of luxury apartments.

Originally, The Dakota was conceived as a bold experiment to draw discerning Manhattan residents from the cottage to the concept of luxury apartments.

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One of the bedrooms is designed in the style of a children's room, and comes with a raised area and a staircase to enter it

One of the bedrooms is designed in the style of a children’s room, and comes with a raised area and a staircase to enter it

Those who wish to inquire about living in the Dakota are reportedly required to undergo a lengthy interview process

Those who wish to inquire about living in the Dakota are reportedly required to undergo a lengthy interview process

“Completed in 1884 at Central Park and West 72nd Street, Dakota is the original ‘Grand Lady’ of Central Park West,” according to the apartment listing.

The apartment was arranged as if the many floors of a nearby limestone mansion were harmoniously arranged on one floor, according to the list

The apartment was arranged as if the many floors of a nearby limestone mansion were harmoniously arranged on one floor, according to the list

The dining room seats 12 or 14 guests and has plenty of natural light with huge windows and high ceilings

The dining room seats 12 or 14 guests and has plenty of natural light with huge windows and high ceilings

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The dining room can easily accommodate 12 or 14 guests, while the rugged kitchen offers views of the patio fountains.

The apartment listing says that pets are allowed on the property, 50% financing is also allowed, but any buyer has to pay the 3% tax that goes into the building.

While the Dakota is best known for being one of the city’s most glamorous buildings, it also has a long history from the time it was built in 1884 adjacent to Central Park.

Originally, The Dakota was conceived as a bold experiment to draw discerning Manhattan residents from the cottage to the concept of luxury apartments.

This specific apartment “completes a beautiful, customizable floor plan that fits today’s lifestyle, even 140 years after completion.”

Edward Clarke, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, commissioned the apartment building for $1 million and intended to accommodate 60 families, but he died two years before the building was completed.

Singer Sewing Machine founder Edward Clarke commissioned a $1 million apartment building in 1880

Singer Sewing Machine founder Edward Clarke commissioned a $1 million apartment building in 1880

Notable Dakota residents include Bono, Morey Povich, and author Harlan Coben, along with famed actress Lauren Bacall who has lived there for 53 years.

Notable Dakota residents include Bono, Morey Povich, and author Harlan Coben, along with famed actress Lauren Bacall who has lived there for 53 years.

This specific apartment comes

This specific apartment comes “complete with a beautiful and customizable floor plan that fits today’s lifestyle, even 140 years after completion” according to the website

The kitchen overlooks a Dakota patio with a Japanese maple tree and two fountains

The kitchen overlooks a Dakota patio with a Japanese maple tree and two fountains

Complete bathrooms are fitted with white granite countertops, floors and walls, and feature walk-in showers

Complete bathrooms are fitted with white granite countertops, floors and walls, and feature walk-in showers

Pets are allowed on the property, buyers can finance 50% of it but must cover 3% face tax

Pets are allowed on the property, buyers can finance 50% of it but must cover 3% face tax

The Steinway family, founders of the Steinway Piano Company, were among the first to live in the building, while actress Lauren Bacall owned a gorgeous nine-bedroom apartment on the block for 53 years.

The building gained even greater fame in 1980 when John Lennon, captain of the Beatles, was shot and killed outside the building where he was staying with his wife Yoko Ono.

Ono still lives in the dorm with her and her son, Sean. Ono lives in the same seventh-floor apartment she lived in with Lennon, and was notorious for disturbing neighbors when the couple bought four more apartments to use for storage.

Other notable residents of Dakota Bono include Morey Povich and author Harlan Cobain—while another group has been duly rejected for a variety of reasons: Antonio Banderas, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Alex Rodriguez, Judd Apatow, Melanie Griffith, and Shay Leoni.

But it’s no surprise that the building is made up of much wealthier individuals – the application process alone is $1,000.

The building also shrugged off its fair share of famous celebrities, including singers Madonna and Cher – the former reportedly did not impress the board during the interview process.

Those who wish to inquire about living in the Dakota reportedly must undergo a lengthy interview process and turn in years of tax documents and financial statements.

They are also known to not come equipped with a fire pit, as architect Henry J. Hardenbergh intentionally avoided them, placing clay from Central Park between the layers of bricks to be ‘fireproof’ for the building.

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