The Manhattan Apartment of Late Fashion Editor Grace Mirabella Sells for Close to Its $2.2 Million Asking Price

The Manhattan apartment of late and influential fashion editor Grace Mirabella, on the eighth floor of one of Park Avenue’s most dapper white glove cooperative apartment houses, has been sold for close to its $2.195 million asking price after about six months on the market. 

Mirabella served as editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine from 1971 to 1988—after Diana Vreeland and before Anna Wintour—where she showcased designs from Halston and Saint Laurent and championed photographers like Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon. As the story goes, she found out from news reports that she was axed from Vogue in 1988. She soon launched her own fashion magazine, Mirabella, which was backed financially by Rupert Murdoch and targeted women in their 30s and 40s. Mirabella left the magazine in 1996, and the publication folded in 2000.

The low-key editrix purchased the roughly 2,200-square-foot, eighth-floor co-operative unit in 2003, about two years after the death of her husband, Dr. William Cahan, a surgeon and staunch anti-smoking advocate, and the same year that she sold a townhouse on East 62nd Street for $3.5 million. Mirabella lived in the Park Avenue apartment until she died in December of 2021, when she was 92 years old. 

The 2,200-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment includes a small library with bespoke built-ins.

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Mirabella championed no-nonsense, affordable fashion, but for her two-bedroom Park Avenue pad, she accessorized with a bit more elegance and glamour. The entrance gallery is dressed up with a quartet of fluted columns, a wood floor painted with an elaborate pattern, and a delicate ceiling mural that depicts birds in flight against a cloudy sky. The almost 28-foot-long living room features herringbone parquet and a carved marble fireplace reminiscent of a Parisian chateau, while the original dining room has been divided to accommodate both a dining space and a petite library wrapped in burled wood built-ins.

There are two ample bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom, while a pint-sized den, less than seven feet wide, has a third ensuite bath. The kitchen has been updated but is a bit out of fashion style-wise.

Mirabella’s apartment, with maintenance charges of just over $3,800 per month, was co-listed with Martha Kramer of Brown Harris Stevens and Josh Wesoky of Compass. Coldwell Banker Warburg agent Jane Katz represented the buyer.

480 Park Avenue stands 21 stories tall at the corner of East 58th Street, just two blocks from Central Park. Designed by vaunted architect Emery Roth in 1929, it boasts one of the grandest lobbies in all of Manhattan, according to City Realty. Apartments boast 10-foot ceilings, fireplaces, service entries, and semi-private elevator landings. The distinguished building originally offered residents maid and butler service, as well as a private restaurant, and though those amenities are long gone, residents today are treated to doorman services, a gym, and a landscaped roof terrace.

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