High-society actress’ CPW penthouse sees $2.5M over ask

Betsy von Furstenberg Bolicvar
Betsy von Furstenberg

Park views never come cheap. But the 16th-floor home of legendary Broadway actress and socialite Betsy von Furstenberg just sold for a stunning $2.5 million over ask.

Von Furstenberg (no relation to famed designer Diane von Furstenberg) lived in the Bolivar at 230 Central Park West up until her death in April. She was 83.



The co-op apartment, which offers excellent view of Central Park, was listed on September 10 for $5 million. It went into contract just eight days later, before closing for $7.5 million, according to public records. Susanne Columbia and Todd Vitolo of Corcoran had the listing.



230 Central Park West

The buyers, Gabrielle Muir and Mark Castellano, listed their address as unit 8A, indicating that they already own in the building.

The listing refers to the classic seven as the Bolivar’s “crown jewel penthouse,” noting that it features an over-sized living and dining area, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a wood-burning fireplace.

A native of Heiheim Heusen, German, Von Furstenberg was the daughter of Count Franz-Egon von Furstenberg-Herdringen and Countess Elizabeth von Furstenberg-Herdringen. She attended Miss Hewitt’s Classes and New York Tutoring School as a young woman before being presented to society at a ball given by her mother in Rome, according to a New York Times wedding announcement from 1950. The article lists her parents address at that time at 270 Park Avenue.

On Broadway, von Furstenberg appeared in “Second Threshold”(1951), “The Chalk Garden” (1956), “The Paisley Convertible” (1967), “Avanti!” (1968), and “The Gingerbread Lady” (1970) to name a few.

She also appeared on television programs such as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Have Gun – Will Travel” and “As the World Turns.”