The world is a less colorful place without flamboyant Broadway veterans like Tony-winning producer Chaz Mishkin, who died last July at age 85. But his legacy lives on in his lavish two-bedroom home in Stella Tower in midtown Manhattan, which now seeks a new generation of owners.
That 1,851-square-foot apartment at Unit 12H 425 W. 50th St. In Hell’s Kitchen, listed for $2.84 million through Myshkin Estates. The figure is at a loss, according to city property records, since Myshkin bought the spread from the developer in 2016 for $3.97 million. And together with Myshkin’s house can also be bought adjacent unit 12G, That home, which is not currently listed, will entertain offers close to its previous asking price of $3.25 million — and could help make a spacious combined 3,450-square-foot, four-bedroom dwelling. Together, they would cost about $6 million to buy.
Although always deeply involved in the arts and entertainment (Mishkin served on President Carter’s Advisory Committee on the Arts) she began producing plays commercially later in life—after the death of her carpet maker husband, Ralph Mishkin. Just before the age of 60. His career change prompted him to make the jump from Bel-Air in Los Angeles to the Manhattan real estate market, selling his sienna way mansion $10 million in 1998 – approximately $18.42 million today.
Within two decades of her arrival in New York, Mishkin became one of the most prominent female producers with some 30 Broadway and 10 Off-Broadway shows. He won two Tony Awards, one – a special tony award – in 2000 for producing the appropriately extravagant “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour”. The second came in 2010 for the musical “Memphis”, which was named Best Musical. Myshkin was notorious for riding around town in his chauffeured London taxi cab with a custom Burberry interior – and often held court near Sardi’s, his favorite restaurant.
Like the Myshkin, the stunning Stella Tower is the epitome of elegant, old-school New York. Compass listing broker Jason Haber said, “Chase lived a big life in an era where people don’t have that kind of lifestyle anymore. They don’t drive a Rolls Royce across the street to Sardi’s. When they say, ‘ They don’t make it like that anymore,’ so they don’t really make Broadway theaters like Chase or apartment buildings like Stella Tower.
A beautiful example of pre-war architecture, Stella Tower was designed in 1927 by Ralph Walker, who named the building after his wife, Stella. Originally designed for the New York Telephone Company, CetraRuddy, JDS Development & Property Markets Group painstakingly restored the building in 2014. Stella Tower’s beautiful handcrafted brick façade is accented with Art Deco ornamentation, and features a dramatic Hollywood-esque entryway, a terrazzo lobby floor. — and topped off with a striking feathered crown.
After selling their Upper West Side home, Haber helped Myshkin search for the perfect apartment for a long time. She was looking for “drama and a feel for the stage”, he said. “We must have looked at more than 20 apartments. She sat in each house and wondered if it might work for her, but within 30 seconds of entering the Stella Tower unit, she knew it was for her,” he said. He liked how one couldn’t see the kitchen when entering the unit. (Mishkin was a foyer fan.)
Mixing old-world pizazz with modern living, the home’s historic bones are strong and notable, including 11-foot-high beamed ceilings; large, luxuriously bright rooms; and expansive windows with unobstructed views to the north and the Hudson River to the west.
Handcrafted by bespoke designer Smallbone of Devizes, the open kitchen includes European oak cabinetry, polished concrete countertops and found appliances. The living and dining rooms have wide walls that are perfect for any art collector.
The primary bedroom, for its part, has two exposures to the north and west, where Myshkin liked to sit in an armchair and admire the view of the water. The en-suite bathroom has radiant-heated floors, a steam shower, a cast-iron soaking tub, and a chevron mosaic-patterned Black Zeus marble floor.
The adjacent unit 12G, meanwhile, is a two-bedroom, 2½-bathroom corner unit with a split layout. The two units can easily be combined by removing the kitchen wall.
Beyond Myshkin, Stella Tower has also been home to Trevor Noah – recently listed His penthouse Erie for $12.95 million after announcing his departure from “The Daily Show”. It remains for sale for that price.
Amenities at Stella Tower include a 24-hour lobby, a fitness center, a residents’ lounge, and a garden.