It might sound a little old-fashioned today but before people got their news on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, they read newspapers and tuned into evening television news broadcasts. From 1983 until he died in 2005, Canadian-born and naturalized American Peter Jennings served as the sole anchor of “ABC World News Tonight.” During his long tenure at the desk, Jennings became one of the most enduring and trusted names in American broadcast news. Among his accolades are 16 Emmys and two prestigious Peabody Awards.
Based in New York, Jennings bought a spacious 11th-floor apartment in an elegant 1930s apartment house along Central Park West sometime in the early- to mid-1990s for an unknown amount. Renovations were underway when Jennings married Kayce Freed Jennings in 1997. According to The Wall Street Journal, the couple completed the renovations together before they moved into the nine-room apartment in 1998.
Now, almost 20 years since his passing and looking to downsize, Ms. Jennings, co-founder of the production company the Documentary Group, has put the pristine park-facing residence on the market at $10.45 million. Listed with Bonnie Chajet and Lisa Chajet of Coldwell Banker Warburg, maintenance charges tally up to more than $9,500 per month and cover a list of white-glove services such as 24-7 doormen, an attended lobby, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and extra storage in the basement.
Stretching a full city block, from West 70th to West 71st streets, the stately red brick building sits on a limestone base with handsome bronze doors and a beautiful lobby. Measuring a comfortable but well shy of huge 3,600 square feet, the nine-room unit can (and has) comfortably accommodated book parties and events for nonprofits. Beyond the intimate entry vestibule and large foyer, the 30-foot-long living room boasts a vintage wood-burning fireplace and three windows that frame picture-perfect views over Central Park toward the Fifth Avenue skyline. The separate formal dining room stretches to almost 27 feet with bespoke millwork and and Western views over the neighborhood, a cozy, wood-paneled library has a hidden bar, and the custom Arts and Crafts-inspired eat-in kitchen is outfitted with an array of gourmet appliances for an amateur or professional chef.
Clustered together, each of the two sunny, south-facing guest bedrooms has a walk-in closet and private windowed bath. In the building’s southwest corner with sweeping park and city views, the primary suite offers numerous closets and a large bath. There’s also a powder room off the foyer and another bath tucked into the laundry and service area behind the kitchen.
Like many New Yorkers with the means to do so, Jennings also maintained a home in the Hamptons, on the wooded outskirts of Southampton. Squirreled down a private lane, the three-acre estate, with a four-bedroom house, swimming pool and clay tennis court, is now owned according to tax records by the two children he had with his first wife.