In 1965, Stiller, Meara and their first child Amy moved from Washington Heights to 118 Riverside Drive, between 83rd and 84th Streets. Their second child (and second to become an actor), Ben Stiller, was born shortly after. At the time, the building was a rental, and they were paying $220 per month.
“I think my dad always wanted to live on Riverside Drive as a kid growing up very poor on the Lower East Side,” Ben Stiller wrote to the Times.
After the building converted to co-op several years later, the comedy couple purchased the unit. In the early ’80s, they bought the apartment next door and combined them to create a 3,700 square foot, five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home with two kitchens and a staff room.
It’s now on the market for $5 million, with a hefty monthly maintenance of $7,593.
Additional features include a library with built-in bookcases; a private elevator landing; and a sauna and Jacuzzi which Stiller and Meara added.
“Many of the rooms are still adorned with personal photographs and memorabilia from a bygone era in entertainment,” the Times writes, including an artist-commissioned painting of the legendary couple, which Ben gave to them as a gift.
The listing agents are Bruce Ehrmann and Andrew Anderson of Douglas Elliman.
The Times notes that Ehrmann also helped Ben Stiller and his wife, actress Christine Taylor, buy and sell their own duplex at 118 Riverside Drive.