The most expensive apartment in the twin towered Art Deco masterpiece looking out over Central Park, the San Remo, rented for $900 a month. The tenant was a stockbroker named Meno Henschel who, according to what he told the Census Bureau, lived in his apartment together with his wife, a cook and two maids. Henschel had one of only two apartments that rented for more than $600. Another, with room for a family of five, plus the requisite cook, butler and maid, rented for $540.
The year was 1940, and that $540 is what would now generally be referred to as about $8,850 in today’s dollars. Except it’s almost impossible to find an apartment like that to rent today. Like most of the great prewar luxury Manhattan buildings, the San Remo has long since been converted into a co-op, owned by the residents.
Very rarely an apartment there will come up for a short-term rental. There is one listed now. The asking price is $29,750 a month.