Although Don Draper is infamous for his roving eye, we think that at heart, our favorite anti-hero ad man is desperately searching for a home. We’ve compiled a short list of swank New York apartments for the different faces of Don, as reflected by the three most important women in his life. Why new construction? Well, as one of Don’s jilted lovers snips in Season 4, “I hope she knows you only like the beginnings of things.”
So do we, Don. So do we.
This 32-unit, 19-story limestone-and-brick Upper East Side building designed by “rigorous Modernist” William Sofield is a perfect fit for Betty and Don in their Jay-Gatsby-and-Daisy-Buchanan heyday. Sure, their marriage was flawed, but when the former Drapers were good, they were flawless. The 22-foot-tall pear tree sculptures by the double-height arched entrance and antique window grills (made by the same firm who did the gates for Buckingham Palace) are coolly stunning, while the luxe private elevator landings, separate catering kitchen, landscaped garden courtyard and enormous private wine cellars available for purchase are more than sufficient to keep the golden couple swaddled in classy comfort.
You didn’t think that we’d leave out Sally, did you? For all of his many, many failings, Don’s relationship with his daughter is one of the most touching bonds on the show. This handsome, family-friendly 62-unit Upper West Side building would be an excellent choice for Don and Sally (as well as those two other Draper kids nobody talks about). The oversized windows, wide-plank oak floors, marble-clad bathrooms and charming, leafy location a block from Central Park create the prime setting for a kinder, gentler Don. As long as Sally doesn’t invite her creepy friend Glen over.
Nothing but the most au courant and eye-catching will do for the second Mrs. Draper: this 60-story, 145-unit sculpture-and-sparkle Tribeca masterpiece by Pritzer Prize winners Herzog & de Meuron fits the playbill. The soaring 11′-14′ ceilings, whoosh-inspiring views of the city and of course, that crazy-cantilever shape all dovetail with Megan’s flair for drama. The 17,000 square feet of amenities, including a 75-foot lap pool with a sun deck, gym, screening room, lounge, private dining room and playroom, would be the ultimate playground for the swinging late 1960s couple. And think of just how good “Zou Bisou Bisou” will sound in one of those penthouse living rooms.
Renderings: Herzog & de Meuron