Artist Hugh Bush lists legendary River House home for $5M


Artist Hubert “Hugh” Bush has put the River House home he shared with his late husband, the legendary television producer Douglas Cramer, back on the market for $4.85 million following a broker swap.

It’s located at at 435 E. 52nd St. Cramer, who passed in June at age 89, helped define decades of 20th century pop culture, producing shows, often with Aaron Spelling, from “The Brady Bunch” to “Dynasty,” with stops along the way including “Love Boat,” “Wonder Woman,” “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible.”

An avid art collector, Cramer even placed Andy Warhol in a “Love Boat” episode.

“We walk a fine line, just this side of camp,” Cramer once said in a 1985 interview with New York magazine, regarding “Dynasty.”

“Careful calculations are made. We sense that while it might be wonderful for Krystle and Alexis to have a catfight in a koi pond, it would be inappropriate for Joan to smack Linda with a koi.” The River House pad is anything but camp.

The three-bedroom, 4½-bathroom home was designed by Mica Ertegun, whose clients include Keith Richards, Jimmy Buffett and heiress Alice Walton.

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There's 4,000 square feet of space inside.

An interior shot of the River House.
The open chef's kitchen inside the River House.

A direct elevator opens to a private elevator landing and entry gallery that leads to a 29-foot-long living room with bookcases, a woodburning fireplace, high ceilings and river views.

A formal dining room, with double crown moldings and trim, seats 12.

There’s also an open chef’s kitchen, a laundry room and a private wing with two corner bedrooms, a third bedroom converted to a library, and two planting terraces.

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An interior shot of the River House.
A light and airy dining room.

An interior shot of the River House.
The bookshelves are packed.

The main bedroom features a 14-foot dressing room.

River House, built in 1931, includes membership at River Club, with a pool, tennis and squash courts along with a gym, golf simulator, private dining and even guest rooms.

River House residents have included Henry Kissinger, Uma Thurman and billionaires Evelyn and Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who relisted their duplex for $20 million last May, as Gimme previously reported exclusively.

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A bedroom in the River House.
One of the three bedrooms.

An interior shot of the River House.
One of the 4½ bathrooms.

Cramer and Bush bought the co-op for $3.7 million in 2013. It comes with a hefty $9,088 a month maintenance fee. Bush says he is selling because he is downsizing and spending most of his time in Miami. But he will miss River House.

“Doug produced Dynasty but he liked to live in an understated, refined way,” Bush said. The listing broker is Sotheby’s Michael Ives.

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