The 5 Most Outrageous Homes for Sale in New York
Editor’s Note: This post comes to you from top real estate broker and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Miami star Chris Leavitt. Leavitt is one of the top brokers at Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate company on the East Coast, and splits his time between New York and South Florida.
Many of my clients own real estate all over the world, and I simply love it when they ask me to handle their properties in Manhattan. A very high-profile client of mine from London recently asked me to find her a Manhattan dream home. This was a particularly exciting endeavor, and I set out to find a unique mix of neighborhoods, properties, and price points so I could deliver some interesting options. I was excited to find an extraordinary mix of penthouses, mansions, and duplexes ranging in price from $34 million to $64 million, and I am delighted to share my findings with you. Take a step inside these masterpieces with me, and let's escape for a moment into a world of luxury and opulence.
Price: $34 million
This remarkable residence was built in 1934 by head of CBS William S. Paley for his wife, Dorothy Paley, and they lived there until 1940. The house was subsequently acquired by noted philanthropists Albert and Mary Lasker, who lived there for 35 years. Since 1975, it has housed equally notable and accomplished individuals.
The three-bay façade features red brick over a limestone base, the windows bracketed with white shutters. The front door of polished mahogany is enhanced by a restrained Georgian surround of carved limestone flanked by an iron railing. These subtle touches hint at the sophisticated interiors within this house. Much of the beauty of this residence remains from its original design and decoration by architect Eldridge Snyder. The statistics alone describe the grandeur of this townhouse: approximately 11,000 square feet on eight levels, 17 rooms, five public rooms, 10 bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four powder rooms, two terraces, and two balconies.
Price: $59 million
A masterful expression of architectural beauty, this distinctive limestone mansion off Fifth Avenue is as rare as it is impressive. Standing seven and a half stories at a premier Manhattan address, this historic treasure was initially created as a single-family residence in 1900 by Buchman & Fox architects, whose work graces such significant NYC buildings as Bonwit Teller, the New York Times Annex, and one of Manhattan’s first luxury apartment houses, at 1261 Madison.
The palatial home was impeccably conceived for original owner Jeremiah C. Lyons, a prominent builder and developer who was influential in shaping the New York City landscape. Its stunning Neo-Renaissance–style design with a mansard roof and late Gothic details is truly a work of art.
Price: $46 million
This collector-quality urban mansion is a rare and unique find, perfect for the most discerning buyer. With 65 feet of frontage, on the most desirable TriBeCa corner, this Wayne Turett–designed townhouse boasts a combination of superb light and views, amenities, features, and craftsman-quality finishes and fixtures the likes of which are simply impossible to replicate in New York.
The property has every imaginable amenity, with over 11,300 interior and 1500 exterior square feet. The understated entrance vestibule opens up via a reclaimed wood door to reveal a gracious entry gallery flooded with natural light from skylights above. You can also enter via the garage, which can house up to three cars. The sixth floor houses the piece de resistance: a 50-foot heated swimming pool with an efficient dehumidification system. A gym and powder room are found here too, all benefiting from exceptional light and views. All floors are accessible via the large high-speed Kone traction elevator.
Price: $65 million
One of the few remaining mansions on Park Avenue, this Jacobean-style masterpiece was designed by John Russell Pope in 1912 for composer Reginald De Koven and was originally a five-story home, which has been split into the 10 residential co-operative units, totaling slightly under 19,000 square feet. The property proportions are among the grandest of any mansion on the serene Upper East Side, all while being optimally located on one of the world's most prestigious residential avenues.
Original interior features, such as wood floors and paneling, moldings, stained-glass windows, gilt work, and finishes, are in excellent condition. The home also boasts 14-foot ceilings on the first floor and 19-foot ones on the second. All of these provide quality and irreplaceable signature elements, which a contemporary architect can incorporate to turn this mansion into your dream home.
Price: $45 million
This exceptional triplex penthouse is the highest point of 10 Sullivan, gracing its signature south-facing prow, where curved walls of oversize windows offer exceptional southern light and breathtaking downtown and uptown panoramas. Comprising 8359 interior square feet and 1782 exterior square feet spanning a private roof deck and two private balconies, this six-bedroom residence with seven bathrooms and two powder rooms is the highest residence in all of SoHo.
The sumptuous palette of the penthouse includes oil-rubbed Danish oak floors and oversize industrial-style windows, with distinctive interior finishes inspired by SoHo's rich aesthetic heritage. Modern conveniences abound, including private interior elevator with access to all three interior levels and the roof deck, Savant home automation system, motorized window draperies, and radiant heating throughout.