8 Eye-Popping NYC Homes on the Market Right Now
Forget a second bathroom or formal entryway; these eight houses stand out with such unheard-of-in-the-city amenities as a wine cellar, indoor pool, basketball court and even a panic room
Mansions, castles, sprawling townhouses: This is New York? It is if you’re rich. Take a spin around these 10 current New York City real estate listings for a peek at just how lavishly the one percent lives. These listings are some of the most prized properties around, not only for the massive amounts of space they provide, but also for amenities you won’t find in the average NYC hovel. We’re talking perks such as indoor and outdoor pools, private elevators, movie theaters, guest homes and, naturally, some rather eyebrow-raising price tags.
41 West 70th Street
This Renaissance Revival townhouse, located just a half block from Central Park West, is asking a hefty $19,995,000. The home was built in 1891, but the design is thoroughly modernized, with exposed ceiling beams, large windows and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Use of locally sourced materials in the renovation has resulted in a light and airy home, not like a typically stuffy Upper West Side mansion. Oh, and did we mention there’s an elevator serving all five floors, as well as a loggia off the parlor that overlooks a landscaped back garden? Not bad, not bad at all. See more listings in the Upper West Side.
12 East 69th Street
This Upper East Side townhouse has the distinction of being the priciest on the New York market, with an ask of $114,077,000. The 19-room, 40-foot-wide mansion comes in at around 20,000 square feet and is dripping with extravagances: onyx-clad bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool and sauna, multiple fireplaces, a game room, a 2,000-square-foot roof deck and a movie theater. The owners renovated the interior with European-imported materials, and it’s obvious they spared no expense (although not everyone may be crazy about the stonework in the kitchen). The six-story home even has its own panic room — definitely not your everyday house amenity. See more listings in the Upper East Side.
153 East 63rd Street
This neo Renaissance townhouse comes with a little star power: It’s the home of Spike Lee, who listed it for $32 million in January 2014. (He bought the home back in 1998 for $16.6 million.) His pad is so large that it has a breezeway connecting the north and south wings, which face an inner courtyard. The interior gets fancy with cathedral ceilings, original fireplaces and hardwood floors, a library, gym and staff quarters. The elegant, historic home is a long way from Spike Lee’s Brooklyn, that’s for sure. See more listings in the Upper East Side.
2458 National Drive
It’s rare that Brooklyn homes receive Manhattan prices, but this modern mansion in Mill Basin is asking a cool $30 million. The hulking, 23,000-square-foot house is located inside its own gated compound along the waterfront. (The entire property comes in at 60,000 square feet.) Inside the compound, you’ll find private docks, a pool, a spa, meditation room, an outdoor pavilion and a guest house. The home itself has seven master bedroom suites, 14 full bathrooms, four kitchens, five staff rooms, elevators to all levels, and a seven-car garage. And, of course, massive floor-to-ceiling windows to gaze out onto the water, as do the pool and outdoor kitchen. See more listings in Brooklyn.
4720 Grosvenor Avenue
A 10-room French Provincial castle for sale in New York? You heard us right! This property is located in the suburban neighborhood of Riverdale and is asking $3.55 million. The beamed ceilings, ironwork, arched doorways and stone fireplace make this place feel more like Europe than NYC. The 1926-era home is also outfitted in modern features, such as a state-of-the-art kitchen, six Bose sound systems in the backyard, and an intercom system throughout the house that’s controlled by an iPad. There are four second-floor bedrooms, including one with a turret, and another on the third floor. Did we mention the terraced perennial gardens? See more listings in Riverdale.
12 East 79th Street
The behemoth 28-foot-wide Upper East Side townhouse properly known as the Charles Ogden Mansion clocks in at 16,000 square feet across seven levels. It has quite a history; Little & Browne Architects designed this property as two homes in 1903, a neo-Georgian pair for brother and sister Mary and Charles Ogden. The two homes were later combined into a single private residence, which is now asking $51 million. The home is currently configured for institutional use, but it features an elevator, incredible woodwork and a “center landing” on every floor. Converting this into a single-family home would be an extravagant undertaking indeed, but someone with $51 million lying around probably doesn’t see that as a concern. See more listings in the Upper East Side.
105 8th Avenue
This 50-foot-wide limestone neo-classical mansion is located on one of Park Slope‘s best blocks, right near Prospect Park. It was designed as a single-family home back in 1912 and has only had three owners since then. That means the home has retained an exceptional amount of original detail, such as elaborate plaster work, dark wood paneling, marble fireplaces, bronze doors and vaulted ceilings. The house made headlines when it first hit the market in 2012 for $25 million; now the ask is down to a slightly more reasonable $15 million. The home is suitable for both institution and familial purposes. See more listings in Park Slope.
4941 Arlington Avenue
Here’s another sprawling home for sale in Riverdale, this one a brick mansion on 1.6 acres of land. The double-height ceiling in the living room, accented with fireplaces and a wood-beam ceiling, is a show-stopper. Perks include a rear porch, an indoor heated pool, an outdoor pool with a waterfall and a 100-year-old carriage home. At $8.6 million, it’s the most expensive property on the market in Riverdale at the moment. See more listings in Riverdale.