It certainly has been a year, hasn’t it? COVID-19 caused NYC rents to plummet, particularly in Manhattan. But sales are finally starting to tick back up to pre-pandemic levels. One aspect of NYC real estate remains unchanged, though: over-the-top places with over-the-top prices to match. Here are 10 of our favorite properties that sold for $10 million or more in 2020. They’re some of the most expensive homes in NYC — and we’d be happy to quarantine in any of them.
When you’re touring the most expensive homes in NYC, it’s natural to start in one of the most expensive neighborhoods. And wow, is this West Village duplex a doozy. This home exudes luxury, from its 5,000+ square feet of interior space to its double wraparound terraces. (One on each floor, darling.) No wonder its the highest-priced stop on our tour, entering contract the day after Thanksgiving at $33 million. That’s a lot to be thankful for!
Slightly to the south, in both location and price, is this duplex penthouse in Hudson Square. But the lower price tag certainly doesn’t make it any less fabulous. Check out that private rooftop pool! Yes, it’s saltwater, and yes, it’s heated. And yes, obviously you will want to park yourself on a pool float and never, ever leave. But you should, because this is only one of many terraces in this stunning 4,430 square foot home. It went into contract for $30M in September.
It’s all in the details! This single-family townhouse, which sold in November for $28M, is the epitome of prewar elegance. From the Italianate brick facade to the inspired decorative plasterwork, it’s five floors of classic Greenwich Village perfection. (Plus a finished basement and a rooftop terrace, of course.) The master bath alone, with a working marble fireplace, is enough to take your breath away.
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Almost all of the most expensive homes in NYC have a nice view. But this Tribeca penthouse is all view — 360 degrees of it, from 57 stories up. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a dizzying panorama of the city. From the central gallery (yes, there is a gallery), there are direct sight lines in all four directions. Clever design by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Herzog & de Meuron! The sprawling home went into contract in April for $24.5 million.
Speaking of views, this Billionaire’s Row condo has a very specific one: Central Park. And we do mean the entirety of Central Park, from north to south and east to west. This awe-inspiring expanse is seen from the 58th floor in One57, one of the city’s first “supertalls.” The home is a masterpiece of contemporary design, from “smart” technology to state-of-the-art appliances. It entered contract in early December for $22.25M.
We detour back to the West Village for this duplex slice of penthouse perfection. It’s massive at 6,845 square feet, with a gym, an office, and two enormous dressing areas. Upstairs you’ll find a highly unique amenity: a “midnight kitchen.” For when the trip down to the real kitchen is simply too far to go! And if keeping track of all 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms tires you out, don’t worry. Just go for a relaxing swim in your private terrace pool. This astounding home went into contract for $20M in October.
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Here’s another detour on our tour of the most expensive homes in NYC. We’re back on 11th Street for a colossal triplex penthouse that entered contract in November for $16.5M. The space features arched windows and miles of marble. A custom wrought-iron staircase connects each of the three floors. It’s all crowned with a 2,300 square foot rooftop terrace that boasts an enclosed solarium — and magical views.
Heading uptown, our next stop is a stately townhouse on West End Avenue. From the outside, this limestone mansion, built in 1891, feels like stepping back in time. But rest assured, the interior has every modern luxury and convenience. And if you thought the other most expensive homes in NYC were big, this one blows them all away. It spans a whopping 8,457 square feet! The back garden boasts an irrigated lawn and its very own cherry tree. This enchanting home entered contract in November for $14M.
Ready for some serious NYC history? This posh Fifth Avenue pad was previously owned by Nelson Rockefeller. As in Rockefeller Center! And also as in the 41st vice president of the United States. If the backstory doesn’t impress you, the 75 feet of Central Park frontage surely will. This home’s treetop views are astounding. The building offers old-school white-glove service befitting a Rockefeller, including elevator attendants and a bell captain. The unit does need a bit of work to bring it back to its glory. It entered contract for $11.5M in October, just a month after hitting the market.
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Last but not least, clocking in at $10M exactly, is this elegant East End Avenue condo. It might be the cheapest of our most expensive homes in NYC, but it shines bright. You would too, if you had this panoramic East River view to brag about! The U-shaped space flows beautifully. And that enormous wraparound terrace — all 1,640 square feet of it — can be accessed from multiple rooms. This gracious home went into contract in November.
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