Plenty of people are aware of how hard it can be to buy a house. Searching through listings for a place with a large enough wine cellar. Visiting apartment after apartment, each one devoid of that indoor pool you so desire. Having to turn down the one place that seemingly checks all the boxes only to find out it lacks the Italian marble you need for the kitchen countertops.
Of course, these are the sort of problems you have when you’re shopping for a home where the 20 percent down payment exceeds six figures. But even though most people can’t relate to shopping for a multimillion-dollar home, it’s still impressive to see what your money can buy when you have a whole lot of it.
Here’s a look at 10 houses were listed at $10 million or more and four that are still on the market. Should you ever find the sort of professional success — or lottery ticket — necessary to call one of these swanky pads home, you’ll find yourself right in the lap of luxury.
Pricing of houses is accurate as of March, 22, 2019, and is subject to change
The Historic Kleeberg Residence
Square Footage: 18,052
Price: $25 million
The residence at 3 Riverside Drive — better known as the historic Kleeberg Residence — was originally constructed by famed society architect Charles Pierrepont H. Gilbert in the 19th century and still features an exterior filled with stone cherubs and gargoyles. One of the largest single-family homes ever made available for purchase in Manhattan, the interior has approved plans for nine bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms and four half baths.
This Upper West Side pad’s approved plans include a partial basketball court and stadium seating movie theater. The one knock, though, is that the approved plans call for an 82-foot pool, which is a full 25 meters short of Olympic size. Alas.
Penthouse in Flatiron District
Square Footage: 6,000
Price: $15.5 million
Great news for bargain hunters: This four-bed, four-and-a-half bath spot in the historic Flatiron District in Manhattan is now available at a sale price after a whopping $1.5 million was knocked off the listing. That means this gorgeous spot is priced to move at a mere $15.5 million, putting its two rooftop decks, private pool area and barbecue pit well within reach for those people for whom $17 million is just a little too much.
Four-Acre Greenwich Estate
Square Footage: 10,903
Price: $13 million
Why buy pricey pieces of art to hang in your home when the home can be the piece of art? This Greenwich, Connecticut mansion was designed by famed New York City architect Boris Baranovich and features its own four-acre property designed by Edmund Hollander that includes a private pond — not a bad perk to see when you’re perusing mansions for sale. The colonial home features seven bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and three half bathrooms and prices out to a mere $1,192 a square foot.
Swanky SoHo Penthouse
Square Footage: 7,500
Price: $15 million
Are you sick of those tiny, inadequate bookcases that stop at a mere one story of height? Lucky for you, in addition to its floating staircase, exposed brick and Venetian plaster walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the downtown skyline, this penthouse in lower Manhattan features a two-story bookcase. With five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, this $15 million SoHo spot is priced at an even $2,000 a square foot.
Anything Looks Good on This Mantle
Of course, if you think that’s all this penthouse condo on the cobblestone streets of SoHo has to offer, think again. Can’t find a picture of your family you like? Don’t worry. Just put whatever you have onto the enormous antique marble mantle that surrounds the fireplace. No one will notice that your daughter is picking her nose when it’s perched on this incredible piece of home decor.
An Upscale Miami Pad with an Incredible Perk
Square Footage: 9,958
Price: $15.79 million
What’s better than finding a luxury home for sale with three parking spots? Finding a luxury home for sale with three parking spots that comes with an Aston Martin DB11 to fill one of them. That’s right, this Miami apartment has a private vestibule from the elevator, a private pool, his and hers closets and baths in the master bedroom — and the seller is tossing in a quarter-million dollar car like you would a toaster for opening a bank account.
West Chelsea Mansion
Square Footage: 11,000
Price: $27.5 million
This spectacular Manhattan house features a cellar level that includes a fitness center, sauna and swimming pool — as well as a soundproof home theater with stadium seating in case all of that just sounds too exhausting to you. That’s in addition to the five bedrooms, 12 powder rooms and bathrooms, a restaurant-quality kitchen and a design scheme incorporating Italian brands and detailed with Swarovski crystals. But, wine lovers beware: the cellar has a capacity of a mere 400 bottles.
A Full Floor on Park Avenue
Square Footage: 6,500
Price: $26.8 million
This full-floor duplex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side recently underwent a renovation at a cost — $7.6 million — that would nearly make this list on its own. The 6,500 square feet of space was put together by designer S.R. Gambrel, so you can welcome guests at the private elevator landing before walking them through your expertly decorated billiard area and TV room. All this for just $4,123 per square foot.
Enjoy Natural Light with the Solarium Penthouse
Square Footage: 3,420
Price: $18 million
The Solarium Penthouse derives its name from its great room, with a 19-foot arched ceiling and a full glass wall that opens to a beautiful outdoor terrace. The Manhattan building was converted from a high school into luxury condominiums and the penthouse was formerly the school gym. But, even if you’re really put off by sunlight, Dracula, you can hide away in the kitchen that features hand-crafted white fumed oak and Arabescato slab marble counters. Or one of the two walk-in closets in the master bedroom. Or even the five-fixture master bathroom with Calacatta gold marble slabs, custom white oak vanities and a private Toto Neorest smart toilet.
Upper Crust Living on the Upper East Side
Square Footage: 4,150
Price: $10.75 million
In a Manhattan building originally constructed in 1924, this apartment takes up the full 10th floor and offers a range of amenities to keep you satisfied. The oak-paneled living room features a wood-burning fireplace, three corner bedrooms, a library with a gilded ceiling and a west-facing kitchen with big windows and an open view. You will need to be pretty liquid to buy this one — you can only finance 40 percent of the $10.75 million price tag.
Russian Hill House Near the Bay
Square Footage: Not listed
Price: $14.4 million
This San Francisco house — designed by architect Jeff Buris — is a spacious four-story abode with four bedrooms and six bathrooms. Balancing minimalist design with a modern feel, this home is one of the finest in its Russian Hill neighborhood — located right next to the Maritime Musem, Hyde Street Pier and the bay itself.
An Outdoor Cookout Spot for the Rich and Famous
Have you ever hosted a barbecue and thought to yourself, “These two outdoor kitchens just aren’t enough for my growing family.” Well, this house has that crucial, third outdoor kitchen to meet your needs. That is in addition to the pizza oven, wine fridges and two outdoor Paloform fireplaces. And you’ll probably want to spend a lot of time outside given the house’s panoramic views that include the city, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Downtown Marina.
SoCal Sunshine Above the Sunset Strip
Square Footage: 6,400
Price: $15.9 million
Perched in the Hollywood Hills above Los Angeles’ famous Sunset Strip, this mansion offers a life of luxury with easy access to the City of Stars. The Grant Kirkpatrick-designed home comes ready with a courtyard oasis, glass-enclosed great room with cedar plank ceilings and linen-finished floors, a master suite with its own fireplace and a lower-level sports lounge complete with a game room, wine display, gym and steam shower.
And that’s just inside.
Move outside, and you’ll find a pool, spa and private garden. Too bad you’ll never be able to enjoy them in Southern California’s famously terrible weather.
Beach Life Away From the Concrete Jungle
Square Footage: 4,043
Price: $11 million
Marina Del Rey offers a nice change of pace from the rest of Los Angeles, tucked away on the ocean. So what better way to enjoy that than to live in a gorgeous beach-front home. You’ll be able to take in the sunset over the Pacific from the two outdoor patios or even host friends or make short-term rentals in the second unit. There is no pool, though, because of the ocean. The ocean is your pool.
Hollywood Nights in Those Hollywood Hills
Square Footage: 10,094
Price: $22.95 million
Located in the same neighborhood perched above the Sunset Strip as the earlier home — the aptly-named Bird Streets — this gorgeous estate could be just the place to throw one of those fabulous, celebrity-filled parties you read about. But if you don’t actually know any celebrities, you can still probably find some use for the gourmet kitchen with a black-silk granite island and SuMisura brass-accented Italian cabinets and 300-plus bottle wine cellar.
As Beautiful Outside as In
Moving from inside to outside and vice versa is easy with automatic doors, and you’ll want to spend time outside enjoying the infinity pool and spa. If you’re worried about getting too much sun, the gorgeous views of Los Angeles and the surrounding hills are almost as good from behind the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Living Large in Breezy Malibu
Square Footage: 7,000
Price: $18 million
The gorgeous beach community of Malibu is home to a number of beautiful homes, and this five-bedroom, five-bathroom masterpiece is one of them. Positioned on 6 acres of land, everything from the Murano glass fixtures to the Venetian plaster walls to the walnut, Bourgogne and Italian stone floors helps make this a luxury home for a luxury life. And with an outdoor kitchen, custom fire pit and pizza oven, you can throw all the outdoor parties you want while taking advantage of the incredible ocean views.
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