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Here Now, the 10 Most Expensive Rentals in Manhattan

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Manhattan rents are at an all time high, but those average prices don't even come closed to the most expensive rental properties in the city. For 13,000-square-foot townhouses and mind-boggling triplex penthouses, only prices up in the stratosphere will do. Here now, we have a list of the 10 priciest rentals currently on the market, many of which have languished on the market for months, so perhaps they need a visit from the RentChopper. Opinions are always welcome in the comments. Let's begin:

10) Address: 106 East 71st Street
Monthly rent: $85,000
The Skinny: Pictured above, this 25-foot wide townhouse has been used as the Kip's Bay Decorator Show House, and it has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a 600-square-foot living and dining room with two fireplaces. There's a library, playroom, media room, home office, roof terrace, and garden, plus three additional fireplaces and an elevator.

9) Address: 247 Central Park West
Monthly rent: $90,000
The Skinny: It seems that no one actually wants to live in this 12,000-square-foot townhouse on the Upper West Side. It took nearly two years to sell, and then the new owners almost immediately dropped it back on the market as a rental for $110,000/month. The rent has since been chopped to $90,000. The place has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a 60' lap pool, Central Park views, and a zen bamboo garden.

8) Address: 100 East 50th Street
Monthly rent: $95,000
The Skinny: The cheapest of three Waldorf Towers apartments on this list, this 3BR/3.5BA had 3,500-square-feet of space. Original details have been restored and "add to the magical ambiance," and it also has modern luxuries like a wine refrigerator, state-of-the-art kitchen, and a master suite with its own sound system.

7) Address: 80 Greenwich Street
Monthly rent: $95,000
The Skinny: This renovated townhouse hit the market this summer for $31.5 million, but the owners clearly are impatient because after less than two months and no takers, a rental listing appeared for $115,000, which was pricechopped just last week to $95K. It's 8,700-square-feet with five bedrooms, seven and a half baths, a zen water garden, landscaped rooftop terrace, and a double-height living room. The place also still for sale.

6) Address: 214 Lafayette Street
Monthly rent: $100,000
The Skinny: For nearly a year now, this five-story Soho townhouse has sat on the market, trying to lure a renter with its indoor pool and cavernous living room. The 13,000-square-foot home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a 925-square-foot terrace, home office, and a zen garden. The place has been used for music video shoots and movies, and it's available to rent for the day, week, or for events with up to 350 guests. UPDATE: Brokerage Citi Habitats reached out to us to let us know that over the last year, this house has actually been rented several times for shorter terms, but no one has signed a year lease, thus it's continually advertised.

5) Address: 144 Duane Street
Monthly rent: $100,000
The Skinny: Curbed has had a love affair with this bonkers Tribeca mansion since the whole building burst onto the market in April 2011 for $45 million. In February of this year, the owner's triplex came up for rent for $100,000, and there it still sits today. From the new listing photos, it looks like the best got a bit of a makeover, ditching the bright colors and billiards table for lots of white and natural finishes. The 10-room home is 13,500-square-feet, with a 2,200-square-foot roof deck, four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a central custom-made glass staircase connecting the floors.

4) Address: 230 West 56th Street
Monthly rent: $100,000
The Skinny: Once home to a fugitive, this Park Imperial apartment, like many of its brethren on this list, has been on the market for awhile, see-sawing in price. It's an 8,000-square-foot 6BR/6.5BA on the 64th floor with a library, reading lounge, and "sunset room."

3) Address: 768 Fifth Avenue
Monthly rent: $125,000
The Skinny: "The 'Astor Suite' at The Plaza Hotel is one of the most historic homes ever to become available in the United States," reads the brokerbabble for this 12-room, 4BR/5BA. The 5,087-square-foot home has a library, English oak paneling, "hand-hammered leather walls from France," 14-foot-ceilings, and a guest suite with a large terrace. The place comes furnished, so you also get the lavish antique furniture, too. Until this past May, this apartment was also the most expensive rental, with a price tag of $165K, but it saw a $40K pricechop after four months and no taker. Not that the pricechop has helped considering it's still on the market.

2) Address: 100 East 50th Street
Monthly rent: $135,000
The Skinny: Located in the Waldorf Towers, this 3,200-square-foot palatial pad has a rotunda entry with a trompe l'oeil, crystal chandelier, and French doors leading to the living space. There are three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and the master suite has its own boudoir "offering closets galore to meet the needs of the very special resident."

1) Address: 100 East 50th Street, #33A
Monthly rent: $150,000
The Skinny: A 6000-square-foot, 5BR/6.5BA, this sprawling apartment is also in the Waldorf Towers, and it was owned by Cole Porter. It has high ceilings, a 24 foot marble entry, restored original details, and a modern kitchen with double ovens, a wine refrigerator, and more. It's been on the market since January 2009, and last year, the price actually increased by $10K.
· Renters Week 2012 [Curbed]
· Top 10s [Curbed]