Most whales in New York City stick to the usual Central Park views and prestigious Manhattan co-ops, but that doesn't mean the other four boroughs have no whale-worthy offerings. Au contraire! There are dozens of multi-million dollar offerings further from the city center, but with much more space?and often more flare?than Manhattan can give the discerning whale. Here now, two listings from each outer borough. In Brooklyn, we skipped the usual brownstone contenders and went further into the borough. Above, a 7BR/6.5BA mansion in Gravesend, Brooklyn that's asking $10.5 million. It's got giant crystal chandeliers, a supremely fancy staircase, a three-story dome skylight, a walk-in refrigerator, an elevator, and the master suite has a balcony and marbled bathroom.
Of course we're including the many-chandeliered penthouse of 2805 Ocean Parkway in Brighton Beach. The 5BR/5.5BA condo was just pricechopped a few weeks ago, which makes this a whale of a deal (sorry) for $2,995,000. There's 4,134 square feet of space inside, plus 2154-square-feet outside. It's wired for a high-tech entertainment and security system, comes with two parking spaces, and has "Unik custom gipsum trim artwork with 3 colored glazing- ceilings, moldings."
Parts of Queens are filled with mansions like this 8,250-square-foot home in Oakland Gardens. This is a new construction built in a Mediterranean style with a clay tile roof. It has six bathrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, several balconies, a large back patio and yard, and the interior is built around a sky-lit rotunda. It's listed for $2,749,888.
In Malba, Queens, a whale looking for more space can pick up a five-bedroom, seven and a half bath "gated estate" for $3.75 million. The entrance features a grand staircase with travertine tiles and radiant heat, there are crown moldings throughout, a massive marbled master bathroom with a jacuzzi tub, a home theater, and two-level stone wine cellar.
The Bronx is home to what could be the most over-the-top property in all of New York City: the gilded mansion of Riverdale that was built for the second coming of Jesus (we kid you not). It has gold and silver leaf ceilings, marble floors imported from the Vatican, a heated driveway and pool, a gym, and a sauna. Interestingly, it was just pulled off the market yesterday with a listing price of $13.588 million. It was first listed in 2009 for $15. Did it finally find a buyer?
Architect Robert A.M. Stern has created some of the most sought-after buildings in New York City, and he has taken his expertise to Riverdale in the Bronx where he built the five-house development called Villanova Heights. The homes range in price from $8 to $10 million, and each house "exhibits scholarly stylistic expressions which draw on the traditional architectural vocabularies of Riverdale and nearby Fieldston: Shingle-style, Dutch Colonial, Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, and French Norman." Above, the French Norman home at 421 West 250th Street, which is asking $8 million.
Staten Island has a bad rap among New Yorkers, but the borough has some very beautiful suburban-like neighborhoods?like the area around Todt Hill, the highest elevation on the Eastern seaboard (bet you didn't know that). The above home is located at 738 Todt Hill Road. It's a 11,000-square-foot villa on more than an acre of land with a pool, three-car garage, and a guest house. It's asking $3.649 million.
This 6,000-square-foot home, which looks like it was plucked from a southern plantation, has four-bedrooms, a massive game room, cathedral ceilings, a game room, and indoor Juliette balconies in the bedrooms that overlook the living room. There's a large pool, patio, and terraces. Seems like a steal for $2,950,000! The listing doesn't give an address or specify a neighborhood, but notes that it's within "a community of mansions."
· Whale Week 2013 coverage [Curbed]