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Lifestyle Guru's Penthouse Battles Artist's Loft in Flatiron

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Imagine you have around $5,750,000 to spend on a place and you've narrowed it down to two apartments in the same neighborhood. How do you make up your mind? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch.

Address: 27 West 19th Street #PH/ 35 West 23rd Street #3
Price: $5,750,000 $4,925,000
Monthly Costs: $5,259 $3,484
Square Footage: 3,000 3,400
Beds, Baths: 3, 2.5 2, 3

? The Emory at 27 West 19th Street is a full service building with a doorman, gym, concierge, and spa. That's nice and all, but it translates to much higher monthly costs, especially once that tax abatement runs out in 2020. Then again, this duplex penthouse, owned by South African "lifestyle guru" Colin Cowie, who designed the place himself, is pretty tricked out, featuring a wet bar, a huge (windowed) walk-in closet, and a 900-square-foot private roof deck. And, considering that its already down $750,000 from its original $6.5 million ask, there's a good chance eventual buyer won't have to pay full price.

? Occupying the opposite end of the nuttiness spectrum is this loft in 35 West 23rd Street, owned by artist Ellen Peckham. It's bigger by 400 square feet and cheaper by $750,000, but, while certainly not boring, it's a little (okay, a lot) more pared down in terms of fancy features and add-ons. "Amenities include wood."

Poll results

· Listing: 27 West 19th Street #PH [Core]
· Listing: 35 West 23rd Street #3 [RES]
· Real Estate Deathmatch archives [Curbed]