In between the mansions and luxury condos and teeny-tiny apartments that hit the market in New York City in 2015, there were plenty of places that stood out simply because we thought they were stunning. Check out 14 of our favorites below—they run the gamut from a detached Victorian in Ditmas Park to an Upper East Side megamansion to a huge penthouse in a domed Nolita building.
↑ Carlos Slim listed his Central Park-facing Upper East Side mansion in May for a whopping $80 million, and as of right now, it's still sitting on the market. There's a beautiful staircase that connects five floors of the home, as well as (according to the brokerbabble) "lovely trompe l'oeil accents, gold-leaf trimmed fixtures, and intricate plaster friezes." And of course, there's a terrace overlooking the Met.
↑ There are Brooklyn townhouses, and then there's this 19th-century mansion on Pierrepont Place. Located right along the Brooklyn Heights promenade, it hit the market this spring asking a hair-raising $40 million—and hasn't moved since. But it is a stunner, with more than 17,000 square feet of space, gorgeous interiors, and Manhattan views.
↑ This five-story townhouse in Greenwich Village is a three-unit co-op on the market for $18 million. The three units are somewhat disparate in style, but each enticing in its own right, with features including an enclosed glass solarium loggia with access to the rear garden, a library with a spiral staircase up to a mezzanine, and more.
↑ Can you say "dream home"? This well-designed four-bedroom townhouse in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (zhas a spacious backyard, which comes equipped with an honest-to-god treehouse, along with a custom deck and a brick patio. It was asking $1.85 million, and it appears to have sold for that ask—the listing was taken down in early December.
↑ This six-story Upper East Side townhouse also a balcony off of the library, a rooftop terrace, and a secret garden-esque backyard. There are five bedrooms, six wood-burning fireplaces, and a wine cellar. It's located at 239 East 78th Street between Second and Third avenues, and it's asking $6.65 million.
↑ This 5,317-square-foot home occupies two of the former New York Cancer Hospital's massive turrets, giving it a unique Mickey Mouse-style footprint with a 37-foot wide circular living room with soaring 37-foot ceilings. It has a library, four bedrooms, and Central Park views, and the building has a lap pool, fitness center, and parking garage. It remains on the market for just about $8 million.
↑ Conceptual artist Jennifer Bartlett bought this two-story building—which was once a union hall for for the Candy & Confectionery Workers Local 452—for $3 million. A 2008 "multimillion dollar" renovation by architect David Berridge resulted in 5,500-square-foot space that is largely open plan, with lots of exposed brick and massive windows that look out onto an L-shaped landscaped garden overrun with greenery. It was listed for $8.5 million and sold as of October.
↑ The interior levels of this Tribeca penthouse are connected by "a dramatic sculptural staircase," and the open kitchen/dining room is sandwiched between two of three terraces, one of which features an "exotic Ipe wood" deck and "a sumptuous sunken hot tub and hidden outdoor shower." It's on the market for $7.25 million.
↑ Speaking of phenomenal penthouses, this 6,000-square-foot apartment, which has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, has a look inspired by '30s and '40s Paris, along with a secret room hidden behind the clock in the domed tower, which is now in use as a family room. (Yes, really.) It also has 1,500 square feet of well-manicured outdoor space and an elevator. It's listed for $39.9 million.
↑ Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus listed his three-bedroom Greenwich Village duplex for $10.5 million, which is noteworthy because it's a whopping $4.5 million more than he paid for it in 2013. Some of its stellar features include windowed walk-in closets, three wood-burning fireplaces, and a double-doored terrace. It's still up for grabs.
↑ This six-bedroom Victorian in Ditmas Park has a two-car garage has been converted into "a music studio and has heating and cooling, oak floors and skylights." The detail does, in fact, matter: the seller is Aaron Dessner, the multi-instrumentalist who's best known as being one-fifth of Brooklyn indie-rockers the National. The pretty home also has spacious backyard, a wraparound porch, and lots of storage space. Alas, it's currently in contract.
↑ A modern renovation left this penthouse pad, which boasts a giant, swoopy central staircase, looking very little like the 1890-built co-op on which it sits. The latter, which was once a private mansion, was designed by McKim, Mead & White—yes, architects of the old Penn Station, Columbia University, and the Brooklyn Museum. As of a week ago, it sold for $4.5 million.
↑ For the first time in more than 25 years, the lovely townhouse at 103 East 91st Street hit the market this summer. It was once home to the American author Patrick Dennis (aka Edward Everett Tanner III), the creator of Auntie Mame, and his family owned the house until the 1980s. It originally listed for $8.9 million, but got a price chop and is now asking $7.5 million.
↑ Prolific painter and printmaker David Salle put his gigantic 10,500 plus-square-foot live/work house at 81 Hanson Place in Fort Greene on the market for $13 million. This isn't Salle's first time trying to unload the combined townhouse and 1892 school building at the corner of South Portland Avenue and Hanson Place. He listed it for $10 million in October 2012, only to delist the property in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.