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A Guide to the Buildings Beloved By NYC's Wealthiest Residents

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Rich people: they love living in New York City. For decades, millionaires and billionaires have flocked to the legendary buildings around Central Park, and in recent years, they've even branched out and headed south to wealthy people hotspots like Tribeca and the West Village. For Whale Week, we've mapped out the buildings most sought-after by the city's wealthiest residents. New, unfinished buildings like One57 and 18 Gramercy Park have been making headlines with massive sales, but we kept this list to buildings that are already occupied. We're sure to have missed a few, so drop additions in the comments or on the tipline, and we'll add them to the map.


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1. 15 Central Park West

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15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

A Russian billionaire may have purchased the $88 million penthouse, but 15 Central Park west is chock full of other rich folk, too. It's considered one of the premiere buildings in which to own a trophy apartment, and the five active sales listings—including a $95 million apartment owned by steel magnate Leroy Schecter—average more than $6,100/square foot. All past recorded sales clock in around $4,500/square foot.

2. 740 Park Avenue

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740 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

If it's any indication as to how whale-worthy 740 Park Avenue is, author Michael Gross penned a book about the building called "740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building"—and it's being made into a movie. In a New York Magazine showdown back in 2010, the limestone beauty bested 15CPW as the most powerful building in the city. Last year, Courtney Sale Ross's 30-room duplex in the building sold for $52 million, setting a city record for the most expensive co-op ever sold (but that record has already been broken).

3. 730 Park Avenue

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730 Park Avenue
New York, NY

730 Park Avenue may be less famous than 740 Park, but it's filled with no less rich people. Billionaires were competing over a quietly listed $35 million apartment of a former Goldman Sachs banker, and the mysterious place sold for $39 million without so much as one photo ever hitting a public listing.

4. 1030 Fifth Avenue

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1030 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Another Gold Coast legend, sales here average $21 million. Billionaire George S. Blumenthal recently sold his 6BR here for $31.5 million.

5. The Dakota

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1 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023

Created by the same architectural mastermind who built the Plaza, the Dakota is one of the most recognizable and prestigious buildings in the city. Co-op prices here average $3,000/square foot, and it's been featured on "Secret Lives of the Super Rich." Wikipedia has a long list of notable residents who have lived here, with John Lennon no doubt being the most famous.

6. 810 Fifth Avenue

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810 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Another classic, 810 Fifth Avenue has housed members of the original pod of whales in this city. Most recently, a former Rockefeller co-op sold for nearly $24 million. A more modern billionaire family, the Bronfmans, have also called this place home.

7. 998 Fifth Avenue

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998 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

998 Fifth was a Gold Coast pioneer, luring the Vanderbilts and Guggenheims away from townhouse living. One very whale-like feature? Every apartment has a jewelry safe in the apartment walls. Homes averaged $3,600/square foot. The maisonette finally found a buyer for $18.5 million, which is several million less than it was hoping

8. The Plaza

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1 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

Past sales at the Plaza average $4,400/square foot, but that price is going up—currently available listings are reaching nosebleed prices around $5,200/square foot. In addition to the several Russian billionaires who call the Plaza home, other residents include the brother of Kazakhstan's president, Tommy Hilfiger, a German equestrian Olympic gold medalist, and many, many more.

9. 907 Fifth Avenue

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907 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021

907 Fifth has made headlines as of late for being the locale of the late estate of Huguette Clark. The finicky co-op board prefers finance billionaires to Qatari prince billionaires, and though sales here don't reach quite as high into the stratosphere as some other buildings on this list, they still average more than $2,500/square foot.

10. 770 Park Avenue

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770 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Sales here average $4,000/square foot, but most recently, the building has been in the news not for its most recent high-priced listing, but for the man who is trying to sell it: fraudster Hassan Nemazee. He's behind bars, but the feds are asking $19.5 million for his duplex.

11. The Ritz-Carlton

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50 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019
(212) 308-9100
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For a brief period last summer, the Ritz joined the leagues of apartment buildings trying to get $95 million for a unit. The penthouse was taken off the market last October, but that doesn't seem to indicate a sale. Casino kingpins, hedge fund managers, and members of Forbes rich list are the types of people who live here. You know, the really wealthy types.

12. The Parc V

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785 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Although the Parc V was built decades after many of the iconic Gold Coast buildings, it's no less worthy of being on this list. In fact, last year, it stole the superlative of "Most Expensive Co-op Ever Sold" from 740 Park Avenue with the $54 million sale of Courtney Ross's penthouse.

13. The Park Imperial

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230 W 56th St
New York, NY 10106

One of the newest buildings on this list, the Park Imperial is just over 10 years old. Homes here fetch around $3,000/square foot, and currently the most expensive available unit is a $9.95 million 3BR. Derek Jeter, P. Diddy, Fugitive Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, E! television founder, Daniel Craig, and Equinox CEO are just a few of the rich people who call/called this building home.

14. One Time Warner Center

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10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

When trophy property collector Michael Hirtenstein has owned in a building, you know it's whale-worthy. The obscenely priced apartments at the Time Warner Center are too many to detail, but a few notables include the building developer's recently-sold $13.8M 67th floor condo and the 75th floor unit of 27-year-old Russian rich girl Anna Anissimova, who tried to sell last year for $50 million.

15. 110 Central Park South

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Converted to a condop in 2005, 110 Central Park South has seen a lot of interest from the wealthy, including the model wife of Russian billionaire Andrey Melinichenko. Homes here average $2,400/square foot, but the penthouse recently sold for $18 million, or $4,300/square foot.

16. City Spire

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156 W 56th St.
New York, NY 10019

We never really paid much attention to City Spire until last summer when it dropped its penthouse on the market for a mind-blowing $100 million, or $12,500/square foot. The unit seems to have been taken off the market, and if that means it sold, it would break just about every record in the city. Other, more normally priced, units in the building average $2,100/square foot.

17. Olympic Tower

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645 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022

When Olympic Tower was built in 1975, New York's rich were totally unfamiliar with the concept of a condo, having only lived in co-ops or townhouses. Greek shipping magnate (and husband of the former first lady) Aristotle Onassis financed the building, and an early buyer was '80s arms dealer/playboy/international man of mystery Adnan Khashoggi. It may not be the most expensive today, but it's a hotbed for billionaires.

18. Trump International

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1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
(212) 299-1000
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Of course a Donald Trump building attracts billionaires. Sales in the Trump International average around $4,000/square foot, and the places are usually decked out with the most ridiculous decor. Think tiger rugs, Buddhist statues, purple velour couches, and zebra-print chairs, but really, what else would you expect?

19. The Hubert

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7 Hubert Street
New York, NY 10013

Home to a penthouse with its own jogging track, 7 Hubert Street is one of the fanciest buildings in Tribeca. Rich lady and real estate whale Courtney Sale Ross also owned three apartments in the building. Most recently, one of the penthouses (not the one with the jogging track), was listed for $17.5 million, but it's since been delisted.

20. Superior Ink

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400 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014

We've seen some great floor plan porn for Superior Ink, where condos sell for nearly $4,000/square foot. Mastermind Robert A.M. Stern designed the place, so it's no surprise that it has sold extremely well, although it did suffer some damage during Hurricane Sandy, leaving wealthy residents like Marc Jacobs without a home for a few months.

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1. 15 Central Park West

15 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

A Russian billionaire may have purchased the $88 million penthouse, but 15 Central Park west is chock full of other rich folk, too. It's considered one of the premiere buildings in which to own a trophy apartment, and the five active sales listings—including a $95 million apartment owned by steel magnate Leroy Schecter—average more than $6,100/square foot. All past recorded sales clock in around $4,500/square foot.

15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

2. 740 Park Avenue

740 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

If it's any indication as to how whale-worthy 740 Park Avenue is, author Michael Gross penned a book about the building called "740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building"—and it's being made into a movie. In a New York Magazine showdown back in 2010, the limestone beauty bested 15CPW as the most powerful building in the city. Last year, Courtney Sale Ross's 30-room duplex in the building sold for $52 million, setting a city record for the most expensive co-op ever sold (but that record has already been broken).

740 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

3. 730 Park Avenue

730 Park Avenue, New York, NY

730 Park Avenue may be less famous than 740 Park, but it's filled with no less rich people. Billionaires were competing over a quietly listed $35 million apartment of a former Goldman Sachs banker, and the mysterious place sold for $39 million without so much as one photo ever hitting a public listing.

730 Park Avenue
New York, NY

4. 1030 Fifth Avenue

1030 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028

Another Gold Coast legend, sales here average $21 million. Billionaire George S. Blumenthal recently sold his 6BR here for $31.5 million.

1030 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

5. The Dakota

1 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Created by the same architectural mastermind who built the Plaza, the Dakota is one of the most recognizable and prestigious buildings in the city. Co-op prices here average $3,000/square foot, and it's been featured on "Secret Lives of the Super Rich." Wikipedia has a long list of notable residents who have lived here, with John Lennon no doubt being the most famous.

1 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023

6. 810 Fifth Avenue

810 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Another classic, 810 Fifth Avenue has housed members of the original pod of whales in this city. Most recently, a former Rockefeller co-op sold for nearly $24 million. A more modern billionaire family, the Bronfmans, have also called this place home.

810 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10065

7. 998 Fifth Avenue

998 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028

998 Fifth was a Gold Coast pioneer, luring the Vanderbilts and Guggenheims away from townhouse living. One very whale-like feature? Every apartment has a jewelry safe in the apartment walls. Homes averaged $3,600/square foot. The maisonette finally found a buyer for $18.5 million, which is several million less than it was hoping

998 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028

8. The Plaza

1 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Past sales at the Plaza average $4,400/square foot, but that price is going up—currently available listings are reaching nosebleed prices around $5,200/square foot. In addition to the several Russian billionaires who call the Plaza home, other residents include the brother of Kazakhstan's president, Tommy Hilfiger, a German equestrian Olympic gold medalist, and many, many more.

1 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

9. 907 Fifth Avenue

907 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021

907 Fifth has made headlines as of late for being the locale of the late estate of Huguette Clark. The finicky co-op board prefers finance billionaires to Qatari prince billionaires, and though sales here don't reach quite as high into the stratosphere as some other buildings on this list, they still average more than $2,500/square foot.

907 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021

10. 770 Park Avenue

770 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Sales here average $4,000/square foot, but most recently, the building has been in the news not for its most recent high-priced listing, but for the man who is trying to sell it: fraudster Hassan Nemazee. He's behind bars, but the feds are asking $19.5 million for his duplex.

770 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

11. The Ritz-Carlton

50 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

For a brief period last summer, the Ritz joined the leagues of apartment buildings trying to get $95 million for a unit. The penthouse was taken off the market last October, but that doesn't seem to indicate a sale. Casino kingpins, hedge fund managers, and members of Forbes rich list are the types of people who live here. You know, the really wealthy types.

50 Central Park S
New York, NY 10019

12. The Parc V

785 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Although the Parc V was built decades after many of the iconic Gold Coast buildings, it's no less worthy of being on this list. In fact, last year, it stole the superlative of "Most Expensive Co-op Ever Sold" from 740 Park Avenue with the $54 million sale of Courtney Ross's penthouse.

785 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022

13. The Park Imperial

230 W 56th St, New York, NY 10106

One of the newest buildings on this list, the Park Imperial is just over 10 years old. Homes here fetch around $3,000/square foot, and currently the most expensive available unit is a $9.95 million 3BR. Derek Jeter, P. Diddy, Fugitive Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, E! television founder, Daniel Craig, and Equinox CEO are just a few of the rich people who call/called this building home.

230 W 56th St
New York, NY 10106

14. One Time Warner Center

10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY

When trophy property collector Michael Hirtenstein has owned in a building, you know it's whale-worthy. The obscenely priced apartments at the Time Warner Center are too many to detail, but a few notables include the building developer's recently-sold $13.8M 67th floor condo and the 75th floor unit of 27-year-old Russian rich girl Anna Anissimova, who tried to sell last year for $50 million.

10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

15. 110 Central Park South

New York, NY 10019

Converted to a condop in 2005, 110 Central Park South has seen a lot of interest from the wealthy, including the model wife of Russian billionaire Andrey Melinichenko. Homes here average $2,400/square foot, but the penthouse recently sold for $18 million, or $4,300/square foot.

16. City Spire

156 W 56th St., New York, NY 10019

We never really paid much attention to City Spire until last summer when it dropped its penthouse on the market for a mind-blowing $100 million, or $12,500/square foot. The unit seems to have been taken off the market, and if that means it sold, it would break just about every record in the city. Other, more normally priced, units in the building average $2,100/square foot.

156 W 56th St.
New York, NY 10019

17. Olympic Tower

645 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022

When Olympic Tower was built in 1975, New York's rich were totally unfamiliar with the concept of a condo, having only lived in co-ops or townhouses. Greek shipping magnate (and husband of the former first lady) Aristotle Onassis financed the building, and an early buyer was '80s arms dealer/playboy/international man of mystery Adnan Khashoggi. It may not be the most expensive today, but it's a hotbed for billionaires.

645 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022

18. Trump International

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Of course a Donald Trump building attracts billionaires. Sales in the Trump International average around $4,000/square foot, and the places are usually decked out with the most ridiculous decor. Think tiger rugs, Buddhist statues, purple velour couches, and zebra-print chairs, but really, what else would you expect?

1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

19. The Hubert

7 Hubert Street, New York, NY 10013

Home to a penthouse with its own jogging track, 7 Hubert Street is one of the fanciest buildings in Tribeca. Rich lady and real estate whale Courtney Sale Ross also owned three apartments in the building. Most recently, one of the penthouses (not the one with the jogging track), was listed for $17.5 million, but it's since been delisted.

7 Hubert Street
New York, NY 10013

20. Superior Ink

400 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

We've seen some great floor plan porn for Superior Ink, where condos sell for nearly $4,000/square foot. Mastermind Robert A.M. Stern designed the place, so it's no surprise that it has sold extremely well, although it did suffer some damage during Hurricane Sandy, leaving wealthy residents like Marc Jacobs without a home for a few months.

400 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014