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NYC's 25 most expensive homes for sale

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It's time to revisit the most expensive homes for sale in New York City right now. Despite the well-documented softening of the luxury market, the uppermost echelon of real estate in the city is still, well, ridiculous. Even though there are fewer unfathomably expensive listings than in previous iterations of this list, some of the usual suspects—a nearly $100 million penthouse at 432 Park Avenue, an opulent Upper East Side townhouse with Hermès leather walls, and overpriced combo units—remain.

We last took stock of the top end of inventory last November, and this go-round, several stalwarts have been taken off the market (goodbye, once again, One Beacon Court penthouse) allowing in plenty of fresh picks. The lower end of the list this time around is now hovering around $42 million, which isn't cheap, but it's lower than we've seen in a while—chalk it up to the ridiculous world of NYC real estate. And even as the list's high and low ends fluctuate, one thing remains the same: the properties are all in Manhattan, and they're all very expensive.

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The Atelier, 45th Floor

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$85,000,000

In 2013, the developers behind the Atelier decided to list all nine units on the building's 45th floor as one mega-sale, hoping that a mega-rich buyer would snap it up for $85 million. No one has bitten so far, and the ask hasn't lowered in three years. But, the apartment now comes with some sweet (read: completely outrageous) perks. Here's a smattering: a $1M yacht with docking fees for 5 years, two Rolls Royce Phantoms (one convertible and one hardtop because of course), dinner for two every week at Daniel for one year, a year of courtside season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets, and a Hamptons summer rental mansion with live in butler services and a private chef for one year.

8 East 62nd Street

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$84,500,000

Developer Keith Rubenstein put his 1903 Beaux Arts mansion on the market in February for a whopping $84.5 million. The pricetag not only delivers the 15,000 square foot limestone mansion, but the over-the-top finishes Rubenstein's added to the property like red Hermès leather wall coverings, a temperature-controlled vault for furs, a Bizmet cosmetics refrigerator, and marquetry floors in the dining room inspired by the floors of Pavlovsk Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

50 United Nations Plaza

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$70,000,000

In July, the duplex penthouse of Norman Foster's east side tower went on the market—with, as promised, a private pool with Manhattan views. The $70 million apartment has four bedrooms plus staff quarters, a 525-square-foot north-facing terrace, and a 10,000-pound stainless steel spiral staircase that leads up to the 43rd floor, where the pool will be accessible either through a master bedroom sitting area or media room.

The Pierre, 30/31

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$70,000,000

The 16-room duplex on the 30th and 31st floors of the Pierre Hotel that was formerly owned by late financier Lionel Pincus is back on the market after being listed and delisted in 2014. It has the same asking price—$70 million—the same listing photos, and the same scandalous backstory.

The Plaza Hotel, #1809

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$58,900,000

Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee Ocleppo listed their Plaza penthouse for an eye-popping $80 million in October 2013. And while the pad—decked out in such a way as to complement Hilfiger's collection of Warhols, obviously—is certainly luxurious, it's languished on and off the market ever since. It reappeared for just under $69 million in January, and then got a price chop in November. The penthouse includes four bedrooms, a Central Park-facing terrace, and a round room in a turret that contains a custom mural of Plaza icon Eloise.

100 East 53rd Street #PH

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$65,000,000

Occupying floors 60 and 61 of Norman Foster's Midtown tower, the penthouse of 100 East 53rd Street hit the market in January asking a whopping $65 million. The 6,760-square-foot penthouse will have a 44-foot long great room with 23-foot ceilings intended to be used as an area to display large artworks. It is, after all, the development of notable art collector Aby Rosen.

2 East 67th Street

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$53,000,000

A full fifth floor unit at the corner of 67th Street and Fifth Avenue hit the market asking $53 million nearly two years ago, and since then it hasn't budged from that ask. The listing isn't accompanied with any interior photos, but the text paints an image of a nice, yet standard and very expensive Upper East Side co-op with a formal dining room, paneled library, tons of wood-burning fireplaces, and Central Park views. The co-op first showed up on the market in 2012 asking just $30 million.

443 Greenwich Street

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$55,000,000

Most apartments don't go up in price after they've sat on the market for well over a year, but Penthouse A at warehouse conversion 443 Greenwich Street has. First listed for $51 million, the ask of Penthouse A has crept upwards to $52 million over the course of nearly two years. It's now asking $55 million, inexplicably.

53 West 53rd Street, #62

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$50,750,000

Jean Nouvel's MoMA tower, known as Tower Verre for the decade leading up to its groundbreaking, finally hit the market in September of last year, bringing with it a 6,954-square-foot 4BR, 4.5BA 62nd-floor apartment. The $15,000 per month common charges include complimentary museum admission and a whole 20 percent off at the Museum of Modern Art store.

The Atelier

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$50,000,000

Another Atelier unit is aiming high, and comes with some pretty over-the-top perks. Here, $50 million not only buys the 12,500 square foot 18-room apartment, but also nets buyers, as per the listing, "a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Dinner for 2 monthly at Daniel's Restaurant for a year, Court side season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets for a season, A private Butler for 1 year, a personal chef for 1 year and use of a Hamptons mansion for the Summer Season." Um, what?

834 Fifth Avenue, 7/8A

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$96,000,000

NYC's most expensive home for sale is still this co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue, which hit the market in April and pole-vaulted its way to the top of this list. But it's gotten a major price cut since then, going from $120 million to $96 million. (Which, you know, is still not chump change.) The apartment is located on the building's seventh and eighth floors, and has 20 (!) rooms spread out over 12,000 square feet. It has many of the amenities found in these types of NYC apartments (by which we mean "very expensive and over-the-top"), including a wine cellar, a gallery, a "grand marble staircase," and an enormous master suite.

San Remo, #PH26C

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$59,000,000

After more than two years of looking for a buyer for her palatial $75 million triplex at the San Remo, actress Demi Moore has finally wised up and slashed the price of the storied penthouse. But it's still asking a whopping $59 million, which isn't exactly inexpensive or anything. The actress's triplex penthouse in the south tower of the famed San Remo was officially listed in April 2015, and has sat on the market since. The "floating mansion" (the broker's words, not ours) overlooks Central Park, has a double-height foyer, and has wraparound terraces.

The Pierre, Penthouse

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$57,000,000

After a contemporary redesign, the triplex penthouse perched atop the Pierre Hotel is back on the market once again, and this time it's asking a comparatively modest $57 million. The five-bedroom apartment was first listed back in 2013 for a staggering $125 million. That obviously did not work out for owner Barbara Zweig, who by the end of that year had cut the asking price by $30 million. In early 2015, that price took another beating — almost slashed in half from its original ask to $63 million. After another unsuccessful attempt, it went off the market last fall, and now here we are.

16 East 69th Street

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$55,000,000

Johnson & Johnson heiress Libet Johnson picked up this palatial home for $48 million in 2011, and is now looking to sell for $55 million. The 12,000-square-foot townhouse has seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and the benefit of a recent revamp by the "leather daddy of luxury" himself, Peter Marino. There's also a roof deck and a backyard, a gym, a hair salon (?!), five wood-burning fireplaces, a wine cellar, and the list goes on and on. As for the house's pedigree, it was built in 1881 and is probably best known for being home to some of the Vanderbilt clan for a brief period at the turn of the 20th century.

520 West 28th Street, PH

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$50,000,000

The penthouse of the first and last New York City residential building expressly designed by the late Zaha Hadid hit the market in May asking $50 million. The price tag is no surprise: Since sales first launched in the High Line-adjacent building back in October, it's been reported that the 7,000-square-foot penthouse would ask just that. The five-bedroom triplex will be connected by a sculptural staircase designed by Hadid and have direct elevator access as well as an elevator within the apartment.

160 Leroy, PHNorth

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$48,500,000

Coming in last place on this list is the 7,750-square-foot penthouse atop Ian Schrager's 160 Leroy, designed by starchitects Herzog & de Meuron. Originally intended as a $80 million mega-penthouse, the unit was cut in two in the wake of a softening luxury market—this $48.5 million unit is the more expensive of the two penthouse offerings. It also comes with nearly 5,000 square feet of outdoor space, in addition to a private pool, panoramic views, and a master bedroom that's bigger than most New Yorkers' actual apartments.

432 Park Avenue #PH95

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$82,000,000

Just when you think there can't possibly be any more ridiculously huge (and pricey) apartments left within 432 Park Avenue, the marketing team goes and unveils a new full-floor, $82 million penthouse. This particular penthouse, on the building's 95th floor, is one of the only full-floor units remaining in the Rafael Viñoly-designed supertall. The apartment covers 8,255 square feet, with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms (including "his" and "hers" master bathrooms), 12-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, two powder rooms, a large library, and room for a grand piano, if the drawing for the floorplan is to be believed.

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432 Park Avenue, #80B

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$44,520,000

Another residence at Midtown's skinny superscraper makes it onto the list, asking more than $44 million for a 5,421-square-foot, 80th-floor apartment. And considering how much apartments on similarly high floors of the building have sold for, this could be considered a steal—if you're a billionaire, anyway.

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50 East 69th Street

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$72,000,000

This seven-story townhouse was built in 1917 for Otto Dommerich, heir to a profitable cotton business, a wealthy investor in his own right, and one of the richest men in Manhattan at the time. Today the Beaux Arts-style mansion still bears its limestone facade, and its original curved staircase that stretches all the way to a stunning stain glass dome at the top. The house also comes with 14 (!!) marble fireplaces, 3,350-square-feet of outdoor space, and two original elevators. The sprawling house stands seven-stories tall and 44-feet wide, and the sale comes with 36 original drawings detailing the construction of the house. It hit the market last September with a whopper of a price tag: $72 million.

70 Vestry PHS

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$65,000,000

The newest addition to this list is the 7,800-square-foot duplex penthouse at Robert A.M. Stern's 70 Vestry, which hit the market this month with a hefty $65 million price tag. Given the building’s pedigree—with Stern on the exteriors, and Daniel Romualdez on the interiors—the penthouse is appropriately grand, with five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, multiple outdoor spaces, and a seemingly endless number of rooms that are only necessary to the wealthiest of the wealthy. (A solarium! An “entertaining kitchen” with a breakfast room! A wet bar! A private gallery!) It also has a 2,000-square-foot roof deck, which takes full advantage of the unit’s south- and west-facing views, and has its own private elevator, because of course it does.

11-13 West 10th Street

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$59,500,000

Former Bearn Sterns executive Warren Spector is selling this positively massive home—spanning 16,560 square feet, with an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor space—on West 10th Street for nearly $60 million. The house has eight bedrooms over its six stories (yes, there’s an elevator), along with all of the amenities you’d expect from a $59.5 million townhouse: wood-burning fireplaces, high-end chef’s kitchen, a full-floor master suite with its own balcony (and a “luxurious en-suite master bath … lined in blue onyx”), a roof deck with an enclosed greenhouse, and so much more. You could do worse for $59.5 million, is what we’re saying.

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15 Central Park West

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$59,000,000

A penthouse in Robert A.M. Stern’s überpricey, überexclusive 15 Central Park West hit the market in December with a staggering $59 million ask. It’s not the most expensive apartment to be up for grabs at the Limestone Jesus—this is the same building where an apartment sold for $88 million, after all—but it’s mind-boggling all the same. There are four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a private 34-foot-long “entry gallery,” a large eat-in kitchen and formal dining room, and a library with its own powder room and bar. There’s no outdoor space, but the master bedroom and living room do have unobstructed Central Park views, so that’s something.

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One57 #77

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$52,000,000

Nearly two years after it was purchased, a mystery buyer of a sprawling 77th-floor One57 pad wants out, and they’re asking $52 million for it. The owner purchased this four-bedroom, four-bathroom condo in April 2015 for $47.7 million, and has since kitted it out with some velvet armchairs and most notably a lounger that looks eerily similar to the one that was being auctioned off from the Four Seasons Restaurant. Aside from that, this apartment spans 6,240 square feet and comes with a private elevator entrance. The massive living room features just under 12-foot-tall ceilings, and Brazilian rosewood flooring—all the interiors here were done by Thomas Juul-Hansen. This particular condo directly overlooks Central Park through its floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Sky Lofts #PH

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$45,000,000

The penthouse atop Tribeca's Sky Lofts—essentially an enormous glass cube that’s the world of 7 World Trade Center designer James Carpenter—has been on and off the market since 2011, and just returned with a $45 million price tag. The gleaming glass cube is enclosed in floor-to-ceiling windows, and has unbeatable views of the surrounding neighborhood. A short list of its amenities: four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a 4,500-square-foot wraparound terrace (with a hot tub and outdoor shower), 18-foot ceilings, two sculptural staircases, a custom chef’s kitchen, three wood-burning fireplaces, a master bathroom covered in honey-colored onyx, “museum quality polished concrete and teak hardwood flooring,” a security system, and yes, even more.

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15 Central Park West #35AB

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$43,500,000

Once upon a time, this penthouse—the "largest and highest" one available in 15 Central Park West, apparently—was on the market with the stupefying price tag of $85 million. But—shocker!—it couldn't find a seller at that price; even having the cachet of being rented by A. Rod and Robert De Niro hasn't helped, and now, the place is going for nearly half of its original asking price. But that's still $43.5 million, which is still a lot of money—enough to earn it a spot on this list. The apartment itself is classic Limestone Jesus: big, yes, with Central Park views, but kind of bland otherwise.

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The Atelier, 45th Floor

$85,000,000

In 2013, the developers behind the Atelier decided to list all nine units on the building's 45th floor as one mega-sale, hoping that a mega-rich buyer would snap it up for $85 million. No one has bitten so far, and the ask hasn't lowered in three years. But, the apartment now comes with some sweet (read: completely outrageous) perks. Here's a smattering: a $1M yacht with docking fees for 5 years, two Rolls Royce Phantoms (one convertible and one hardtop because of course), dinner for two every week at Daniel for one year, a year of courtside season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets, and a Hamptons summer rental mansion with live in butler services and a private chef for one year.

8 East 62nd Street

$84,500,000

Developer Keith Rubenstein put his 1903 Beaux Arts mansion on the market in February for a whopping $84.5 million. The pricetag not only delivers the 15,000 square foot limestone mansion, but the over-the-top finishes Rubenstein's added to the property like red Hermès leather wall coverings, a temperature-controlled vault for furs, a Bizmet cosmetics refrigerator, and marquetry floors in the dining room inspired by the floors of Pavlovsk Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

50 United Nations Plaza

$70,000,000

In July, the duplex penthouse of Norman Foster's east side tower went on the market—with, as promised, a private pool with Manhattan views. The $70 million apartment has four bedrooms plus staff quarters, a 525-square-foot north-facing terrace, and a 10,000-pound stainless steel spiral staircase that leads up to the 43rd floor, where the pool will be accessible either through a master bedroom sitting area or media room.

The Pierre, 30/31

$70,000,000

The 16-room duplex on the 30th and 31st floors of the Pierre Hotel that was formerly owned by late financier Lionel Pincus is back on the market after being listed and delisted in 2014. It has the same asking price—$70 million—the same listing photos, and the same scandalous backstory.

The Plaza Hotel, #1809

$58,900,000

Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee Ocleppo listed their Plaza penthouse for an eye-popping $80 million in October 2013. And while the pad—decked out in such a way as to complement Hilfiger's collection of Warhols, obviously—is certainly luxurious, it's languished on and off the market ever since. It reappeared for just under $69 million in January, and then got a price chop in November. The penthouse includes four bedrooms, a Central Park-facing terrace, and a round room in a turret that contains a custom mural of Plaza icon Eloise.

100 East 53rd Street #PH

$65,000,000

Occupying floors 60 and 61 of Norman Foster's Midtown tower, the penthouse of 100 East 53rd Street hit the market in January asking a whopping $65 million. The 6,760-square-foot penthouse will have a 44-foot long great room with 23-foot ceilings intended to be used as an area to display large artworks. It is, after all, the development of notable art collector Aby Rosen.

2 East 67th Street

$53,000,000

A full fifth floor unit at the corner of 67th Street and Fifth Avenue hit the market asking $53 million nearly two years ago, and since then it hasn't budged from that ask. The listing isn't accompanied with any interior photos, but the text paints an image of a nice, yet standard and very expensive Upper East Side co-op with a formal dining room, paneled library, tons of wood-burning fireplaces, and Central Park views. The co-op first showed up on the market in 2012 asking just $30 million.

443 Greenwich Street

$55,000,000

Most apartments don't go up in price after they've sat on the market for well over a year, but Penthouse A at warehouse conversion 443 Greenwich Street has. First listed for $51 million, the ask of Penthouse A has crept upwards to $52 million over the course of nearly two years. It's now asking $55 million, inexplicably.

53 West 53rd Street, #62

$50,750,000

Jean Nouvel's MoMA tower, known as Tower Verre for the decade leading up to its groundbreaking, finally hit the market in September of last year, bringing with it a 6,954-square-foot 4BR, 4.5BA 62nd-floor apartment. The $15,000 per month common charges include complimentary museum admission and a whole 20 percent off at the Museum of Modern Art store.

The Atelier

$50,000,000

Another Atelier unit is aiming high, and comes with some pretty over-the-top perks. Here, $50 million not only buys the 12,500 square foot 18-room apartment, but also nets buyers, as per the listing, "a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Dinner for 2 monthly at Daniel's Restaurant for a year, Court side season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets for a season, A private Butler for 1 year, a personal chef for 1 year and use of a Hamptons mansion for the Summer Season." Um, what?

834 Fifth Avenue, 7/8A

$96,000,000

NYC's most expensive home for sale is still this co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue, which hit the market in April and pole-vaulted its way to the top of this list. But it's gotten a major price cut since then, going from $120 million to $96 million. (Which, you know, is still not chump change.) The apartment is located on the building's seventh and eighth floors, and has 20 (!) rooms spread out over 12,000 square feet. It has many of the amenities found in these types of NYC apartments (by which we mean "very expensive and over-the-top"), including a wine cellar, a gallery, a "grand marble staircase," and an enormous master suite.

San Remo, #PH26C

$59,000,000

After more than two years of looking for a buyer for her palatial $75 million triplex at the San Remo, actress Demi Moore has finally wised up and slashed the price of the storied penthouse. But it's still asking a whopping $59 million, which isn't exactly inexpensive or anything. The actress's triplex penthouse in the south tower of the famed San Remo was officially listed in April 2015, and has sat on the market since. The "floating mansion" (the broker's words, not ours) overlooks Central Park, has a double-height foyer, and has wraparound terraces.

The Pierre, Penthouse

$57,000,000

After a contemporary redesign, the triplex penthouse perched atop the Pierre Hotel is back on the market once again, and this time it's asking a comparatively modest $57 million. The five-bedroom apartment was first listed back in 2013 for a staggering $125 million. That obviously did not work out for owner Barbara Zweig, who by the end of that year had cut the asking price by $30 million. In early 2015, that price took another beating — almost slashed in half from its original ask to $63 million. After another unsuccessful attempt, it went off the market last fall, and now here we are.

16 East 69th Street

$55,000,000

Johnson & Johnson heiress Libet Johnson picked up this palatial home for $48 million in 2011, and is now looking to sell for $55 million. The 12,000-square-foot townhouse has seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and the benefit of a recent revamp by the "leather daddy of luxury" himself, Peter Marino. There's also a roof deck and a backyard, a gym, a hair salon (?!), five wood-burning fireplaces, a wine cellar, and the list goes on and on. As for the house's pedigree, it was built in 1881 and is probably best known for being home to some of the Vanderbilt clan for a brief period at the turn of the 20th century.

520 West 28th Street, PH

$50,000,000

The penthouse of the first and last New York City residential building expressly designed by the late Zaha Hadid hit the market in May asking $50 million. The price tag is no surprise: Since sales first launched in the High Line-adjacent building back in October, it's been reported that the 7,000-square-foot penthouse would ask just that. The five-bedroom triplex will be connected by a sculptural staircase designed by Hadid and have direct elevator access as well as an elevator within the apartment.

160 Leroy, PHNorth

$48,500,000

Coming in last place on this list is the 7,750-square-foot penthouse atop Ian Schrager's 160 Leroy, designed by starchitects Herzog & de Meuron. Originally intended as a $80 million mega-penthouse, the unit was cut in two in the wake of a softening luxury market—this $48.5 million unit is the more expensive of the two penthouse offerings. It also comes with nearly 5,000 square feet of outdoor space, in addition to a private pool, panoramic views, and a master bedroom that's bigger than most New Yorkers' actual apartments.