This is Estate of Play, a monthly rundown (with pictures!) of some of the most over-the-top properties currently available in or about this fair(ish) city.
Because you want to live in a mega-mansion: 269 West 11th Street
Okay, it’s a mega-mansion in N.Y. terms — this isn’t Dallas, after all. But this Greek Revival built in 1836, is beyond a city dweller’s dream, a five-story townhouse on one of the loveliest tree-lined streets in the West Village. In need of a bit of a fix-up, “plans are approved for a spectacular renovation by an award-winning architect,” which will increase the home’s interior by 20 percent. Includes high ceilings, a vintage staircase, several fireplaces, at least 10 bathrooms, a private roof deck, a patio and one 1,200-square-foot, multi-level backyard.
Because you want to test-drive a mega-mansion: Vanderbilt Mansion
Who knows, maybe all that room might be too much for you. For that quandary, we suggest renting a mansion before you buy. After five months on the market at $55 million, the historic Vanderbilt Mansion is trying its luck against the commoner condos of the monthly market. Should you feel the need for one helluva extravagant October, the amenities would include seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, five wood-burning fireplaces, a hair salon (seriously), a basement nightclub by designer Colin Cowie with full bar, a sauna, a steam room, two terraces and a stunner of a landscaped garden.
Because you want to live in a museum: 48 West 85th Street
$13,000,000 ... or $30,000/month
The fact that it was built in 1886 for the Lehman banking family might explain why this five-story landmark brownstone is dripping with opulence touted as “true museum quality.” Currently configured as a two-family home, the building has six bedrooms, six baths, two terraces, a parlor with 12-foot ceilings and plenty of fine art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Because you want to live in a synagogue: 415 East 6th Street
Atop the historic Adas Yisroel Anshe Mezritch synagogue, this duplex penthouse is certainly worth worshiping. It’s two large-format terraces total over 800 square feet and are accessible via the living room and dining room, while the building’s ground floor remains a functional synagogue.
Because you’re the world’s biggest Tom Brady fan: 22 East 22nd Street
Or, perhaps its biggest Giselle fan. Either way, the power couple has listed their mesmerizing One Madison home for sale. The 3,300-square-foot Flatiron condo, recently revamped by architect Peter Marino, has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and sports just about every covetable view one could ask for (including Downtown Manhattan) from a large marble soak tub.
Because you want that penthouse life: Upper West Side Co-op
Twenty-three stories up, this five-bedroom apartment lays shame to all other penthouses on the market right now. It includes grand vaulted mahogany ceilings in the living and dining areas, a wood-burning fireplace, a solarium and three terraces. Hell, there are so many terraces it might as well be New York’s equivalent to a wraparound porch.
Because you want the penthouse life without the penthouse price: 509 East 77th Street
When it comes to a two-bedroom penthouse in the ultra-handsome Beaux-Arts Cherokee building for this price, there’s bound to be something fishy, right? Yes and no. You’ll still be in for a corner unit with north, south and east exposure, not-too-shabby nine-foot high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows in the kitchen and an abundance of closet space … But it’s also a six-floor walk-up. Yep. Compared to the surrounding area’s $1,227,000+ median price, though, the Cherokee cherry-on-top is a real winner. Just don’t dally — this offer won’t last long.