The Most Expensive Houses in New York

March 9, 2023

most expensive houses in New York

The New York City real estate market is one of the most competitive in the country. That means that it's often difficult to find the perfect home for your money.

If you're looking for a home that will suit your needs, you should consider checking out some of the most expensive houses in New York. These properties will surely take your breath away!

1. The Safra Penthouse

The Safra Penthouse, an opulent triplex on the Upper East Side, recently sold for $60 million--20 million more than it was asking price--in a quicker-than-New-York-minute, private, all-cash sale, Mansion Global has learned. Banking scion Jacqui Safra, a Woody Allen film producer, listed the 7,000-square-foot apartment in May and received bids from seven billionaires.

She nixed all but one and got the deal done within an hour. The buyer hasn't been named.

Lily Safra, the gilded widow of banker Edmond, lived an extravagant life in Geneva, London, Paris, Monaco and New York. She and her husband racked up a world-class art collection, and Prince Charles and Jacob Rothschild were among their close friends.

The scion of a Lebanese Jewish family, Safra was a member of the A-list and a philanthropist. But the smear campaign that American Express launched against him when he was trying to buy a new bank may have negatively affected his health. He died in a fire in his Monte Carlo penthouse, and rumors arose that two men masked in balaclavas killed him.

2. The Kipling House

While you’re not able to stay in the house where Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book and Captains Courageous, you can still get a glimpse of what life was like for the author. Naulakha, which was built in 1892 and is now a National Historic Landmark, is open for tours this month.

Designed by Kipling and his architect, Marshall of New York City, the house merged elements of Indian bungalows with American Shingle style. The property is now owned by the Landmark Trust USA, which is dedicated to preserving historic properties for future generations.

You can tour the property for three days starting this Sunday. The tours include a stop at the Carriage House where Kipling’s coachman lived. The grounds also feature a tunnel of rhododendron bushes, a clay tennis court and a stone pergola.

3. The 432 Park Avenue Penthouse

New York City's infamous Billionaire's Row at Park Avenue and 57th Street, where the city's highest buildings are built, is home to one of the most expensive houses in the world. The 1,396-foot-tall 432 Park Avenue, designed by Rafael Vinoly, is a residential skyscraper with units that can sell for tens of millions of dollars.

Penthouse 96 of 96, the apex of the tower's ultra-luxury offerings, is now for sale for $169 million. But a new video from Ryan Serhant, the broker who snagged it for the buyer, makes it clear that this "trophy" is not without its faults.

In addition to a 93-foot-long living and dining great room with 240 linear feet of glass that showcase the city, the penthouse also includes a private elevator landing, herringbone white oak floors, and designer furnishings from Fendi, Bentley, and Hermes. And as if those luxuries weren't enough, the penthouse is column-free to maximize its views.

4. The 15 Central Park West Penthouse

15 Central Park West is a 202-unit condo building located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan between 61st and 62nd Streets. This neoclassical new construction condominium building was designed by Robert A.M. Stern and harks back to the storied 1920's apartment houses that were a staple along Manhattan's best thoroughfares.

The building is a true white-glove address, offering five-star service and a full array of amenities. It features a landscaped gated motor court, parking garage, 14,000 square foot fitness center, skylit 75-foot pool, sauna, screening room, private restaurant with in-house chef, library and outdoor terrace.

This three-bedroom, four and one-half bath home encapsulates spectacular views of Central Park and the Hudson River. It boasts 13' ceilings throughout and is filled with abundant sunshine. It includes an east-facing great room, dining room and library, as well as a private terrace overlooking the park. It also has a master suite with huge gallery closets and an over-sized soaking tub and double vanity in the master bathroom.

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