Hot Real Estate Porn! NYC Luxury Rental Apartments of the Super Rich

Published on Jan 24, 2013

Park Imperial - Luxury Rental Apartment
Park Imperial - Luxury Rental Apartment (Photo from Douglas Elliman)
The unfathomably super-rich don't always plunk down $90 million for a trophy pied-a-terre--a duplex, penthouse pied-a-terre, no less--in One57, the soaring, still-under-construction midtown condo that will soon be one of the tallest residential buildings on the continent. Who cares if they may only actually stay in their spectacular sky-mansion a few weeks a year; the global elites who are shelling out this kind of dough, for these sorts of gleaming-new properties, are more interested in a collectible, an investment, an addition to their portfolio, than in finding home sweet home. Anyway, sometimes fabulously wealthy folks moving to Manhattan decide to go the rental route, and for many of the same reasons you and I seek out NYC rental apartments: when you rent, you're only committed to a year or two... when it's time to leave, you just leave, without having to worry about having your place sit on the sales market for months and months. Plus: no infrastructure repairs to worry about! Of course, the kinds of Manhattan rental apartments the 1% are calling home these days are, shall we say, different from anyplace I've ever lived. But that's what makes it fun to voyeuristically visit them. Here, then, some hot real estate porn for a cold winter's night. 144 Duane Street in Tribeca
144 Duane Street in Tribeca (Photo from Douglas Elliman)
  Curbed recently had a list of the 10 most expensive NYC rental apartments, with number one coming in at a staggering $125,000 a month, a 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath 6,000-square-foot sprawler, once home to Cole Porter, in the Waldorf Towers, Midtown East. The decor isn't to my taste, but click through here for drool-able floor plan porn. Also on the list: the $100,000 a month, 8,000-square-footer (shown at top) on the Park Imperial's 64th floor, complete with "sunset room"; the Astor Suite at the Plaza, fully antique-furnished and featuring "hand-hammered leather walls from France" (yay?) for $125,000; the Duane Street mansion (above) with custom-designed central glass staircase, for $100,000; and a 12,000-square-foot townhouse on Central Park West (includes 60-foot lap pool) for "only" $90,000 a month. And just last week the Wall Street Journal posted a lengthy piece on rich-people's rentals in Manhattan (MiMA, New York by Gehry, below, and the Aldyn get name-checked), as well as in the pricier precincts of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. And the trend seems only to be growing: Manhattan rentals apartments for the 1% now account for... 1.3% of the market. New York by Gehry Luxury Rental Apartment in NYC
New York by Gehry Luxury Rental Apartment in NYC
Tudor City Penthouse Where Spiderman Scenes Were Filmed
Tudor City Penthouse Where Spiderman Scenes Were Filmed (Photo by Alex MacLean)
But if Manhattan rental apartments are getting ritzier, there are still plenty of porn-worthy condos and co-ops out there, too. Remember Spider-Man, the reboot? The first reboot, in 2002, when Tobey Maguire battled Willem Defoe's Green Goblin in and around that spectacularly terraced Tudor apartment? Well apparently it's now for sale. The Green Goblin's apartment! Sure it's only a one-bedroom (with 18-foot ceilings, among other covetable features), but oh man, if I had $1.6 million lying around, I'd snatch up that sucker in a minute. You don't have to be super-rich to own it (just regular rich), but the cool factor and number unique features elevate it.  
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