Sunday, September 27, 2020

"The 22 Most Expensive Homes in the World for Sale"

This list is from January and I didn't have time to check if any had been sold.
Additionally, since these are pre-pandemic prices you may find sellers to be more, ah, flexible.

From The Robb Report, January 2:

From Bel Air to Barbados, from Hong Kong to the Hamptons, here are the priciest listings on the planet. 
No, it’s not a great time to be selling a mega-priced mega mansion. A cooling global economy, concerns over stock market volatility, over-ambitious expectations on pricing. It’s all resulting in a global slowdown. But those with the resources are going to find an astonishing choice of remarkable properties—many now with huge price reductions. Here are 22 of the most amazing homes that lots of money can buy.
22. The Pinnacle, Woolworth Tower, New York – $79 Million

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The Pinnacle in NYC’s Woolworth building  Photo: Courtesy of Williams New York 
It is literally the crowning glory of the iconic Woolworth Building residential conversion in Manhattan. Housed in the neo-Gothic skyscraper’s green, pointy, copper-clad peak 700 feet above bustling Broadway, this vast 9,710-square-feet penthouse takes up the top five floors of the landmark building and features a 408-square-foot, open-air observatory with 360-degree views of the city. There’s a private elevator to whisk you between the five floors, or down to F.W. Woolworth’s original basement swimming pool or to the building’s 29th floor Gilbert Lounge entertainment suite, wine cellar and tasting room. Alchemy Properties have been converting the top 33 floors of the Woolworth into residences, with the Pinnacle hitting the market in late 2017.
21. Hackwood Park, Hampshire, England – $85 Million

Hackwood Park
Hackwood Park, Hampshire, England  Courtesy of Christie’s International
With Downtown Abbey—aka Highclere Castle—off the real estate market right now, your next-best option of grabbing a slice of Merrie Olde England might well be handing over the estimated $85 million—or £65 million—to buy the truly palatial Hackwood Park estate. Built in 1680, the main residence boasts 24 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms and is surrounded by 260 lush acres of Hampshire countryside, a 50-mile drive from central London. Secrecy surrounds the sale of the home: all that’s known of the current owner is that it’s a ‘foreign billionaire’ who has carried out a substantial restoration of the estate. And don’t even dream of popping round for a walk-through; potential buyers first have to prove their financial status and sign a confidentiality agreement before being allowed a viewing.
20. 12 East 69th Street, New York – $88 Million 

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12 East 69th Street, New York  Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
Currently the second-most-expensive listing in New York City—after the $98 million Le Penthouse—this spectacular 18-room, 20,000-square-feet Upper East Side Mansion is being sold by billionaire Vincent Viola, owner of the Florida Panthers. Originally commissioned in 1883 for a silk trader, the townhouse was bought by coal mining tycoon James Ellsworth in 1913 and redesigned by famed Golden Age architect William Bosworth. Its size is beyond expansive; covering five floors, it has a 3,400-square-foot basement, a 2,650-square-foot roof terrace and two 40-foot-long bedrooms. Jaw-dropping features include a saline swimming pool, a 12-seat movie theater, a double-height library, a formal dining room with seats for 40, 28-foot ceilings on a third-floor rotunda and, for those icy New York mornings, a heated sidewalk. Not so long ago, the mansion was listed for $114 million....