I lived up and down Manhattan for almost a decade after college. I spent about 5 years in the Upper East Side and then 4 years in SoHo. For two of those years in the Upper East Side I caught a glimpse of what the city’s ultra-wealthy live like.
My roommates/college friends and I were living in what some people affectionately referred to as a ‘Fratirement Home’. It was a 7-bedroom mansion on 80th and Lexington with a large backyard that backed up to Madonna’s backyard (she lived on 81st). There were six of us in this house and rent really wasn’t bad considering how it was split six ways but ALL of our neighbors were single families living in this brownstone mansions on the UES.
I forget what the home’s value was but I recall it being somewhere between $10 and $15 million. Had I ever been able to afford something like that without having to live with five roommates I might’ve stayed in the city but that roommate life isn’t sustainable as you get older. Here, we all get to see what the city’s wealthiest live like.
The Penthouse at One Hundred Barclay lays claim to NYC’s largest living room. The living room alone measures 3,000 square feet. This TriBeCa Penthouse has unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River, downtown and midtown skylines, and it measures 14,500 square feet across the duplex home that also has 21-foot-high ceilings.
Eric Conover gives us a YouTube tour of The Penthouse at One Hundred Barclay which carries a $40 million price tag:
The place isn’t even done and it’s absolutely insane. The estimated monthly taxes on The Penthouse (according to StreetEasy) are $22,225 with an additional $21,106 in monthly common charges. Here’s the description from the 100Barclay website’s listing:
The Penthouse at One Hundred Barclay is an exclusive, rare opportunity to own the crown jewel at the worlds’ first Art Deco skyscraper, designed in 1927 by renowned architect Ralph Walker. This duplex home offers over 14,500 square feet of unmatched and unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River and New York City skyline.
Home to one of the largest living rooms in New York City, spanning over 3,000-square-feet — the 21-foot ceilings and arched floor-to-ceiling windows makes the space perfect for hosting grand events and displaying art collections. The complete chef’s kitchen spans over 1,000 square feet and features a dining area, lounge with wet bar, butler’s pantry and wine storage for up to 630 bottles. A dual-sided gas fireplace seamlessly divides the space making it ideal for entertaining. There are endless possibilities to customize your home with over 10,000 square feet of raw space.
I know there are some seriously wealthy BroBible readers out there. If you’re one of them and you happen to have $40 million in the bank to spend on real estate you can click here to visit the building’s website where you can set up a viewing of The Penthouse.