Anyone who’s gone apartment hunting in Manhattan knows it can get a little monotonous — the bone-white walls, standard hardwood floors, and typical layouts. Sometimes the blank canvas just isn’t enough; sometimes you need a little oomph. For those of you who enjoy ogling beautiful homes that have been carefully designed and expertly decorated, we’ve rounded up five opulent and ornate spaces currently looking for an occupant.
This chic duplex apartment is available fully furnished from June 1st to the end of the year for $10,000/month. Yes, that’s some steep rent, but just think of the summer fun you’ll have in the south-facing garden and attached solarium (and how great it will be to tell people you have a solarium). The deep, jewel-toned color palate pops against the hardwood floors with inlaid geometric black-and-white tiles. The black walls are not for the faint of heart, but they certainly add a touch of class to the super luxe home. And in the modern, zen kitchen you’ll have no problem whipping up some tasty treats for your outdoor garden party!
Almost every room in this Central Park West unit has a different flashy wall surface — in the dining room, the built-in storage unit with its backlit, arched shelving space; in the foyer, the diamond-patterned wallpaper; in the bathroom, all-over marble; and in the bedroom, the long, mirrored closet.
Located in the historic Beresford building, apartment 11E is on the market for $12 million. Selling points for this glitzy pad include the herringbone hardwood floors, Central Park views from every window, and a wood burning fireplace in the living room. Just make sure you’re not having a bad hair day when you walk by the wall of mirrors!
As New Yorkers we’re used to walking up stairs to get to our apartment, not walking up stairs in our apartment. Unit 10/11C in 775 Park Avenue has a sweeping staircase between its two floors that contain 12 rooms. The elegance continues in the 31-foot living room that has three park-facing windows, two crystal chandeliers, and a wood-burning fireplace. In the 25-foot formal dining room is another fireplace, as well as picture moldings and romantic wall sconces. The wood-paneled library exudes a homey, gothic feeling, the perfect complement to the airy formalness of the rest of the apartment. It might just be worth the walk up and down the stairs and the $19.5 million selling price for this home.
This gilded fifth-floor apartment at 781 Fifth Avenue is nothing short of royal. The central gallery starts the wealth of golden décor, which is playfully mixed with a checkered floor and scenic wallpaper. In the living room the intricately carved woodwork is offset by gold shining candelabras and a huge Persian rug. The real show stopper is the pink paradise in the den. Rich, damask wallpaper matches the rug, couch, and chairs, all of which pop against the dark wood furniture. This 40th-floor apartment with East River views can be yours for $4.4 million, as long as you’re not one of those “less is more” people.
If the walls of windows and 360-degree views from the 78th floor weren’t enough, the Time Warner Center‘s penthouse also has 11-foot tray ceilings with recessed lighting and a double-sized living room. The modern design was done by Tony Ingrao after the current owners purchased the 8,300-square-foot condo in 2008 (the city’s largest full-floor penthouse). Now on the market for $68 million, it is outfitted with velvety carpets, silk drapes, a mirrored dining table, crystal chandeliers, and plenty of plush fabrics. The neutral palate provides a perfect backdrop for the many luxurious textures — definitely a selling point once someone sits on one of the satin couch and wraps themselves in a soft blanket.