Peek Inside The Apartments Of New York's 1%

Fact: The Upper East Side is home to some seriously outrageous real estate. Filled with more old-world charm than Chuck Bass’s burlesque club, these luxurious abodes are packed from floor to ceiling with the kind of opulence we thought existed only on the silver screen. Mosaic marble flooring, original crown moldings, even gold-leafed ceilings — this is the kind of interior extravagance we dream of.

And while affording the monthly maintenance fees alone on one of these inner-city manses would be harder than getting an invite to one of Blair’s infamous “Kiss on the Lips” parties, we take comfort in knowing we can still spend our afternoon getting lost in all the posh prewar possibilities. So to jumpstart your daydreams, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most lavish listings on the luxury market. From a full-floor penthouse in the Plaza Hotel — with a tearoom! — to a limestone mansion at Central Park and Fifth, scroll ahead for a peek inside a few of the most decadent dwellings we’ve ever seen.

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128 E. 73rd St.

If you happen to have an extra $36.5 million lying around, it’ll buy you an astonishing 9,000-square-foot neo-Georgian mansion in upper Manhattan. Along with three floors, seven bedrooms, and five full baths, the incredible townhouse comes outfitted with interiors by none other than architect to the couture crowd Peter Marino. Complete with soaring ceilings, bay windows, wood-burning fireplaces, a library, garden, gym, and two boudoirs, it’s definitely a van der Woodsen-worthy dwelling.
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The mammoth master suite has a proper sitting room, dressing room, and marble-tiled bathroom with his-and-hers vintage vanities.
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There’s even an all-marble entry gallery equipped with a powder room and massive coat closet, as well as a custom-built staircase that leads to the second and third floors. I think it’s safe to say even Serena would be smitten.
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834 Fifth Ave.

Situated inside of an iconic Rosario Candela-designed limestone building, this $120 million apartment is considered one of the largest on all of Fifth Ave. In addition to a whopping 20 total rooms, the gigantic compound includes 12-and-a-half-feet-tall ceilings, exquisite hardwood flooring, and original Art Deco architectural moldings (that date back to the 1930s). Coupled with its impressive views of Central Park and proximity to Saks, this would be an S- and B-approved abode.
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The lower-level library is lined with gorgeous 17th-century leather walls and floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases.
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A grand staircase leads to the upper-level living quarters, which include an enormous master bedroom and its accompanying mirrored bathroom, dressing closet, and sitting room (with a fireplace).
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781 Fifth Ave.

Curious what kind of co-op costs $78 million? Well, one that, for starters, envelops an entire floor of Midtown’s renowned Sherry Netherland skyscraper. Not only does this palatial property come with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and multiple terraces with views of the park, you’ll also find coffered ceilings, parquet flooring, and a gold-and-marble-clad hallway.
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The opulent dining room boasts hand-painted wall murals, two walls of oversized windows, and views of the New York City skyline.
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The extraordinary spread also offers all the old-school perks of living in a luxury building: 24-hour room service, an on-site health club, and a concierge available around the clock. Almost sounds better than a reservation at Butter.
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1 Central Park South

What could possibly be more posh than calling the Bergdorf Goodman-facing Plaza Hotel your home? In addition to spanning the entire top two floors of the legendary building, the colossal condo — also known as the “Dome Penthouse” — holds four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 5,655 astonishing square feet of Midtown Manhattan living space. And if all that weren’t enough to make even a Waldorf green with envy, the decadent duplex also offers a rooftop terrace, office, library, and some of the most insane views of Central Park you’ll ever see. (Not that we ourselves have technically seen, but you know what we mean.)
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The grandeur of the formal dining room includes antique crystal chandeliers and gold leaf ceiling details, as well as a classic wet bar.
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However, the real icing on the condominium’s cake is the proper “Tea Room,” which is actually nestled inside of the Plaza’s rooftop dome! We’re guessing Tommy Hilfiger — the current owner of the $69 million penthouse — agrees.
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12 East 73rd St.

Who needs lunch at the Met when your home is a turn-of-the-century townhouse off Central Park and Fifth? This five-floor limestone mansion on 73rd St., for instance. In addition to five spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, the $42.5 million spread includes a fully finished English basement, rooftop terrace, library, massage room, outdoor garden, and over 10,000 square feet of living space. The place also underwent a major interior renovation by esteemed designer Daniel Romualdez, who brought its original herringbone floors, cherry-wood walls, and 10 wood-burning fireplaces back to life in no time.
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The commercial-grade catering kitchen is completely covered in classic coffered wood paneling.
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There’s even a decked-out entertaining lounge — with a wet bar — that could lead to more debauchery than a night at 1Oak.
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20 East 78th St.

Now let’s direct our attention to scenic 78th St. Though it hosts some of the most coveted townhouses in the city, one building still manages to stand out from the rest. With its brick-and-limestone bow-front facade and intricate hand-carved millwork, 20 East 78th St. is every bit as architecturally distinct as it is extravagant. Along with awesome interior accents such as ceiling medallions, bronze double doors, and wood-paneled walls, the place holds 10 bathrooms, seven bedrooms, five floors, a finished basement, and nearly 9,000 square feet of space. Certainly ample enough to justify its $38 million price tag and maybe even an Archibald or two.
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An over-the-top dining room features hand-painted wallpaper and original wide-plank wood floors.
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The lush ground-floor garden has towering trellis walls for added outdoor privacy — ideal for hiding, say, a runaway bride like Blair.
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20 East End Ave.

Few things sound more exclusive than a residential enclave on the Upper East Side, but that’s precisely the point for 20 East End Ave. Nestled amidst the prominent 11-block stretch of the avenue — known for its high price point and even higher standard of living — the top-floor penthouse of the 18-story property features super-sophisticated interior details such as 12-foot ceilings, stained white oak flooring, and custom crown moldings. Throw in five bedrooms, six boudoirs, a gallery, game room, and wraparound rooftop terrace (with panoramic views of the East River and more), and you’re looking at a $35 million mega-condo that’s arguably cooler than Dan Humphrey.
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There’s also a formal dining room that looks directly out onto the giant patio, including the wood-burning fireplace.
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The wood-paneled billiards room doubles as an entertaining lounge, perfect for winding down from drama-filled days at the Constance Billard School for Girls.
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12 E. 79th St.

What happens when you combine 17 rooms, 10 bathrooms, nine fireplaces, seven floors, and one stately library? You get a $38.5 million Roman brick mansion with a stunning 16,000 square feet of living space. Add in two separate entrances, an elevator, full cellar, plus a grand salon with bronze moldings and you’ve got one of the most sumptuous estates in the entire city. Originally built in 1903, the Georgian-style townhouse still bears some insane architectural touches. Think hand-carved hardwood walls and ornate ceiling medallions so artful that even Lily van der Woodsen would be jealous.
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The luscious living room features authentic plaster moldings, gilded mirrors, and dormer windows with generous views of the park.
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The walnut-clad library includes coffered ceilings, wall-length windows, and built-in bookcases so astute Jenny Humphrey would swoon.
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7 East 76th St.

Have you ever wondered what a $50 million landmark estate looks like? Well, look no further than The Clarence Whitman Mansion, home to truly one of the ritziest residences on the market. Considering the place’s historical significance — it was designed at the turn of the century in the gothic-inspired Renaissance Revival style — as well as its Italianate exterior, parquet stairway floors, and wrought-iron terraces, we’re not at all stunned by the hefty price tag. However, factor in its fully equipped gym, English basement, and penthouse-level solarium and it actually starts to seem like a real steal.
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A service staircase runs through all seven floors of the abode, as do wood-paneled walls and 12-foot vaulted ceilings.
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The old-school library even has a hidden card room accessible through a private entry — totally the kind of secret Georgina Sparks would love to get her hands on.
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50 Central Park South

As one of only 12 residences located atop the famed Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York, this neoclassical-style condo oozes old-world allure. With Versailles-patterned silver floors in the living room, 18th-century-style boiseries in the dining hall, even a corner breakfast room overlooking Central Park, the place is truly dripping in domestic decadence. Also, residing in the sumptuous estate offers an assortment of luxury-hotel services: access to the private residential lobby, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, even a 24-hour concierge service. And though it might not seem as stellar as a stay at Serena’s Palace Hotel spot, it definitely still serves up enough glitz to be name-dropped at the next debutante ball.
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The library, inspired by Coco Chanel's famous Parisian apartment, is adorned in 18th-century Chinese lacquer panels.
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The G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S master bathroom boasts Byzantine mosaics made from gold-leafed tile, while the powder room features swanky straw marquetry. Oh, the flossy flossy.
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