As nice as private pools and radiant floors are, everyone knows that the ultimate luxury in New York City real estate is space. While most New Yorkers make do in cramped quarters (or just give up and adopt Marie Kondo’s philosophy), for a lucky — and very wealthy — few, it is possible to snag a home that is big enough to accommodate even the most extensive collections. As proof, take a look at the homes below, which are the biggest non-commercial units on the market right now. Read ’em and weep.
Address: 50 East 69th Street
Size: 21,070 square feet
The gargantuan Upper East Side spread is the largest home on sale in New York — though it is in need of a little TLC, much like the guests it has been housing recently. Up until May 2016, the building was home to the Center for Specialty Care, an outpatient facility for plastic surgery.
Address: 3 Pierrepont Place, Brooklyn
Size: 18,000 square feet
We guess you really do get more for your money in Brooklyn! The second-largest home in the city is significantly cheaper than the Manhattan-based winner. Of course, it is the most expensive home in the borough and it’s apparently attracted some star visitors; Matt Damon was spotted checking out the home in September.
Address: 12 East 96th Street
Size: 17,700 square feet
Built in 1916 by Ogden Codman, Jr., the building once belonged to Robert Livingston, a blue-blooded American financier, but since 1990 the house has been home to the Italian international school, La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi. It comes with seven stories, an elevator, a wood paneled ballroom, seven fireplaces, high ceilings, a garden, and right now – a whole lot of classrooms.
Address: 12 East 79th Street
Size: 16,200 square feet
This building, which currently serves as the New York headquarters of the School of Practical Philosophy, has seen a couple of serious price chops since it first hit the market in 2014 asking for a whopping $51 million. Its sizable 16,000 square feet is spread across six stories, an English basement and a cellar. It’s right across the street from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his very-very-nearly two townhouses.
Address: 62 Cooper Square #PH
Size: 15,781 square feet
Spread across the top three floors of the Carl Fischer Building, this unit – obviously – holds a whole lot, including two private terraces, a billiards room, a library, and personal yoga studio. Pretty impressive. No news on who’s selling up, but songstress Norah Jones once owned in the building.