Apartment living has always had an aspirational appeal. The idea of waking up to views of the Brisbane river and living within walking distance of the city’s best restaurants is something most people dream of. Brisbane’s apartment market offers all of those things at extremely affordable prices. First home buyers, retirees and downsizing families are all making the shift towards inner-suburbs apartment living for the convenience and lifestyle on offer.
But, there’s no harm in looking at the other end of the scale. Apartments tend to be built in large cities, most of which don’t have Brisbane’s affordability. Cities like New York, Dubai and London are home to some of the world’s most luxurious apartments, and we’re going to take a tour of the 5 most expensive apartments ever sold.
5. One57 Penthouse, New York – $137 million
At the top of Park Hyatt, overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park, the penthouse at One57 is world-class. Sitting at the top of the 90-storey building, the penthouse sold in 2015 for $137 million.
Taking up two floors of the 300-metre tall building, the penthouse features 1,022m² of living space. Six bedrooms, a sauna, a library and a private theatre are just some of the homely touches that your money will get you, but if you want to venture out of your apartment, penthouse residents can also use private amenities like a pool, gym, library and theatre.
4. One Sydney Harbour Penthouse, Sydney – $140 million
Where would a list of the world’s most expensive real estate be without a mention of Sydney! Selling in 2021 for a cool $140 million, the One Sydney Harbour penthouse lives in a three-tower development by famed architect Renzo Piano.
No expense was spared on the Sydney penthouse, featuring 1,600m² of living space (the average Australian home is about 186m², if you’re wondering) across nine bedrooms and three storeys, with the master suite being bigger than some of Sydney’s homes. If the indoor living spaces don’t do it for you, you can stroll out onto your private rooftop deck to take a dip in the pool and soak in spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera house and the Blue Mountains.
3. Ritz-Carlton Penthouse, New York – $163 million
Located in the Ritz-Carlton at the southern tip of Manhattan, this penthouse is actually three apartments combined to become Manhattan’s most expensive piece of real estate. Selling for $163 million in 2014, this penthouse boasts two storeys and 1,400m² of indoor living, plus an extra 185m² of outdoor terraces. The three apartments that make up the residence account for the two top floors of the building, and they have a combined 12 bedrooms where the occupants can make themselves at home.
Standing on the 40th floor, overlooking the city, you could be forgiven for stopping to admire the views of the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building, all just a stone’s throw away from this $163 million New York penthouse.
2. One Hyde Park, London – $237 million
One Hyde Park is one of the world’s most expensive apartment complexes, so it’s no surprise that Penthouse D was able to sell for $237 million in 2014. While Penthouse D only offers about 750m² of living space, One Hyde Park is a complex that doesn’t skimp on amenities. Living in the complex, residents can make use of the private wine cellar, golf simulator, cinema, spa, swimming pool, sauna, squash court and gym. If doing things yourself is too much work, then One Hyde Park also has 24-hour access to the staff of the neighbouring Mandarin Hotel, who are available to help residents with gourmet food and drinks, room service and concierge services. Oh, and the whole complex is guarded by dedicated security staff, hand-trained by members of the British SAS.
1. Odeon Tower Penthouse, Monaco – $440 million
Selling in 2016 for $440 million, the penthouse of Tour Odéon in Monaco is the world’s most expensive apartment. That price should come as no surprise, considering that Monaco is the world’s second-wealthiest country and about one-third of its residents are millionaires.
The 5-storey penthouse crowns the skyscraper, featuring 3,500m² of living space which includes a kitchen on every floor, rooftop deck, library, cinema and an infinity pool. Oh, and there’s also a water slide that begins on the dance floor and takes you directly to the swimming pool.
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