Even though the housing recovery is sputtering, there are plenty of luxe landlords shooting for the stars when it comes to their trophy houses and apartments. In the markets that attract the deepest pockets, the rents can reach into the triple digits—remember that mansion in NYC asking $135K per month? Now, that place was uptown in one of the city's established luxury neighborhoods, but this full-floor apartment on Bond Street in NoHo lies just off the formerly grungy, recently gentrified Bowery. That hasn't kept the block from becoming one of the hottest property markets in the city, nor has it kept the owner of this five-bedroom, 7,300-square-foot loft in 25 Bond from asking $65K per month. At least that high tariff might buy a chance encounter with high-maintenance actor Will Smith, who is renting a similarly gigantic flat downstairs.
? Across the country in that other bastion of super high-priced properties, this Hollywood Hills estate, designed by the cult leader-sounding architect Zoltan Pali, is asking a cool $45K per month. The four-bedroom, seven-bath spread has dramatic views of the city, unique handcrafted interiors, and a sleek pool that help justify the high rent.
? In sunny Miami, Fla., $45K per month will lease this pet friendly, six bed, six bath white waterfront palace. The infinity pool equipped mansion also boasts an elevator, roof deck, Creston home automation system, and breathtaking double-height ceilings in the living room.
? Boston, Mass. might not share in the sand and sun of South Florida, but, thanks to this penthouse at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, can compete on high-priced rental properties. At $19.5K per month, it may seem like a big step down cost wise, but considering this place has just two bedrooms over 1,985 square feet—compared to the 65,000-square-foot Miami manse—that's a lot of coin for such tight accommodations.
? Down in oil-rich Houston, Texas, the big spenders seem to be getting much more for their rental dollar. This 1949 Barnstone & Brown design, elegantly sited on a lush lot, offers two bedrooms, four baths, and 5,100 square feet for $15K a month. The number of bedrooms might be low—partly the result of a truly massive master suite with his and hers baths and dual dressing rooms—but the entertaining spaces offer a desirable mix of modern and traditional styling.