Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what set dollar amounts buy in the ever-growing list of cities that comprises the Curbed universe. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out!
Spending $15M on a place to live is a tall order for all but a select few, but in some of America's most expensive cities, even that sum can't buy enough bedrooms to go around. This glassy duplex penthouse in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood certainly has that "wow" factor, with lofty double-height ceilings, a 1,200-square-foot roof deck, and 3,600 square feet of interiors by designer Christian Damerow. Now for the bad news. Despite costing a whopping $15.2M, this swanky apartment has but one bedroom, and even that doesn't quite qualify, as its wall of glass opens to the interior. Downstairs, there's a "guest bed/study," but that space isn't even enclosed. That leaves this visually-appealing multimillion-dollar home fit for a (very rich) bachelor or bachelorette.
? In the suburbs of San Francisco—Los Gatos to be exact—that $15M goes much further. This custom-built, five-bedroom, six-bath mansion was constructed in 2000 on a lot purchased two years earlier for $1.3M. If the owners get their $15M asking price, that would make for quite a profit, but this is quite the suburban residence, with two acres of formal landscaping, an elegant swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen, and inoffensive, if rather staid, interiors.
? This New England-style estate looks like it might be at home in the Connecticut countryside, but it actually sits not far from the Pacific, in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles. Listed for $14.95M, the 11,500-square-foot manse has seven bedrooms and an astonishing 17 total bathrooms. Highlights include a covered rear patio, a swimming pool set back across a broad lawn, and some killer hardwood parquet floors.
? Set behind elegant iron gates in the Boston suburb of Lawrence, a formerly down-on-its-luck town set for a revival, this massive brick mansion is currently operated as some sort of health clinic. The owners, recognizing the town's improving fortunes, are seeking to cash in by selling it as a single-family home, for $16M. The 22,000-square-foot, 20-bedroom manse comes with 217 acres of rolling hills and forest, but the interiors are showing their age and could use some TLC, which, in a home this large, means spending millions more. They should be worth saving, considering they were designed by Guy Lowell, the man responsible for Boston's imposing Museum of Fine Art.
? Annapolis, the capital of Maryland and a bedroom community for D.C., has been luring urbanites into quaint bayside living for years, but there's nothing quaint about the prices in this nautically-obsessed town. This over-the-top manse, sited on 6.4 acres of waterfront property, is listed for $15M, despite its obvious aesthetic shortcomings. The 12,000-square-foot main house, with six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, is joined on the property by a two-bed guest house, a pair of boat barns, and a private pier nearly 200 feet long. It's all listed for precisely $15M, but has had some trouble attracting buyers: it's been on the market for the better part of a year.