Welcome to a variation on Curbed Comparisons, wherein Curbed sees how much it takes to get a certain amount of space in the ever-growing list of cities that comprises the Curbed universe.
For this edition of Curbed Comparisons, we're changing tacks by looking at how much cash it takes to buy a gargantuan 10,000-square-foot spread in five Curbed cities. Kicking things off is the ever expensive Big Apple, where this Upper East Side townhouse—once a wedding present for New York society gent Charles C. Auchincloss—has been lingering on the market for almost three years. What, might you ask, has the buyer done to woo buyers to this hideously expensive 10,000-square-foot historic home? Well, three months ago, the price was raised by $7.25M to land at an eye-popping $35M. It looks like someone is out to hook a great foreign whale with deep pockets and little regard for price. For that inflated sum, the buyer will receive a six-story Georgian with 16 rooms, 11-foot ceilings, "9 bedrooms, 9 baths, 3 powder rooms, staff room, 8 fireplaces, 3 terraces, and an elevator."
? On the other end of the price spectrum lies Detroit, where this 9,600-square-foot mansion, also in the Georgian brick style, can be had for just under $500K. Inside are seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, eight fireplaces, a butler's pantry, a pastry pantry, paneled library, and even a ballroom on the third floor.
? Now, back to the multi-milliondollar pads. This one, perched high atop Miami's Grosvenor House condominium, is a 9,100-square-foot penthouse with all the bells and whistles, including a rooftop swimming pool, interiors featured in Italian Architectural Digest, and five bedrooms. Despite all the amenities and those glossy-worthy interiors, the place has been lingering on the market for years with a $14.5M price tag. Given that the current owner spent just $5M to buy the place back in the boom times of 2006, it seems unlikely it will trade hands soon.
? San Francisco is no stranger to huge and hugely expensive properties, so it comes as something of a surprise that this historic brick mansion is asking anything less than eight figures. Listed for $9.25M, the Pacific Heights manse was built in 1900 and retains much of the historic detail, while adding a good-looking gourmet kitchen, a wine cellar, and state-of-the-art integrated sound and security systems. Measuring 10,100 square feet spread over four floors, the house has eight bedrooms and nine baths.
? There aren't many 10,000 square foot mansions floating around the market in buttoned-up Boston, but this one sure makes the cut. Located on Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay, the six-bed, nine-bath townhouse boasts a stunning Beaux Arts facade, modern kitchen, spectacular roof deck, and a jaw-dropping price tag to accompany it all: $12.5M. A block from the Newbury Street shopping, this well-situated private palace is also walkable to two of Boston's business hubs, the John Hancock and Prudential towers.