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Location: New York, N.Y.
The Skinny: The Gilded Age lives on in New York City, in the limestone-clad body of this penthouse atop Upper Manhattan's Carhart Mansion, a Louis XVI-style townhouse designed in 1913 by architect-to-the-robber-barons Horace Trumbauer. Now owned by Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon, the duplex condo is part of a 2005 conversion of the manor, which spent a good portion of the 20th century playing host to the Lycée Français de New York, which expanded into a unremarkable, low-slung midcentury building next door. As part of the mansion's reconversion into luxury housing, that building was demolished and replaced by an expansion designed by the British Neo-Classicist John Simpson. Now that's all very interesting, no doubt, but let's get to the real question: is there room in this penthouse for Dame Mellon's shoes? The answer, of course, is "most definitely," as the place, which listed three weeks ago, has more than 7,000 square feet of living space (not including the 5,000 square feet of terraces), with a huge walk in closet stuffed full of high-end footwear. It's asking $34M.