Trophy Properties: New York

Sumptuous and sleek, these are some of the most sought-after properties on the real estate market today.

By Felicity Sargent and Michael O’Rourke

69th Floor
Chrysler Building Tower


 The benefits of basing one’s business in this 24/7 serviced space, complete with state-of-the-art-security, are hard to verbalize.

The Chrysler Building is one of the most distinctive, recognizable peaks in New York City’s skyline. Completed in 1930, it is known the world-over for its distinctive Art Deco design, which stands out against the early skyscrapers. In fact, when the Skyscraper Museum surveyed 100 architects, brokers, builders, critics, developers, engineers, historians, and scholars, a staggering 90 percent agreed that the Chrysler Building was the holy grail of commercial real estate.

An opportunity has arisen that is so exclusive, rare, and unusual that it may not come around again for decades. Space in the 69th Floor Tower Suite is on the market-up to 5,343 square feet of Golden Era glory. When one enters this National Historic Landmark designated property, the first thing to thrill the senses is the magnificent Art Deco lobby, with smooth wood-inlaid private elevators.

Within the office space, the interior and views are unparalleled. The space is replete with Italian marble floors, laboriously hand-painted walls, 10-foot tall triangular windows that invite in the sun, and breathtaking views. It also entails a tucked away circular staircase with restricted access to a bi-windowed duplex hideaway, and another leading to the 70th Floor. Glorious views of the harbor, both rivers, and the 360-degree skyline at your disposal put this piece of real estate in a class all its own.

The benefits of basing one’s business in this 24/7 serviced space, complete with state-of-the-art-security, are hard to verbalize. The prestige of having the bragging rights of working in the Chrysler Building is simply an unbeatable opportunity-something that only comes around once or twice in a lifetime.

Rent: $90-$110/sqft
Location: Manhattan, NY
Sub-Landlord: Dr. Charles M. Weiss
Phone: 212.370.1921
Office Manager: Latoya Ford

$35 million


Set on more than 35 acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this breathtaking home is conveniently located near the town of Montauk and only 2.6 miles from Montauk Airport. With a freshwater pond, fields and meadows, and 400 feet of ocean frontage, this contemporary residence is the ultimate summer retreat. The 7,000-square-foot contemporary was built to the highest standards and includes three levels with five bedrooms including a sumptuous master suite, four full bathrooms, and a sizeable garage.

The beautifully tiled roof and 3,500 square feet of mahogany decking are only the beginning; there are also the stunning living and dining rooms with soaring 16-foot ceilings and walls of glass overlooking the ocean and grounds. Aditionally, there is a chef’s kitchen, breakfast room, office, and impressive screening room with a state-of-the-art JBL system and Creston control.

The grounds are spectacular, bordered by sagebrush with fragrant white blossoms in the spring, blazing scarlet foliage in the fall, and an idyllic flower lined grassy path that leads through private gates to the beach.

Located less than half a mile from gorgeous parks including Montauk Park and Theodore Roosevelt Park as well as Montauk Point Lighthouse, this is truly the ultimate retreat-an oceanfront oasis.

Price: $35,000,000
Location: Montauk, NY
Realtor: John Golden, SVP
Phone: 631.267.7380 or 631.377.2928
Realty: Prudential Douglas Elliman

Price Upon Request


This elegantly restored 1850s farmhouse presents a rare opportunity for homebuyers. Thanks to its location in historic Watermill and its close proximity to the beach as well as Mecox Bay, it is an ideal Hamptons property. The house is set on 1.9 acres of manicured gardens and is surrounded by gorgeous towering trees. The main house has a formal living room that allows for unlimited entertaining possibilities while the large fireplace provides a centerpiece. The living room leads out onto an awning-covered terrace, perfect for indoor/outdoor soirées. There is a secondary fireplace in the formal dining room, which opens onto the covered wraparound porch. The eat-in kitchen provides a spacious and well-appointed alternative for informal meals. A third fireplace adds to the charm that abounds in details throughout the house and its grounds.

Despite the age of the home, there is a contemporary airiness and spaciousness that can be attributed to the masterful interior architects. Sun pours into each room through the numerous oversized windows and allows the owner of the residence to take full advantage of the four-way exposure. A den and six bedrooms make up the rest of the house and there is a large master suite with adjacent dressing area and bath.

In addition to the main house, there is a carriage house with capacity for three cars and a guest apartment on the second floor. There is a fully heated state-of-the-art outdoor pool constructed in gray gunite. This dream home is a rarity for its historical significance, tailored grounds, and beautifully restored interior and exterior. Given its coveted location in illustrious Watermill, it is a gem of a property.

Price: Upon Request
Location: Watermill, NY
Realtor: Pat Petrillo
Phone: 631.283.0600
Realty: Sotheby’s International Realty

$15 Million
Equestrian Estate


More than 15 acres of equestrian grounds lie in the heart of Bridgehampton’s world famous horse country. Bridgehampton is also the home of the Hamptons’ premier polo grounds and the world renowned Hampton Classic Horse Show so the setting of this property could not be more ideal for riding enthusiasts. The estate is fully outfitted with state-of-the-art appointments for the serious equestrian. The owners overlooked no detail in the construction of the riding areas and all elements are ready for immediate use. The property comes fully equipped with a 15 stall barn, heated tack room and bath, wash stall, indoor riding arena, outdoor ring, large grass jump/flat field, large PVC fenced paddocks, and sand turnout paddocks.

The main house is a newly renovated classic Hamptons farmhouse with five bedrooms, a spacious kitchen with center island, a dining area and family room with fireplace, a den with fireplace, and unexpected extras including a sunroom with French doors that lead out onto a wraparound porch and a finished lower level that houses a professional recording studio and gym. In addition to the areas meant for equestrian use, the grounds boast elegant landscaping and a heated oversized gunite pool and spa. The attractive pool house contains a half bath and a convenient outdoor shower. This estate represents rarified country living at its best. The property is a unique find in the Hamptons and an amazing opportunity for a special buyer.

Price: $15,000,000
Location: Bridgehampton, NY
Realtor: Dana Trotter, SVP
Phone: 631.537.6000 Ext. 46
Realty: Sotheby’s International Realty

$15 Million


Architect R.H. Robertson built this shingled style cottage for his personal residence in 1886. Throughout the years, it has been beautifully and carefully maintained so that today, more than 200 years after its original construction, it is a rare and stately example of 19th century architecture on the South Fork.

Upon passing the gates of the vast grounds, it becomes apparent that this is a special home, a property beyond imitation or duplication. The porte-cochère, the wide veranda, and a triple arch balcony are just some of the historical details that distinguish Robertson’s home from so many others in the area. The renovations and modernization, while discreet, assure that no modern amenity has been overlooked. There is central air conditioning throughout the 12 bedrooms, all of which are outfitted with the best in modern appliances. The entrance foyer leads into the telephone room, parlor, living room, and dining room, each with its own fireplace. The second floor has a master suite with two baths and two fireplaces, three guest bedrooms, and a children’s wing with four supplementary bedrooms. There are an additional three bedrooms on the third floor as well as a small playroom. The expansive 1.5-acre lawn holds a beautiful gunite pool and tennis court. But perhaps the most attractive feature of this residence is its location-just steps away from the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

Price: $15,000,000
Location: Southampton, NY
Realtor: F. Patricia Garrity, SVP
Phone: 631.702.9221
Realty: Corcoran

$18.5 Million
East Hampton Colonial


The charm of a quaint cottage infuses the spacious rooms of this deluxe East Hampton home with a feeling of tranquility. Unexpected luxuries and amenities abound in this six-bedroom five-and-a-half bath Dutch colonial estate. Built in the 1880s, this classically shingled abode has been fully restored without losing an ounce of its traditional Hamptons charm. With its prime location on prestigious Ocean Avenue in East Hampton, this home exudes old world elegance.

Its location, near the beach yet steps away from picturesque East Hampton village, could not be more ideal. The grounds themselves are very private and come equipped with a gunite pool and spa, all-weather tennis court, a separate cottage, and a converted state-of-the-art gym. Entering through the ground level wraparound porch, you will find the interior aglow with natural light. The combination of light-filled rooms, wooden staircases, and rare, wide wood floor panels make the property instantaneously warm and welcoming.

A spacious dining room with classic wainscot paneling, stainless steel kitchen, and living room with a charming brick fireplace and mantle ensure that there is more than ample space to entertain guests. The grounds boast beautifully manicured lawns with mature trees, landscaping, and a two-car garage. This multi-acre home is a rare find and the one-of-a-kind compound offers the perfect fusion of old world charm and modern convenience

Price: $18,500,000
Location: East Hampton, NY
Realtor: Jack Pearson, SVP, & Cee Scott Brown, SVP
Phone: 631.910.2139 or 631.910.2029
Realty: Corcoran