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NYC's Most Expensive Apartment Rentals

July 03, 2012

It's pretty well known that NYC is not the most convenient place to live for people looking to save a buck. In fact, PropertyNest has some convincing evidence to the contrary:

But that left us wondering: if NYC is the most expensive market to rent in, how much do the most expensive apartments in NYC go for? On the AddressReport listings, we've hit 3-bedroom condos for over $10k a month before, but then again, we're not catering to the super-rich. After looking around a bit, we're now ready to present to you three apartments in Manhattan on the market for renting, as long as you're willing to give up your first born child for it. And your second. And possibly your third.

3. $100,000/Month | SoHo Townhouse

Remember this video? "Halo", a massive hit that peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top 100, features Beyoncé swimming upwards through a swimming pool while also making out with some dude, presumably reflecting the fluidity of love combined with the impermanence of being able to breathe underwater. Or something like that.

All of this is relevant because this particular music video was filmed in this SoHo townhouse.

That's right. You can swim in the same waters that Beyoncé once occupied. What's more, it turns out Beyoncé actually owned the entire townhouse/apartment at some point, so you'll be occupying the sloppy seconds of one of the biggest pop stars of all time for the low price of $100,000 a month.

For this price, you'll get a whopping 13,000 square feet of space, 3 different bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a private elevator. It's been totally redesigned by the current owner Marcus Nispel though, so it's up to you to try to figure out which room Beyoncé slept in.

2. $135,000/Month | Waldorf Astoria Tower

Unsurprisingly, the second most expensive apartment on the market is in the famed Waldorf Astoria Mansion, at 100 East 50th St. in Midtown. Unfortunately, though no major celebrities have lived in this mansion, it makes up for it by being ridiculously freaking extravagant. For the middling price of only $135,000 a month, you'll get 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a maid's room, and a powder room for guests.

All joking aside, it's the most flamboyantly extravagant building I've seen in a while. Gold-plated ridging, French artwork and chandeliers, and 100% marble bathrooms give this apartment a veneer of wealth unmatched in NYC.

1. $165,000/Month | Astor Suite

NYC's most expensive apartment rental is notable for being two things: incredibly expensive and incredibly well furnished. Though the asking monthly rental is a whopping $165,000, it pales compared to owner Jurgan Friedrich's original asking price: $55 million for the entire apartment. To put this in perspective, this is greater than the entire GDP of Tuvalu, an islandic nation in the South Pacific.

For this price, you'll get "hand drawn plaster ceilings; English oak paneling; and hand-hammered leather walls from France", as quoted from Curbed NY. What's more, you'll find a varied array of furniture from the 18th to the 20th century, comprising classical Victorian architecture and Gothic influences into a wealth of historic furnishings. Finally, this apartment has its very own HVAC system, designed to keep the entire apartment at specific humidity for the health of the paintings. Talk about luxuries.

Maybe you're looking for a slightly cheaper option? Whatever the case, you're going to want to do your research before you find your next pad. Check out the unbiased report about any NYC address at AddressReport.