The specialty features of luxury homes are pretty commonplace: wine cellar, home gym, swimming pool and perhaps an equestrian stable. Yet for some of the most exclusive addresses, extremely distinctive features set them apart from the rest.
TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reached out to its network of real estate professionals throughout the country to find 10 of the most compelling listings for millions of dollars — in several of the following five cases, many millions of dollars. See the rest of the top 10 on CNBC's website.
The following five properties reveal different ways to party. They include a disco, 3-D projector screen and a once-illegal bar.
East Village Penthouse
: New York
Price: $3.9 million
Square Footage: 2,400
It’s hard to miss a pivotal element of this East Village penthouse duplex, made from two apartments: a slide between floors. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com says it belonged to Phil Galfond, a 27-year-old pro poker player who had the slide installed so he could fly back to his seat at the computer after a break. After the U.S. crackdown on Internet gambling, Galfond moved to Canada, which is how his customized penthouse reached the market.
Features include top-of-the-line appliances, Celador Oyster Stone countertops, white maple hardwood floors and an Italian-crafted Rintal staircase to bring the occupant up for a return trip on the slide. Outdoor space includes two glass-walled terraces, a private roof deck and a common roof deck. That area contains a pool, cabanas, BBQ area and a courtyard.
The Bradbury Estate
: Bradbury, Calif.
Price: $78.8 million
Square Footage: 44,416
This bombastic new mega-mansion “trophy property” can be yours for just shy of $80 million. What does that kind of scratch net a homebuyer these days? A 32,000-square-foot main Palladian mansion with a spacious 3-D theater, for one.
Other features include an underground rifle range, two master suites, a two-story library, a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, a poker room with built-in humidor, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, a 10-car garage topped with a guest house and a pool house larger than most people’s homes at 5,716 square feet. Also on the property are a temperature-controlled trout pond (one doesn’t want the trout catching a chill, after all) and a two-story waterfall.
One Main Street
: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Price: $19 million
Square Footage: 7,000
The iconic Clock Tower penthouse apartment known by its One Main Street address was called “Brooklyn’s priciest pad” by Curbed, where continuing coverage shows that it last sold for $7 million. It re-entered the market at a whopping $25 million and has taken a cut down to $19 million.
Another name it goes by is the Esquire Bachelor Pad of the Year, when it featured a holographic resident bachelorette, a “digital ghost” named Charlotte. In addition to having the sweeping views of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan through the four 14-foot glass clock windows (each electronically synchronized), the apartment has an elevator leading up to the master suite and a glass roof terrace with a 400-square-foot open terrace space. In addition, the apartment is wired so residents can project their computer desktop across the slanted ceiling.
Price: $4.75 million
Square Footage: 11,000
This stone Norman-style mansion on more than 5 acres boasts a hidden speakeasy. It was built in 1932, a year before the end of Prohibition. As TopTenRealEstateDeals.com points out, building a speakeasy into a home was as common as having a home theater today — if you had the money. A major part of the mansion’s interior is more than 350 years old — the wood paneling in the Great Room is from the circa 1650 hunting lodge of England’s King James II.
It also has a bowling alley, master suite with a fireplace, his-and-hers offices, a conference room and a three-bedroom guest cottage. Adding to the elegance of this property is a porte-cochere leading to the garage in a second walled-in courtyard.
: Los Angeles
Price: $8.9 million
Square Footage: 16,000
This all-glass contemporary party palace with views of the City of Angels comes with its own 4-foot-tall blue glass tile Hollywood sign, which glows along the wall of the 40-foot pool.
More features in this newly built home include a theater with 160-inch screen, gym, billiards, pingpong, and a large outdoor deck and three yards. The main (of two) master suites have a fabulous pair of dressing rooms. Colored and neon lights complete the package: under the beds, behind frosted panels, around the hot tub and in recessed skylights.
To top it all off, there is a disco complete with bar and dance floor that opens to the pool area, including the home’s Hollywood sign.
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