This is absolutley nuts.
It looks like a giant puzzle to me; one that I might have figured out when I was 13-years-old, but don’t have the eyesight for, as an adult.
Below is a floor plan from a rather unique condo in New York City, with a very interesting back-story.
Let me tell you that story, as well as show you a couple of other videos and floor plans from luxury NYC units…
Have you ever wondered what the floor plan for a 9,000 square foot condo would look like?
And I’ll be honest – I wasn’t impressed by the one shown above.
There are just way, way too many walls!
I’m not going to suggest that a 9,000 square foot condo should be completely open concept, but my God look at all those different rooms!
This technically shows as only a 3-bedroom, but note that the den at the top has a dressing room. Why do you need a dressing room adjacent to a den?
But that”s not the only question to ask here.
Why is the kitchen only 5.7% of the square footage of the entire condo?
What is the difference between the “library” and the “study,” and why does one need two dens with BOTH a library and a study?
Why does the dressing room open to the kitchen?
Why is there a pantry off the bedroom?
What is a “dress corridor?” Am I that poor, that I have no idea what this is? Why is it 180 square feet?
Why does this floor plan provide measurements for the hallway?
It’s an odd one, I tell ya.
But you know what? It’s still $68,000,000. Or $7,556 per square foot.
I first read about the condo HERE.
A Chinese billionaire named Guo Wengui has been “hiding out” in the apartment (which is actually a co-op) and not a condominium, since he fled China in 2015.
He purchased the property for $70 Million, and tried to sell it in 2017 for $86 Million.
Now here he stands, looking at a $2 Million loss, plus costs. I guess there are worse things for exiled billionaires?
Here’s a video tour of the unit that’s worth watching:
Not bad, for $68,000,000.
But if you can afford $68 Million, you can afford $73,800,000, right?
There’s a 10,000 square foot, 5-bedroom penthouse for sale at 212 Fifth Avenue, with an additional 4,700 square foot terrace, and 950 square foot……um…..balcony?
Now this is a little more like what a 10,000 square foot condo floor plan should look like:
I’m not an expert in 10,000 square foot floor plans, but doesn’t this look a bit cleaner?
There’s a 1,500 square foot “great room.”
I counted some 15 rooms in the first floor plan, and only 9 here. This is less choppy, better flow, and well-organized.
Of course, I wonder why one needs a sitting room off the 400 square foot master bedroom, but I guess there’s just nowhere in that bedroom to sit.
I will say, I was somewhat unimpressed by the Sotheby’s listing, which you can see HERE. There were maybe 7-8 interior photos of the unit, but only the foyer, hallway, bathroom, atrium, etc.
But hey, the view isn’t bad…
My last comment on this world of real estate that I know nothing about, is this:
The listing reads, “This is the opportunity of a lifetime.”
It’s a $73,800,000 condo.
I find that statement to be both incredibly misplaced, and absolutley ironic.
It may be the opportunity of “a” lifetime, in the most literal sense. Because there may be “a” buyer out there, but probably not many more.