Rare and Well-Done

  • When you spend a long time reading luxury real estate listings, you get the sense that a nice New York apartment would make you a more joyous person. Sleep must be comfier in a 26-foot-wide master bedroom; writing easier in a pine-paneled library; and the holiday season an entirely new experience in an entirely new kitchen.

    Think about Thanksgiving in $19.9 million New York homes: You can’t bicker over half-empty ice trays if you’ve got a Scotsman stainless-steel ice maker! The townhouse at 20 East 10th Street has that and two 48-inch Traulsen refrigerators, two Boffi sinks (with commercial garbage disposals), a 36-inch gas oven, a 24-inch gas oven, an electric oven, a warming oven and a griddle, too.

    If you have only $19.5 million to spend, the 7,326-square foot apartment at 25 Bond Street has a “pristine Balthaup designed performance kitchen,” its listing says, “with two of everything.” And if you’re intimidated by its supreme cleanliness, the $24.5 million listing at River House has a kitchen that looks a little more friendly and vintage. Still, it’s fancy: According to a floor plan, the co-op’s 27-foot-long dining room leads to a 14-foot-long pantry and then the 17-foot-long kitchen, which feeds into the servant’s hall, laundry room and double maid’s bedroom.

    It’s more or less the same setup at the $27.5 million Pierre apartment, although its 18.5-foot-long kitchen has a circular breakfast room next door. Better yet, the Winka Dubbeldam–designed loft at 50 Wooster comes with something called a “breakfast bar” that swings out from the open kitchen into the dining area. The bar—and therefore a good kitchen, pleasant Thanksgiving, happy holidays and a good life—can be yours for $8,995,000. - Max Abelson

  • Cortnee Glasser.

  • Evan Joseph.

  • Roger Erickson.

  • Kevin Brown, Robert Thomas and Nikki Field.

  • Michael Ives.