Most Expensive Apartment In US Listed For $100m

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   (2012-07-31 00:00:00)

New York: You can be the proud owner of the most-expensive apartment in the United States - a triplex, wrap-around penthouse on W. 56th Street - if you have 100 million dollars to spare.

Raphael De Niro, the son of actor Robert De Niro, has the exclusive listing on the 73rd through 76th floor aerie atop CitySpire - the deluxe apartment in the sky, which is owned by Long Island real estate developer Steven Klar.

The space includes inlaid marble floors.

According to the Prudential Douglas Elliman listing, the 8,000-square-foot octagon-shaped unit is a "one-of-a-kind gem [that] ranks amongst the most elite homes in America," the New York Daily News reported.

Architect Juan Pablo Moyneux took the original raw space and created an aristocratic interior with inlaid marble floors, stately columns, gold draperies and candeliers.

Other features include a private, three-story elevator along with a wrap -around terrace on all three floors that offers 360-degree views of the city.

It boasts of a dining room that has the capacity of seating 20 people comfortably and a wine room that can hold more that 1000 bottles and has a silver closet..

There's even a separate apartment one floor below for the help.

Klar bought the property in 1993 for 4.5 million dollars and then spent about the same amount to renovate it to his tastes. He made his wealth by building thousands of homes on Long Island.

The octagonal-shape of the penthouse ensures that every room has city views.

CitySpire was constructed in 1988 and the building immediately courted controversy.

The original developer, Ian Bruce Eichner, built the tower higher than the extant building codes allowed, but the city eventually negotiated a settlement that required Eichner to construct a dance studio at another site.

Also, the louvers on the top of the building whistled so loudly that area residents complained. The city repeatedly threatened fines, so the developers eventually adjusted the structure to allow wind to pass through without creating any noise.

The penthouse apparently has the highest outdoor space in New York City.

During the dip in the reality market in the early 1990s, banks took back the property from Eichner, and Klar was among those brought in to sell the remaining units. He ended up buying into the building himself.