In the priciest listings in the East Village of Manhattan, the top is dominated by full buildings of apartments that go for millions of dollars. But the second most expensive listing is for a single family home, at $8,900,000. The five-story house is sandwiched between other buildings, but at one time it was a free-standing home. Sure, it has five bedrooms and 4.5 baths, but the reason it's so expensive is its history. The house at 44 Stuyvesant Street is the oldest home in the city.
The house was constructed in 1795 for Nicholas William Stuyvesant, per the 1969 St. Mark's Historic District designation report. He was the great-great-grandson of Peter Stuyvesant — the last Dutch director-general of the New Amsterdam colony, which eventually became New York City.
The home has remained in the family for over 200 years, and has never before been listed for sale to the public. It is built of brick, with hardwood floors, lots of windows, and eight fireplaces (each bedroom has one). Oh yeah, and a private garden. The house has been well-maintained, with the addition over time of the bathrooms and a working kitchen, although they all retain the look of the era in which they were installed. It's a combination of history, quality, space, and location. Read more about this home (and see plenty of pictures) at its real estate listing. No, you can't afford it, but just taking a peek is a treat.