A luxury building on Moscow's 'Golden Mile' is home to Russian businessmen, celebrities, and athletes. I got a look inside, and its 15 residences were totally different from high-end condos I've toured in NYC.
- Moscow's "Golden Mile" is home to some of the city's most expensive real estate.
- Homes cost, on average, $2 million in older buildings and $3.5 million in new construction buildings, according to Sotheby's International Realty.
- Russian government officials, celebrities, and families with "old money" call the area home, according to Sotheby's.
- On a recent trip to Russia, I got a tour of the neighborhood and one of its most prestigious luxury residences, Nabokov, where available condos start at about $3.2 million and the penthouse sold for $19.4 million.
- It was a stark contrast to luxury buildings I've toured in NYC, which are obsessed with offering lavish amenities, from exclusive private clubs to 82-foot swimming pools.
- In Nabokov, the main draw seems to be the privacy and prestige of living on Moscow's Golden Mile.
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Moscow's Golden Mile, a residential area between the banks of the Moscow River and Ostozhenka Street, is home to some of the city's priciest real estate.Russian government officials, celebrities, and families with "old money" call the area home, according to Olga Novikova of Moscow Sotheby's International Realty. Homes cost an average of $2 million in older buildings and $3.5 million in new construction buildings, according to Sotheby's.Advertisement
Demand for the area has cooled somewhat in the last five years, Maria Bocharova, the chief marketing officer for Sotheby's International Realty, told Business Insider.
"But many people still want to live there and the popularity and prestige of this area will remain stable for a very long time," Bocharova said.On a recent trip to Russia, Sotheby's gave me a tour of one of the neighborhood's most luxurious new residential buildings called Nabokov. Here's what it was like.
Moscow's Golden Mile, a residential area between the banks of the Moscow River and Ostozhenka Street, is home to some of the city's priciest real estate.
On a recent trip to Moscow, Sotheby's gave me a tour of one of the neighborhood's premiere luxury buildings, a residential tower called Nabokov.Advertisement
Buyers of condos in the building are all Russian, according to Vesper.
The lobby was minimalistic, with a blocky marble reception desk and a butterfly art installation hanging overhead.Advertisement
Upon stepping into a Nabokov residence, I immediately noticed a difference from luxury apartments I've toured in US cities like New York and Miami.
The only decorations were curtains and a few chairs.Advertisement
While I'm used to seeing luxury bathrooms adorned with fresh flowers and high-end toiletries, the bathrooms at Nabokov seemed a bit sparse.
The bedrooms were completely empty, aside from curtains.Advertisement
Only one of the Nabokov condos I visited was partially furnished and decorated.
The kitchen was set up with a coffee machine, coffee cups, and Champagne glasses.Advertisement
But the bedrooms and bathrooms were, once again, empty and free of decor.
My tour of Nabokov was completely different from luxury buildings I've toured in New York City.Advertisement
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