Have you ever watched a show or movie, and wondered how the heck those characters were able to afford such a nice apartment? While anything is possible through the magic of television, in the real world those fancy fictional places tend to stretch belief. Joe McGauley of Supercompressor.com went to the experts to find out exactly how much the fictional New York City apartments of our favorite TV characters would cost in real life.
He asked Kane Manera, an agent from Douglas Elliman Real Estate, for some estimates— from the pre-war architecture of the apartment building from Friends to the Upper East Side penthouses from Gossip Girl. Of course New York is recognized as an expensive place to live, but after reading some of the places on this list you’ll wonder how—even though they’re fictional—these characters could afford these pads.
Manera estimates that Blair Waldorf’s penthouse on Gossip Girl is worth around $35 million, based on recently sold property. If you’ve got the money for it, you too could enjoy a Park-facing view while enjoying four bedrooms, a private gym, and media room.
Despite the set-back of being located directly over a ground floor restaurant, the location and pre-war architecture would make this iconic apartment go for anywhere between $2 million and $2.5 million.
Sex and the City
Based on the neighborhood and price, Carrie Bradshaw’s NYC apartment is literally larger-than-life. At least it seems unlikely that she would enjoy such a comfortably spacious place for the $750 monthly rent she pays on the show. Manera says that Carrie’s place could go for $600,000.
For a comprehensive breakdown of the real-world costs of these places, and other iconic film and television apartments, you can check them out on Supercompressor.com.