nyc-manhattan-skyline-waterfrontWhile celebrities own beautiful pads all over the planet, one of the top and most desired markets in the world is New York City. To Soho, over to the East Village and up to Central Park, the borough of Manhattan is an incredibly favored, and extraordinarily expensive, place to live. So what neighborhoods are the most favored? Here are the top three recent transactions of the top celebrity condos in Manhattan’s top neighborhoods:

1. Fifth Avenue is one of the single most expensive streets in the world, where the most prestigious stores can be found. Just north of Washington Square, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones recently purchased a four-bathroom, four-bedroom penthouse on Fifth Avenue. The guitarist, along with Wife Patti Hansen, purchased the unit, converted from three previously separate units, for $10.5 million—down $4.5 million from it’s original listing price. With three terraces, floor to ceiling windows and marble slab bathrooms, you could say the musician has found his satisfaction.

2. Battery Park is a 23-acre waterfront area often referred to as the “Emerald Doorstep to the Metrpolis.” It’s the largest public open space in the Downtown area. “The Wolf on Wall Street” star Leonardo DiCaprio just recently bought out his neighbors for a cool $8 million for 2,300 square feet of prime New York real estate to expand his current unit. The eco-friendly condominium recently received a facelift, thanks in part to Carl Mattone and the Mattone Group, making this stunning high-rise on River Terrace much desired real estate in Battery Park.

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“The Wolf on Wallstreet”? Not quite, Leo resides in Battery Park. cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com

3. New York’s Upper East Side is recognized as safe, charming, green and beautiful. Once known as the Silk Stocking District, Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has officially made the area his home. Renowned for his Travel Channel television show No Reservations and his culinary talents, he purchased at the very beginning of the year a unit in the Upper East Side. The 2,250 square foot condo was purchased for $3.35 million, a relative steal in today’s market for condominiums in New York.

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Martin Ackerman is a freelance writer and current editor originally from Staten Island, NY. His university schooling focused on English education and Japanese. He has a (not so secret) passion for art history and political science. When he isn't writing or editing you can find him at sci-tech conventions, building the latest LEGO city or pampering his cat, Tea. You can follow him on Twitter @MarMackerman.