The Lavish Real Estate of Succession
While Succession gave us a glimpse into the Machiavellian behind-the-scenes business dealings of the Roy family, it also gave us a glimpse of the lavish lifestyle that only the one-percent of the one-percent will ever live. From extravagant yachts, to choppers, to private planes, the voyeur in me loved every minute of it. Perhaps the most intriguing eye candy for me were the homes, apartments and mansions that served as the show’s backdrop.
From the bright shores of Los Angeles to the glistening lakes of Italy, join me as I walk through the impressive real estate on one of television’s cultiesh shows. Some of the locations are for sale or rent, allowing you to live like a Roy … if you’re up to the challenge.
While the interiors of Logan Roy’s Manhattan penthouse are filmed on a sound stage, the building’s exteriors and lobby are filmed at the American Irish Historical Society’s 15,000-square-foot headquarters at 991 Fifth Avenue. The property was once listed for $52 million, but after receiving a petition with more than 40,000 signatures opposing the sale, New York Attorney General Letitia James agreed to preserve the historic property.
Featured heavily in Season 2, 90 Jule Pond Drive (aka: “The Summer Palace” in the show) is one of the most expensive houses in all of The Hamptons. Originally built in 1960 by Henry Ford’s grandson, this 20,000 square foot, forty-two-acre estate boasts the Hampton’s largest ocean frontage with nearly a quarter mile (you heard that right!) of private beach. Other outdoor amenities include a tennis court, kayaking pond, meditation garden, and secluded swimming pool. The property sold for $105 million in 2021.
Built in 2018, another Hamptons property – Wainscott – was designed by Barnes Coy Architects. According to the firm’s website, the roughly 11,000-square-foot house is broken down “into three smaller pavilions attached by an elongated breezeway, almost as if three smaller beach houses—each with its own distinctive character—had been joined at the hip.” The property is currently on the market for $55 million.
Tom and Shiv’s New York pad is an 8,000 square foot penthouse loft in a converted 1930s office building in Tribeca. Designed by architect Steven Harris and Rees Roberts + Partners, the unit features a contained guesthouse and soaring views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The penthouse last sold in 2003 for $7.7 million.
One of the apartments featured most prominently in Season 3 is in Tribeca’s Woolworth Tower Residences. The 29th floor five-bedroom duplex, which served as Kendall Roy’s ex-wife’s pad and Kendall’s war room, recently sold for $19.5 million. The Woolworth Tower is one of the most architecturally important buildings in New York. The celebrated architect Thierry W. Despont, who was also behind the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and the renovation of The Ritz in Paris, led the building’s interior design.
Also in Season 3, the Roy family travels to Italy, hopping around spectacular Italian real estate. In the eighth episode, Roman Roy meets up with tech entrepreneur Lukas Matsson at Villa La Cassinella at Lake Coma. The extraordinary villa is available for rent.
Showcased during the wedding episode in Succession's third season, the 17th century Villa Centinale was originally built in 1680 as a private retreat for Pope Alexander VII. The thirteen-bedroom, twelve-bathroom estate is also available to rent.
Located in the Riviera area of Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, the jawdropping modern San Onofre Estate (featured in Season 4) was designed by Ardie Tavangarian and sits on a promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It recently sold for a staggering $83 million to 26-year old Austin Russell, the founder of the self-driving automation company Luminar.
Another Season 4 latecomer, the historic $30.8 million Montecito manse called the Solana Estate was one of Montecito’s most original “hilltop Barons” and is owned by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The 22,729-square-foot, seven-bedroom, twenty-bath home is perched on eleven acres. Initially listed for an estimated $57.5M, the residence which overlooks Santa Barbara, was built around 1915 for Frederick Forrest Peabody, the chairman of the manufacturer of the Arrow shirt.
Finally, Roman’s penthouse (featured in Episode 9 of Season 4) is a four-bedroom, 6,347-square-foot property with panoramic views of the Hudson River, the city skyline, and Central Park. The unit is at 200 Amsterdam, the tallest building on New York’s Upper West Side. The penthouse occupies floors 49 and 50 and is currently on the market for $38 million.