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For decades, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes called home a city block-sized mansion at 890 Fifth Ave. in New York City that was initially occupied by the Stark family. Of course, the sprawling building underwent a few minor changes before it could become Avengers Mansion, with the third floor gutted to make way for a hangar deck and the three-level basement complex renovated to accommodate a combat simulation room, a robotics lab, cryogenics storage and a submarine pen. Y’know, the usual stuff.
So if you were a billionaire interested in picking up your own stylish superhero headquarters, how much might Avengers Mansion set you back? A cool $113 million, according to the real estate blog Movoto. Butler not included.
To arrive at that figure, Movoto turned to the Avengers Mansion floor plans from The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe to estimate square feet (42,724), and then considered its location and the price per square foot of similar properties.
“Diving into the world of Manhattan real estate, I quickly discovered that 42,000 square foot private mansions aren’t exactly the norm in this neck of the woods, let alone on Manhattan island,” blogger Randy Nelson explains. “What I was able to find were several large private homes in the area of Fifth Avenue and 70th where the Avengers Mansion would be. By using my mathematical powers on the prices and sizes of these properties, I arrived at an average cost per square foot in the neighborhood of $2,649.”
That apparently doesn’t take into account all of the amenities — like the aforementioned submarine pen and cryogenics storage. But even without all of that, it’s still considerably more expensive than the X-Men’s Mansion, which I hear you can get for a steal ($54.9 million).