- — A certain famously statuesque lady celebrated her birthday recently. For 125 years old, this centenarian looks pretty darn good.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the U.S. from France in 1886 as symbol of friendship. After several renovations and improvements over the years, the copper lady still stands sentry on Ellis Island — her torch raised high.
As U.S. landmarks go, Lady Liberty may be the most iconic of all. Still, there are other important monuments and landmarks that stir the collective imagination. In honor the Lady's most recent anniversary, we've rounded up a few of the most recognizable monuments and shown them from homes that boast some very special views.
Statue of Liberty
For sale: $5,250,000
Unfortunately, Manhattan real estate and views of the Statue of Liberty don't come cheap — especially with floor-to-ceiling windows. This 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath apartment is a Ritz-Carlton residence that includes "white-gloved service" like 24-hour room service, valet parking and a health spa. Note the ritzy price tag for monthly maintenance: $3,097.
Empire State Building
For sale: $1,375,000
Before we leave the Big Apple, let's check out another pricey pad with views of New York's other iconic landmark: the Empire State Building. This Murray Hill apartment is a little less expensive than the water-view apartment overlooking Lady Liberty, but it does boast high-end amenities like top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a wood-burning fireplace.
For sale: $179,000
In the flat lands of the Midwest, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis commands serious attention. The "Gateway to the West" was proposed in the midst of the Great Depression to renew the St. Louis waterfront and put people to work. However, Missouri's big city did not see construction start on the arch until 1963. Today, the curving steel monument can be seen from several parts of downtown, including this affordable 2-bedroom, 2-bath St. Louis apartment.
For sale: $1,400,000
You may have to squint in this photo, but from the grounds of this Rapid City home for sale there is a clear view of some famous stone faces. Carved into the side of South Dakota's Black Hills are Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt as a memorial to the "expansion, preservation, and unification" of the U.S. The 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath home is situated on an immense 158 acres property surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land smack dab in the Black Hills.
Willis (formerly Sears) Tower
For sale: $435,000
Once upon a time, the tallest building in the world was the Sears Tower. Today, the building has been renamed the Willis Tower and only ranks 25th on the list of the world's tallest buildings. However, you can still get prime views of the landmark from this Chicago loft. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath home has hardwood floors, a granite fireplace and vaulted ceilings in the master bedroom.
Las Vegas Strip
For sale: $1,077,000
The Strip is full of its own landmarks — many of them scaled-down replicas of the real deals found 'round the world. This Las Vegas apartment has views of the Eiffel Tower and MGM Grand resort from its location in the high-rise Veer Towers. Available fully-furnished, the two-bedroom home features floor-to-ceiling windows and an open floor plan.
For sale: $1,299,000
Talk about a sign that you've made it to Tinseltown. The white letters of the Hollywood sign beckon from Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. As a symbol of the Left Coast's famously sprawling city, the sign is as synonymous with L.A. as freeways, sitcoms and the Kardashians. If a birds-eye view of this icon appeals, how about this 4-bedroom, 5-bath home for sale in Hollywood Hills? It has a dramatic entry way with marble tile, high ceilings and curved staircase.
Golden Gate Bridge
For sale: $7,750,000
A little further up the Golden Coast, California's other famous landmark is one that spans San Francisco Bay. Although low-lying fog may prevent daily viewings of the Golden Gate Bridge from this Belvedere Island home, the vista is still phenomenal. Situated on over a half-acre, the home has nearly 6,000 square feet of living space and 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.
For sale: $3,000,000
This penthouse is so close to the Space Needle, the landmark looks like it's shooting right up into the living room. This downtown Seattle high-rise embraces urban design with stained concrete floors, floating walls, steel beams and walnut ceilings as well as immense windows that frame the Needle as well as views of downtown and Puget Sound.