- — 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.