Three Manhattan penthouses, known for their luxury and spectacular views, have become the most exclusive and coveted properties in the city of skyscrapers.
By Walter Raymond
“Living on top of the world” is the phrase that best defines the lifestyle of those who reside in New York’s most luxurious penthouses. A perfect example is the triplex penthouse at CitySpire, the highest residence in the US, located on the 73rd, 74th and 75th floors at 150 West 56th Street in Manhattan.
The hexagonal design of this one-of-a-kind residence offers spectacular 360-degree views of Central Park, the Empire State Building, and the most iconic landmarks on the island of Manhattan. Owing such a property will surely make you feel like an emperor with the world at your feet. The pricey penthouse features, among other amenities, six bedrooms, dining room, conference room and private elevator distributed over 8,000 square feet of prime real estate. It also has a wine cellar for a thousand bottles and enough space for a private art gallery.
Wraparound terraces that add nearly 3,000 square feet to the imposing property surround every level. The magnificent hexagonal dome that crowns the residence allows glorious views through 135 large windows. The penthouse is valued at a price that surpasses the $100 million mark. More spectacular residences for sale.
Another of the most coveted penthouses-and perhaps the most luxurious-in the city of skyscrapers is located at the emblematic Pierre Hotel on East 61st Street in Manhattan. Occupying floors 41 to 43, this triplex offers unparalleled 360-degree views of Central Park.
The elegant home of almost 12,000 square feet is unmatched in New York City. It boasts 16 magnificent rooms, including five master bedrooms, guest suites and the most lavish living room, which includes the former ballroom of The Pierre Hotel. The different levels are connected through a black marble staircase and a private elevator.
The high ceilings and natural light complement the soft shades of ivory and gray of the walls, delineated in coral or blue. Hardwoods and leather, silk and brocade upholstery create a warm ensemble of stately elegance over the hand-woven rugs. The asking price is around $125 million.
Also in Manhattan, at 15 Central Park West, we found another spectacular triplex: the Weill residence, with 6,700 square feet decorated and furnished with the utmost distinction and good taste. Its marble floors contrast with hardwoods such as Brazilian rosewood and English oak, and the large windows offer panoramic views of Central Park.
The apartment has 10 rooms and a 2,000 square-foot wraparound terrace that brings in the light and a fresh breeze. Denzel Washington, Sting and various personalities from the business world have also chosen this elegant building as their primary residence. A Russian billionaire bought the property for his daughter, a student in New York, for the sum of $88 million. ■
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