Nine New York penthouses with million-dollar views - and prices
Manhattan's skyline is changing, and a plush penthouse is ideal for soaking up the evolving views.
Topping some of the city's most notable new towers — from the waterside Hudson Yards development and revived South Street Seaport to a skyscraper stretching high above the iconic Museum of Modern Art — these nine extravagant New York City penthouses are notable for more than their sky-high settings, touting over-the-top amenities, luxe design, and above all, jaw-dropping price tags.
Read on for a sneak peek into the most enviable NYC abodes on the market right now.
PH95 at 432 Park Avenue: $108.1 million
Floating way high above the city on the 95th floor of architect Rafael Viñoly's giant Midtown tower — currently the tallest residential structure in the Western Hemisphere — this full-floor penthouse, dubbed PH95, is all about big numbers: 767-square-metres, 360-degree views, six bedrooms, and seven baths — all for a whopping $US82 million (about $A108.1 million).
It's also chock-full of amenities, from wine refrigerators and Miele appliances to Toto toilets and radiant heated flooring, and has been crafted using top-shelf materials like marble, solid oak, white lacquer, and polished chrome.
The building itself offers a 24-hour doorman, a five-star concierge, a restaurant overseen by the Michelin-star chef Shaun Hergatt, and an onsite pool — though we'd probably never leave the window-side freestanding tub in PH95's sprawling master bathroom. (432parkavenue.com)
The Penthouse at One Hundred East Fifty-Third: $85.7 million
To create the 216-metre-tall minimalist tower at 100 East 53rd Street, the design firm of acclaimed architect Sir Norman Foster joined forces with real-estate all-star Aby Rosen. Among the 94 residences is the two-floor, 628-square-metre penthouse, featuring four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and a great room with floor-to-ceiling windows.
In addition to the luxuries of the apartment — which is currently on the market for $US65 million (about $A85.7 million) — residents will enjoy high-end building perks curated by Rosen himself, with plans including a gourmet espresso bar, a caviar counter, an Assouline book-binding and embossing shop, art installations, and a ground-floor fine-dining experience from the Michelin-star chef Joël Robuchon. (100e53.com)
The Triplex Penthouse at 520 W. 28th Street: $66 million
Internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid's first residential property in New York City is also the only one designed entirely, inside and out, by the Pritzker Prize winner before her sudden passing in 2016.
Set along the High Line elevated greenspace on Manhattan's West Side, the curvy 11-story structure gives way to a host of luxuries: an automated valet that parks and retrieves cars on call; the only private IMAX theatre in New York City; private automated storage accessed via a secured viewing room (said to be inspired by the design of Swiss bank vaults); and more.
Among the 39 residences is the 637-square-metre Triplex Penthouse with five bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, and a 116-square-metre grand room made for entertaining. Views of the city and the Hudson River can be soaked up from two private balconies and a 206-square-metre terrace. (520w28.com)
Residence 62 at 53W53: $70 million
Rising 320 metres above the Museum of Modern Art, the striking, geometric-patterned 53W53 tower by the Pritzker Prize–winning architect Jean Nouvel will feature three floors of MoMA gallery space — a significant expansion for the institution — along with luxury residences designed by the master of interiors, Thierry Despont.
The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom Residence 62 dazzles with custom design elements like mahogany doors, crown mouldings with integrated air diffusers, Molteni glass cabinetry, and a carved Verona limestone sink. Everything is framed by Central Park views and the city skyline.
Residents can also enjoy a long list of upscale building amenities, from a state-of-the-art theatre and wine vault to a full-floor wellness centre and 20-metre lap pool. An additional perk found nowhere else: Ownership comes with a MoMA membership. (53w53.com)
Penthouse 61B at 50 West: $32.3 million
Views of the Hudson River, New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and skyscrapers galore are framed by the curved, floor-to-ceiling windows in architect Helmut Jahn's sleek half-floor Penthouse 61B.
Located on the 61st floor, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condominium comes with such high-design elements as stone slab countertops, a freestanding soaking tub, a steam shower and sauna, and a 16-square-metre private terrace.
Featuring interiors by Thomas Juul-Hansen (whose other Manhattan projects include Billionaires' Row's One57 Tower and the Financial District's Beekman hotel), the building boasts four floors of amenities, including a full-service fitness centre, a spa, and an observatory.
Slated to be completed by mid-2017, the downtown tower's most prestigious units — dubbed the L Series collection — will include seven penthouses, as well as a handful of full-floor, half-floor, and duplex residences. (50westnyc.com)
The Penthouse at 135 W 52: $22.2 million
Perched at the top of 135 W 52 — Midtown's 48-story tower identifiable by its distinctive "light saber" façade — the triplex Penthouse lets you spread out over 479 square metres of interior space and 93 square metres of private outdoor areas (the latter of which features a "skyline lounge" with a wet bar and outdoor kitchen).
Connected by a grand curved staircase, the three-story residence houses five bedrooms, four full and two half bathrooms, a custom kitchen with northern and southern exposures, and a great room with double-height ceilings and a double-sided fireplace.
Details like a freestanding tub, Miele appliances, and Calacatta Vision marble countertops are among the discerning touches, while building amenities include a 1115-square-metre resident's club, a fitness centre, a 23-metre mosaic-lined indoor pool, sports simulators, and a media room. (135w52.com)
Penthouse 1 at 1 Seaport: $23.8 million
Proving that everything old can become new again, the South Street Seaport neighbourhood — one of Manhattan's oldest, with roots going back to 1625 — is being regenerated with new investments and developments, including a seafood-themed market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the luxury iPic Theaters complex, and designer David Rockwell's kid-friendly Imagination Playground.
Located nearly 215 metres above the waterfront is the Hill West Architects–designed 1 Seaport, the first all-glass residential tower in the area, where the lightbox-style duplex Penthouse 1 appears to float in mid-air.
The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom residence impresses with almost 5-metre ceilings, three private terraces, and a stunning living room with double-height windows.
Interiors come with top-shelf materials like hard-stained oak flooring, custom millwork and hardware, teak-slatted shower walls, Calacatta Gold marble, and Gaggenau appliances. (1seaport.com)
Penthouse 82A at Fifteen Hudson Yards: $18.2 million
The much-buzzed-about Hudson Yards development is masterfully transforming Manhattan's West Side — so it only makes sense that the 88-story Fifteen Hudson Yards, the project's first residential offering to open, is one of the city's most hotly anticipated real-estate launches.
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with the Rockwell Group, the tapered tower is home to the 318-square-metres Penthouse 82A, which features four bedrooms, a separate service entrance, a windowed eat-in kitchen, and a corner living room that's larger than most New York City apartments.
Standout design touches include Miele appliances, custom oak cabinetry, brushed Blue de Savoie stone flooring with radiant heat, Grigio Trambiserra marble countertops, and custom back-painted Bendheim glass backsplashes — plus, of course, gorgeous views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.
Residents also have access to the building's 3715-square-metres of amenities, which include the fitness-focused Floor 50 (with a 23-metre-long, three-lane lap pool and a gym designed by the Wright Fit) and Floor 51, which features private dinner suites, a wine-storage and tasting room, billiards rooms, a golf club lounge, a screening room, and more.
Larger Hudson Yards perks will include a Thomas Keller–curated restaurant collection and personal shopping services at the city's first Neiman Marcus. (livehudsonyards.com)
The Penthouse West at XOCO 325: $23.1 million
Behind this Soho tower's eye-catching glass facade are a number of stunning new residences, including the recently released 409-square-metre Penthouse West at XOCO 325 with a 67-square-metre terrace.
The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home has been entirely furnished and accessorised by Colony, a noted co-op of independent artists and designers.
Some of its standout touches include a custom-crafted living-room chandelier, an oak bed by KWH Furniture, and a 4.8-metre-long sculptural dining table. Plush rugs from the Rug Company, Austrian white-oak flooring, and draperies and structural weavings by Hiroko Takeda add warmth and life to the spaces, while natural light streams in via floor-to-ceiling windows.
The building — designed and developed by national real-estate firm DDG — amenities include a 24-hour doorman and concierge, private storage and bike areas, and a gym overlooking a private terrace. (xoco325.com)