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Posh penthouses that take luxurious living to new heights

Compiled by Rebekah Bell

Offering bird's-eye views and sumptuous accommodations, penthouses represent the highest level of luxury. From a swanky space in London to the most expensive penthouse ever listed in Hawaii, the following mansions in the sky are some of the most luxurious listings currently on the market.

Echo Brickell Penthouse (Miami)

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Set to open its doors at the end of the year in Miami's Brickell neighbourhood, the Echo Brickell high-rise will be home to 180 residences. Occupying the top two floors is the elaborate 975-square-metre Carlos Ott Penthouse, which features floor-to-ceiling glass walls with views of the ocean and downtown Miami.

The buyer will consult with award-winning Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott to define design elements including flooring, finishes, and fixtures.

The ultramodern penthouse includes four spacious bedrooms, 7.5-bathrooms, and his-and-her closets designed for extensive wardrobes. A 9-metre indoor lap pool with a hot tub overlooks Biscayne Bay, and sliding glass doors lead outside to the 327-square-metre terrace and fireplace. An expansive gym and rooftop garden allow athletes and loungers alike to indulge.

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Modernity is apparent in the glass staircase, private elevator, glass-encased 500-bottle wine cellar, and 4.2 metre ceilings. The kitchen is equipped with Sub-Zero appliances, and a wet bar in the master bedroom allows for entertaining at any hour.

Exclusive services include 24/7 valet parking, personalised concierge service, in-home food and beverage services, and a fully automated parking system. The sky-high penthouse is the highest priced unit in the downtown Miami market, with an asking price of $US42 million (about $A55.4 million). (echobrickell.com) - Livia Hooson

20 East End Avenue Penthouse (New York City)

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Manhattan's Upper East Side is a playground of sophistication and affluence, and at 20 East End Avenue architect Robert A.M. Stern has designed a bespoke property that showcases luxury at the highest level.

With 560-square-metres of interior space — and an additional 422 square metres of outdoor space — Penthouse A is a five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom residence complete with a living room, family room, formal dining area, library, and magnificent rooftop terrace.

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Views of the East River and Manhattan's skyline can be seen from all corners of the penthouse, including the master suite which has a sublime master bath dressed entirely in white Caldia Classico marble.

The chef's kitchen will inspire many gastronomic creations with its natural Brazilian quartzite countertops, Lefroy Brooks hardware, millwork cabinetry, and Gaggenau appliances. High ceilings, custom mouldings, solid Appalachian oak herringbone flooring, and a vast array of windows combine to produce a fresh and airy residence.

Residents of 20 East End Avenue will have access to a variety of building amenities such as a spa, fitness centre, and billiards room. Penthouse A is currently listed at $US35 million (about $A46.2 million). (20eastend.com) - Bekah Berge

Beau House Penthouse (London)

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Located in the historic St. James district, the Beau House offers easy access to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and a slew of other London staples.

The building's two-story Brummel Penthouse spans approximately 280 square metres, with an additional 93 square metres of outdoor space found on the rooftop terrace. Created by design studio Oliver Burns, the interiors incorporate soothing hues of navy blue, metallic, and grey.

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Custom chandeliers, marble and crystal pendant lights, stained oak herringbone floors, and oak panels add elegance to the posh pied-à-terre. Graphite grey oak cabinets, Gaggenau appliances, a marble island, and a wine cooler solidify the kitchen's status as a culinary hub. The master suite includes a dressing room and a bathroom with a marble shower and countertops.

Outside, the tree-lined terrace is equipped with everything from an outdoor kitchen and six-person dining table to a television and fire pit. Equal parts charming and chic, the classically British abode is on the market for around $US19 million (about $A25 million). (beauhouselondon.com) - Rebekah Bell

Waiea Tower Penthouse (Honolulu)

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With an asking price of $US36 million (about $A47.5 million), Waiea Tower's Grand Penthouse is the most expensive penthouse ever listed in Hawaii.

Located on the 36th floor, the more than 930-square-metre penthouse offers sweeping vistas of the Pacific, the Diamond Head volcano, and the Honolulu skyline. The glass-walled penthouse has five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.

The sumptuous master bathroom is equipped with a deep soaking tub, his-and-hers sinks, and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the main attraction — the cobalt blue ocean below.

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Outfitted with Miele appliances, the open-concept kitchen and living space lead outside to a rooftop pool and a one-bedroom guesthouse with a full kitchen, bar, and living room. A separate four-car garage allows residents to easily stow exotic cars.

Building amenities include an infinity-edge pool, an indoor golf simulator, and a fitness centre with a yoga room. Situated about a mile west of iconic Waikiki Beach and its renowned surf, Waiea Tower provides easy access to Ala Moana Beach Park, where guests can surf, sail, or run. (wardvillage.com) - Rebekah Bell

181 Fremont Residences Penthouse (San Francisco)

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Showcasing five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two powder rooms, the Penthouse at the 181 Fremont Residences is a 645-square-metre space spread across the top floor of San Francisco's forthcoming 181 Fremont Residences.

The high-end hideaway features hardwood floors, Italian marble, and bespoke pieces created by Diaz-Azcuy such as gold sconces and a stunning chandelier.

Ideal for both cooking and laid-back dining, the gourmet kitchen is equipped with a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, two dishwashers, double ovens, and a sizable kitchen island.

After supping in the formal dining room, residents can access a wet bar for after-dinner drinks. The glass-walled master suite includes two master bathrooms, walk-in closets, a study, and gorgeous vistas of San Francisco.

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Each of the bedrooms are outfitted with 3-metre ceilings and adjacent private bathrooms, where sweeping glass windows and freestanding soaking tubs intersect to bring resort-style living to the ritzy residence.

Owners will have access to the building's 52nd-story Sky Lounge floor, which includes a fitness centre with a yoga room, library, a bar, a catering kitchen, a conference room, and a wraparound observation terrace — all the amenities necessary for hosting out-of-town guests or relaxing after a long day.

The penthouse, which will be ready for move-in early next year after the building is completed, is currently on the market for $US42 million (about $A55.4 million). (181residences.com) - Rebekah Bell

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