When one envisions quintessential New York luxury living, high-rise homes with floor-to-ceiling windows, lush terraces and sweeping views of the city skyline come into focus. Peering over a historic building, transporting waterfront or the expansive serenity of Central Park, some high-end Manhattan homes boast views that make city dwellers feel as though they’ve truly arrived. These five Manhattan residences embrace abundant sunlight, warm evening sunsets and breathtaking panoramic backdrops.
Between West 19th Street and West 20th Street
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel’s premier luxury condominium displays sensual views of the New York City waterfront from the nineteenth floor. The great room not only has soaring 11-foot ceilings, but floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome sensational views of the waterfront and city skyline, including views of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Freedom Tower. The master bedroom’s view of the waterfront and towering skyscrapers in the distance paints a serene and elegant backdrop to begin and end each day.
Between East 51st Street and East 52nd Street
The GUCCI Residence is a palatial, 9,450-square-foot penthouse on the 50th and 51st floors of the established Olympic Tower, on Fifth Avenue. Twenty-eight floor-to-ceiling windows let in an abundance of light, and the duplex, with eight bedrooms and eight full bathrooms, overlooks Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. But that’s not all. “The property has direct views of the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower and a generous southern Manhattan skyline,” says Sofia Falleroni, licensed associate real estate broker at The Corcoran Group.
Corner of Eleventh Avenue and West 24th Street
Floating above Hudson River Park, this West Chelsea duplex condominium, designed by Annabelle Selldorf Architects, contains double-height living space and floor-to-ceiling windows that display sweeping views of the Hudson River and nearby Hudson River Park, with a charming carousel and skateboard facility. Elegant rooms are flooded with sunny morning light from the east and golden sunsets from the west. An added perk: a private parking space and dedicated car elevator next to the apartment.
Between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue
Upper East Side
This Upper East Side pre-war Penthouse is one of New York’s most glamorous and historic “white glove” condominiums, which housed American actresses Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn in the past. With 3,400 interior square feet and another 1,300 square feet of expansive, wrap-around outdoor terrace, the 360-degree open city views are “very New York,” says Spencer Means, licensed broker of The Corcoran Group. There’s a seamless transition from the home’s indoor living room, with two entrances leading to the terrace. Outside, Moorish style brick-laid archways frame breathtaking views of the Bloomberg Tower when facing south and Central Park when glancing west.
Between West 82nd Street and West 83rd Street
Upper West Side
This Penthouse at the Alden, designed by architect Emery Roth, includes beamed ceilings, gorgeous herringbone floors and large windows that create sunlight-filled rooms, as well as a 34-foot terrace showcasing wide open north and east-facing exposure and breathtaking panoramic city views. Recently landscaped with lush planters, new pavers and electric awnings, the terrace overlooks the entire expanse of Central Park. You’re “so high that you feel like you are in the park as you do not see the street below,” says Dee Dee Tiller, marketing director for The Deanna Kory Team at the Corcoran Group.
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