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Soaring double-height ceilings make any apartment look larger and lighter. (The Police Building via Douglas Elliman) Soaring double-height ceilings make any apartment look larger and lighter. (The Police Building via Douglas Elliman)
New York real estate listings are full of "high ceilings," but double-height ceilings truly take this to a whole new level. They open up a room and fill it with incredible light, not to mention some of the city's best views in the case of these listings. We take a look at some of the best listings and invite you to vote for your favorite.
397 West 12th Street, West Village
397-West-12th-Street-1 All images of 397 West 12th Street via Compass
397-West-12th-Street-2 Dining area
397-West-12th-Street-3 Private terrace
South-facing, sun-drenched duplex has exposures in four directions and twin loggia terraces to best enjoy them. The centerpiece is a living room with dramatic double-height ceilings and steel casement windows. The light is superb, and oblique views to the west reveal Hudson River Park. See full details here.
The Police Building, Nolita
240-Centre-Street-1 All images of The Police Building via Douglas Elliman
240-Centre-Street-2 Living room
240-Centre-Street-3 Bedroom
The former gymnasium of the classic Beaux-Arts style New York Police Department headquarters was transformed into a stunning contemporary penthouse by famed architect Charles Gwathmey. Limestone floors and subtle Venetian plaster walls are complemented by the soaring 25' barrel-vaulted ceilings that are punctuated by three skylights, terra cotta tiling, and exposed steel tresses. See floor plan and full details here.
Madison Square Park Tower, Flatiron
45-East-22nd-Street-1 All images of Madison Square Park Tower via Douglas Elliman
45-East-22nd-Street-2 Office
45-East-22nd-Street-3 Bedroom
Upon entering this dramatic duplex with triple exposures, a gracious gallery leads to a generously proportioned northeast-facing living/dining room with double exposures and dramatic double-height ceilings. The corner, southeast-facing master suite is located on the upper level for additional privacy. See floor plan and full details here.
456 West 19th Street, Chelsea
456-West-19th-Street-1 All images of 456 West 19th Street via Compass
456-West-19th-Street-2 Dining area
456-West-19th-Street-3 Den
Thanks to impeccable design by architect Felipe Diniz, the open-plan Great Room features a commanding chandelier that draws the eye to the double-height ceiling while a gas fireplace adds warmth and intimacy to the airy and bright space. Massive steel casement windows frame dramatic picture-postcard views and add a chic industrial design aesthetic throughout. See floor plan and full details here.
142 Duane Street, Tribeca
142-Duane-Street-1 All images of 142 Duane Street via Douglas Elliman
142-Duane-Street-2 Bedroom
142-Duane-Street-3 Study
The dramatic, double-height living and dining area of this downtown triplex is its centerpiece, featuring a wood-burning fireplace, paneled walls, and exposed steel and stone. A world away, the extra-private master bedroom has its own dressing room, sitting room, private south-facing terrace, and spa-like bath. See floor plan and full details here.


53-West-53rd-Street 53W53 via Corcoran
15-Hudson-Yards Fifteen Hudson Yards via Corcoran
54-MacDougal-Street 54 MacDougal Street via Compass

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