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New York's luxury market has significantly bounced back in recent months, and that was made especially clear at 220 Central Park South: An unidentified buyer paid a combined $157.5 million for a pair of full-floor units on the 59th and 60th floors; the deal also includes a studio on the 18th floor. This is one of New York's highest-priced sales, second only to Ken Griffin's $238 million purchase in the same building.
With this transaction, 24 of the top 25 most expensive sales in New York City (full details below) look out on direct views of Central Park. The one exception is Jeff Bezos' massive spread at 212 Fifth Avenue, a home that looks out on Madison Square Park and further demonstrates the value of seeing green space.

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421 West 22nd Street
421 West 22nd Street Chelsea
200 Central Park South
200 Central Park South Midtown West
The Potter Building, 145 Nassau Street
The Potter Building, 145 Nassau Street Financial District
75 Henry Street
75 Henry Street Brooklyn Heights
551 Lexington Avenue
551 Lexington Avenue Bedford-Stuyvesant
220-Central-Park-South-02 220 Central Park South floor plan via Vornado Realty Trust
While the buyers' and sellers' identities remain under wraps, further information was available on the apartments: The full-floor units both measure 5,935 square feet with four bedrooms, five full baths, and two powder rooms. They also feature balconies overlooking Central Park.
However, green space has demonstrable assets beyond the aesthetic and the buyer's wallet: Psychologists Rachel and Stephen Kaplan have conducted several studies on the subject, all of which concluded that even the slightest treetop views can lead to more positive emotions, greater job performance, and increased attention span. The American Psychological Association reported on their findings and another study that found that hospital patients able to see nature from their windows recovered from surgery faster. And according to a study reported by Science Daily, passive exposure to green space has been linked to reduced cravings for cigarettes, alcohol, and harmful foods.

After the events of the past year, green space and the benefits that come with exposure to it are at the top of many buyers' wish lists. Below, we take a look at listings enhanced by views of lush greenery in the form of city parks, private terraces, or even both in some happy cases.

407-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The Irvington via Compass
From the Listing: This spacious turnkey and move-in condition 1-bedroom, 1-bath home has direct Central Park views from the living room and renovated kitchen, which features all-new stainless-steel appliances. The 9-foot ceilings, oak refinished hardwood floors throughout, and original crown molding in the living room enhances the prewar character of the home. The layout provides great separation between the living room and bedroom. The quiet bedroom, which is adjacent to the bathroom, includes double closets, and is located in the rear of the apartment, which has two large western exposed windows. See floor plan and full details here.

485-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The Hartley via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: DIRECT CENTRAL PARK VIEWS FROM THE LIVING ROOM. Classic prewar 2-bedroom has windowed bathroom , hardwood floors thought, and windowed kitchen with dining area. The spacious primary bedroom with walk- in closet fits a king-size bed. There is a part-time doorman Monday-Sunday from 2pm - midnight, and the building has a central laundry room and bike room. See floor plan and full details here.

551-Lexington-Avenue-01 All images of 551 Lexington Avenue via Engel & Volkers
From the listing: Feeling like you need more space to truly enjoy your home? Wanting to spend some time in a lush and green outdoor environment, but not to pack a tote bag to head to the park? 551 Lexington Avenue presents a unique opportunity - a sun-filled turn-of-the-century detached home with what can only be described as lush backyard oasis. This historic home dates from 1899 and retains some original details and is currently configured with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Exposed brick walls, hardwood flooring, and skylights add to the charm of this home.

75-Henry-Street-01 All images of 75 Henry Street via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Upon entering this stunning, oversized home, you are immediately greeted by incredible sunlight and phenomenal views. The large, east-facing living room flows into an "L-shape" where there is a large dining alcove. It also leads out to a private terrace with views of Brooklyn and of the East River and midtown Manhattan. The primary suite enjoys views of the Harbor and Governor's Island, and the second bedroom has views of Cadman Plaza Park and Brooklyn. See floor plan and full details here.

100-Congress-Street-01 All images of 100 Congress Street via Compass
From the Listing: Corner condo's oversized windows provide a vista of Manhattan skyline views and a canopy of treetops, creating a light and bright atmosphere throughout. The home has received many thoughtful and refined upgrades, including custom woodwork, clean-lined HVAC cabinetry, and wide white oak flooring. A striking open living/dining space and specially designed walnut kitchen with chef's grade appliances (Sub-Zero fridge, Miele cooktop, oven and dishwasher) and abundant integrated storage welcomes upon entry. The spacious large living room is warm and inviting while the dining area was reconstructed to carve out a full-sized dining nook as well as ample closet storage. The building also has a tax abatement until 2027. See floor plan and full details here.

444-Central-Park-West-01 All images of 444 Central Park West via Warburg Realty
From the Listing: With Central Park views to the north and south, this charming prewar apartment features generous room sizes, hardwood floors, high beamed ceilings, and SEVEN closets. The generous north-facing living room has two large picture windows with park views and custom built-ins. The bedroom hallway has three more closets; one linen, one walk-in, and one with a double door large enough for a built-in home office. The primary bedroom faces south with spectacular park and city skyline views and has another large walk-in closet. The second bath is both private and also available to guests without entering the bedroom. The windowed kitchen features terra-cotta tile on the floor, maple cabinets, granite counter tops and top-of-the-line appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

10-West-66th-Street-01 All images of Park Ten via Compass
From the Listing: Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a home with unparalleled park and city views! Located between Central Park and Lincoln Center, the Park 10 is a full-service co-op with a full-time doorman and concierge. The amenities include a fitness center, multi-purpose room, playroom, fantastic landscaped roof deck, storage room, and bike room. See floor plan and full details here.

137-Barrow-Street-01 All images of 137 Barrow Street via Corcoran
From the Listing: Create your dream 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with large private garden on quiet Washington Street in the West Village, just a block from Hudson River Park! It is currently laid out as a 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath duplex and it needs renovation; however, the coop allows washer/dryers in units and there's a possibility of opening up the kitchen to the large living room. The coop is in excellent financial condition and has an on-site managing agent, two superintendents, bike rooms, and common gardens. Pets are welcome. See floor plan and full details here.

870-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 870 Fifth Avenue via Sotheby's International Realty
From the Listing: Spacious, south-facing and sunny classic five apartment features a fabulous 32 by 14-foot living room, a dining room, 2 generously sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The gracious entry foyer flows directly into a fabulous and luminous living room with south exposure and indirect views of Central Park. On the left side of the entry foyer, you will find a separate dining room. Each bedroom has space large enough to accommodate a king-size bed with a sitting area or with a desk, and the south-facing primary bedroom has angled views of Central Park. See floor plan and full details here.

825-Fifth-Avenue-02 All images of 825 Fifth Avenue via Corcoran
From the Listing: This spacious apartment in a prestigious prewar building has staggering Central Park views from every room. The oversized living room, which incorporates the original second bedroom, is perfect for entertaining and can easily be converted back to its original 2-bedroom configuration. The spacious primary suite is complete with a large dressing room and home office, as well as a chic en suite white marble bath. An additional marble bath, located off the gracious entrance gallery, has a stall shower and ample storage. The apartment is in excellent condition. Hardwood floors, built-in storage, and prewar details throughout. A storage closet conveys with the apartment. See floor plan and full details here.

160-Central-Park-South-01 All images of J.W. Marriott Essex House via Triplemint
From the Listing: This outstanding apartment at the legendary five-star Essex House hotel features spectacular unobstructed views of Central Park from each room. Interiors feature an oversized living room and bedroom, both with postcard views of Central Park. Five-star hotel services and amenities include 24-hour concierge, bell staff, private condominium reception, business center, gourmet restaurant, 24-hour room service, housekeeping upon request including linen service, catering and function rooms, valet dry cleaning service, fitness center, and spa. See floor plan and full details here.

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120-Central-Park-South-01 All images of Berkeley House via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Sophisticated pre-war home on Billionaire's Row offers direct views into Central Park from over-sized sound-proof picture windows. It has been tastefully renovated to modern standards and is fully air-conditioned. The floor plan is the result of a seamless combination of two adjacent units creating a gracious layout consisting of two bedroom suites, a home office, a half bath-powder room, windowed kitchen and ample closets with custom built-in storage. See floor plan and full details here.

146-West-57th-Street-01 All images of Metropolitan Tower via Compass
From the Listing: PRICED TO SELL! This large 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condominium with floor-to-ceiling windows provides glorious Central Park and panoramic skyline views to the west, east, and north. Watch the seasons change from the heart of the city. You will be mesmerized by the Central Park views throughout the year. This is THE OPPORTUNITY to design your perfect 1,463-square-foot dream layout! See floor plan and full details here.

930-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 930 Fifth Avenue via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Welcome to your dream home in an Emery Roth-designed building that features Central Park views, abundant light from 9 oversize windows, 10-foot beamed ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace with an elegant carved mantel. The fireplace is flanked on either side by custom built-in book shelves & cabinetry. Opposite the fireplace is a mirrored door that cleverly hides a flat screen TV. There are original crown moldings and hardwood floors throughout. The layout is very generous and gracious! See floor plan and full details here.

1080-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 1080 Fifth Avenue via Compass
From the Listing: Fifth Avenue 3-bedroom gem offers 46 feet of frontage on Central Park and unobstructed panoramic views of park, reservoir and skyline from oversized picture windows. A gracious entry foyer leads into expansive living and dining rooms with windowed kitchen. The split bedroom wing offers a generous primary bedroom with en suite bath and two additional perfectly proportioned bedrooms. There is abundant closet space throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

137-East-15th-Street-01 All images of 137 East 15th Street via Corcoran
From the Listing: Upon entering this gorgeous duplex, you will be wowed by the double-height 15' ceiling and the lush green view of the landscaped garden. The garden is terraced and has a dining area that can comfortably seat up to 10 along with a lounge space with enough room to hold your own ping pong tournament! The upper floor is comprised of the windowed open kitchen, breakfast room, primary bedroom with a wood-burning fireplace, an en-suite bath and excellent closet space, the second bedroom, second full bath and an office overlooking the garden. See floor plan and full details here.

145-Nassau-Street-01 All images of The Potter Building via Compass
From the Listing: With breathtaking views of City Hall Park from all windows this 8th and 9th floor duplex in a New York City Landmark boasts lofty 10+ foot and 13+ foot ceilings and abounding prewar charm. The high ceilings and beautiful light throughout the whole loft combined with the original columns give testimony to the building's long history as one of downtown's first iron-framed office buildings before it was converted to apartments in 1981. The entry level boasts an oversized living/dining space ideal for elegant entertaining, an open and very efficient kitchen with granite counter tops, Sub Zero/Miele stainless steel appliances and a recently renovated bathroom also with a granite countertop. See floor plan and full details here.

525-East-11th-Street-01 All images of The Fillmore via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Hovering above the lush plantings of a private garden and park, this renovated 2-bedroom condominium with 2 full bathrooms, features a gorgeous private terrace with access from three major rooms. Every room commands picturesque views of verdant gardens and charming East 12th Street off in the distance. One enters the inviting living/dining room that spills out to 1,000 feet of outdoor terrace. Back inside is a large sitting area and dining area. The top-of-the-line custom Poggenpohl kitchen is outfitted with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances and completed with thick Carerra Marble countertops, backsplashes and an elegant waterfall edge, provides counter seating at the luxurious peninsula that opens to the living area. See floor plan and full details here.

1-Irving-Place-01 All images of Zeckendorf Tower via Sotheby's International Realty
From the Listing: This beautifully renovated, one-of-a-kind 2-bedroom penthouse boasts a palatial 2,329-square-foot landscaped terrace with panoramic city and park views. The outdoor oasis includes mature trees, perennial plantings, and voluminous space for lounging, dining, entertaining or simply gardening to your heart's content. The open living, dining and kitchen offers direct access to the terrace. The custom designed kitchen includes top-of-the-line appliances, Sub-Zero, Wolf, flat paneled white cabinetry, waterfall edged island with bar dining and a window overlooking the newly planted herb garden. See floor plan and full details here.

955-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 955 Fifth Avenue via Corcoran
From the Listing: Welcome to one of the most gracious and elegantly designed classic six room homes on Fifth Avenue. Every inch of this home has been beautifully renovated while maintaining the integrity of the stunning prewar details throughout. The exquisite, sunny, living room offers direct Central Park views, a wood burning fireplace, several custom built-ins, and charming window seats. The sunny formal dining room easily seats 12 and is perfectly positioned next to the kitchen. The eat-in chef's kitchen is replete with vented Viking range, Sub Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and stacked Miele washer/dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

200-Central-Park-South-01 All images of 200 Central Park South via Compass
From the Listing: Welcome to this custom designed home with full Central Park views from all rooms and a spacious 200-square-foot balcony! Unparalleled use of marble, custom carpentry, wide plank flooring, Chesneys 'pavel' fireplace, electronic shades, and crown molding flow seamlessly throughout this home. The unit features Lutron Radio RA 2 wireless home control system which controls all lights and blinds in the apartment. The chef's quality kitchen is complete with custom cabinetry and Calcutta gold marble countertops and backsplash with custom marble sink See floor plan and full details here.

421-West-22nd-Street-01 All images of 421 West 22nd Street via Compass
From the Listing: Arrive on the parlor floor of this historic townhouse unit and take in beautiful hardwood floors, swaths of exposed brick and 12-foot-tall, sound isolated ceilings. The expansive living/dining room invites you to relax and entertain alongside a custom linear gas fireplace and a wall of glass framing lush outdoor views or to watch your favorite show on the recessed 70' smart TV with surround sound speakers. Below, the secluded private garden features an expansive bluestone patio, gorgeous slat fencing and an integrated pergola, all surrounded by manicured, irrigated landscaping. See floor plan and full details here.

15-Central-Park-West-01 All images of 15 Central Park West via Sotheby's International Realty
From the Listing: Rarely available, highly coveted corner residence at 15 Central Park West offers the utmost in privacy and security. The home has 54 feet of frontage on Central Park with four rooms directly on the Park. Located in the house on a semi-private landing, Apartment 6D is over 3,300 square feet of sublime living space. The layout consists of a living room, formal dining room, eat-in-kitchen, and four bedrooms or three bedrooms, and a library, plus 4.5 marble bathrooms. See floor plan and full details here.

220-Central-Park-South-01 All images of 220 Central Park South via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: One of only two of its kind in New York City's premier residential building, we proudly offer this exquisite 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom duplex with about 5,000 square feet. It offers magnificent living space, grand scale rooms, a sweeping staircase to the private bedroom level, its own internal elevator plus sweeping vistas of Central Park to the north and open city views to the south. The apartment has what has been described as most beautiful eat-in kitchen in the building, a formal dining room, marble clad baths of exquisite design, a large laundry room, and a huge corner primary bedroom suite with two large baths and an enormous dressing room. See floor plan and full details here.

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