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View over Midtown from a penthouse at 432 Park Avenue (SERHANT) View over Midtown from a penthouse at 432 Park Avenue (SERHANT)
The penthouse apartment, the supreme status symbol of New York real estate, generally refers to the apartment (or apartments) on the uppermost floor of a building. Whether the building is a five-story walk-up or a 150-floor skyscraper, sellers are keen on promoting this superlative aspect of their unit since the word still conjures up a home with wrap-around terraces, captivating views, and exemplary finishes and craftsmanship.

But of course, all penthouses aren't created equal and lately, many are not even on the top floor. The term has been expanded by some savvy marketers as high-floor spreads with superior views, finishes, and layouts than the bulk of the units below. And who wouldn't love pressing the elevator button marked "PH," even if you are only almost at the top?

According to our market data, there are 404 units currently for sale in Manhattan that use some form of the penthouse nomenclature in their unit name. The overall median listing price of these apartments is $5.685 million, with condo units coming in at $7.25 million ($2,572/ft2) and co-ops for $2.995 million. On average, closing prices have come in 15-20 percent lower than asking prices over the past year. Below are two dozen of the most eye-catching penthouse spreads listed within the last two months.
Manhattan view at Mima Corner penthouse at Manhattan View (Nest Seekers International)

From the Listing: This unique sun-flooded, spacious one-bedroom penthouse with a wrap-around terrace has been renovated with exceptional design detail by a noted Hamptons designer. Perched on top of a full-service building half a block from Charles Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion, and the East River Esplanade, this corner apartment is loft-like with 9' ceilings, oversized windows, 3.5 x 3.5 concrete slab floors, Venetian plaster painted walls and distressed antique shuttered doors. S See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Once in a lifetime opportunity: PH17 is a 1-Bedroom, 1-Bath with PRIVATE OUTDOOR SPACE and DIRECT SOUTH VIEWS of THE PARK. This nicely renovated, spacious and sunbathed 1-Bedroom, 1-Bath has two terraces - facing south and north. This penthouse home is airy, bright and serene an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: At the crossroads of the East Village and Lower East Side, this mint condition condominium one-bedroom penthouse provides a unique luxury living space in a coveted downtown location! Massive southern exposure windows provide brilliant sunshine, blue skies, and phenomenal open city views from the spacious living room and bedroom all day long. Additional quality details include 5 in wide plank solid chestnut floors, sound-dampening curtain wall windows, data/cable/fiber optic wiring, ample closeting, and a Bosch washer/dryer. As if this weren't enough, this unit comes with a deeded 8.5 ft x 10 ft storage room in the basement. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: PHA at 205 E 77th Street is the quintessential one-bedroom retreat in the heart of the Upper East Side. Characterized by a massive wrap terrace and open, stunning South and Eastern Corner Penthouse views which are incredibly bright, this residence ticks all the boxes.

PHA comes complete with all the perks that a homeowner in today's climate could hope for. Recently renovated and open kitchen with high end appliances, a renovated bathroom as well as a separate corner room that attracts a ton of light, which makes for a perfect home office or second bedroom.

The apartment comes complete with hardwood floors, a custom-built walk in closet in the master, and plenty of additional storage throughout.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This rarely available duplex condo features 2 beds, 2 baths, a double-height north-facing living room, and a spacious private terrace off the upper level.. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Presenting The Penthouse Suite with 500 Sq Ft Wrap-Around Terrace at 200 Rector Place, a view unmatched in New York City! Situated high on the 44th floor of the iconic 46-story Liberty Court, rests this gorgeous gut-renovated 1 Bedroom/Convertible 2 bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom with its very own 500 Sq Ft Wrap-Around Terrace See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Experience the epitome of indoor-outdoor living and understated elegance in this downtown condominium penthouse. Dazzling southern light and your meticulously maintained planted terrace beckon the moment you enter this lofty urban oasis. The grand living-dining room features a custom room divider housing an ethanol fireplace, discreet tv lift, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls for effortless flow to your 722 sf private terrace, complete with a hot tub. The open kitchen is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances, including a Gaggenau electric cooktop, Miele wall oven, Miele dishwasher, Liebherr refrigerator, Caesarstone countertops, plentiful cabinetry, and a custom-designed island for additional counter space and casual dining. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This fantastic Chelsea triplex penthouse has light, views, space, a beautiful private terrace and just underwent a complete, meticulous, and tasteful renovation.

Entering into the main floor's spacious great room you will find living, dining, kitchen and a powder room. The open, windowed kitchen features Calacatta Lincoln marble, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine fridge, a Wolf range and microwave, and a Blanco sink with a Waterstone faucet. There is a Lambert & Fils Atomium chandelier in the dining area, the living room has a working wood-burning fireplace and the powder room sports a micro-topping finish and Gubi mirror.

The second floor has two bright bedrooms, one with a king size bed and Lutron motorized shades, and one with a queen.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A pristine high-floor apartment at the ultra-luxurious Manhattan View condominium, this 1-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is an exemplar of contemporary craftsmanship and design. Features of this Jamie Drake-designed 1,064 sq. ft. condo include wide plank premium brushed oak floors, triple-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows, a smart home automation system, high ceilings, a Bosch washer/dryer, and breathtaking views of the city skyline. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Introducing Penthouse 41B at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, New York, NoMad: The Perfect Penthouse Pied-à-Terre. Soaring nearly 500 feet above Manhattan's iconic skyline, and at the very top of the newest tower by internationally acclaimed architect, Rafael Viñoly, PH 41B offers an extraordinary high-floor 1-bedroom, a 1.5-bathroom eastern penthouse suite with unparalleled panoramic views through oversized picture windows—straight south to One World Trade, the Statue of Liberty, and well beyond. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Move right into this 3 Bedroom Condo Penthouse in an elevator town-home with three magnificent outdoor spaces on the UWS. The triplex layout insures a great sense of privacy, 2 terraces with 157 square feet in addition to the 456 sf private roof deck provide the tranquility of the outdoors. Every window offers lovely views of tree-tops and open sky. What an incredible opportunity to live near all the amenities of the UWS yet feel that you are in a house in the country! See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Rare penthouse with a 1,200 square foot private rooftop terrace overlooking the Hudson River and located in the heart of TriBeCa West. Penthouse A checks every box! Private Outdoor Space, Unobstructed Views, Grand Sun-Drenched Loft. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views in this immaculate two-bedroom plus den/office, two-and-a-half bathroom West Chelsea penthouse with three private outdoor spaces. Measuring an impressive 3,500+ square feet over three levels with 2,456 interior and 1,167 exterior, there is no shortage of space for luxurious living and entertaining in a home uniquely framed with two 20 foot steel casement windows. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Set atop a landmark condominium in Soho rests this exquisite Corner Penthouse Duplex Loft boasting 2,421 sq ft of impeccably renovated interiors and an enormous rooftop terrace. Ingeniously designed by Gregory Sharp Architect, the distinctive residence is accessed by a private keyed elevator and affords a modern open loft experience, integrated with wonderful vintage industrial loft details. Illuminating the home and bathing it in natural light are 8 oversized windows facing east, north, and south as well as multiple skylights. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: With 65 feet of unobstructed riverfront living and 1,175 square feet of private outdoor space high atop Sutton Place South, Penthouse 19BS maximizes its direct river views at every opportunity. The picture of traditional elegance overlooking the East River, this penthouse duplex has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, one powder room, a formal library, as well as a sunroom with three distinct terraces each with breathtaking views. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Imagine a boutique condominium with only one private garage...and it's yours...the ultimate Manhattan amenity! This rarest of luxuries is situated adjacent to the elevator, shared by only 6 units, which will whisk you up to a private full-floor 3,000 plus square foot penthouse. Once inside you discover an expansive space... seemingly endless as your eye moves across the sweeping rooms, framed by 10'4" ceilings and ebonized floors, thru glass walls to the north, south, and west. A 46' southwest corner living room, with its 180-degree views over Tribeca, features french balconies, a wood-burning fireplace and an adjacent media room/den. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Located in the heart of the Flatiron district, moments from both Madison Square Park and Union Square Park, this extraordinary mint condition 4100+ SF Penthouse is a rare combination of space, light, dramatic views, and excellence in design. The Penthouse is a fabulous full floor, triple mint 4 bedroom/4.5 bath loft featuring a huge private outdoor oasis. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: *This furnished apartment is For Sale or Rent* When walking into the apartment from one of two entrances, guests step onto reclaimed hardwood floors from the Portuguese embassy in Paris, which were milled to designer specifications in France. The open layout of this Penthouse can be customized by a stunning feature- two retractable glass garage doors on opposite sides of the apartment. One door separates the living room from the master bedroom suite, transforming the space from an open loft into a well-proportioned one-bedroom residence. The other door separates a corner living space and large sauna bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A terrace lover’s dream, this incredible duplex penthouse spans 2,859 square feet of interior space with three sensational terraces totaling 1,344 square feet including a rooftop terrace with a hot tub, an outdoor kitchen and shower, and a pergola. There are three bedroom suites all with en-suite renovated bathrooms as well as a windowed powder room. Throughout the luxurious home there are wide-plank hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, soaring ceilings up 10’8”, Waterworks fixtures, multi-zone HVAC, and radiant heat in all the bathrooms. There is a Crestron system that controls the shades, lighting, HVAC and audio/video system. Additionally, all outdoor spaces have automatic watering and lighting systems. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Penthouse A at 88&90 Lex is a gorgeous four-bedroom, four and a half bath corner residence that redefines urban indoor/outdoor living. Thoughtfully designed by architect Workshop/APD, this residence offers a sprawling layout centered around an jaw-dropping 38' 18' private courtyard with a built-in grill and kitchenette - a singular offering that is ideal for entertaining and everyday living. The courtyard is flanked by a large corner living/dining room and open kitchen with 11'4" ceilings and stunning Empire State Building and Chrysler Building views. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Gut renovated, Sun-Blasted and Spectacular, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom penthouse loft, with 4 exposures, epitomizes chic TriBeCa living with outstanding modern design and an extraordinary 3,000SF roof deck where views stretch all the way to the Midtown skyline. This is a first offering. Never before lived in residence! See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Almost every room of this extraordinary mint condition, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath Penthouse opens to one of the most spectacular 1600 sq. ft. wrap terraces with exquisite plantings, giving the feeling of the Penthouse being the perfect aerie in the midst of a beautiful garden on top of the city. Located just off Fifth Avenue and Central Park in a Gold Coast location at the apex of Upper East Side luxury pursuits including museums, restaurants, cafes, shopping, and glorious Central Park, the views are quintessentially New York with iconic towers shimmering in the distance and sparkling by night. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Offering one of the most captivating views of Central Park and New York City, this truly one-of-a-kind Penthouse Duplex with extensive outdoor space has undergone a meticulous and state-of-the-art renovation. This extraordinary, sun-drenched 4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom residence, which occupies the entirety of the 25th and 26th Floors, features a private elevator landing that leads to outstanding entertaining rooms and four distinct outdoor spaces. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Welcome to the PH of 12 E. 13th St., an exceptionally private 50 ft+, 3 Story glass house that sits atop this 12 story boutique building in the most coveted location in NYC. A one of a kind fairy tale home in the heart of Greenwich Village. Dramatic living at its finest. As you step off the elevator, your eyes draw upwards along the sculptural staircase. The open staircase is flooded with natural north-facing light from the three-story glass wall. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 277 Fifth Avenue, the tallest residential building on Fifth Avenue, offers truly spectacular 360-degree views from this special full floor residence that spans the city and beyond. Penthouse 54 is accessed by a keyed elevator opening onto a private landing with a separate service entrance. Perfect for entertaining, the 53'21' Great Room offers views toward the Hudson River, and opens onto a 75' long loggia providing a gracious outdoor extension of the living space. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Perched at the top of the Pritzker Prize Winner Jean Nouvel's West Chelsea masterpiece, this exceptional penthouse has been fully and masterfully reimagined by Workshop APD. Featuring 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, the views offer a 360-degree panorama of the Hudson River, Downtown, and Midtown skylines. The sprawling 4,675 square foot full-floor residence boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a library - or fourth bedroom, amazing spaces for entertaining and over 3,700 square feet of outdoor space. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Penthouse 60A, the last remaining Penthouse and duplex available at Madison House, encompasses 5,116 square feet, four bedrooms and four and a half-baths, which opens into an elegant entry foyer, leading to great room with a fireplace and 23-foot double-height ceilings. The gracious 222 square foot terrace encompasses views of iconic Midtown skyscrapers. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This exceptional top floor residence at One Waterline Square is now available for the first time. Featuring postcard views to the North, South, East, and West, this full-floor, five-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom residence offers breathtaking vistas of the Hudson River, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, George Washington Bridge, and many more of Manhattan's iconic landmarks. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Meticulously designed by AD100 team Fox-Nahem Associates, this sprawling masterpiece offers over 8,000 square feet of combined indoor/outdoor living with breathtakingly chic interiors and extraordinary, historic bones situated in one of Downtown Manhattan's most desirable and centralized neighborhoods.

Step inside this four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom showplace to discover a near-endless list of premium upgrades and designer finishes. The dramatic foyer introduces soaring barrel-vaulted brick ceilings, architectural beams and caustic Venetian plaster walls that carry throughout the nearly 40-foot gallery with custom art lighting, perfect for showcasing your collection.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Penthouse 50 in One Beacon Court. Welcome to the most magnificent uptown condominium residence with the grandest scale of any apartment on one floor - over 9,500 square feet - plus incredible 360 views of Central Park and the city skyline, soaring ceilings over 13 feet, and two spectacular 100 foot long terraces. There is nothing like it on the market. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: The true Penthouse of 432 Park Avenue – floor 96 of 96 – at the world's most celebrated ultra-luxury tower.

One-of-one. A trophy unlike any other in the world. Never before on the market. All furniture and art will be included in the sale.

The apex Penthouse is a sky mansion with 8,255 sq. ft. of pristine interior space. Unique features include a 93-foot-long living and dining great room, 240 linear feet of glass with 360-degree views over Manhattan through 24 10 ft. × 10 ft. windows, and soaring 12.5 ft ceilings.

This home has the perfect layout, with 6 bedrooms plus a library, 7 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, and a collection of high-end fixtures and finishes like herringbone white oak floors, and designer furniture from Fendi, Bentley, and Hermes.
See floor plan and full details here.
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