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Best pied-a-terres in NYC (Photo: The Plaza via Compass) Best pied-a-terres in NYC (Photo: The Plaza via Compass)
On Monday, November 8, the United States is set to reopen its land borders to fully vaccinated foreign travelers after months of lockdown. Not only does this come as welcome news for New York businesses that largely rely on international tourists, but it could lead to an influx of new real estate buyers as well. Many of the major luxury contracts of the past several months have been linked to local buyers, but international buyers could find themselves more amenable to the idea of a New York pied-a-terre (French for “foot on the ground” and used to refer to an apartment the resident only lives in part-time) now that they will be able to spend time in it.

International Buyers Guide

25-West-28th-Street-01 The Ritz-Carlton Residences, New York, NoMad via Christie's International Real Estate
Pied-­a-­terres range from impressive apartments in luxury buildings, to more modest, small studios. The luxury pied-­a-­terre market is most prevalent in central Manhattan neighborhoods near Central Park. Their wealthy buyers, often foreign investors, are not just looking for a central location but a building that is outfitted with impressive amenities and concierge services reminiscent that of a hotel. On-site restaurants, roof decks, and lounges, as well as spa and fitness centers, are usually considered attractive perks.

Below is our list of the best luxury New York City pied-a-terre buildings that come with extensive bells and whistles such as an in-house chef, daily maid service, valet services, and more. So whether it be for a vacation or business meeting, your stay in your pied-a-terre will be an unforgettable New York experience.

Read Our Full Pied-A-Terre Guide Here

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685-Fifth-Avenue-01 Renderings of Mandarin Oriental Residences via Hamide Rihtim
685 Fifth Avenue has long been known as the Gucci Building for the fashion brand’s longtime presence in the retail and office floors. As it undergoes an expansion and conversion, it is about to embrace another luxury brand: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group signed on to manage the residential component of the mixed-use building, which will make it the group’s first standalone residences in America.

Existing stories have been renovated with the same high-end interiors and finishes as the apartments in the new floors added to the building. The developer has partnered with Daniel Boulud on a resident-only dining space, and amenities will include a library, rooftop pool, and lounge with views over Central Park.

730-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of Aman New York Residences via Douglas Elliman
Up the street from Mandarin Oriental Residences (see above), the Crown Building has been tastefully restored and transformed into Aman’s first New York resort. The 83-room hotel is expected to open later this year, and sales launched on the 22 residences on top in January 2020. The Crown Penthouse has already entered contract at an asking price of $180 million, which would have been the city’s most expensive sale ever if not for Ken Griffin’s record-breaking purchase at 220 Central Park South.

Residents of the condos will have full, unlimited access to Aman New York’s unparalleled concierge service, 2,300-square-foot spa, wine room, subterranean Jazz Bar, wraparound Garden Terrace, Italian restaurant Arva, and Japanese restaurant Nama. They will also enjoy savings at Aman destinations all over the world.

76-Eleventh-Avenue-01 All renderings of The XI via Evan Joseph
A key component of The XI, the twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and located in West Chelsea, is the first Six Senses Hotel in the United States. Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses, has turned down past offers to open a New York outpost, but said this location and project spoke to everything his brand believes in.

The condos in the east tower, also known as Tower X, will start above the hotel, the better to make the most of unsurpassed views of the High Line, the Hudson River, and the Manhattan skyline. In addition to a residents-only amenity suite, residents of both The X and The I will have preferred access to Six Senses’ wellness offerings - including a 75’ pool, fitness center, and spa - restaurants, and services in the building. They will also enjoy special privileges at Six Senses hotels all over the world.

Newly Launched
25-West-28th-Street-01 All images of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, New York, NoMad via Christie's International Real Estate
At the top of the new, Rafael Vinoly-designed Ritz-Carlton hotel in NoMad is a limited collection of 16 one- and two-bedroom penthouse residences delivered fully furnished, boasting panoramic views and top-of-the-line finishes and appliances. Residents have access to the hotel's amenities and services, including the Ritz-Carlton Signature Spa, the 36th-floor club lounge, and Zaytinya and The Bazaar, two new restaurants from Michelin-starred chef Jose Andres. Owners may occupy their penthouses for up to 120 days a year and up to 29 days in any 36-day period, and can elect to have their penthouses managed by The Ritz-Carlton when not in use.

Ritz Carlton NoMad
From the listing: 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 42C offers an extraordinary, high-floor 1-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom western penthouse suite with unparalleled panoramic views through oversized picture windows—with 12-foot mullion-free panes—straight south to One World Trade, the Statue of Liberty, and well beyond. PHC is our largest 1-bedroom penthouse residence—graciously proportioned with 989 SF, the residence features premium custom interiors with white oak floors and millwork throughout. With over 10-foot ceilings, the luxurious and sophisticated space includes a Poliform kitchen with honed white Quartzite island, backsplash and countertop, as well as Bronzed glass cabinetry with integrated LED lighting. See floor plan and full details here.

303-Park-Avenue-01 All images of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria via Douglas Elliman
In the midst of the restoration of the historic Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the top floors have been converted to condo units with richly appointed interiors and fully integrated Concierge Closets that allow for the private delivery of packages, dry cleaning, and room service. Residents of the condos enjoy preferred hotel spa and restaurant rates, 24-hour in-residence dining, and a house account allowing signing privileges throughout Waldorf-Astoria venues. Moerover, over 50,000 square feet of residents-only amenities include a 25-meter Starlight Pool, fitness center, Empire Club corporate suite, and landscaped Starlight Terrace.

Waldorf Astoria
From the listing: Own a piece of history at The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Residence 3301 is an 814-square-foot one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home with a thoughtful separation of spaces and open, sunny, southern views. All interiors have been crafted by AD100 designer Jean-Louis Deniot and deliver a balance of modern comfort with Art Deco opulence. The dramatic entry sequence of every residence is defined by a richly appointed and oversized lacquered front door with brass inlays, custom burnished bronze fixtures, and marble surround. See floor plan and full details here.

12. Gramercy Park Hotel, 50 Gramercy Park North
Gramercy Park North Photo of 50 Gramercy Park from Gramercy Park (via Stribling)
Ownership in this exclusive hotel and residential building comes with your own key to the coveted Gramercy Park, AKA the last private park in Manhattan. And if that's not enticing enough, the historic building, reimagined by artist and director Julian Schnabel, has hosted its share of famous people, including Humphrey Bogart, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and even a young John F. Kennedy. Residents can take full advantage of the Gramercy Park Hotel services and amenities which include housekeeping, room, valet and butler services, childcare, dog walking, event planning, catering, personal shopping, and access to a fitness center and spa.

50 Gramercy Park North Interiors via Compass
Gramercy Park view
From the listing: Mint 2-bed tranquility with 1,000+ square feet of private outdoor space and key to Gramercy Park! Upon entering #2A, you are welcomed by a foyer opening up to the great room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing over 40' of direct, 180-degree views of Gramercy Park. Recessed lighting warms the room. Gracious space for separate dining room, living room and bonus space, each area generously proportioned and with gorgeous exotic teak wood floors throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

11. Cipriani Residences, 55 Wall Street
Cipriani Residences Cipriani Residences exterior via Compass
Located on one of the most famous streets in the country, 55 Wall Street is a New York landmark that served as home to the New York Merchants Exchange, New York Stock Exchange, United States Customs House, and National City Bank headquarters. The building was converted to condominiums in 2006 and now offers amenities like a 24-hour concierge and butler service, landscaped roof deck, fitness center, library, billiards room, wine tasting vault, and a media screening theater. Other perks include housekeeping, personal shopping, preferential access to the on-site Cipriani restaurant, lifestyle consulting, child care, pet-sitting, and much more.

55 Wall Street Interiors via AA Management NYC LLC

10. Essex House, 160 Central Park South
Essex House (Douglas Elliman)
Essex House, the iconic Art Deco hotel, was built in 1930 and has 185 privately-owned residences (furnished or unfurnished) managed by J.W. Marriott. The building has seen the likes of Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, and Samuel L. Jackson, and offers its apartment owners white glove hotel services and world-class amenities, including 24-hour room service, valet, concierge, and bell staff, a fitness center and spa, a business and conference center, and an award-winning restaurant.

Essex-House-nyc-03 All images of Essex House via Corcoran
From the listing: Enjoy direct and unobstructed views of Central Park in this elegant Essex House residence. A total of three windows spanning nearly forty feet face the park. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium is truly one-of-a-kind and has been thoughtfully renovated with luxurious finishes throughout and boasts nine foot beamed ceilings, wide herringbone oak floors, and an abundance of storage. See floor plan and full details here.

9. Trump International, 1 Central Park West
trump international (Douglas Elliman)
Politics aside, Trump International offers some pretty sweet deals for pied-a-terre seekers. Many units are available to the owner 179 days of the year and rented to hotel guests the rest of the year, so it's presented as an investment opportunity. And of course, owners and guests can enjoy 24-hour room service and concierge, twice daily maid service, a roof deck, and a 6,000-square foot health center and spa, which includes a 55-foot indoor lap pool, steam rooms, and saunas.

Central Park views
1 Central Park West
From the listing: Located high above Central Park in the city, the spectacular three-bedroom home with 180° views is rarely available. A gracious marble entrance foyer with a well-appointed powder room and coat closet leads into a 32 x 27' great room with dramatic Central Park and Columbus Circle views. A well-appointed windowed kitchen with breakfast bar offers fantastic Park and city views. The kitchen features top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances with granite countertops and white cabinetry. The apartment offers three full bedrooms with three en suite marble bathrooms. The third bedroom is opened into the living room to create a 43-foot expanse using Central Park and the city. See floor plan and full details here.

8. 35 Hudson Yards
35 Hudson Yards is the tallest tower in the Hudson Yards mega-development, and the most luxurious with a state-of-the-art Equinox flagship gym, the first-ever Equinox Hotel, private membership club WS New York, and Stephen Starr restaurant Electric Lemon. Residents of the condos on the upper levels of 35 Hudson Yards enjoy complimentary Equinox memberships, preferred reservations and in-residence dining from Electric Lemon, and the services of a Director of Residences who will liaise with the Equinox Hotel to handle an array of hotel-related services, not to mention the residents-only staff and amenities.

35-Hudson-Yards-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the listing: This expertly planned split three bedroom residence boasts 10'10" ceilings, lavish satin finish wide plank French oak floors, and stunning views of the Hudson River from the corner Great Room. The windowed eat-in kitchen has been outfitted with luxurious Smallbone of Devizes cabinetry with opal white marble counters and backsplash. Full suite of Gaggenau appliances, inclusive of a wine fridge and coffee maker, truly make this kitchen extraordinary. The primary bedroom boasts two large walk-in closets and a luxurious windowed primary bathroom which is wrapped in stunning iceberg quartzite, complete with stunning double vanity with Kinon panels, and full depth soaking tub. See floor plan and full details here.

7. The St. Regis, 2 East 55th Street
the st. regis (Compass)
The St. Regis is tailored to fit your pied-a-terre needs. Get ready to enjoy its five-star hotel amenities for 28 days each year without the expense of full-time ownership (check out those prices!). The Midtown building offers a full-time doorman, twice-daily housekeeping, 24-hour butler services, a newly expanded fitness center, and spa and salon services.

St-Regis-Hotel NYC pied de terres

6. Residences At The Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle
Mandarin Oriental (Brown Harris Stevens)
A highly-recognizable building with a coveted Upper West Side address, Residences at the Mandarin Oriental (part of Time Warner Center) has apartments starting from a pricey $7.5M. The exclusive residence offers all the Mandarin Oriental Hotel perks, including 24/7 room and concierge services, the renowned Mandarin Spa, a modern fitness center, a 75-foot swimming pool, valet and doorman services, and tons more. Residents will also enjoy the building's prime location next to Central Park, Lincoln Center, and the shops at Columbus Circle.

80-Columbus-Circle-01 Interiors via Sotheby's International Realty
From the listing: Situated on a high floor at Residences at Mandarin Oriental, NY apartment 68E offers the ultimate in five-star living. The residence leaves one immediately enamored by the breathtaking southern and western views of downtown New York, western sunsets, and sunrises to the Hudson River. The apartment is 1,488 square feet and features a Great Room with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views. The apartment has two bedrooms, two marble bathrooms, a top-of-the-line kitchen including white marble countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, Miele convection oven, Miele dishwasher, and Miele washer dryer. Other features include hardwood herringbone floors, handsome moldings throughout, and ten-foot ceilings. See floor plan and full details here.

5. The Carlyle, 35 East 76th Street
the carlyle (Douglas Elliman)
Located within Museum Mile, the legendary and historic Carlyle building is still very much relevant today - its suites were notably used by celebrities getting primed for 2015's Met Gala. The building mixes luxury homes with its five-star hotel amenities and services, which feature a world-class spa and gym, a dedicated concierge staff, in-home catering, complete security, valet services, twice daily maid service, a beauty salon, Cafe Carlyle, Bemelman's Bar, the Carlyle Restaurant, and more.

The-Carlyle-hotel-new-york-03 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing: We are offering for sale a rare full floor residence in the Carlyle Hotel's tower with sweeping and unobstructed 360-degree views of Manhattan. Every American president since Truman has visited The Carlyle, and its rich history includes visiting Royals and heads-of-state including HRH, The Prince of Wales; the late Diana; TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Kings and Queens of Denmark, Greece, Spain and Sweden. See floor plan and full details here.
The Carlyle Hotel

4. One57, 157 West 57th Street
157-West-57th-Street-01 All images of One57 via Extell
At One57, the tower that has come to epitomize Billionaires Row, residential condos start on top of the Park Hyatt's U.S. flagship. Residents have a separate entrance and luxurious amenities of their own, but may also take full advantage of such hotel perks as a fitness center with skyline views, a lap pool with an underwater soundtrack curated by Carnegie Hall, Spa Nalai, the Living Room restaurant and bar, and the Onyx Room event space. Services include multilingual concierge, housekeeping, five-star chef, laundry, turndown, and dry cleaning.

157-West-57th-Street-02 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing: Discover one of only two residences at One57 to sport its own private outdoor terrace. Upon entering you are struck by the loft like feel with soaring 11-foot ceilings and bright, southern exposure through floor-to-ceiling windows. The kitchen is pristine and a chef's delight as it includes a Miele appliance package, hand crafted millwork by Smallbone of Devizes, marble counter tops, and the bonus of a breakfast bar for extra seating. Complementing the open kitchen is a grand living space that boasts a sprawling plan that features the flexibility of a separate dining area. Exploring the bedroom you'll find a generous and peaceful layout that includes a dressing area with multiple closets and your own en suite five fixture bathroom that includes polished marble with Dornbracht fixtures, onyx finishes, a deep Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, and radiant heated floors. See floor plan and full details here.

3. Sherry Netherland Hotel, 781 Fifth Avenue
sherry netherland hotel The Sherry Netherland (Sotheby's International)
Trip Advisor's 2016 Travelers Choice Awards named the Sherry Netherland the #1 hotel in the United States. It boasts an outstanding staff and full hotel services and amenities that include daily housekeeping, a 24-hour doorman, concierge, elevator attendant, fitness center, and room service from Harry Cipriani. Best of all, the turnkey pied-a-terres are available from an affordable $650K. Part-time New Yorkers also have the option of utilizing the residence for up to 30 days per year or 90 if they elect to be part of the hotel's rental pool - which they would generate income from.

The Sherry Netherland--central park Interiors via Compass
From the listing: This exquisitely appointed corner 2-bedroom 2 bath is perched on the 28th floor in the Tower of The Sherry-Netherland, a top full-service co-op with unique advantages found almost nowhere else! This apartment enjoys sweeping picturesque views west and north over Central Park and the iconic architecture of Central Park South, Central Park West and Fifth Avenue. Stepping off the manned elevator cab onto your semi-private landing, old world charm abounds. See floor plan and full details here.

2. The Four Seasons Private Residences, 30 Park Place
30-Park-Place-01 (via Robert A.M. Stern Architects)
The limestone-clad Four Seasons Hotel & Residences pays homage to local architectural history, but its sumptuous interiors, downtown address, and views from the condos situated above the hotel rooms are exactly what today's buyers want. In addition to a noteworthy residents-only amenities suit, owners have access to the offerings of the Four Seasons Hotel, which include a 75' lap pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and globally inspired spa. Five-star hotel services include multilingual concierge, childcare, dog walking, car service on request, and dining from CUT, Wolfgang Puck's first Manhattan establishment.

30-Park-Place-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the listing: Comprising 1,543 square feet of interior space, this exceptional 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath property was exquisitely designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern. As you enter the residence, you are welcomed through an elegant foyer that leads to the living/dining room with three impressive windows with south and east exposures and stunning city views, including the Freedom Tower and the Oculus, and river views. The primary bedroom also enjoys dual exposure - with both city and river views - and features a richly appointed en-suite marble bathroom with a soaking tub, stall shower and heated floors, and two large walk-in closets. The kitchen showcases custom-designed cabinetry by Bilotta, Colorado White marble countertops and backsplashes and state-of-the-art appliances by Gaggenau. See floor plan and full details here.

1. The Plaza, 1 Central Park South
the plaza hotel (Corcoran)
It should come as no surprise that The Plaza, located at 1 Central Park South, ranks at number 1 on this list. For more than 100 years, the landmarked building has been the most prominent and luxurious Hotel in New York - some even calling it the best hotel in the world. Select units are ideal for pied-a-terre seekers who like having the option of renting the suites through the hotel's rental management program. Residents and guests will have access to the best amenities and services which include the landscaped gardens with reflecting pools, the Oak Room, Oak Bar, Palm Court, a food hall, health club/gym, spa, limousine services, five-star concierge services, a 24-hour attended lobby, and more.
The Plaza, 1 Central Park South Interiors via Compass
From the listing: The historic "Astor Suite" is one of the most well-known homes in America and the finest in the world-renowned Plaza. Previously occupied by many notables such as John Jacob Astor, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and John F. Kennedy, there is no grander home of greater pedigree or proportion than exquisite 509. The 4,299 square-foot, four-bedroom, four and a half bath residence boasts high-end museum-worthy interiors by architect S.R. Gambrel Inc., who employed master artisans that rebuilt Windsor Castle in England, in a complete transformation that is unparalleled in every last detail. See floor plan and full details here.

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