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Best pied-a-terres in NYC (Photo: The Plaza via Sotheby's International Realty) Best pied-a-terres in NYC (Photo: The Plaza via Sotheby's International Realty)
A pied-a-terre - the French phrase meaning "foot on the ground" - is known as an apartment, either located in a condo or co-op building, that the resident only lives in part-time. 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 NYC 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.

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10. 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 50 Gramercy Park North #14A (Douglas Elliman)
50-Gramercy-Park-north Dining room
Gramercy Park view View over Gramercy Park

9. 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 55 Wall Street #546, Living room (Douglas Elliman)
Cipriani-residences-nyc Kitchen area
Cipriani-apartments-new-york-city Bedroom

8. 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 Essex House, #905 (Engel & Volkers)
160-Central-Park-West-04 Living room with a park view
Central-Park-canopy view

7. 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.
Trump International, Trump International, #40D (Ostrov Realty)
1 Central Park South View over Central Park / Billionaires' Row
NYC-skyscraper-bedroom Bedroom

6. Ritz Tower, 465 Park Avenue
ritz tower (Corcoran)
This famed co-op building, located on Billionaire's Row, was designed by the notable Emery Roth and is the former home of William Randolph Hearst. Along with gorgeous pre-war apartments, part-time residents are presented with full concierge services, a gourmet chef-created menu 5 days a week, daily housekeeping, an entertainment room, a fitness center, and 24-hour maintenance staff.
Ritz-Tower-03 Ritz Tower, #95 (Douglas Elliman)
Ritz-Tower-nyc View northwest

5. 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

4. 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.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Residences at the Mandarin Oriental, PH75AB (Sotheby's)
(via Sotheby's International Realty, Inc)

3. 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 5-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. Select residences are currently offering a maintenance rebate of $150,000 at closing!
The-Carlyle-hotel-new-york-03 The Carlyle #2000-15 (Sotheby's)
The-Carlyle-04 (via Sotheby's)

2. 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 The Sherry Netherland, #1104 (Sotheby's)
Grand Army Plaza View over Grand Army Plaza

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 The Plaza, 1 Central Park South, #301 (Compass)
Tommy-Hilfiger-bedroom Master bedroom (Tommy Hilfiger)
The Plaza residential lobby
The plaza floor plan

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