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Which is higher - this penthouse's altitude or asking price? (Central Park Tower, #PH - Serhant) Which is higher - this penthouse's altitude or asking price? (Central Park Tower, #PH - Serhant)
As of this writing, Central Park Tower's accolades include tallest residential building in the world and home of the world's highest residential club. However, it is currently chasing another superlative: The penthouse on the 129th through 131st floors has come on the market for $250,000,000. If the penthouse sells for its asking price, it would dethrone the $238,000,000 sale at the nearby 220 Central Park South as the most expensive home in America.
Before the penthouse came on the market, broker Ryan Serhant told The Wall Street Journal that members of "the nine-figure club" are eager to get their hands on uber-luxury real estate, and that this penthouse has the advantage of not needing to be renovated or combined with other apartments to make it whole. He also adds that for buyers at this price point, market fluctuations like the ones we are currently experiencing are all but irrelevant.

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993 Fifth Avenue
993 Fifth Avenue Carnegie Hill
15 Hudson Yards
15 Hudson Yards Midtown West
69 Wooster Street
69 Wooster Street SoHo
One57, 157 West 57th Street
One57, 157 West 57th Street Midtown West
Central Park Tower, 217 West 57th Street
Central Park Tower, 217 West 57th Street Midtown West
Some brokers and market experts disagree with this assessment and point out that we have not seen as many jaw-dropping penthouse sales lately. While the $49,500,000 asking price of a penthouse near the top of 35 Hudson Yards was one of the highest-priced contracts of the year, it also represents a 16% reduction from its original ask of $59,000,000. A few months before that, when a penthouse at The Benson entered contract with an asking price of $35,000,000, developer Miki Naftali pointed out, "I could have asked $50 million for this penthouse and then negotiated it down, but I don’t like to do that." It ultimately closed for slightly above ask.
At the same time, Noah Rosenblatt of UrbanDigs points out that prices at one building are not indicative of how another could perform, saying, "Once you leave one building, you're in a totally different market." That is certainly true - some of the city's most fabulous penthouses are located in architecturally adventurous new condos, while others crown landmarked prewar architecture. Additionally, not all penthouses feature the same spectacular finishes, features, in-home luxuries, or private outdoor space.

Central Park Tower

↓ The main level houses a truly Grand Salon with 27-foot ceilings and skyline vistas.

NYC penthouses

↓ All levels are reached via a dramatic windowed staircase.

Billionaires Row

↓ The bedrooms are upstairs for optimal privacy, and all feature abundant closet space and en suite baths.

NYC penthouses
From the Listing: Soaring 1,416 feet above New York City in the tallest residential tower on the planet, the penthouse at Central Park Tower lays claim to the title of being the highest residence—and having the highest terrace—in the world. This once-in-a-generation residence occupies the top three floors of the most significant building on Billionaires Row, spanning 17,545 square feet of interior space with a glorious 1,433-square-foot outdoor escape. With four exposures and unobstructed New York City views, the eye skips over the verdant expanse of Central Park, the pulsating lights of the Midtown and Downtown skylines, and the serene waterways that girdle Manhattan. See floor plan and full details here.

2-Park-Place-01 The Woolworth Tower Residences, #PENNACLEPHAND49FL (Sotheby's International Realty)

↓ The Pinnacle Penthouse is being offered with the potential for an approved combination with the 49th floor.

Woolworth Tower penthouse

↓ A total of 125 windows look out on spectacular city views.

NYC penthouses

↓ In addition to the magnificent staircase, there is an in-unit private elevator connecting the floors.

The Woolworth Tower
From the Listing: For the first time, The Pinnacle Penthouse at The Woolworth Tower Residences is now being offered with the potential for an approved combination of the 49th floor and providing an opportunity for approximately 12,131 interior square feet encompassing the entire crown of this beloved landmark developed by Alchemy Properties. The Pinnacle Penthouse shall be delivered in designer ready white-box condition. The Pinnacle reaches 727 feet high and offers approximately 9,680 square feet of interior space along with a private 408-square-foot observatory terrace. Customize this coveted home with magnificent floor plan and interior finish designs from both Thierry W. Despont and David Hotson. See floor plan and full details here.

157-West-57th-Street-01 One57, #PH88 (Serhant)

↓ The magnificent, 57-foot Great Room looks out on the entirety of Central Park from floor-to-ceiling windows.

Billionaires Row penthouses

↓ The kitchen is separated by pocket doors and comes with custom built-ins, a massive eat-in island, and top-of-the-line appliances that include a wine cooler.

Billionaires Row condos

↓ The primary suite is located in its own private wing and boasts a 22-foot walk-in closet, a sitting area, and a pair of en suite baths.

Midtown West condos
From the Listing: Welcome to this full floor Billionaires’ Row home, located on the 88th floor, at the prestigious One57 luxury tower, a sprawling Thomas Juul-Hansen 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom sky mansion where residents enjoy unobstructed 360-degree views of Central Park, the East and Hudson Rivers, and the Upper and Lower Manhattan skylines. This one-of-a-kind condo is in perfect condition and spans 6,231 square feet with designer finishes throughout. Stunning white oak floors glow in steady streams of natural light and floor-to-ceiling windows possess motorized curtains and quadruple exposure. See floor plan and full details here.

Tribeca lofts 443 Greenwich Street, #PHB (Compass)

↓ An inlaid marble fireplace is the heart of this massive Tribeca loft's living room.


↓ On a separate level, the primary suite features a sitting area with wet bar and fireplace, a customized dressing room, and a spa-like bath.

Tribeca penthouses
Tribeca condos

↓ A massive landscaped terrace looks out on spectacular views of Lower Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan condos
From the Listing: Luminous, stunning and meticulously renovated, this Tribeca penthouse was crafted & designed using top-of-the-line technology and high-end finishes. Perched atop Tribeca’s most sought-after building, 443 Greenwich, this penthouse is the epitome of luxurious Manhattan living with downtown city views and spectacular light throughout the apartment. Truly unique with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half-bathrooms, and a lush wrap-around terrace in Tribeca’s most sought-after location. The elevator doors open onto the top level of this expansive duplex penthouse. One private parking space as well as two storage units are included in the purchase of PHB. See floor plan and full details here.

50-United-Nations-Plaza-01 50 United Nations Plaza, #DPH42 (Zeckendorf Realty)

↓ Upon arrival, a grand entry foyer leads to a 75-foot living/dining area.

Turtle Bay penthouses

↓ Both levels of the penthouse are connected by a stainless steel floating staircase.

Duplex penthouse NYC

↓ A private terrace on the upper level is home to a private outdoor pool measuring over 30 feet and facing cinematic river views.

NYC penthouses
From the Listing: Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Foster + Partners and delivered by New York’s legendary Zeckendorf Development and Global Holdings, this one-of-a-kind duplex penthouse combines nearly 10,000 square feet of interior living space with two extraordinary outdoor spaces; one a large terrace ideally situated off the main living area, the other a more than 30-foot outdoor swimming pool and pool deck. This striking, infinity edge pool and deck links the primary bedroom lounge and a large entertainment room, featuring a gas fireplace and separate catering kitchen. See floor plan and full details here.

200-Amsterdam-Avenue-01 200 Amsterdam Avenue, #PH2 (Brown Harris Stevens)

↓ Located on two of the uppermost floors of 200 Amsterdam Avenue, this penthouse looks out on panoramic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

Upper West Side condos

↓ A private terrace runs the length of the 49th floor and enjoys the same spectacular views as those seen through the penthouse's floor-to-ceiling windows.

Lincoln Center condos

↓ Sliding glass panels offer the option of an open or closed kitchen. Either way, it offers a Calacatta marble island, state-of-the-art appliances, custom cabinetry, and Hudson River views.

Upper West Side penthouses
From the Listing: Occupying the entire 49th and 50th floors of 200 Amsterdam, this sprawling four-bedroom, four and a half-bath PH Duplex offers an elegant, modern plan where every room within offers dazzling views and a 116’ terrace runs along the entire eastern perimeter of the 49th floor. From the private elevator vestibule, double doors open directly into a large foyer overlooking Central Park. The foyer leads to a 30’4" x 22’6" living room with east, north and west exposures and views well into the surrounding environs. From the dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows frame cinematic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. See floor plan and full details here.

50-Central-Park-South-01 50 Central Park South, #PH23 (Douglas Elliman)

↓ Residents of this magnificent penthouse have access to all of the Ritz-Carlton's services, including the Ritz-Carlton Health Club, La Prairie spa, club lounge, dining services, and housekeeping upon request.

Central Park South penthouse

↓ A setback terrace off the Great Room looks out on sweeping views of Central Park as well as iconic Central Park West and Fifth Avenue architecture.

Central Park penthouse

↓ The primary suite measure 2,500 square feet and features a corner bedroom, multiple walk-in closets, a library, a media room, and two full baths.

Midtown West penthouses
From the Listing: Very rarely does a home of this size and provenance come to market-especially with over 120 linear feet of direct Central Park frontage. The entire 23rd Floor at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Central Park is an incredible, sprawling simplex at nearly 9,500 square feet with five bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms and exposures to the north, south, east, and west. Featuring a private vestibule off the dedicated residences elevator, one is welcomed by a gracious and central foyer, from which the home expands into three distinct wings: the living and entertaining spaces, an enormous primary suite, and the secondary private chambers. See floor plan and full details here.

55-West-17th-Street-01 55 West 17th Street, #PH (Compass)
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↓ Trophy penthouse is distinguished by its southern exposure, Venetian plaster-coated walls, and barrel-vaulted ceilings.

Chelsea penthouses

↓ The top-floor primary suite boasts opulent materials, massive closets, a luxurious bath, and a fireplace surrounded by Grigio Collemandina marble.

Chelsea condos

↓ On the roof terrace, a full-sized swimming pool and hot tub look out on panoramic views of Lower Manhattan.

Chelsea penthouses
From the Listing: No expense was spared in this multi-year renovation of this impossible-to-replicate triplex penthouse at the crossroads of Ladies Mile, Flatiron, and Chelsea, moments from Union Square and Greenwich Village. While the finishes and fixtures are of the highest order, equally impressive is this rare, ultra-wide space that affords exceptional light and views to the south, north, east, and west with hundreds of feet of frontage and 40 large windows. The New York firm DHD Architecture and Interior Design - with principals David Howell and Steffani Aarons - designed this trophy apartment that occupies the entire 18th and 19th floors of the building along with most of the 17th floor, all connected via a striking spiral stairway See floor plan and full details here.

293-Lafayette-Street-01 The Puck Penthouses, #PHIV (Sotheby's International Realty)

↓ Bespoke penthouse in a historic downtown building boasts barrel-vaulted ceilings, exposed architectural beams, and Venetian plaster walls.

Nolita penthouses

↓ The chef's kitchen features a massive marble island, custom cabinetry, and an impressive suite of top-of-the-line appliances.

Downtown penthouses

↓ The massive wraparound terrace features a private hot tub, a waterproof 55" outdoor television, a custom fountain, a dining area, and a willow-covered pergola.

From the Listing: Penthouse IV is truly a one of a kind residence that has been masterfully redesigned by AD100 team Fox-Nahem Associates. Spanning nearly 6,000 square feet +/- of breathtakingly chic interiors, the home features an additional 2,000 square feet +/- of lush private outdoor space. This extraordinary home offers four bedrooms, five and a half baths and is located in an intimate luxury condominium in SoHo. The Great Room The unique grandeur of Penthouse IV is evident in its luxurious great room, boasting a custom designed steel wrapped gas-burning fireplace and surrounded by gorgeous floor to ceiling mullioned windows and doors offering multiple access points to the 2,000 square-foot wrap terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

69-Wooster-Street-01 69 Wooster Street, #PENTHOUSE (Reserve)

↓ Located at the top of an authentic Soho loft building, this enormous penthouse is rich in original details like cast-iron columns, soaring ceilings, massive windows facing south and west, and skylights that fill the home with abundant light.

Soho penthouses

↓ Penthouse perks include a climate-controlled wine cellar, a home gym, a home spa with steam room, and a home theater with plush seating, a massive projection screen, and Dolby 10.1 surround sound.

Soho loft

↓ A 4,200-square-foot roof terrace features wood decking, pavers, simulated lawn, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, a Boffi outdoor shower, and views of the Downtown and Midtown skylines.

Loft penthouses
From the Listing: The Piero Manara & Debla Manara-Berger, of Casamanara, designed apartment offers an expansive 7,500-square-foot interior with a gracious 4,200 square feet of unique covered and uncovered outdoor terrace space and sweeping 360-degree views. The boutique building of just 9 units allows for the utmost in privacy with a discreet elevator that opens to an impressive wood-paneled entry leading to a spectacular living room featuring up-lit original cast-iron columns and ceilings that soar from 16' to 22' under light-infusing skylights. See floor plan and full details here.

1-North-Moore-Street-01 1 North Moore Street, #PENTHOUSE (Platinum Properties Financial District)

↓ This penthouse is located near some of Tribeca's best restaurants. However, home cooking is a dream in a custom chef's kitchen with bespoke Italian cabinetry, generous white quartz counter space, and appliances by Sub-Zero, Miele, and Wolf, including a wine refrigerator and a dishwasher dedicated to cleaning wine glasses.

Tribeca penthouses

↓ An upper-level media room enjoys access to a private terrace, and includes a refrigerator and freezer.

Downtown penthouses

↓ The rooftop terrace boasts a color-changing infinity pool, a Jacuzzi, a 90" TV with surround sound, an outdoor shower, an outdoor kitchen, and unobstructed Lower Manhattan views.

Tribeca penthouse condos
From the Listing: Welcome to the crown jewel of the exceptional 1 North Moore. Enter the building through the intimate 24-hour attended lobby and into the secured elevator which opens directly into this one-of-a-kind triplex penthouse never before listed for sale. The residence sits atop an ultra-exclusive, boutique six-condominium building. The unit is accessed via private entrances on the seventh, eighth, and ninth floors. The entire seventh floor is wrapped by custom glass sliding doors giving you the ability to enjoy the epitome of indoor/outdoor living all at once. Upon entering, you are immediately drawn in by the open floor plan which is finished with vein-cut unfilled travertine flooring throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

15-Hudson-Yards-01 15 Hudson Yards, #PH88B (The Corcoran Group)

↓ At the center of this sophisticated penthouse, a double-height living room boasts 26-foot ceilings, a double-sided fireplace, and spectacular views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Downtown Manhattan Skyline, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Hudson Yards penthouses

↓ At the top of the graceful staircase connecting both levels, a sitting area with a wet bar can be used as a home office, playroom, or media room.

NYC penthouses

↓ The primary suite features two fully outfitted dressing rooms and two dual baths with top-of-the-line finishes.

Hudson Yards duplex penthouses
From the Listing: The genius result of the collaboration between Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, Penthouse 88B is a dazzling museum quality home in the sky. Spanning 5,161 square feet, the four-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom layout is clever to adapt to your needs both now and in the future. The 88th floor features a large great room, dining room, library/guest suite, a perfectly-designed kitchen, large, casual den, and a dedicated service entrance. The 89th floor has three additional bedroom suites including a beautifully-designed primary suite. A discreet staff suite can be created as part of a service wing of the penthouse. See floor plan and full details here.

740-Park-Avenue-01 740 Park Avenue, #PH17/18D (Sotheby's International Realty)

↓ At the top of Park Avenue's "tower of power," this duplex penthouse enjoys private terraces on both levels, as well as a landscaped roof terrace with trellised walls and spectacular skyline views.

Park Avenue penthouses

↓ The windowed eat-in kitchen boasts a large center island, top-of-the-line appliances, a separate breakfast area, and a windowed butler's pantry next to the formal dining room.

Upper East Side co-ops

↓ The luxurious primary suite features a wood-burning fireplace, abundant closet space, a beautifully appointed marble bath, and access to the terrace.

Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: The apartment is in triple-mint condition and was completely renovated by the architect Oscar Shamamian and world-renowned designer Michael Smith. A private elevator landing opens onto a magnificent sun-flooded windowed gallery with 12 ceilings and a sweeping staircase. On the east end of this grand and gracious entry way is a handsome library with a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, and a pair of French doors leading to a south-facing terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

10-Riverside-Boulevard-01 One Waterline Square, #PHA (The Corcoran Group)

↓ Located at the top of One Waterline Square, this expansive penthouse offers incredible natural light and breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, and the George Washington Bridge.

Waterline Square penthouses

↓ The kitchen with Pedini cabinetry, a massive center island, and Gaggenau appliances is located just off the penthouse's private cabana, allowing for seamless indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Upper West Side penthouses

↓ A cabana with an outdoor kitchen, pantry, and fireplace enjoys spectacular sunset and Hudson River views.

Waterline Square penthouses
From the Listing: Available for immediate occupancy, Penthouse A is breathtaking in scale with 6,566 square feet of interior space, 986 square feet of exterior space, and provides a level of sophistication that gives rise to comfortable entertaining on a grand scale. The magnificent trophy home offers over 50 feet of direct Hudson River views to the west, and expansive skyline views to the south, while a fireplace allows for a cozy setting. See floor plan and full details here.

993-Fifth-Avenue-01 993 Fifth Avenue, #PH (Serhant)

↓ Upon arriving at this Emery Roth-designed penthouse, one is greeted by a grand marble foyer and gallery with dramatic double-height ceilings and a wrought-iron staircase.

Fifth Avenue penthouses

↓ Just off the formal dining room, a butler's pantry flows seamlessly into a chef's kitchen with glazed terra cotta tiled floors, high-end stainless steel appliances, and an adjoining breakfast room.

Carnegie Hill penthouses

↓ Upstairs, each of the bedrooms has access to a wraparound terrace with views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

Upper East Side penthouses
From the Listing: Picture a chateau nestled in the verdant hills of the French countryside but with a surprising view of the Louvre off your terrace and salon. This one-of-a-kind Emery Roth-designed full floor penthouse duplex co-op is a dream come true for those who value sophistication and culture. Spread across 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms totaling more than 5,000 square feet of regal interior space plus several park-facing sun terraces, this august residence offers true indoor-outdoor city living. Elegant original details like marble wood-burning fireplaces, herringbone hardwood floors, and intricate crown moldings complement modern upgrades like new oversized casement windows and a high-end central A/C system. A ground floor in-law/office/staff unit may also be purchased separately. See floor plan and full details here.

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