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Incredible skylit spaces in two available lower Manhattan penthouses Incredible skylit spaces in two available lower Manhattan penthouses
Last week, June 20, 2021, was the summer soltice, marking the official start of summer and the longest day of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere. The June solstice is when the sun reaches its highest position in our skies. It happens when the sun's zenith reaches its northernmost point from the equator and the North Pole tilts towards the sun at about 23.4 degrees. Concurrently, many of us are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic as nearly 56% of New York City residents are vaccinated and as a result, have become noticeably more comfortable enjoying public spaces and attending social events.

As we collectively step into the sunshine, we took a look at available, top-floor apartments with ceiling skylights that bathe and uplift spaces with plenty of sunshine. To no one's surprise, these penthouse units cost a pretty penny and the ones below are located in some of the city's most desirable neighborhoods. For those who can afford them, these aeries represent the ultimate prize of city living, bestowing their lucky residents an abundance of space (indoors and out), light, and privacy.
That is certainly the case at 432 Park Avenue, the Rafael Vinoly-designed supertall where the 96th-story, 8,225-square-foot penthouse has just been listed for $169 million. This is almost double the $88 million that owner, Saudi retail magnate Fawaz Alhokair, paid for it in 2016, and far more than 432 Park Avenue's most expensive sale, which came to a combined total of $91.1 million. If this closes for the asking price, it will be second only to Ken Griffin's $238 million purchase at 220 Central Park South for the most expensive home sold in New York. It will also set a new record with its $20,500 per square foot price.
432 Park Avenue notwithstanding, the average price paid for a Manhattan penthouse in 2021 is $4.68M, more than two-and-a-half times the Manhattan average apartment sale price. However, the penthouse market has taken quite a breather from the heady days of 2016-2018 with 2021 closing prices down 27% when compared to 2019, and the closing condo price/ft2 down 7% to $1,236. But thanks to falling asking prices and more optimism in the air, the 126 penthouse transactions recorded so far in 2021 are on track to rebound to pre-pandemic levels.

From the Listing: Not the regular cookie-cutter apartment. Duplex 1 bedroom with extremely low monthlies and a storage unit included. Welcome home to this stunning penthouse duplex loft in the heart of Brooklyn's Boerum Hill. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Maintenance Abatement Offer - Sellers are offering $1,500/mo. for 24 months towards monthly maintenance. The entrance gallery opens to a twenty-one-foot living room with large West-facing windows, skylight, and two wood-burning fireplaces. The renovated kitchen has Corian countertops, appliances from Wolf and SubZero, an oversized island with breakfast bar and is adjacent to the large dining area. The huge private 16.5 feet by 33 foot roof terrace is accessible through the living room. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This is what you have been waiting for! A mint, "true penthouse" that offers a huge wraparound terrace with mature landscaping. There is a serene corner living room with a dining area, a primary bedroom also with two exposures, a fabulous windowed eat-in kitchen, a small home office with a skylight and a beautifully renovated windowed bathroom with a spacious, glass-enclosed stall shower. Additional features are solid pocket doors, central air and a BBQ with a gas line. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Boasting envious views and thoughtful upgrades, this corner three bedroom penthouse is a perfect blend of industrial style and modern comfort.

Oversized windows surround the spacious living/dining/kitchen open floor plan. Enjoy beautiful sunsets daily and the ever changing landscape of boats on the water. The kitchen has been updated with a custom tiled wall, Bertazzoni range, and large island with Caesarstone quartz countertop; perfect for durability and design. Adjacent the kitchen is a large dining area with plenty of space for showcasing those gourmet meals.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Welcome home to this stunning and unique convertible 3-bedroom Penthouse loft at 133 Mulberry Street. Upon entering this tastefully designed home, you will be struck by the space and light, 11' ceilings, and original columns. The open chef's kitchen boasts top-of-the-line Wolf and Bosch appliances, a vented range, abundant walnut cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, and a pantry closet. The spacious living area allows for a variety of furniture layouts and is flooded with natural light streaming through the skylight. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: The NoMad House is a rare trophy penthouse in the heart of the famed NoMad neighborhood. Occupying the entire top floor of 284 Fifth Avenue, a designated New York City landmark, this iconic property is a single-story, bright and airy mid-century modern home atop a stunning, 8-story pre-war structure. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: TRIBECA PENTHOUSE DUPLEX at the top of 88 Chambers Street. The keyed elevator delivers you to the 5th floor, which opens directly into your foyer. Great for entertaining, the expansive (22'8' X 20' 4') living and dining areas are open to the kitchen. Enjoy cooking and gatherings in your new kitchen, with a floating preparation island and professional-grade appliances, including a wine fridge. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: HOVERING ABOVE THE HIGHLINE...Penthouse B at Highline 519 is an extraordinary triplex CONDO residence with three (3) private outdoor spaces, three (3) bedrooms, and two and a half (2.5) bathrooms. The views and light are expansive with views over-looking High Line Park and vistas of the Downtown skyline to the South and the iconic buildings of the Midtown skyline and Hudson Yards to the North. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Sky High Townhouse at the Dunhill Condominium. On the market for the first time ever, you may have just found your complete wish list: Your own private roof terrace of approximately 900SF plus two additional terraces - one off the main bedroom and the other off the 27th floor. Endless views of the East River, Billionaires' Row to the southwest, five bedrooms, five full baths, home theatre, wine cellar, two wood-burning fireplaces, and Washer & Dryer. Nearly 5,000SF of total space including approximately 3,500SF of interior and 1,300SF outdoors. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: With 4 Incredible Outdoor Spaces And Simply Stunning Interiors--A Private Oasis With City And Skyline Views, Three Exposures And A large Skylight illuminating The Living-Dining Areas. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Meticulously planned for your contractor's beautiful execution, this penthouse residence is well into the process of renovation, ready for your final touches and custom finishes. 55 Hudson Street Penthouse BC is the epitome of Tribeca loft living with a wall of all-new, uniquely shaped and oversized Western exposed windows wrapping the corner of a great-room with 16-foot ceilings, four skylights providing wonderful light, exceptional indoor and outdoor living space as well as ample storage. Designed by the globally renowned architect Aki Miyazono of Blank Creations who works with and creates inspired, innovative spaces for David Bouley restaurants among other luminaries, the plan features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 16' high barrel-vaulted ceilings, gorgeous wide plank hardwood floors, 9' tall solid core walnut doors, wide hallways, original columns, and a wood-burning fireplace, making this extraordinary corner penthouse home the only of its kind in Tribeca. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Looking for immense private outdoors, unbelievable privacy, views and immense storage? Penthouse C at The Cammeyer, 60 West 20th Street PHC, features a stunning 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom haven which comes with 2 huge private storage rooms, plus its own separate writing office, artist studio or Zoom-room fully independent of the residence, surrounded by plantings and greenery for that extra special connection with nature in the heart of prime Flatiron, with 2,134 +- SF of newly renovated interior, and 2000 +- sf of private landscaped outdoor space. See floor plan and full details here.

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From the listing: This massive loft features a very large 4,000-square-foot exclusive roof and has two bedrooms that could easily be converted to a three or four, with two and a half new marble bathrooms. The building is a grand pre-war loft building in the heart of Soho (Broadway and Spring Street) with only 6 floors, one apartment per floor. The unit has 13-foot ceilings, exceptionally large eat-in gourmet kitchen with skylight, clean and elegant design, open city views, pin-drop quiet and endless possibilities in prime Soho location. See floor plan and full details here.

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From the listing: East Village penthouse spanning 6,400 square feet interior and an additional 725 square feet of terraces combines the building top floor (7AB) with its two terraces and 24-foot ceiling/skylight with the 1,500-square-foot guest loft on 6A. The living areas on 7AB are dramatic with custom paneling, chef's kitchen, separate dining and breakfast areas with the master suite and terraces on a higher mezzanine level. The main level on 7 includes a screening room. See floor plan and full details here.
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From the Listing: TROPHY PENTHOUSE DUPLEX IN THE SKY! Exquisite Two-Level Wraparound Terrace. Central Park + Panoramic Skyline Views. EXCLUSIVELY PHB: Modern Duplex Penthouse Perched On Top Of A 15-Story Renowned Pre-War Co-op w/ 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Renovated Baths, Study / Office w/ Dual Exposures, Renovated Chef's Kitchen, One-Of-A-Kind Enormous Wraparound Terrace, Sun-Flooded Southern & Eastern Exposures, Washer & Dryer (Vented), Private Storage Bin, And Flexible Floorplan Designed By Award-Winning Architect Charles Platt. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: One-of-a-kind Duplex Penthouse on coveted Great Jones St. in Prime Noho. In a classic loft condo with direct elevator access on both floors, you'll find authentic loft features reimagined with modern conveniences for the discriminating buyer. Encompassing over 3,000 interior sq. ft., the main floor showcases 10 oversized windows, generous room proportions with double-height ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace in the sun-flooded great room. The open windowed kitchen has been upgraded with top-of-the-line appliances as well as chic, wide plank walnut cabinetry and chef's island. The generous dining area is placed under an atrium skylight, a plus for entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Leonard Street Penthouse Duplex Loft (3400 square feet interior) with private outdoor space (additional 2,000+ square feet), and stunning Manhattan skyline views -- Empire State and Chrysler building. This home is a true oasis from city life with the best of indoor and outdoor living.

This is a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath duplex loft with a separate home office. This home's centerpiece is a two-level private terrace with views of the Empire State Building and the Manhattan skyline and your own private lawn. Custom NanaWall glass doors bring the outdoors in by opening completely to the lower terrace seating area and wrap-around deck.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Introducing the exquisite full-floor penthouse with sprawling private roof terrace at 96 Grand Street, a boutique 9-unit coop situated in the heart of Soho. With over 3,750 square feet of interior living space and 2,200 sun-kissed square feet of landscaped terrace, this 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home was artfully conceived with high style and modern comfort in mind. Enter directly via key-locked elevator to find an ultra-Zen great room, dining room and open chefs kitchen bathed in natural light from a wall of oversized windows and 12 beautiful skylights. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Sprawling approximately 3600 sq. ft, this extraordinary, sun-drenched loft showcases quintessential New York City views and boasts a 1,000 sq. ft. landscaped, panoramic roof deck. Featured in Architectural Digest and blending unparalleled luxury with a chic downtown aesthetic, this spectacular home is flooded with natural light and graced with charming 11 foot ceiling heights. Currently outfitted as a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home plus home office — there is an alternate floorplan illustrating where a third and fourth bedroom with en-suite bathrooms can be added. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This brilliant 4,412-square-foot quadruplex penthouse with 1,975-square feet of outdoor space across seven terraces was designed to optimize breathtaking views and grand entertaining. An impressive entry foyer sets the stage as you are welcomed into the apartment by a striking custom brass stairway, private elevator, and custom furnishings throughout.

The first main floor showcases the remarkable attention to detail that you'll find throughout this exquisite home. Sunlight streams into the living room from floor-to-ceiling windows, through which your gaze is drawn to the outdoor terrace and garden. Notable features in the living room include solid Brazilian cherry wood floors, a detailed Mahogany accent wall, a high-definition projector and screen, as well as a custom-built bar outfitted in sleek black lacquer and gorgeous green marble. The inviting dining room leads to a chef's dream kitchen equipped with premium appliances including a custom wine refrigerator, Glassos counters, and an oversized white marble island. A private outdoor seating area and entertaining space are accessed from the kitchen.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Triple Mint renovation! Classic loft in prime Tribeca location. Beautiful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, includes a 400 square foot landscaped terrace with gas grill station and outdoor shower. The current renovation includes 3 new bathrooms, the addition of a powder room, spectacular new eat-in kitchen, tray ceiling and lighting in the living room, new central a/c system, refinished floors, and new doors throughout. Additional features include 11' ceilings, large skylight in great room and master bath, custom-fitted closets, laundry room with vented dryer and 2 private storage units.. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A one-of-a-kind triplex penthouse boasting a pair of rooftop terraces, this 3-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom condo is a remarkable contemporary city luxury and classic SoHo charm. Features of this palatial home include gorgeous hardwood floors, exposed steel beams and brick walls, soaring 18-ft ceiling, several chic built-ins and sky lights, central heating and cooling, a floating spiral staircase, built in home office/library, gas-burning fireplace, a convenient in-unit laundry room, and a flexible layout with the possibility of adding another bedroom.. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This rare and important pre-war loft condominium, built by Albert Wagner in 1887, offers 12 exclusive lofts. Encompassing the entire top 2 floors of this building. A premier penthouse offering 4 bedrooms (currently configured as a 3 bedroom) and is situated in an ultra-discreet building that offers onsite staff and a full-time doorman. This loft spans over 4,000 sq ft feet of interior living that is intelligently designed and exceptionally renovated. A sophisticated private outdoor terrace that is just over 1,650 sq ft showcasing a fully landscaped layout to include: a grilling/cooking preparation setup, a separate private dining section, alongside a relaxed sun-filled lounging area. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A rare opportunity to own one of downtown Manhattan's largest loft penthouses. The Piero Manara & Debla Manara-Berger, of Casamanara, designed apartment offers an expansive 7,500 sq ft interior with a gracious 4,200 sq ft 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 65 40 foot living room featuring up-lit original cast-iron columns and ceilings that soar from 16' to 22' under light-infusing skylights. Massive windows facing south and west add even more light to shine through, creating the perfect space to entertain with views of the Freedom Tower perfectly framed. A nearly 6-foot-high wood-burning fireplace is finished with polished Eramosa marble and a honed Cohare marble hearth. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Unlike any other apartment in New York City, the Penthouse at 555 West End Avenue, is the spectacular combination of the Solarium Penthouse and the Terrace Penthouse. Spanning over 3,100 square feet of breathtaking outdoor space and over 8,400 square feet on two full floors of indoor space, there's literally nothing you could want that the Penthouse doesn't deliver This house-like home offers dynamic spaces for a variety of uses, including relaxing, dining and even exercising outdoors! . See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Perched at the pinnacle of 1 Sutton Place South, one of Manhattan's iconic residential buildings, this unparalleled penthouse is a contemporary tour de force exemplifying the best of the best in New York.

Designed by the illustrious Rosario Candela, the 1927 limestone-clad building belies the breathtaking modern style of the penthouse's interiors. Once the home of noted socialite and fashion icon C. Z. Guest, the Prewar residence has been given a remarkable contemporary facelift—with chic, sleek, clean, and crisp lines—while its timeless bones allow it to remain unquestionably stylish. A rare haven of voluminous space and glorious natural light, it boasts soaring ceilings and a generous scale that make it a superlative setting for sophisticated living, entertaining, and art. Expansive windows throughout afford views of the sunrise over the East River in the mornings, sunsets over the sparkling skyline of Manhattan at day's end, and the dramatic cantilevers of the Queensboro Bridge at any hour.
See floor plan and full details here.

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