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27 Great Jones Street via Douglas Elliman 27 Great Jones Street via Douglas Elliman
Recent headlines indicate dark days ahead, and that comes at a time when that can be taken literally: The days are getting shorter. However, this is not the time to give in to despair. After the winter solstice, which falls on December 21, we'll start to see a little more daylight. Add more encouraging news about a coronavirus vaccine almost every day and the impending presidential inauguration, and the future is starting to look brighter.

Of course, the following listings are flooded with light at any time of year. We take a look at apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn with skylights and private terraces for enjoying sunrise, sunset, and all hours in between.

2-Park-Place-01 All images of The Woolworth Tower Residences via Sotheby's International Realty
With six skylights, up to 22' ceilings, and duplex terrace totaling 2,770 square feet, there is no shortage of natural light throughout this residence in a New York City Landmark. The expansive professional kitchen has been outfitted with custom Dada cabinetry crafted by the Molteni Group, Calacatta Caldia marble countertops, a full suite of Miele appliances, and integrated Dornbracht fixtures. Designed with serenity in mind, the primary bedroom suite is outfitted with a morning kitchen, private access to the terrace and a walk-in closet. See floor plan and full details here.

140-Franklin-Street-01 All images of 140 Franklin Street via The Corcoran Group
Grand double-height Great Room in a historic duplex is defined by light, scale, volume, and proportion to feature original cast-iron columns, a gracious 25-foot-long skylight illuminating the space throughout, a wood-burning fireplace, wide plank Brazilian wood flooring, and oversized south-facing windows. Each bedroom is equipped with Somfy and electric Lutron shades on all windows and skylights, as well as built-in ceiling speakers. Upstairs, the spacious lounge area opens up to a massive private and protected landscaped wraparound terrace equipped with a custom sound system, Cantilever grill, and outdoor shower neighboring the seamlessly designed bamboo tree wall. See floor plan and full details here.

27-Great-Jones-Street-01 All images of 27 Great Jones Street via Douglas Elliman
Classic duplex penthouse in a prime downtown neighborhood combines authentic loft features with modern conveniences. The main floor boasts 10 oversized windows, double-height ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, south-facing primary suite, open windowed chef's kitchen, and dining area under an atrium skylight. Upstairs, three private terraces including a private roof deck offer 360-degree views highlighting the Lower Manhattan skyline. See floor plan and full details here.

25-Prince-Street-01 All images of 25 Prince Street via Brown Harris Stevens
Triplex penthouse opens to a gracious foyer and open-plan living/dining area, Roman and Williams-designed eat-in kitchen, and private terrace. The bedrooms start on the second level, and one has its own private glass-wrapped terrace. A grand curved staircase with a skylight at the top leads to the upper-level primary suite with private terrace and outdoor shower. See floor plan and full details here.

217-Berkeley-Place-01 All images of 217 Berkeley Place via Compass
Single-family townhouse dating back to 1875 has been lovingly renovated and meticulously restored by the best artisans, with careful attention to every detail. The living room houses a fireplace with original mantle and tiles as well as a stained glass window sitting alcove. The top floor was raised to incorporate a large operable skylight, and houses an artist's studio with a private decked terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

519-West-23rd-Street-01 All images of High Line 519 via Douglas Elliman
Extraordinary triplex penthouse is distinguished by incredible light and views of the High Line, the Lower Manhattan skyline, the Midtown skyline, and Hudson Yards from the oversized windows and private terraces, including a roof deck with built-in grill, sink, and outdoor televisions. Inside, the modern kitchen is lit up by a skylight and outfitted with white lacquered cabinetry, marble countertops, and state-of-the-art appliances. The grand living space is anchored by a gas fireplace and a custom cocktail bar. See floor plan and full details here.

284-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of The Nomad House via Compass
Trophy penthouse occupies the entire top floor of its iconic prewar building. Interiors feature a private elevator landing, multiple skylights, a working fireplace, a renovated open kitchen ideal for entertaining, and beautiful natural light all day long. The private terrace is sprawling and broken up into various vignettes featuring a fire pit, an outdoor shower, an outdoor kitchen, trellis garden, multiple entertaining and lounge areas, and dramatic views of iconic landmarks. See floor plan and full details here.

131-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 131 Fifth Avenue via Peter Oh Group
Duplex penthouse in the Ladies Mile Historic District is topped with a recently renovated roof garden featuring concrete tiles and a weatherproof system. Interiors boast double-height reception area, exposed brick wall, angled original brick wood-burning fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious den, and secondary bedroom with Juliet balcony. The upper-level primary suite has large triangular windows, roof deck views, built-in home office, and spa-like bath with skylight, whirlpool tub, twin pedestal sinks, and open shower surrounded by a masonry glass block wall. See floor plan and full details here.

471-Broadway-01 All images of 471 Broadway via Park Property Advisors
Full-floor home at the top floor of a historic loft building boasts 13' ceilings, a giant skylight, original hardwood flooring, two-zone central air conditioning, customized track lighting, and oversized windows flooding the space with light and classic New York City views. The kitchen has been updated with new, top-of-the-line appliances. The building's entire roof terrace has been finished with customized furniture, landscaping, outdoor shower, and gas grill. See floor plan and full details here.

255-Columbia-Street-01 All images of 255 Columbia Street via Compass
Between its impeccably designed interiors and private roof terrace with unobstructed Manhattan views, this triple-mint penthouse is the modern epitome of indoor/outdoor living. Inside, the kitchen is lit by a skylight and outfitted with Miele appliances, custom walnut and white lacquer cabinetry, Caeserstone countertops, and giant center island/breakfast bar. Additional features include incredible windows, smart thermostat, custom lighting, and endless closet space and built-ins. See floor plan and full details here.

67-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 67 Fifth Avenue via The Corcoran Group
Both residential units in this Park Slope building come with their own private outdoor space, making these absolutely turnkey apartments. The top floor loft-like apartment is flooded with natural light and features hardwood floors, a kitchen off the living room with double-height ceilings, large master bedroom, and an upstairs den/second bedroom that leads to a large private deck. The second-floor residence is a large and stylish one-bedroom with a large private deck. See floor plan and full details here.

118-Wooster-Street-01 All images of 118 Wooster Street via Compass
Enter this custom-designed Soho loft into an open living area with a working fireplace, huge skylight, and oversized windows. The dining area opens up to a chef's kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. An 800-square-foot private roof deck enjoys dramatic views of Soho streets and timeless architecture. See floor plan and full details here.

150-West-55th-Street-01 All images of 150 West 55th Street via Compass
Every main room in this meticulously renovated penthouse enjoys access to a 965-square-foot wrap terrace with intimate dining area, comfortable seating area, and full outdoor kitchen. Interiors boast two skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, separate bedroom wing, spa-like bath, and hardwood floors throughout. The open kitchen features custom cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, a Subzero refrigerator, a five-burner stove with double ovens and a pasta pot filler, and two Fisher Paykel dishwashers. See floor plan and full details here.

202-West-140th-Street-01 All images of Striver's North via Compass
Spacious home on a charming Harlem block boasts a gracious layout, beautiful hardwood floors, multiple windows, an enormous skylight, exposed brick, and a large private roof deck with views clearing the surrounding buildings. A large foyer continues into a windowed kitchen with abundant counter and storage space, custom cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. The bedrooms have been updated with custom window treatments and California closets. See floor plan and full details here.

463-West-57th-Street-01 All images of 463 West 57th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
Designed for seamless indoor/outdoor living, this artist's studio space has a moving glass wall that opens up to a private garden. Interiors feature high ceilings, three large skylights, white brick walls, endless storage space, hidden bed, built-in media center, and luxurious bath with double shower. The kitchen was designed by the artist in residence to feature two-tone lacquer and wood cabinets, built-in electric stovetop, integrated stone sink with water filtration system, Corian countertops, counter-depth hidden refrigeration, and LED cove lighting. See floor plan and full details here.

20-East-20th-Street (Douglas Elliman)
No terrace but beautiful nevertheless. Spanning the entire top floor of this boutique cooperative is your new home with architectural design elements that create a bespoke offering for this truly New York loft. This residence offers over 3,000 square feet of interior living space, an incredible skylight that spans 30 feet long with views of the tops of gorgeous glass buildings, a full wall of oversized, north facing windows, exposed brick and so much more. See floor plan and full details here.

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