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Sherman Tower East, #17EF via Douglas Elliman Sherman Tower East, #17EF via Douglas Elliman
"Shall we adjourn to the conservatory?"

A line from a Regency romance? Hardly - as the New York Post recently reported, a surprising number of apartments in present-day New York are home to glass-walled, glass-ceilinged spaces also known as solariums or sunrooms. This trend dates back to ancient Egypt, but modern New Yorkers love it for its views and access to greenery. However, in a city like New York, it is not easy to get in on this one: Sunrooms require sky access, which would seem to limit them to top-floor homes.

Below, see a selection of apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn with this popular feature. Even in the darkest days, these homes have an uncanny way of experiencing a sunny, airy ambiance. And as the days get longer, these units will enjoy ever more light.

363-East-76th-Street-1 All images of Sherman Tower East via Douglas Elliman
Oversized apartment on the Upper East Side is already flooded with sunlight by virtue of its northern and eastern exposures, and a dining solarium further enhances the open city views. Following a tasteful renovation, improvements include top-of-the-line appliances in the kitchen, in-unit washer/dryer, huge closets, and hardwood floors throughout. A private terrace off the living/dining room looks out on gorgeous city views and is ideal for entertaining and relaxing. See floor plan and full details here.

121-East-38th-Street-1 All images of 121 East 38th Street via The Corcoran Group
From the gated front patio to the roof terrace with solarium and hot tub, no detail was overlooked in this brick-clad townhouse on a tree-lined block. In between, interiors boast a parlor floor with 11' ceilings and intricate moldings, a chef's kitchen, a library with terrace access, and expansive bedrooms with en suite baths. It is currently configured as a triplex home with a penthouse duplex and ground-level floor-through home, but is flexible enough to allow for other possibilities. See floor plan and full details here.

47-Mercer-Street-1 All images of 47 Mercer Street via Douglas Elliman
Located at the top of a historic cast iron building, this spacious Soho condo boasts oversized windows, triple exposures, 13' ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, and three oversized bedrooms. The kitchen is outfitted with state-of-the-art appliances, including a Viking wine cellar. An elegant architectural staircase leads to a solarium with full bath and access to a roof terrace with pool, outdoor kitchen, and spectacular skyline views. See floor plan and full details here.

12-Beekman-Place-1 All images of 12 Beekman Place via Compass
Newly renovated aerie looks out on panoramic East River views from oversized windows, two private terraces, and an inviting sun room. The kitchen has been beautifully upgraded with top-of-the-line appliances and a gracious new breakfast nook. Both bedrooms have en suite baths, and the master suite boasts a walk-in closet larger than some studio apartments. See floor plan and full details here.

95-Ainslie-Street-1 All images of 95 Ainslie Street via Halstead
Bright duplex penthouse in a boutique condominium enjoys an airy atmosphere thanks to floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, treetop views, and a glass-shrouded sunroom leading to double roof terraces. Just off the living area, the kitchen is outfitted with custom cabinetry, marbled quartz countertops, and Bosch appliance suite. Both bedrooms enjoy incredible privacy, and the master suite's bath is finished with a large soaking tub. See floor plan and full details here.

14-East-4th-Street-1 All images of The Silk Building via VHT/The Corcoran Group
Cher was the first to enjoy this corner penthouse's soaring ceilings, large picture windows, wood-burning fireplace, and greenhouse/media room surrounded by a terrace with unobstructed city views. The kitchen is finished with Corian countertops and generous, high-gloss custom cabinetry. Recent renovations include new electricity and infrastructure, prewiring for cable and internet, recessed lighting with touch dimming. See floor plan and full details here.

860-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 860 Park Avenue via Engel & Volkers
Full-floor penthouse enjoys iconic Manhattan skyline and Central Park views from the wrap terrace and the oversized sunroom. Inside, wood-burning fireplaces serve as natural centerpieces in the living room and the master bedroom. It is situated in a prewar Park Avenue cooperative, yet has a modern HVAC system to keep it comfortable in all seasons. See floor plan and full details here.

10-East-14th-Street-1 All images of Union Square Lofts and Flats via Sotheby's
Panoramic duplex penthouse in a bustling downtown neighborhood offers an oasis with an all-glass conservatory looking out on the unit's private terraces and rooftop gardens. One floor below, the living/dining room boasts a wall of walnut-framed windows, built-in bookshelves, and gas-burning fireplace with custom mantle. The master bedroom features a reach-in closet and one-of-a kind-bath with exposed brick, heated floors, and walk-in double shower. See floor plan and full details here.

35-Sutton-Place-1 All images of 35 Sutton Place via Warburg Realty
Sunny apartment above the East River is flooded with natural light and enhanced by 10' ceilings and an airy layout. Just off the large living/dining room, the eat-in kitchen is outfitted with high-end appliances and a built-in desk area. The double-sized master suite boasts large closets, access to the wrap terrace, and a solarium/sitting room. See floor plan and full details here.

12-Greene-Street-1 All images of 12 Greene Street via Compass
Upon arriving at this Soho penthouse in a historic cast iron building, a key-locked elevator opens up to a sunny entrance hall with glass and steel casement doors, east-facing windows, a skylight in a 19' ceiling, and a stunning vertical indoor garden. The crowning glory is a rooftop conservatory with an entertaining kitchen and access to a landscaped terrace with a unique dining table. Features in between include a well-proportioned living room, a chef's kitchen with antique details and state-of-the-art appliances, a massive master suite with terrace access, and a custom steel staircase to connect every level. See floor plan and full details here.

Honorable Mentions
117-East-57th-Street-1 All images of The Galleria via Sotheby's

163-East-81st-Street-1 All images of 163 East 81st Street via Douglas Elliman

50-Morningside-Drive-1 All images of La Touraine via Compass

123-South-1st-Street-1 All images of 123 South 1st Street via Douglas Elliman

157-West-57th-Street-1 All images of One57 via The Corcoran Group

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