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The Platinum, #2701, recently reduced to $1.399 million (Compass) The Platinum, #2701, recently reduced to $1.399 million (Compass)
For some New Yorkers, living the dream means living in an apartment in a high-rise building (defined here as 50 stories or higher). High-floor homes are likeliest to enjoy the best views in any building, and that is especially the case in high-rises, where some lucky residents can start their day by looking out the window at the city skyline or the river. High-rise buildings are far more likely than their boutique counterparts to incorporate a full staff and an array of athletic and social amenities, allowing for a more enjoyable and convenient living experience. Finally, high-rise living can be beneficial from a financial standpoint – while prices of homes in high-rises aren’t quite back to pre-pandemic highs, CityRealty's High-Rise Condo Index shows that they’re starting to climb back up.
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But for all its advantages, high-rise living isn't for everyone. Memories of social distancing at the height of the pandemic are still vivid, and this was especially challenging to undertake in buildings with multiple units on their many floors. More recently, when horror stories about elevator outages at 20 Exchange Place, a 57-story rental, made the news earlier this spring, some shuddered and wondered how or if they would cope with such a thing. Finally, even the cherished views are not guaranteed to last forever – new supertalls on the rise or on the drawing board have an inconvenient way of encroaching on the unobstructed views previously enjoyed by high-rise residents.

As July 2022 gave way to August, a number of high-floor homes could be found among the 225 sales listings that experienced price cuts between July 27 and August 2. A full, sortable sales chart may be found below.

3-Riverside-Drive-01 3 Riverside Drive, #TH (Compass)
Riverside Drive townhouse
Upper West Side townhouse
From the Listing: This 37-foot wide, ornate limestone mansion was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert, the same architect who produced many other NYC landmarks. For a time, 3 Riverside Drive was the residence of William Guggenheim, an iconic New York magnate. The home has stunning views of Riverside Park, the Hudson River and open skies throughout. These unobstructed views are extraordinarily unusual for a townhouse in NYC most of which look across fairly narrow streets to other townhouses or buildings and accordingly have comparatively limited light. Purchased by the current owners in 2017, the house has been reimagined as a modern home on the inside with a historic outside fully preserved. Most unusually, the home has been designed with an unprecedented suite of amenities normally found in a large, full-service building including: a large swimming pool, partial basketball court, spa, gym, stadium seating movie theatre and game room. See floor plan and full details here.

135-West-70th-Street-01 The Pythian, #PHBC (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Live lavishly in this gorgeous penthouse duplex atop The Pythian in Lincoln Square! Yours to enjoy are stretching open views through walls of windows, tons of brilliant light, impeccably-designed interiors for luxury living/entertaining, and generous outdoor space with a main floor terrace and rooftop oasis. The spectacular home boasts airy 10'5" ceilings and open exposures to the south, east and north capturing stunning panoramas of the city and Central Park. A gracious foyer welcomes your arrival and leads to an expansive great room with dramatic beamed ceilings and a wet bar with wine cooler for lounging, dining and hosting. See floor plan and full details here.

128-West-95th-Street-01 128 West 95th Street, #TH (Balen Real Estate LLC)
Upper West Side townhouse
From the Listing: Pristine condition, vacant, five-story townhouse located one block from Central Park. Current layout is three units - a 2,000+ square-foot quadruplex six-bedroom residence, a first-floor one-bedroom or office, and a commercially zoned basement. The property can easily be made into a single family townhouse with minimal construction. The amount of light on every floor cannot be overstated; even on an overcast day, there is no need to turn on the lights. Additionally, every floor has been renovated or refurbished including kitchen, floors, electrical, plumbing, heating, and windows. See floor plan and full details here.

109-West-26th-Street 109 West 26th Street, #3 (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing: Created by award-winning designer Iain Halliday, this unique, sprawling, state-of-the-art, full floor luxury loft spans 4,500 square feet with 12-foot ceilings. Elegantly chic, this home's fully automated systems include smart phone controlled home theater, audio, lighting, motorized shades, and AC throughout. Advanced water heating, and multi zoned split HVAC systems are among the many thoughtful additions to this beautiful space. The thoughtful layout also provides areas with total privacy as well as great spaces for gatherings and entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.


166-East-93rd-Street-01 166 East 93rd Street, #TH (Compass)
From the Listing: A truly unique single family townhouse is located in the heart of Carnegie Hill where many of New York's leading private schools are within walking distance and Central Park, Museum Mile and a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars are just a few blocks away. 166 East 93rd Street offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms, an expansive rear garden and private terrace, an ideal layout for family living and entertaining featuring new windows, new hardwood floors and new windowed eat-in-kitchen. The basement houses washer/dryer, mechanicals and storage. Built 61 feet deep with a family room extension, this house could accommodate a wide array of uses including live-work or full residential conversion. See floor plan and full details here.

75-East-End-Avenue-01 75 East End Avenue, #17EF (Compass)
East End Avenue co-op
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: Welcome to this beautiful nine-room, postwar coop located on the 17th floor with four exposures and city and water views. A long entry foyer has multiple storage closet space and leads into the large living room with a southern exposure and adjacent family room/den with mahogany built ins. Continue on to an office (bedroom) plus a majestic primary bedroom with his-and-hers bathrooms, walk-in closets, and fantastic views south and west. The eat-in kitchen has an east-facing window, banquette, walk-in pantry, and top-of-the-line appliances. See full details here.

1-Fifth-Aveneu-01 1 Fifth Avenue, #26A (Ann Weintraub Ltd.)
From the Listing: Perched up high in the tower of One Fifth Avenue, the landmarked Art Deco doorman building, sits this special apartment with incomparable and infinite views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Hudson River, and Washington Square Park. This is a wonderful New York apartment that has a large bedroom with three exposures, a designer, open kitchen with a dining room (originally a den/second bedroom) and a corner living room with striking views of all of Manhattan through all glass, picture windows. The apartment also has central air-conditioning, beautiful oak plank floors, walk in closets, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances and lots of built-ins. See floor plan and full details here.

160-West-66th-Street-01 3 Lincoln Center, #27H (Compass)
From the Listing: High-floor corner home in the heart of Lincoln Center has expansive south western river and city views from oversized windows in every room. The apartment is approximately 1,315 square feet with 2 full sized bedrooms, washer/dryer, high ceilings, thoughtful storage built-ins, finished closets, a dining area and new oak floors. 27H has been thoughtfully and thoroughly renovated throughout and has a spacious open kitchen with high end appliances, and completely new bathrooms throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

272-Water-Street-01 272 Water Street, #5R/6R (Time Equities)
From the Listing: Located on a quiet cobblestone street in the historic Seaport district, this convertible 2-bed/2-bath duplex loft features expansive living and outdoor spaces perfect for entertaining. An open concept kitchen flows into the living room with original hardwood floors, multiple exposed brick walls, and 11-foot ceiling. A separate bathroom with waterfall shower is an added convenience for guests. A gorgeous curved staircase takes you into the sleek primary bedroom suite flushed with natural light. French doors in the suite open onto a 497-square-foot private terrace where you can sunbathe or host a BBQ party while looking onto the Brooklyn Bridge, Gehry Building, and World Trade Center. See floor plan and full details here.

420-East-72nd-Street-01 420 East 72nd Street, #20B (Compass)
From the Listing: Apartment 20B is a cheerful and bright 3-bedroom, 2-bath residence on the top floor. This gracious apartment offers gorgeous open city views with abundant natural light from its many north- and south-facing windows. Thoughtful consideration has been given to the layout and design of the interior space, providing a graceful and logical flow from room to room. The entry foyer with a huge walk-in closet leads to a spacious gallery that opens onto the living areas, a bright and open windowed kitchen, dining area, and large living room. Classic crown moldings, built-in bookcases and storage, and beautiful hardwood floors create a seamless blend of the modern and traditional. See floor plan and full details here.

247-West-46th-Street-01 The Platinum, #2701 (Level Group Inc.)
From the Listing: Corner one-bed, one and a half-bath corner property with north, west, city, and river views is on a high floor of an amenity-rich building with such offerings as a fitness center, spa lounge, and wraparound terrace. Views emanate the excitement of the city in the quiet of your home with floor-to-ceiling windows; sit back and enjoy the sunsets. There is an open chef's kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and in unit washer and dryer. The large bedroom suite includes a bath complete with deep soaking tub and separate shower with all the finest finishes. This unit comes with a private oversized storage unit currently rented for $250 per month. See floor plan and full details here.

247-West-46th-Street The Platinum, #1901 (Compass)
From the Listing: As you enter Residence 1901, step into the spacious foyer which can be set up as a dining room, home office or left as a mudroom. On your left you'll find a large coat closet as well as an in-unit washer/dryer and to your right is your powder room. As you progress into the apartment you are greeted with the floor-to-ceiling windows that show off your fantastic view, overlooking the river. The open kitchen allows for you to always stay in the mix while cooking and includes your own built-in wine cooler! This expansive living space allows for a dining table, living room and office space set-up. The bedroom has a massive walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom complete with a soaking tub and separate shower. See floor plan and full details here.

40-West-116th-Street-01 Kalahari Harlem, #B209 (Core Group NYC)
From the Listing: Residence B209 is a north-facing, well-appointed, split two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with an expansive private terrace equipped with water and electrical. Double-paned windows provide peace and quiet but allow for plenty of natural light throughout the day. The open kitchen, ideally located next to the dining area, features stainless steel appliances, lava stone countertops, a large pantry, and an open breakfast bar. Sturdy bamboo flooring is found throughout this gracious home, and all rooms overlook the private terrace. A 25-year tax abatement is in effect. See floor plan and full details here.

59-East-72nd-Street-01 59 East 72nd Street, #2AB (Engel & Volkers)
From the Listing: Opportunity to combine two adjacent units into a spacious 3-bedroom / 2-bath + home office home in one of the most sought-after areas in Manhattan. Clean and bright, from a wall of south-facing windows, this spacious home when combined would offer approx. 1,300 square feet of living space, extra-high ceilings, hardwood floors, an abundance of closet space, a windowed kitchen, and open views from the second floor of trees and stately residential buildings along the double-wide street. See floor plan and full details here.

333-Rector-Place-01 One Rector Place, #411 (Singer Real Estate)
From the Listing: Mint condition one-bedroom with 68-square-foot private balcony has been renovated with a new washer/dryer and new Miele fridge and dishwasher in the kitchen. The oversized bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the bath has a Toto toilet, marble surfaces, and deep soaking tub with rain shower. Building amenities include a windowed fitness center, a handsomely furnished lounge/event space, a children's playroom, and on-site parking (for an additional fee). See floor plan and full details here.

252-West-123rd-Street-01 The Dover Condominiums, #GARD1 (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Residence Garden 1 is a generous three-bedroom/three-full-bathroom duplex home that comes with exclusive access to a beautiful and serene backyard garden patio. Upon entering you're greeted by a warm and inviting living room complete with built-in shelves and an exposed brick wall with a decorative fireplace. The chef's kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, custom wood cabinetry and granite countertops with a peninsula that can be converted to a breakfast bar-perfect for entertaining. The lower level features a built-in home office, an abundance of storage, laundry room, a third full bathroom, and access to the private backyard garden. See full details here.

73-12-35th-Avenue-01 Washington Plaza, #D35 (The Burkhardt Group LLC)
From the Listing: Fully gut renovated and restored in 2018, this over 1,200-square-foot home in Jackson Heights' Washington Plaza features an open concept living space with a windowed open kitchen - complete with solid wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and Caesarstone countertops. There are 3 bedrooms with their AC/heat and automatic custom window treatments. There is a large windowed home office, and plenty of closet space. The hardware floors, high ceilings, custom millwork and grand archways give this home a true prewar, Art-Deco feel. The apartment is fully wired in every room for FIOS internet/cable, and the building features a gym, two laundry rooms, bike storage, and private garden. See floor plan and full details here.

303-West-66th-Street-01 Lincoln Guild, #1GE (City Connections)
From the Listing: Luxury Live Auction! Bidding to start from $700,000.00! Harcourts Auctions Certified & Transparent Non-Distressed Auction Platform! Luxury Live Auction! Bidding to start from $700,000.00! Live Auction Thursday, August 18th, 2022.

Bring your whole family to this terrific and quiet first-floor home that features a spacious living room, a pass-through kitchen, a separate windowed dining nook, two large bedrooms, and a full bathroom. There is ample closet space throughout the apartment and great eastern views with lots of lights.
See floor plan and full details here.

677-West-End-Avenue-01 677 West End Avenue, #14C (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing: High floor corner one-bedroom home with large windows in every room must be seen in person to fully appreciate the light, sky and river views, space and quiet! Classic pre-war design with gracious layout includes entry foyer, eat-in kitchen, large living room, king size corner bedroom with direct river views, 9+ feet beamed ceilings and attractive hardwood floors. All the rooms are bigger, all the light is brighter, and all the windows larger! See floor plan and full details here.

523-West-121st-Street-01 The Spencer, #1 (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Apartment #1, a raised first-floor unit with excellent light, exudes prewar charm with its side by side living and dining rooms, impeccably restored moldings and oak paneling, 9'9" ceilings, a windowed eat-in-kitchen, and an oversized windowed bath and 2 bedrooms, all in excellent condition. This beautifully scaled classic five room is easily converted to a true three-bedroom home, please see alternate floorplan. See floor plan and full details here.

230-Jay-Street-01 Concord Village, #10E (Corcoran)
From the Listing: This large, west-facing, high floor, Brooklyn Heights one-bedroom is beautifully lit, with ample space for dining and entertaining as well as a king-size bedroom in a doorman building. The renovated kitchen enjoys quartz countertops, stainless appliances, a dishwasher, great cabinet space, and a windowed dining nook facing south and west. The large bedroom has dual closets and can easily fit a king-size bed with room for additional furniture. Great afternoon light in this apartment is accompanied by views of a green courtyard and even part of Lower Manhattan. See floor plan and full details here.

345-Montgomery-Street-01 The Dearborn, #6R (Compass)
From the Listing: Set on the top floor of an historic pre-war elevator building rumored to have once been used as the visiting team hotel for the Brooklyn Dodgers, this spacious 1-bedroom checks all the boxes. A large foyer flows into a sunny and spacious living space with room for a large dining table and living room set-up. A modern galley kitchen is adorned with granite counters, stainless steel appliances (including dishwasher) and a clever pass-through to the living-dining space. This elegant residence has a king-sized bedroom, updated bathroom, high ceilings and gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. Low monthly maintenance fees include electricity! See floor plan and full details here.

325-West-45th-Street-01 The Whitby, #115 (Elegran)
From the Listing: This is a rare opportunity to own a studio apartment in Midtown West in the historic Whitby building designed by Emery Roth and previous home to many NYC luminaries - including George Burns, Doris Day, and Al Capone. Inside the low maintenance apartment, you'll find hardwood floors underfoot and a large window to let in soft natural light. The well-equipped kitchen features granite countertops, and in the bathroom you'll find marble finishes. A Murphy bed ensures you make the most of the studio space, and there is a large walk-in closet for storage. See floor plan and full details here.

345-East-52nd-Street-01 345 East 52nd Street, #10K (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Move right into this beautiful pin-drop quiet studio home with open views! This lovely home has it all: a spacious kitchen with ample cabinetry and countertops with adjacent dining area; an oversized living room - perfect for easy living and entertaining; bathroom with dressing area; bright bedroom area with beautiful open views; closets galore and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

126-East-30th-Street-01 126 East 30th Street, #1B (Compass)
From the Listing: Charming studio in the heart of Murray Hill has a recently renovated bathroom and lots of potential. Bring your designer and create a functional cozy space that will allow you almost instant access to Gramercy, Flatiron, NoMad, Midtown and Kips Bay. Convenient to major subway and bus lines, let this apartment be your launch pad to the true New York City experience. See floor plan and full details here.

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