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The Prasada, #9AE (Brown Harris Stevens) The Prasada, #9AE (Brown Harris Stevens)
Amidst the reckoning that took place across the country in mid-2020, the phrase "master suite" has started to get phased out of real estate listings in favor of less fraught terms like "primary suite" or "owner's suite." But while the name is changing, the definition has not: It refers to the largest bedroom in a home, one that comes with the most storage space and an en suite bathroom. That is the most basic definition, but a number of luxury developers and designers have spent the past few years upping the primary suite ante with bells and whistles beyond a walk-in closet. Below, we take a look at the most desirable features and listings that contain them.

Multiple Walk-In Closets

Storage space is at a premium in almost any New York apartment, and that can be especially contentious when dividing up closet space in the primary suite. More than one walk-in closet solves this problem.

1-West-72nd-Street-01 The Dakota, #47 (Coldwell Banker Warburg)
From the Listing: This 3,800-square-foot home in The Dakota has been meticulously restored to showcase its historic character and detail while, at the same time, a mint renovation provided all modern updates and conveniences. The elegant floor plan separates the entertaining rooms from the more private bedrooms. The primary bedroom is spacious and quiet, with two walk-in fully outfitted closets, and features a very large, completely renovated windowed bathroom, with honed green marble counters and floors, a soaking tub and stall shower, and a separate makeup vanity. See floor plan and full details here.

310-East-53rd-Street-01 Three Ten, #26BC (Compass)
From the Listing: Enjoy magnificent views, light, and high-end finishes in this breathtaking residence at 310 East 53rd Street. The open northern, southern, eastern, and western views showcase the iconic Manhattan skyline with clear views of the Chrysler Building, the East River, and much more. The expansive primary bedroom features two walk-in closets as well as additional closets and storage space. See full details here.

Multiple Primary Baths

As luxury developments started to introduce primary suites with two baths, brokers said this feature had the potential to save many a marriage. But in some apartments, this could lead to bickering over who gets the bathroom with the soaking tub and who gets the stand-up shower.

293-Lafayette-Street-01 The Puck Penthouses, #PHIV (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the Listing: Meticulously designed by AD100 team Fox-Nahem Associates, this sprawling masterpiece offers over 8,000 square feet of combined indoor/outdoor living with breathtakingly chic interiors and extraordinary, historic architecture situated in one of Downtown Manhattan’s most desirable and centralized neighborhoods. Luxurious bedrooms are nestled in the residence’s southern wing for optimal peace and privacy. Awake to extraordinary eastern light in the decadent owner’s retreat featuring blackened steel, bronze and oak finishes softened by mohair wall treatments, drapes and motorized shades. Two separate full bathrooms boast soaking tubs, steam showers, Toto commodes and hidden Seura televisions. See floor plan and full details here.

565-Broome-Street-01 565 Broome SoHo, #S28A (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: This one-of-a-kind 4,682 SF full-floor residence with 10’ ceilings and 6-inch wide-plank white oak floors features 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and a powder room. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps the corner great room allowing for abundant natural light and spectacular Hudson River views to the West and South views showcasing the One World Trade Center. A formal gallery opens into the primary bedroom suite, which boasts three exposures to the east, west, and south. The primary suite features an oversized walk-in closet and two luxurious windowed bathrooms with muse by Kos deep soaking tubs, separate showers and private water closets. See floor plan and full details here.

Multiple Dressing Rooms

For serious fashion lovers, dressing rooms allow for better organization of one's wardrobe than simply piling clothes, shoes, and accessories in the closet. The separate rooms within the primary suite allow people to put a personal touch on their own space in terms of decor. Finally, dressing rooms allow couples on different schedules to get ready for the day and look presentable without waking up a partner.

50-Central-Park-West-01 The Prasada, #9AE (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing: This exquisitely renovated prewar home is a stunning combination of dramatic architecture with a classic contemporary renovation and features a new kitchen open with direct views of Central Park. The gracious foyer leads to the side by side double living room and formal dining room, sitting on Central Park.

The primary bedroom is graced with a bay window and wonderful Central Park and Midtown views. One dressing room has custom white cabinetry and is adjacent to a white marble bathroom with mosaic tiles, a deep soaking tub, large glass shower and separate water closet. The second dressing room has handsome cerused oak cabinetry and a classic bathroom with steam shower, outfitted in Breche Violette marble.
See floor plan and full details here.

145-Central-Park-West-01 The San Remo, #4C (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Perfectly situated in the premier prewar co-operative, The San Remo, this extraordinary thirteen into ten room corner residence has been expertly renovated by the renowned architectural firm Hottenroth + Joseph. The luxurious primary suite has two custom dressing rooms; one of which was the fourth bedroom that has been made into an incredible windowed dressing room with a center island and walls of custom hanging and built-in storage, as well as a separate walk-in closet. See floor plan and full details here.

En Suite Home Offices

Home offices jumped to the top of many a homebuyer's wish list at the height of the pandemic, and this shows no sign of fading as a growing number of companies embrace a hybrid work model. Certain primary suites offer square footage that allows for a home office with optimal privacy from the rest of the apartment, and yet one with enough separation from the bed that it's easier to relax at the end of a workday.

240-Park-Avenue-South-01 240 Park Avenue South, #PH (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the Listing: This “journey into bespoke craftsmanship” from master design studio’s of Matthew Hoey and Soren Rose encompasses the entire top floor, mezzanine and rooftop of the 240 Park Avenue South Condominium. A team of master craftsmen, designers and artisans were chosen to design, curate, mill, forge and build this breathtaking home over a six-year period. The private, south-facing primary suite boasts a private library, 13.5’ ceilings, 5 grand windows, custom millwork featuring floating bed, gracious dressing room with oak closets and interior leather detail finishes, and five-fixture bath. See floor plan and full details here.

50-Riverside-Boulevard-01 One Riverside Park, #PH2A (Serhant LLC)
From the Listing: Welcome to this majestic full-floor sky mansion featured in Architectural Digest for its decadent river and sunset views and sublime finishes. Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, this special home is a paragon of urban design and modern luxury. The primary suite boasts elegant city views, custom walk-in and reach-in California closets, a quiet sitting room which can be used as an office, and two bathrooms with chic tiles, Dornbracht fixtures, and custom vanities. See floor plan and full details here.

Midnight Kitchen

Midnight kitchens are not unlike the kitchenettes found in hotel suites, and typically include a mini-fridge, sink, microwave and/or coffeemaker, and space for plates and glasses. No one is likely to whip up a multi-course meal in here, but they are ideal for making a morning cup of coffee or a late-night snack.

30-Park-Place-01 The Four Seasons Private Residences, #PH81 (Compass)
From the Listing: A security-enabled elevator whisks you to the private arrival gallery that leads to the entry of Penthouse 81: immediately you are astounded by the absolutely breathtaking, open sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. The Primary bedroom suite embraces almost the entire East side of the floor comprising a large bedroom, two walk-in closets, a midnight kitchen, and two en suite bathrooms, exquisitely appointed with custom millwork and the finest fixtures, marble slabs, and all bathed in mesmerizing natural light through large windows that frame iconic views. The entire suite leads out onto the second, sunrise terrace that faces East overlooking the iconic Woolworth Tower all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond. See floor plan and full details here.

108-Leonard-Street 108 Leonard Street, #14E (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: This 3,697-square-foot 3-bedroom, 4-bath residence features impressive scale, volume, and character. Upon arrival, a discreet entry leads to an expansive great room featuring architectural windows of epic proportion. The great room has exceptional ceiling heights of approximately 15 feet, one of only a few residences with such dramatic scale found within 108 Leonard. The primary suite, thoughtfully situated apart from the rest of the residence, features arched architectural windows, two walk-in closets, and a midnight kitchen. See full details here.

Spa-Inspired Features

As more of the city's luxury developments make health and wellness a priority, they have incorporated features like saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, and steam showers into their amenity packages. But for those who might not wish to run into a neighbor in these settings, these primary suites offer relaxation features in one's own home.

176-Perry-Street-01 176 Perry Street, #10S (Corcoran)
From the Listing: This spectacular triplex apartment comprises the 8th, 9th and 10th Floors and over 11,000 square feet of living space. The residence’s striking minimalist design makes it one of the most dramatic apartments in Manhattan. The entire 10th floor consists of the primary bedroom suite, a studio/exercise area, luxurious spa bath, sauna and dressing areas. See floor plan and full details here.

470-Columbus-Avenue-01 Charlotte of the Upper West Side, #5 (Compass)
From the Listing: Charlotte of the Upper West Side is a new boutique development said to be NYC’s most sustainable condominium (Forbes, Luxe, Associated Press), designed and engineered to meet the rigorous standards of the Passive House Institute. Residence 5 is an exquisitely crafted 3,570-square-foot full-floor 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, with a private balcony and storage unit. Tucked away as its own private retreat, the spacious light and airy primary suite has an extensive closet, 3 southern exposures with open views and a long terrace clad in Italian porcelain tiles. The 5-fixture primary bath showcases floor-to-ceiling slabs and radiant-heated floors of hand-selected honed Imperial Danby, white oak double vanities and custom medicine cabinets, a free-standing tub, Mr. Steam shower, and Kallista and Watermark nickel fixtures. See floor plan and full details here.

Private Outdoor Space

In any apartment, a private terrace offers an outdoor escape. However, a balcony or terrace accessible only via the primary suite offers even more of one. These allow people to get a bit of fresh air with optimal privacy and without tripping over the furniture and toys that can take over common outdoor space.

823-Park-Avenue-01 The Parkville, #PH (Compass)
From the Listing: Located within a full service boutique pre-war condominium, this exceptional 12-room penthouse residence is uniquely complemented by three magnificent landscaped terraces. On the upper level, a generously sized primary bedroom suite has its own seductively private terrace, side by side spa-like bathrooms with radiant heated floors, a sauna, and separate study or home office and a large walk-in closet. See floor plan and full details here.

120-East-End-Avenue-01 120 East End Avenue, #PH17 (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing: This renovated and extraordinary 16-room penthouse occupies the entire 17th Floor of 120 East End Avenue, a full-service, white glove, limestone-clad cooperative built by renowned architect Charles Platt in 1931 for Vincent Astor. Spectacular views of the East River, Carl Schurz Park as well as the Manhattan skyline are visible from each and every room. The magnificent main bedroom suite is situated in the south wing of the penthouse. It consists of a 30 x 16-foot bedroom, a private study/home office, double bathrooms with access to a private terrace, and massive amounts of closets. See floor plan and full details here.

Working Fireplaces

In a New York City apartment, a fireplace in the primary bedroom elevates the space's decor and harkens back to manor houses of old. Some are purely decorative, but a working fireplace adds an extra touch of coziness to this private space.

740-Park-Avenue-01 740 Park Avenue, #PH17/18D (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the Listing: This spectacular penthouse is an elegant eyrie at the apex of 740 Park Avenue, and is arguably one of New York’s finest residences. On the upper level, a private hallway leads to a luxurious primary bedroom suite with a wood-burning fireplace, a beautifully appointed marble bathroom, and ample closet space. See floor plan and full details here.

822-Greenwich-Street-01 822 Greenwich Street, #2G (Let's Real Estate)
From the Listing: A meticulous renovation by renowned contractor Stephen Fanuka, an ingenious flexible layout, two working fireplaces, and a private terrace overlooking Horatio Street make this a one-of-a-kind offering. At the opposite side of the home from the living room, you will find the oversized, pin-drop quiet, primary bedroom, equipped with a second wood-burning fireplace, built-ins throughout and an extra-large picture window overlooking the trees of a tranquil courtyard. A walk-through open closet connects the bedroom to the bathroom featuring white marble walls and floors See floor plan and full details here.

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