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View from the terrace at the the Laureate, PH1A via Douglas Elliman View from the terrace at the the Laureate, PH1A via Douglas Elliman
According to a survey by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, a whopping 79% of home buyers ranked outdoor space as their top priority. While most New York apartments don't come with a large lawn, city buyers may nevertheless agree with that - private terraces and balconies have always been highly coveted. But in these uncertain times, these outdoor oases have taken on new significance as venues for the #ClapBecauseWeCare campaign, the site of a Broadway star's serenades, or just a place to enjoy fresh air without fear. We take a tour of top Manhattan neighborhoods and spectacular apartments in them.

99-Battery-Place-01 All images of Liberty View via Douglas Elliman
Custom renovated Lower Manhattan condo has been updated with the utmost attention to the smallest detail. The living room, dining room, and master bedroom all look out on views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, as does a private terrace off the living room. Interior features include 9' ceilings, raised doorways, open chef's kitchen, multiple closets, and marble baths. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

2150-Broadway-01 All images of Laureate via Douglas Elliman
Grand penthouse in a prestigious Upper West Side building looks out on spectacular views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue from the roof terrace, Juliet balconies, and walls of windows. Inside, the large living/dining room has a gas fireplace and seamless flow into a custom kitchen and bar. The master suite boasts spectacular sunset views and windowed, five-fixture bath. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

181-East-90th-Street-01 All images of The Metropolitan via The Corcoran Group
Spectacular penthouse near the top of a Philip Johnson-designed condominium enjoys spectacular Central Park views through 14 wraparound windows, but a planted terrace offers an outdoor oasis right outside the living room. Inside, the living room flows into an eat-in kitchen with center island, high-end appliances, and in-unit washer/dryer. The master suite offers terrace access as well as wraparound windows, a pair of walk-in closets, and spa-like marble bath. See floor plan and full details here.

15-Central-Park-West-01 All images of 15 Central Park West via Douglas Elliman
Crown penthouse in an iconic Robert A.M. Stern-designed building offers over 65 feet of Central Park frontage and a gracious private terrace off the Great Room and dining room. Interiors boast 13' ceilings throughout, incredible light through eastern exposures, glass and marble foyer, and glass and bronze fireplace. A long hallway leads to a master suite with Juliet balcony, walk-in closet, and luxurious bath with radiant heated floors. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

551-West-21st-Street-01 All images of 551W21 via Brown Harris Stevens
Grand-scale apartment boasts loft-like layout, expansive windows, pre-wiring for highly advanced home technology, and two planted terraces. The kitchen comes outfitted with beveled marble countertops, abundant storage space, and top-of-the-line appliances. The gracious master suite features a private terrace, fully finished dressing room, and luxurious bath. Video and virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

16-East-23rd-Street-01 16 East 23rd Street via Douglas Elliman
16-East-23rd-Street-01 All images of 16 East 23rd Street via Douglas Elliman
Directly across from Madison Square Park, the Menlo Park Ceramics Works Factory Building has been transformed into loft homes of unsurpassed luxury. This triplex penthouse boasts soaring ceilings, direct Empire State Building views, and a spectacular private terrace off the Great Room. All levels are connected by a dramatic spiral staircase. See floor plan and full details here.

12-East-13th-Street-01 All images of 12 East 13th Street via Compass
Modern Village loft is accessed via private landing, and the living/dining room opens to a 325-square-foot private terrace. Interiors boast soaring ceilings, white oak hardwood floors, a dramatic sculptural staircase, and a stunning gas fireplace. The chef's kitchen comes beautifully outfitted with custom cabinetry, marble and limestone countertops, and high-end appliances. Virtual tours are available upon request. See floor plan and full details here.

164-East-72nd-Street-01 All images of 164 East 72nd Street via Fox Residential Group
Prewar penthouse in an elegant Upper East Side building is just blocks from Central Park, but offers over 1,250 square feet of lushly planted wrap terraces as well as several greenhouses. Interiors boast three wood-burning fireplaces and soaring ceilings throughout. The windowed kitchen has been renovated with top-of-the-line appliance and a granite dining island. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

196-Orchard-Street-01 All images of 196 Orchard Street via Nest Seekers
Available for immediate occupancy, this Lower East Side loft masterfully combines industrial chic with contemporary charm. Features include concrete ceilings, oversized casement windows, wide plank white oak flooring, and a large private terrace. The custom kitchen is outfitted with an eat-in peninsula, sleek quartz countertops, and fully integrated Miele appliances. Virtual tours are available upon request. See floor plan and full details here.

252-East-57th-Street-01 All images of 252 East 57th Street via Compass
The only floor plan of its kind in a new, amenity-rich condominium, this apartment enjoys an excellent space for entertaining. Indeed, the living/dining room opens up to a private balcony that makes for seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining. Interiors boast generous closet space, gracious foyer, open chef's kitchen, spacious master suite, and sumptuous baths. See floor plan and full details here.

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