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It’s the apex of exclusivity, the one-percenter of luxury real estate. The appeal of the penthouse is obvious – it sits above the rest, commanding the best views, the best amenities and the highest prices. Since first appearing in New York City during the rapid urbanization of the Roaring Twenties, a time of unmatched extravagance that continues to influence today’s high society, the penthouse has become a universal symbol of status. Elevated above the clamor of the city, yet without the worry of noisy neighbors above, here is a diverse collection of top-floor residences in prime locations.
Simply put, New York City’s penthouse market is legendary and lucrative. Every square foot is valuable and a six bedroom penthouse in TriBeCa, such as this, with two kitchens, a home gym, media room and three ample sized terraces is a rare and beautiful thing. Immaculately designed, the home maintains an authentic loft feel on a grand scale with exposed brick walls and an awe-inspiring skylight that soars from 11 to 22 feet above the main living and dining area. A suede-clad and wood-paneled staircase leads to the top level and main terrace, capable of accommodating a seated dinner of 70 guests and expertly landscaped with hedges and vine covered pergola for the utmost privacy.
When you wake up in the morning and step out onto your terrace, having a clear view of the Eiffel Tower and Seine River is nothing short of surreal. Occupying the 7th and 8th floors of a 1930s building in the desirable 16th arrondissement, this Parisian penthouse boasts just that, with mesmerizing panoramas of the entire city from multiple terraces. Large glass doors open to seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor living spaces and invite the postcard-like scenery inside, where seven bedrooms provide sufficient accommodations for friends and family.
Outfitted with designer finishes from top to bottom, this chic Seattle penthouse captures westward views of the city, Puget Sound and Elliot Bay. Encompassed in rich African Anigre custom paneling, the large foyer immediately exhibits the home’s high level of craftsmanship, further evidenced in the kitchen with Crema Europa limestone from Turkey. A ThermArt gas fireplace graces the main living area, which features electronic shading and draperies, as well as state-of-the-art touch screens and home automation that’s carried throughout. Gold Standard LEED certified, the eco-friendly building offers myriad amenities, such as a library, fitness center, guest rooms available for rent and even a pet exercise area.
Living in a tenth floor penthouse in Valencia, one can enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s dramatic, yet relatively low skyline. Located in the center of one of Spain’s most storied cities, on the prestigious Paseo de la Alameda and directly across from the Turia River Bed Gardens, the apartment was recently renovated with sleek, high-end finishes. Highlighted by a massive L-shaped terrace overlooking the world-renowned cultural center, the City of Arts and Sciences, the penthouse offers the best vistas in Valencia, where you can dine in open air and watch the sun set over the city or take a relaxing siesta before a night out.
Situated atop the Wall Centre, a Vancouver landmark, one doesn’t merely get breathtaking views of the city, but also English Bay and the North Shore Mountains beyond, as is only possible in this part of Canada. Upon entering the foyer of this modern Vancouver penthouse, one is greeted by a two-story wall of glass framing the magnificent scenery and a grand spiral staircase leading up to the second level. The mint-condition residence benefits from floor-to-ceiling triple glazed windows, 24 hour concierge and security service and luxurious hotel amenities, including a fitness center and indoor pool. With three bedrooms and a dedicated office space throughout nearly 5,000 square feet, the spacious pad is the pinnacle of luxury in Vancouver.
No matter where you are in the world, the penthouse will always be regarded as the crème de la crème of real estate. It’s the most distinguished, the most sought after and it doesn’t need a unit number – all you have to say is “the penthouse” and people know.