What’s Hot: New York City Penthouses
A wave of restorations has surged through Manhattan’s historically rich buildings from the Roaring ’20s, and these newly revamped relics now house the city’s most desirable state-of-the-art penthouses. The following are some of our favorites that are currently on the market.
In Midtown, a red, yellow, and blue floral floor mosaic graces the entry of the 18th-story residence housed within the French Gothic–style building, which was built by the New York architecture firm Schultze & Weaver—known for its work on the Pierre hotel and the Waldorf-Astoria. The 7,000-square-foot space is ideal for entertaining, with a professional-grade kitchen and outdoor terraces that total 2,000 square feet. Indoors, the $95 million penthouse offers seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The master bathroom, made with floor-to-ceiling pink onyx, opens onto an expansive closet with maple and cherry wood floors, a white tile-topped vanity, and a Baccarat crystal chandelier. Several common rooms are adorned with gold-painted ceilings and custom crown moldings. The Beaux Arts details of the penthouse continue down into the building’s lobby, where a team of 10 trained technicians from EverGreene Architectural Arts spent over 4,000 hours uncovering a Joseph Aruta ceiling mural inspired by Raphael’s Vatican frescoes. The 860-square-foot painting, the restoration of which was finished this past spring, dates to 1927 and has spent several decades under layers of white paint. (Oren Alexander, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 212.350.8561, www.sherrynetherland.com)
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the top-floor penthouse of the Mark hotel—a nearly century-old building designed by the Schwartz and Gross architectural firm and renovated by New York’s SLCE Architects in 2009—is available for $60 million. The 9,800-square-foot, six-bedroom unit, which features interiors by the French designer Jacques Grange, occupies the Mark’s entire 15th floor and is accessible by private elevator. The penthouse’s six full bathrooms are each furnished with white marble slab walls, two-person soaking tubs, and custom-designed Jacques Grange nickel-plated vanities. Additional highlights include high ceilings throughout, which range from 11 to 26 feet, and a minimalist kitchen designed by Piero Lissoni for Boffi with black granite countertops and Gaggenau appliances. Residents also have full access to the hotel’s amenities, which include a fitness center, a Frederic Fekkai hair salon, and a 24-hour concierge. Those seeking more privacy can break a sweat in the penthouse’s exercise studio before unwinding in the adjoining steam shower. Outside, the property’s 2,400-square-foot terrace looks out onto the treetops of Central Park. (Carrie Chiang, Corcoran, 212.836.1088, www.themarkhotel.com)
Completed in 1929 by the seminal architect Ralph Walker, the art deco–style Chelsea building, developed by JDS in partnership with Property Markets Group, was renovated and converted into condominiums by the New York–based architecture firm CetraRuddy earlier this year. Penthouse Two is the only remaining property available in the 24-story, 47-unit tower and is for sale along with a one-bedroom, two-bathroom ninth-floor residence that is intended as an office or guest quarters. Listed for $50.75 million, the two spaces will offer a combined total of 8,100 square feet. (The top-floor penthouse alone is listed at $47.5 million.) Well suited for culinary enthusiasts, the penthouse’s spacious kitchen includes a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Miele speed oven, and a Viking cooktop and double oven, as well as marble and limestone countertops and custom dark wood cabinetry by Smallbone of Devizes. The kitchen and living room open out onto a 463-square-foot, east-facing terrace, which delivers sweeping views of the Flatiron District. Three solid marble wood-burning fireplaces provide warmth in addition to hydronic radiant heaters, which are installed throughout the penthouse’s French herringbone oak flooring. Bathrooms are bedecked with floor-to-ceiling marble and include cast-iron bathtubs and steam showers. The residence also features a state-of-the-art Crestron home automation system that is outfitted with a touchscreen display and provides lighting and electronic shade control. (Vickey Barron, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 212.891.7604, www.walker-tower.com)