$40 Million Richard Meier Manhattan Penthouse Hits the Market

The views alone will sell this riverfront, West Village penthouse…

When the architect Richard Meier built his third residential glass tower in New York City’s West Village overlooking the Hudson River, he turned on the charm. The first two 15-story buildings were finished in 2002 to great acclaim. For the neighboring 165 Charles Street, however, Meier designed both the building and the interiors of its 31 apartments. Among other Meier-chosen details, the sleek all-white, Meier-signature kitchens and wide-plank wenge floors at this property complement the best Lower Manhattan views found among the three towers.     

The address’s then $20.6 million penthouse caught the eye of magazine publisher Louise T. Blouin MacBain, who thought the sleek space would nicely complement her art collection, including works by Antony Gormley and Damian Hirst. In 2005 just after purchasing the unit, she was quoted in The New York Times, saying, “I think the space is magical . . . close to the stars, and the sun, and the clouds.”

MacBain is reaching for the stars once again, listing the 4,551-square-foot unit for $40 million. The home’s open living/dining room offers dramatic views through double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows and opens onto a huge wraparound terrace. Up a frosted-glass staircase, the corner master bedroom and bathroom offer even more incredible views. Downstairs are three additional bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Among the building’s amenities, owners enjoy a 50-foot swimming pool, a fitness center, and a 360-bottle wine cellar for each unit. (Inquiries: Brown Harris Stevens, Scott Harris, 212.317.3674, christiesrealestate.com)

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