Penthouses, perched atop their buildings and possessing the best views money can buy, are easily the most desired residences in Manhattan. They are the ultimate New York City real estate status symbol. Below, a look at three of our favorite penthouses on the market, in all different neighborhoods and price points.

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Photos by Richard Caplan

Where: 166 West 18th Street, PH12
Size: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
Asking: $9,900,000
Listed by: Stuart Sussman

This Chelsea masterpiece takes up the entire 12th floor of the Yves building (our Chelsea office happens to be on the ground floor). Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows and boasting every high-end finish one can imagine, this apartment hasn’t compromised a thing. The building is designed in such a way that the living room has three exposures, flooding the space with light and creating stunning views. And what’s a truly great penthouse without outdoor space? This one has a private terrace.

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Where: 303 East 77th Street, PHA
Size: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
Asking: $4,995,000
Listed by: Jarrod Guy Randolph

If outdoor space and a classic location are high on your list of priorities, this penthouse on the Upper East Side is going to be a winner. With four terraces, this place is ideal for these nice summer days. Of course it’s not all about the outdoor space, as there are also over 2,500 square feet of interior space and four bedrooms in the full-floor apartment. It’s in pristine condition with top-of-the-line everything in a brand new boutique condominium development. Try to find another like it on the Upper East Side.

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Where: 27 West 19th Street, PH2
Size: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
Asking: $6,850,000
Listed by: Emily Beare and Elizabeth Beare

This duplex penthouse at the Emory building offers 3,000 square feet of living space designed by Colin Cowie, who transformed the space into one of the most attractive and inventive spaces in Flatiron. Everything looks immaculate, and the layout is ideal as well. The bedrooms are on the lower level with the dining and entertaining room on the upper level. But the magic happens above that, where there’s a private 900-square-foot terrace with views of the city and the Empire State Building.