Penthouse are the epitome of luxe living. They are the crowning residence of a building and their high perch affords them the most spectacular views. When it comes to New York City real estate, acquiring a penthouse home solidifies your place at the top. Below are three listings, each embodying the expected grandeur of penthouse residences.
When it comes to a home with views it’s hard to top this listing. With floor-to-ceiling windows and an open floor plan, the penthouse at the Link offers scenic views of Manhattan including Central Park and Times Square. As if that wasn’t enough, an adjacent, private terrace allows for panoramic spectating of the city.
Fantasizing about what’s behind the front doors of unique buildings and townhouses is a favorite New York pastime, and sometimes the reality is just as interesting as the fantasy. Here’s your chance to get a peek inside three incredibly unique properties currently on the market.
This rare detached house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, dates back to the Civil War, which makes it ancient even for historic brownstone Brooklyn. What’s remarkable is that a lot of the character of this old home has survived — original entrance enframements and denticulated and bracketed cornices are in place, as well as the original wide-plank wood floors. Now the property ready for its next chapter, with expansion possibilities an alluring option in the house-crazy Brooklyn real estate market.
Located on the Upper East Side’s quaint East End Avenue, this mid-century modern apartment has just been renovated, and the floor plan allows for great flexibility. Currently the gracious foyer is being used as a dining room, but reverting it back to an entry would be simple and grand. The top-to-bottom renovation also includes custom built-ins and new bamboo floors throughout, giving a fresh and contemporary feel to the two-bedroom apartment, and a top-of-the-line kitchen. It’s asking just a shade over $1 million, which is significantly less than what you’d expect to be paying for an apartment of this quality on the Upper East Side.
“Supersized” apartments are a hot sector of the market, The Real Deal magazine reports in its latest issue, as real estate developers look for ways to appeal to wealthy buyers. The list of new supersized buildings includes CORE’s upcoming Walker Tower development, but with the launch of sales at Walker Tower still a few weeks out, we thought we’d highlight three other supersized pads currently on the market.
This Chelsea apartment isn’t called the “Skyhouse” for no reason. The mansion-in-the-sky, a triplex sitting atop a landmark building, has 5,000 square feet of indoor space along with an almost unheard of 6,000 square feet of private outdoor space. No neighbors, four exposures, and striking views of the Hudson River and Empire State Building — it’s a supersized home for a supersized lifestyle.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
New York Post
The Post’s resident real estate gossip, Jennifer Gould Keil, reports on Serafina Group restaurateur Vittorio Assaf listing his huge apartment in the Leonori building on the Upper East Side for $35,000 a month. The four-bedroom, 5 1/2-bathroom home (above) has a 40-foot-long living room, 12-foot ceilings and elaborate Venetian-plastered walls, among other luxurious touches.
“Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick to buy townhomes in Brooklyn Heights”
New York Daily News
CORE’s Doug Bowen commented on the appeal of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, where Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are reportedly buying two neighboring houses. Said Bowen: “The price difference between the West Village and Brooklyn Heights is sometimes two, three, four times the amount. That’s why even big names are deciding to live here.”
“Celebrity House Hunting”
The Biography channel’s “Celebrity House Hunting” followed ’80s pop queen Debbie Gibson’s search for a new New York home in a recent episode. Watch the full episode online to see her get blown away by Stuart Sussman’s Yves penthouse listing in Chelsea.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
“Not Far from Pratt, Renovated Rental Asks $4,300/Month”
CORE’s Win Brown and Doug Bowen are listing for rent a beautifully renovated duplex apartment in an Italianate row house dating back to the 1850s (above), located in a newly designated historic district in Brooklyn. Writes Curbed about the property, “The quality of the renovation, a gracious floor plan, and a private office add to the desirability.”
“Score for Core: A BHS vice prez joins the firm”
The Real Deal
Jarrod Randolph’s move to CORE was covered by The Real Deal, which noted that his $15.8 million penthouse sale at the Lucida last year was the highest price per square foot paid in the well-known Upper East Side building at that time. For our interview with Jarrod, click here.
“Selling New York S5E8: Chilly Reception & Hot Houses”
Still hungry for information about last week’s episode of “Selling New York” after reading our recap? Curbed has an entertaining summary, featuring quite the photo of our Tom Positilio.
Once a fringe neighborhood housing art galleries and little more, Chelsea has become one of the most in-demand and bustling neighborhoods in Manhattan, a bridge between Downtown cool and Midtown convenience. Here are our favorite available properties in the neighborhood that art created.
This is what many people move to Chelsea for: a huge airy loft with the high-end finishes of a luxury home. Located in the Chainworks Building, which dates back to 1888, this 2,688-square-foot condo has a 40-foot-long living/dining area that’s perfect for entertaining, and a decked out Archlinea kitchen to make cooking for the guests a pleasure. Great layout aside, the building also offers an outdoor lounge with a grill, a rooftop sun-deck, a bike room and more.
“Halal and hipsters on West 29th Street”
The Real Deal (11/1)
West 29th Street is in the midst of transforming from gritty to glam in the wake of the success of the Ace Hotel, and The Real Deal spoke to CORE Senior Vice President Lawrence Rich (right) about the changes in the neighborhood, and what’s to come.
“3 residential brokerages shift into drive”
Crain’s on CORE’s growth, including the recent relocation of CORE’s main corporate office to a 5,000-square-foot space in the Flatiron District at 104 Fifth Avenue. Said CORE CEO Shaun Osher: “There was an opportunity to move to this new space, that truly reflects our brand, in the most exciting office market in New York City.” Check out photos from CORE’s housewarming party on Facebook.
“Osher’s Core acquires residential firm R.P. Miller & Associates”
The Real Deal (11/8)
Residential real estate firm R.P. Miller & Associates, helmed by industry veteran Reba Miller, was acquired by CORE last week. The Real Deal got comments from Miller (who has sold over $1 billion in property during her long career) and CORE CEO Shaun Osher about the deal. Miller will take over the role of managing director of sales at CORE.
“Less Than $1M For a Pre-Civil War House in Fort Greene”
Doug Bowen’s and Win Brown’s listing for a historic townhouse at 141 Clermont Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, caught the eye of real estate blog Curbed, which remarked: “It’s currently configured as two one-bedroom apartments (squeezed into 1,324 square feet!) but would be easy enough to renovate into a single-family residence. Side bonus: the lot is 25′x100′ and it’s got a driveway.” This is the same Fort Greene charmer that was featured in CORE’s Three of a Kind last week.
Looking to think outside the (apartment) box? How about a pre-Civil War detached house sporting Greek Revival and Italianate architectural details? The historic house at 141 Clermont Avenue is tucked away in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on a quiet block that feels like a nice break from the city. The money saved from buying across the river can certainly put you in the mood to splurge on the decor, and this old beauty has amazing potential — just don’t touch those original wide-plank floors. And fear not, Manhattan shoppers, we haven’t overlooked you.