Live in the Lap of Luxury in These Expansive New York Apartments

Second, only to San Francisco, New York City is among the most expensive housing markets in the country. Given the concentration of business and wealth, along with plenty of international appeal, the market boasts a list of luxury New York apartments that will make your bank account shudder. The price tags on these reach up to $40 million and the properties have all the amenities, including unparalleled views of the city. Some are multilevel penthouses while others just occupy one floor but make no mistake, these apartments are the epitome of luxury, style  — and envy.  Take a look inside at what makes these places some of the most expensive New York apartments to be found.

Billionaire’s Row Tower

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The location alone says it all – Billionaire’s Row Tower.  Located at 157 West 57th Street, the building sits at the south end of Central Park literally towering over the neighborhood. While any apartment in this building is magnificent, this is one of only two homes there that have private outdoor space on the park. The luxury New York apartment is actually a duplex condo that has five bedrooms and 5.5 baths, styled by internationally known interior designer Katherine Newman.

The centerpiece of the home is a 43-foot long great room that sits just off the foyer and is completely surrounded by wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows. It leads out onto a stunning 671 sq. ft. solarium and terrace. The residence has an upper level where four of the bedrooms are located. Entering the master bedroom is like coming into a total retreat from city life. It has every amenity you could hope for — and then some — including floating wall panel, a massive walk-in closet with custom cabinetry, and an extra-large master bathroom, his-and-her Duravit toilets in private stalls, a walk-in rain shower, and a separate free-standing bathtub. Each of the other three bedrooms each also has its own private bathroom.  Have a look around this magnificent New York apartment.

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306° Views Near Madison Square Park

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Taking up the entire floor of the building is almost a must for the most expensive luxury New York apartments, and this one occupies the whole 56th floor of the Madison Square Park Tower at 45 East 22nd Street. Covering 4,655 square feet, the home has four bedrooms and four and one-half baths, but the most spectacular feature is the view. The home has unparalleled 360-degree views of Manhattan through its floor-to-ceiling windows, putting every New York City landmark on show. The building was designed by architectural powerhouse Kohn Pedersen Fox, known for its work on buildings like the Shanghai World Financial Center. The base of the building was designed to match the tree-lined neighborhood and has a manor house-inspired look.

Only 83 residences are in the building, which has a full list of luxe amenities like a live-in resident manager, on-site luxury concierge, 24-hour doorman, full-floor fitness center, basketball court, library, billiards, and terrace with outdoor grill landscaped by Oehme Van Sweden. the building also contains The Upper Club, FIFTY FOUR,  which is a spectacular half-floor living room with a beautifully appointed demonstration kitchen for use by residents.

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Art Deco Penthouse on Central Park

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Breathtaking views over Central Park are just one of the major features of 230 Central Park South, a prewar Art Deco building. Among luxury New York apartments, this one is special because it is a French Art-Deco penthouse. The 4500-square-foot residence has nearly 100 feet of park frontage from all of its major rooms. Completely renovated, the luxurious home is a restored Ruhlmann-style mansion in the sky, reminiscent of the 1930s.

Studded with period pieces like an onyx chandelier, the apartment centers around an extra-wide 37-foot living room completely focused on the park view. An Anigre wood-paneled library has a wet-bar and the building’s only wood-burning fireplace. The dining room is also an entertainer’s delight thanks to its 23-foot length that seats up to 20 people. Another enviable feature is the 50-square foot garden terrace that faces south.  Even the master suite is over the top luxurious, taking up 1,000 square feet, complete with Jacuzzi and steam room. You might already have seen this place — it’s one of the luxury New York apartments to have appeared in numerous TV shows and films, as well as President Obama’s re-election campaign video.

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Downtown Penthouse

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East side, West side…Downtown?  Yes!  There’s plenty of luxury to be found in downtown Manhattan, especially inside Walker Tower. Located on West 18th Street in Chelsea, Penthouse One at Walker Tower takes up the whole top floor, which provides 360-degree views of the best of New York, including the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River. Like all luxury New York apartments, this penthouse has all the amenities, spans nearly 6,000 square feet and includes five bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms. Any, why have just one wood-burning fireplace when you can have three, as this home does.  And, to top it all off, there are nearly 500 square feet of outdoor terraces.

The entire Walker Tower building is filled with perks and added luxuries no New Yorker can live without. The pre-war building has a doorman, gym, in-unit laundry and amazing 12-foot ceilings. The Chelsea area is highly desirable too, with lots of bars and restaurants, museums, and proximity to the famous Highline.

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Home with New York’s Largest Living Room

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If you want to live at the top of the world, the Penthouse at One Hundred Barclay is the place. The building is the first Art-Deco skyscraper ever built in the world, designed by well-known architect Ralph Walker. The duplex residence is one of the largest among luxury New York apartments, checking in at a full 14,500 square feet. Amazing views of the Hudson, the Statue of Liberty and virtually all of New York City. Possibly the best amenities in Tribeca, the 40,000 square feet of extras include a fitness center, two swimming pools, children’s playroom, media lounge, a bike room and more. The Art-Deco lobby and its bar are exclusively for residents of the building.

The most distinctive feature of this home is the expansive living room — one of the largest in New York City – taking up over 3,000-square-feet. With 21-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that are topped with arches, the space ideal for entertaining and for showing off art collections. A chef’s kitchen covers more than 1,000 square feet and includes a dining space, lounge with wet bar, butler’s pantry and, last but not least, wine storage for up to 630 bottles.

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