The listing for this prewar triplex penthouse on the Upper West Side says it’s “like a house hovering twenty-two floors above Central Park,” but one look at the sprawling floor plan suggests that “mansion” might be a better word. Five bedrooms may sound ordinary, if luxurious, but countless other rooms and suites, three enormous terraces on the middle floor, a wraparound terrace on the bedroom floor and helicopter views in every direction put this iconic home atop a classic Emery Roth-designed co-op at 320 Central Park West in a class by itself—and its $20 million ask certainly reflects its status.
Located on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd floors of the Ardsley, an Art Deco residence designed by master architect Emory Roth, known for icons like the Beresford, the San Remo and the Eldorado, the sprawling space is as memorable for its size as it is for its views. This is also the first time it’s been put up for sale in 30 years, prompting its brokers to tout the sale as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.
On the 22nd floor, two large terraces bookend the apartment, accessible from the living room, library and kitchen with unobstructed views in four directions. You can watch the sun rise and set and gaze at the city lights at night–perfect for entertaining or quiet time.
Rooms are gracious and elegant yet thoroughly livable with 15-foot ceilings in the living room, dining room and library. A wood-burning fireplace in the living room promises warmth for evenings in.
A well-appointed eat-in kitchen is ready for the accomplished chef; the kitchen opens onto the terrace, putting al fresco dining and drinks on the menu whenever the mood hits.
The 21st floor is for sleeping and privacy with four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath, and a wrap terrace for all. On the 23rd floor you’ll find a large guest or staff suite and a laundry room. In addition to a beautifully restored lobby, the building offers a full-time staff, a gym and a library.
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