Rooftop Spaces

June 22, 2015

Unique Brooklyn Heights Studio Comes with Clever Space-Saving Ideas and a Private Roof Deck

Here's a sweet studio in Brooklyn that's sure to grab your attention; if not for its tall ceilings and massive skylight, then for its clever use of space. Located at 56 Court Street in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, this petite light-soaked "penthouse" is a gem that's been outfitted with enough built-ins to appease even the worst of hoarders, and a huge private roof deck with wide-open views of the neighborhood. Yep, this isn't quite the cramped studio you ate dry ramen in during your college days.
Have a closer look inside here
June 18, 2015

Bjarke Ingels Picks Up $4M Dumbo Penthouse with Views of 2 World Trade Center

When we have something to celebrate we usually do it with a glass of wine and some cake, but starchitect Bjarke Ingels is toasting his recently revealed design for 2 World Trade Center with a $3.89 million Dumbo penthouse. The Daily News reports that Ingels will be moving into the three-bedroom duplex at 205 Water Street, which offers a whopping 2,344 square feet of outdoor space, spread across four terraces, that provides the perfect view of the architect's impending Financial District tower. The sellers of the industrial-chic pad are interior designer and lifestyle guru Athena Calderone and her music producer husband, DJ Victor Calderone, who bought the home for $2.3 million in 2012 and originally listed it for $4.3 million back in January.
Take a look around the impressive home
June 18, 2015

Little Italy Townhouse Designed by the Novogratz Duo Is Looking for a New Bachelor

When millionaire private investor and socialite Bradley Zipper bought this Little Italy townhouse in 2004, he wanted a massive bachelor pad where he could host celebrity soirees and lavish business events for up to 400 people. After dropping $3,385,000 on the property, he hired Cortney and Robert Novogratz, the famous husband-and-wife design team, to deck it out. The result is certainly A-list worthy, with its 900-bottle wine cellar that's a replica of one in a Meatpacking District club, a 14-foot mahogany and pewter bar shipped over from Paris, and a vintage 1940s pool table surrounded by graphite walls. But despite this intense personalization, Zipper started trying to unload the house two years ago, first for $15 million, then $13 million, next as a $35,000/month rental, and now it's back for $15.5 million.
See what else this party pad has to offer
June 12, 2015

Former Tribeca Mansion Now Holds Spectacular Triplex Penthouse Asking $85,000 a Month

144 Duane Street in Tribeca has an interesting history behind it. The 150-year-old limestone building was originally used as a shoe factory and was later transformed into an insane single-family mansion. The 23,000-square-foot home was outfitted with a basketball court in the basement, a landscaped roof deck, and a crazy glass staircase. It hit the market in 2011, asking $45 million, and when a buyer never turned up it hit the rental market, asking $100,000 a month. It eventually sold in 2013 for $43 million, according to public records. The owner then converted the mansion into four rental apartments asking between $12,500 and $85,000 a month. Are you keeping track? This unit, a triplex penthouse, is the one asking $85,000, and it's just as insane as you'd expect it to be, with a massive 10,829-square-foot footprint, five bedrooms, and a crystal-like glass topper.
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April 3, 2015

$7.25M Historic Alphabet City Townhouse Has Five Outdoor Spaces with a Few Surprises

Who would've thought there was a backyard like this hiding in Alphabet City? Built in the 1880s, this historic $7.25 million townhouse at 263 East 7th Street was masterfully redesigned by one of the architects behind the DIA Beacon Museum, and it comes with two layouts. The current floorplan is an owner's duplex, an income suite, and separate guest quarters. Option two is one giant, 4,900-square-foot single-family home with 2,400 square feet of exterior space. Plus, it's located on one of the most charming blocks in the neighborhood.
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April 2, 2015

Innocad’s Ultra-Modern Chelsea Penthouse Pays Homage to Marilyn Monroe

The super-modern, asymmetrical building at 459 West 18th Street undoubtedly makes a statement in the Chelsea streetscape, but all those angles present a very untraditional interior composition. So when designing the penthouse, the architects at Innocad made a conscious decision to embrace the building's angled individuality, mixing European design and New York lifestyle to create a fresh atmosphere. They also added a very unexpected and subtle art piece that pays homage to Marilyn Monroe (can you spot it?).
Take a look around
February 6, 2015

Bask in Exquisite Finishes and Views for Days in This $20M East Asian-Inspired Penthouse

Brace yourself, because we’re about to take you on a tour of an MTV Cribs-worthy pad. This 3,600-square-foot duplex penthouse was purchased by a philanthropic millionaire named Drew Katz back in 2007. He and his wife paid $6.125 million for the fairly raw space, then brought in Cooper, Robertson & Partners architect Edward Siegel and designer Ernest de la Torre to create an East Asian-inspired abode so brilliant you almost can’t stare directly at it without burning your corneas. But what good is a life without risks? So let’s stare away at all of its glory.
Let's take a look
February 3, 2015

Luxe Penthouse at the Carlton House Sells at a Discounted $52 Million

It's been a couple weeks since we've seen a sale break the $50 million mark, but lo and behold, the penthouse at Extell Development's Carlton House has just sold for $52 million. According to city records filed today, the top unit sold at a markdown, originally listed for $65 million back when it first hit the market in October 2013. The price cut, however, shouldn't discount what's inside. The six-bedroom, six-plus-bathroom, 8,988-square-foot Upper East Side duplex features a private outdoor roof space (there's 5,261 square feet of outdoor space in total), en-suite bathrooms in all the bedrooms and wrap-around terraces. The building itself also boasts quite an interesting backstory. It was originally designed in 1940 by Kenneth B. Norton, but not completed until 1950 as construction was halted during World War II. After purchasing the building in 2010, Extell hired Beyer Blinder Belle to convert the structure into condos. The job cost a reported $350 million and Extell's President Gary Barnett told The New York Times that the decision to preserve the building was “actually more expensive than if we tore the damn building down and built it again.”
Check out the floor plan here
January 9, 2015

Don’t Judge This Gorgeous Williamsburg Rental Loft by Its Cover

The exterior of this 1000-square-foot loft located at 457 Grand Street in Williamsburg isn’t particularly awe-inspiring. A typical turn-of-the-century red masonry building with charming window details, it’s pleasant to look at but doesn’t quite take your breath away. The same cannot be said for the gorgeously renovated and exceptionally bright loft hiding within. The space beautifully takes advantage of the building’s original features like hardwood floors, brick walls, and exposed ceiling beams, then ups the ante with a host of modern touches including multiple skylights, tons of custom built-ins, and a stunning, larger-than-life glass wall/door separating the bedroom from the living area.
See why this book is even better than its cover
December 8, 2014

Ben Hansen’s Gorgeous State Street Townhouse Brings a Bit of California Modern to Brooklyn

Architect Ben Hansen’s State Street townhouse is a contemporary masterpiece located in one of Brooklyn’s most charming neighborhoods. Originally a dated townhome with a dysfunctional floor plan, Hansen used this project as a chance to reinterpret the classic brownstone typology as a modern home suited for a young couple and their three small children. Hansen gutted the interior and joined the parlor floor rooms to create a space that both allows the home's inhabitants to move easily between spaces and enjoy their verdant surroundings from within.
Take the tour here
November 23, 2014

Sprawling Penthouse in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Eco-Friendly Village Building Gets a $10M Price Chop

Kim Kardashian checked out this penthouse at Delos Living's eco-friendly building at 66 East 11th Street back in August when it was listed for $50 million, but we guess she wasn't sold by the handcrafted “floating” metal staircase and beautiful glass atrium ceiling. Or maybe its health-centric amenities, including vitamin C-infused showers, circadian rhythm lighting, posture supporting floors, and a built-in herbarium, were too much for her. Another theory is that she didn't want to share the spotlight with celeb neighbors Leonardo DiCaprio and New Age guru Deepak Chopra. Whatever the case may be, though, she surely missed out, as the 7,693-square-foot Greenwich Village triplex just dropped its price by $10 million, now listed for $39.8 million.
Take a tour of what it would feel like to be Leo's neighbor
November 20, 2014

Light and Airy Penthouse Fuses Modern Luxury with Classic Upper West Side Charm

Easy breezy is the perfect description for this duplex penthouse that recently popped up on the market for $3,850,000. Located at 329 West 108th street on the Upper West Side, this beautiful three-bedroom home includes a dramatic corner living room and ample outdoor space–both perfect for entertaining. The living room also features an elegant angular skylight, so whether you're inside or out,  you and your guests will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the New York City skyline.
November 13, 2014

Noho Penthouse Will Show You Its Curves for $10,000/Month

If you’re a fan of curves and arches, this $10,000 per month penthouse at 19 Bond Street in Noho just might be your mecca. The two-bedroom corner loft stuns with 1,450 square feet of interior space and an additional 850-square-foot planted roof deck, not to mention a few lofted spaces and streams of natural light flooding in from southwestern exposures.
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November 11, 2014

Beautiful Upper East Side Fairytale Mansion Now $2M Less

The fairy tale of New York City is constantly unfolding, and this one-of-a-kind Upper East Side townhouse will surely set the scene for a romantic urban happily ever after. This home, originally built in 1893 by A. B. Ogden and Son, is located at 5 East 93rd Street, a stone's throw away from 5th Avenue and Central Park. Within the last few years the entire property was completely restored, and the elaborate detailing that went into the design of this home is immaculate. The listing price for this property is $17.95 million—and yep, if you’ve been following, it's dropped almost $2 million from its February listing price.
November 7, 2014

Award-Winning Playwright Bathsheba Doran Buys a Skylit Clinton Hill Loft for $1.3M

It looks like British playwright Bathsheba Doran is firmly planting roots in Brooklyn with the purchase of a beautiful new loft in Clinton Hill. According to city records, the critically-acclaimed writer (who also penned season three of Boardwalk Empire) has just purchased a home at 334 Grand Avenue for $1.3 million. The lovely two-bedroom loft sits within a classic carriage house and could easily be the setting of one of Doran's riveting works. The home is naturally lit with numerous skylights punctuating almost every room, and for those peaceful moments spent contemplating life and work, this charming abode comes with its own private deck hugged by lush trees—led to, of course, by a spiral staircase. Could this loft get any cuter?
Tour this bright and beautiful apartment here
October 31, 2014

This Brooklyn Heights Pad Brings a Touch of the Countryside to the City

There are a million reasons to move to Brooklyn Heights: it’s one of the most coveted locations in Brooklyn; its quiet tree-lined streets are enhanced by scenic landscapes and beautiful architecture; and most importantly, it was the setting for the Cosby Show--although it turns out the façade of the Huxtable’s brownstone was actually a residence in Greenwich Village. The horror! Well, now there’s another reason to head over to Brooklyn Heights, and it’s this beautiful co-op at 76 State Street, asking $995,000. This two-bedroom apartment makes its mark by managing to seamlessly bring a little country living to the upscale urban backdrop. What more could you ask for?
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October 24, 2014

Billionaire Real Estate Developer Leonard Stern Sells Soho Penthouse for $15M

Leonard Stern, billionaire businessman and real estate developer and namesake of NYU's Stern School of Business, has sold his "ultimate Soho penthouse" for $14,650,000 according to city records released today. In April 2014, a year after Stern originally listed the apartment, New York Magazine released a video tour of the 4,315-square-foot, four-bedroom duplex, revealing everything from a zen solarium to a restaurant-caliber kitchen. Stern bought the penthouse of 459 West Broadway in 2010 for $14,250,000, but the small profit likely won't affect him too much since his net worth is estimated at $3.8 billion.
Check out the billionaire digs and watch the video tour
October 23, 2014

Old World Charm and 21st Century Finishes Combine Seamlessly in This Spectacular Tribeca Penthouse

Located at 55 North Moore Street, in a prewar building dating to the 1800's on one of the most charming cobblestone streets in the heart of Tribeca, and impeccably renovated in 2007, this gorgeous four-bedroom penthouse boasts the kind of quintessential old-world charm that will never go out of style. An abundance of exposed brick walls (we can’t get enough of them), elegant white tin ceilings (truly exquisite), and original wood beams, columns, and ceiling rafters (gorgeously rustic) immediately set a cozy and welcoming tone.
See how 19th-century charm merged with 21st-century finishes in this penthouse
October 23, 2014

Carmelo and LaLa Anthony Check Out a $15M Chelsea Penthouse

Things must be looking up for Knicks hoopster Carmelo Anthony and his wife LaLa, because they were reportedly seen checking out a $15 million duplex penthouse at the Chelsea Enclave, 177 Ninth Avenue. The sometimes-troubled couple was last seen touring a $29,000 a month rental at 1212 Fifth Avenue, but it seems now they'd prefer to buy. Located on the transparent top two floors of the Chelsea Enclave, their latest real estate contender has four bedrooms, 3,452 square feet of indoor space, and 2,640 square feet of outdoor space spread across two terraces.
October 22, 2014

Industrial Chic Loft-Like Townhome in Williamsburg Asks $3.5M

What if we told you that you could have a one-of-a-kind, industrial loft-style triplex townhouse in one of Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhoods, just one subway stop from the city? Even better, what if we told you this converted warehouse came with a courtyard, a roof deck, and the ability to build even more square footage? Well, before you start running to 311 South 4th Street, take a second to look around at this fantastic $3.5 million home.
Take a look inside, here
October 22, 2014

J.Lo Buys $22M NoMad Penthouse with Celeb Neighbors

Though she was recently spotted eying a $14 million Tribeca loft, it's rumored that J.Lo has inked a deal on a $22 million duplex penthouse in NoMad's Whitman Building at 21 East 26th Street. She may have decided to up her budget thanks to a two-year, $26.3 million residency deal in Las Vegas. Or perhaps it was the Whitman's A-list roster of residents that swayed her; her neighbors will include Chelsea Clinton and NASCAR's Jeff Gordon. Lopez's new digs feature four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 3,000-square-feet of outdoor space spread over four terraces with views of Madison Square Park.
Take a look inside Jenny from the Block's new home
October 17, 2014

Loft in Soho’s Little Singer Building Stands Out with Perfectly Framed Views

An opportunity to live in architect Ernest Flagg’s Little Singer Building may already be considered a treat by many, but take one step inside this 2,300-square-foot loft, on the market for $6,250,000, and you’ll immediately see that this particular unit has a little something extra up its sleeve. Thanks to the building’s distinctive original façade, which convenes to form an elaborate wrought iron arch right in front of unit 11A, residents and friends alike will always be able to enjoy a perfectly framed view of downtown Soho.
Take a look inside, here