The Great Outdoors: 6 Luxurious NYC Penthouses with Envy-Inducing Outdoor Spaces to Boot

May 30, 2014

Warmer temperatures are finally here, and New Yorkers are well on their way to planning their summer trips — to the Hamptons, Berkshires, Jersey Shore, and any other location where they can relax and soak up the sun. The one problem with all of these destinations, though, is the travel. No one wants to wait in traffic on the Jersey Turnpike or sit on a crowded Jitney bus. So wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy the nice weather without leaving home? At these six stunning penthouses you can, thanks to their beautiful outdoor spaces.

250 West Street penthouse, roof terrace

250 West Street

This spacious 4,298-square-foot terrace is perfect for a buyer looking to zen out. The calming oasis, which is fully irrigated and landscaped, features a Brazilian walnut deck, sodded lawn area, and six-person Jacuzzi, and in indoor, glass-walled living room sits in the center of the outdoor space. A personal yoga class or meditation session would work perfectly on the open layout, with striking views of Battery Park City and the Freedom Tower in the background.

21 West 20th Street penthouse terrace

21 West 20th Street

For $35 million, this triplex penthouse with 2,648 square feet of exterior space could be your permanent summer playground.  The 1,700-square-foot deck boasts an outdoor spa, fireplaces, kitchenettes, and dining area. Inside the 6,910-square-foot penthouse is an enclosed solarium and billiard room. Sounds like a luxury resort right in the heart of Chelsea!

One Vandam Street penthouse terrace

One Vandam

Three’s a charm at this Soho penthouse. Three terraces and three floors, that is. The 400-square-foot first-level terrace is accessed through a double sliding-glass window wall. Off the second-floor master suite is the next outdoor space, which has a staircase that leads up to the 1,400-square-foot roof terrace. On the rooftop you can enjoy an outdoor shower, sunken spa, wood-burning fireplace, adjoining catering kitchen, and attached living space wrapped in glass. Inside, the $28 million triplex penthouse has a private elevator (all that sun tires you out!) and triple-height staircase (for when you want to work on your bikini body).

40 Mercer Street penthouse terrace

40 Mercer Street

Two words: private pool. At this NoHo gem you can experience swimming against a skyline backdrop without waiting in line to take a dip on the roof of the Gansevoort. Designed by starchitect Jean Nouvel, 40 Mercer Street has one exquisite penthouse, priced at nearly $14 million, and its terrace is the epitome of posh urban living. In addition to the freshwater pool, the 1,400-square-foot wrap-around terrace comes complete with immaculate landscaping including perfectly groomed hedges, perennials, shrubbery, and even trees. And if you want to expand your aquatic activities, head on in to the building’s full lap pool.

Cast Iron House penthouse terrace

Cast Iron House

Architect Shigeru Ban strives to unify structures with their landscapes, and the seamlessly blended indoor/outdoor experience he created at the Cast Iron House‘s Penthouse East is no exception. Ban wanted his penthouse design to be nothing like the existing building, hence the contemporary, streamlined unit that is suspended by a cantilevered Vierendeel truss. Underneath is the 1,531-square-foot outdoor space. Bordered by tall grasses, the terrace has radiant heated Novelda limestone flooring that extends from the interior. The space also has a wet bar and opens up to the living room through two telescoping walls. This unique Tribeca experience can all be yours for $12,950,000.

Gilsey House penthouse

Gilsey House

Modern luxury meets historic charm at the Gilsey House penthouse. On the market for $9,947,000, this corner duplex home has a 2,600-square-foot terrace. The outdoor sanctuary has a private gym and outside cottage with its own bedroom, seating room, and bathroom. Wood-framed siding on the facades lining the deck, along with plenty of greenery, give it a cozy, rustic feel that is perfect for any season, day or night.

[Via CityRealty]

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