June 30, 2012 | Courtesy by :
Offering a 360-degree panoramic view of both New York and the Hudson River in lower Manhattan, this 7,493 sq-ft, four-bedroom penthouse is currently listed for $48 million.
The duplex penthouse crowning a converted Art Deco loft in TriBeca previously set a record for the highest-priced Manhattan apartment south of Columbus Circle when it sold for just over $30 million.
After some additions by its current owner, including sliding glass panels to open up the living room, the named SkyLofts apartment has jumped roughly $18 million for its lucky resident to reside in this castle in the sky.
Live-in museum: The walls allow artwork to be hung without fear of damage from incoming sunlight thanks to specially designed glass
Castle: A glass balcony from the second floor’s four bedrooms can be seen overlooking the home’s open-air entertainment room
High enough to stave off potential voyeurs yet with a special armour for the sun’s heavy rays, the windows are specially designed to enhance incoming light, control sun-impacting temperature and protect any displayed art.
Designed by New York architect James Carpenter, a former student of glass artist Dale Chihuly, the property features oversized sliding glass doors assessable in all first-floor rooms to the wrap-around terrace and windows with bonus motorized shades.
‘Every square centimeter of this apartment was well-considered, well-crafted and perfectly constructed,’ Prudential Douglas Elliman exclusive broker Henry Hershkowitz told the New York Daily News of the showpiece.
‘You can’t find fault in anything. You can’t see anything that someone would consider unattractive,’ he said.
Outdoors: All rooms on the main floor can access the pent house’s wrapping terrace that features privacy walls
Night: The two-level home features spectacular views of the Hudson River to the west as well as the surrounding city in lower Manhattan
Dazzling New York’s architecture for years now, Mr Carpenter is also behind the Seven World Trade Center just blocks south of the apartment as well as the glass and cable atrium in the Time-Warner building overlooking Columbus Circle to the north.
With a push of a button at the steel door’s entrance, residents step into the first floor entertainment room, whose living room at 42-by-21ft is large enough to fit a basketball court.
If too busy awing the room’s 22ft ceilings and endless city views, the polished ‘museum-quality’ concrete flooring might be missed that spreads out to the terrace before switching into a tropical teak covering.
Lounging just behind this open-air room and masked behind a floor-to-ceiling cherry wood hearth, a wood burning fireplace – one of two within the property – warms a sitting room directly between the entertainment room and a small dining area.
Nearby, the kitchen features stainless steel appliances, custom white lacquer cabinets and bluestone counters included across a centre island.
Traveling up one of two elliptical staircases within the residency – one of steel and a second glass helix priced at $750,000 – the entertainment floor joins the four bedroom suits on the second.
Dressing up the master bedroom are several closets, a floor-to-ceiling wrapped view of the Hudson River, and a bathroom featuring honey-coloured onyx throughout the tub as well as in secondary bathing options of a steam shower and Jacuzzi. Just to the side, a sauna is also squeezed in.
The four other bedrooms come complete with their own bathrooms as well while all featuring heated flooring throughout.
Outside on the first floor’s terrace, a private outdoor shower and hot tub are located in the property’s northwest corner.
The property is currently listed with Douglas Elliman at 145 Hudson Street.
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