June 13, 2017 / Property Spotlight

Views from the Top of the World

Luxury Defined tours seven homes that take luxury living and sensational views to dizzying new heights

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Imagine living on the skyline, among the clouds and mountaintops, far above it all. Look out to the horizon or glance down to the world below. This Luxury Defined home collection offers deluxe penthouses, Alpine chalets, and private compounds with ultimate luxury, creature comforts, and an elevated perspective: Gaze at the Manhattan skyline from a Philip Johnson–designed apartment on Central Park. Or relax on The Peak, on a terrace overlooking Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor. Whether you choose the Rocky Mountains, the Italian Alps, or Grand Cayman’s Seven-Mile Beach to look upon, this is the high life, indeed.

Seven Mile Beach and the Caribbean Sea
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, BWI

A luxury penthouse atop The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, 700 Seven South’s views are unrivaled in the Caribbean: endless vistas of sugar-white sands and crystalline turquoise waters. A luxury penthouse atop The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, 700 Seven South’s views are unrivaled in the Caribbean: endless vistas of sugar-white sands and crystalline turquoise waters.

Seven-hundred Seven South sits atop The Ritz-Carlton Residences Grand Cayman, facing Seven Mile Beach, one of the world’s top-ranked beaches. This deluxe penthouse has been designed for relaxed Caribbean living with all the benefits of a five-star hotel. The layout offers more than 8,000 square feet of interior living space with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a vast terrace framed by white sands and turquoise waters. Ownership includes access to the world-class amenities and hotel services of the Ritz-Carlton, including five restaurants, a La Prairie spa, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, fitness center, two outdoor pools, Bollettieri tennis center, and Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment eco-adventure program.

The California Coast
Rancho Santa Fe, California

A breathtaking panoramic vista of the Pacific Ocean and rolling hills is the star attraction of this grand Mediterranean-inspired estate high above Rancho Santa Fe, California. A breathtaking panoramic vista of the Pacific Ocean and rolling hills is the star attraction of this grand Mediterranean-inspired estate high above Rancho Santa Fe, California.

French and Mediterranean accents and 180-degree mountain and ocean views characterize this hilltop estate in the guard-gated community of Cielo, in Rancho Santa Fe, California. This inviting, five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom estate embodies the casual elegance of fine California living. A cheerful yellow, tan, and cream palette warms the living space and bedrooms, while the master suite, in deep tan with dark wood trim, has an opulent marble bathroom. Just off the family room is a grand, contemporary kitchen with restaurant-grade appliances and space for family dining. But there’s also a formal dining room, study/library, and a formal sitting room. A lounge, with mahogany bar, opens onto the beautiful landscaped pool terrace and an arched, colonnaded gazebo, with its own fireplace, overlooking verdant hills and the great Pacific beyond.

Central Park and Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

Central Park and Fifth Avenue take center stage at this elegant abode on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Central Park and Fifth Avenue take center stage at this elegant abode on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

This elegant Upper East Side apartment in the prestigious Parc V, between 59th and 60th Street on Fifth Avenue, was designed by world-renowned Postmodern architect Philip Johnson. Savor the sweeping, unobstructed views of Central Park, Grand Army Plaza, and such iconic buildings as The Sherry Netherland, the Plaza, and the Metropolitan Club from the oversized, wall-to-wall windows throughout. The residence has a spacious, minimalist floor plan with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a modern kitchen. The Emory Roth-designed Parc V is steps from world-class shops, restaurants, museums, and art galleries, and includes a parking garage, white-glove door and elevator attendant services, a newly renovated fitness center, and private storage.

The Toronto Skyline
Yorkville, Ontario, CanadaThe clouds are your neighbors at this spectacular penthouse at the landmark Four Seasons Private Residences Toronto.This penthouse boasts panoramic views across the Canadian capital from its lofty perch atop the Four Seasons Private Residences Toronto. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles, the interior is a modern take on classical style and symmetry. Light-filled living spaces with 12-foot ceilings flow out to four expansive terraces with impressive views. This trophy home boasts four large bedrooms, including a master suite with two full baths and walk-in closets; wine cellar; a library; home theater; and is fitted with smart-home automation and radiant heating throughout. The Four Seasons occupies a prime location in Yorkville, Toronto’s most sought-after neighborhood; residents enjoy five-star hotel services and proximity to fine shopping and dining.

The Rocky Mountains
Telluride, Colorado

Perfectly at one with its natural environment in Telluride, Colorado’s majestic Gray Head Wilderness Area, Catmando is a private, 35-acre compound at eye level with snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks. Perfectly at one with its natural environment in Telluride, Colorado’s majestic Gray Head Wilderness Area, Catmando is a private, 35-acre compound at eye level with snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks.

Poised above the Telluride ski area, surrounded by 13,000–14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks on more than 35 private acres in the spectacular Gray Head Wilderness Preserve, Catmando is unsurpassed in its craftsmanship and setting. After an extensive renovation, this exclusive mountain compound features a magnificent pre-Civil War barn, which serves as the main living area with ceilings up to 35 feet, an observatory, gym, and media room. The grounds resemble a luxury private resort with ponds and waterfalls, an entertainment terrace featuring a Bhutanese-inspired bridge, fire-pit, palapa, and multi-tiered patios.

The Italian Alps
Madonna di Campiglio, Trentino, Italy

The Brenta Dolomites form the dramatic backdrop to this eco-friendly Alpine chalet, 3 km from the village and winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio. The Brenta Dolomites form the dramatic backdrop to this eco-friendly Alpine chalet, 3 km from the village and winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio.

This picture-postcard chalet with bird’s eye views of the Brenta Dolomites—a Unesco World Heritage site—provides a one-of-a-kind luxury living experience just outside the winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Alps. Designed with environmentally conscious materials and technology, including solar panels and reclaimed pine, this beautiful mountain retreat deftly combines 21st-century luxury and Alpine tradition. There are six bedrooms, all with stunning mountain vistas, a guest apartment, and decadent amenities, including a ski-room and wellness center with a Turkish bath, sauna, and multi-sensory showers. In summer, the grounds bloom with Alpine flora, and include an entertaining terrace and an eight-vehicle car park.

Victoria Harbour and Central Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong 

This private townhouse is one of a select few residences at The Peak, Hong Kong’s most highly sought-after neighborhood. This private townhouse is one of a select few residences at The Peak, Hong Kong’s most highly sought-after neighborhood.

This spectacular private aerie commands awe-inspiring views of Victoria Harbour and the famous Hong Kong skyline from its coveted setting in The Peak, Hong Kong’s premier residential district. The richly finished four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse offers such luxurious features as a private elevator, deck, and dining terrace overlooking iconic Victoria Harbour and the city skyline beyond. Literally the top of Hong Kong Island, The Peak is highly sought-after for its lush topography, cool breezes, low-density zoning, convenience to the city center, and—above all—a jaw-dropping panorama of Victoria Harbour, Central, Kowloon, and Stanley.

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Lucy Carsen
Christie's International Real Estate

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