November 16, 2017 / Property Spotlight

6 Penthouses with City Views

Luxury Defined presents a collection of grand penthouses with unrivaled views of the cityscapes below

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One of the true pleasures of city life is to get above it all, to view the skyline and the streetscape from a high vantage—not off the grid, but above it. Let Luxury Defined lift you to those heights with its collection of blue-sky penthouse dwellings on the skylines of six world-class cities. Start in Rome, atop a Renaissance palazzo with 21st-century interior design; then to London’s posh Mayfair and a sleek, ultramodern duplex; to Miami and a chic modernist aerie poised above Biscayne Bay; to central Athens and a prewar penthouse impeccably restored; to Sydney, where the harbor, bridge, and opera house ornament your terraces; and, Singapore, where a soaring skyscraper offers lavish amenities. This is life at the top, literally, waiting to be lived.

Rome, Italy

The magnificent three-story, 3,767-square-foot penthouse is situated within a Renaissance palace overlooking the Piazza Venezia, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, and the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II.The magnificent three-story, 3,767-square-foot penthouse is situated within a Renaissance palace overlooking the Piazza Venezia, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, and the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II.The magnificent three-story, 3,767-square-foot penthouse is situated within a Renaissance palace overlooking the Piazza Venezia, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, and the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II.

Comprising the top three floors of a Renaissance palace, this lavish triplex residence in the historic heart of Rome is rivaled only by its panoramic views of the Piazza Venezia, the Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, and the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II. Encompassing 3,767 square feet across, the living spaces are luxurious and unabashedly ornate, inlaid marble friezes, coffered and beamed ceilings, and frescoed walls. Taking up the entire first floor, the master suite has its own entrance and boudoir, joined by a dressing area and two bathrooms. A sweeping staircase ascends to the second-floor reception halls and guest suite. The third floor features a modern kitchen, glass-enclosed garden rooms, and five terraces: an unrivaled setting for year-round entertaining.

London, United Kingdom

Mayfair’s Luxury Quarter is the setting for this deluxe duplex penthouse. Two terraces and a roof deck provide a bird’s-eye view of Big Ben, the London Eye, and a city of landmarks.Mayfair’s Luxury Quarter is the setting for this deluxe duplex penthouse. Two terraces and a roof deck provide a bird’s-eye view of Big Ben, the London Eye, and a city of landmarks.

This four-bedroom duplex penthouse has a prized location in Burlington Gate, a Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed luxury residential building in the heart of Mayfair’s art and fashion quarter. The seventh floor features a large open-plan kitchen, reception and dining rooms, a guest bedroom, and two terraces with rooftop views across historic London. On the eighth floor are two guest bedrooms and a large master suite with dressing room, bathroom, and private terrace. Set within Mayfair's Luxury Quarter alongside world-class galleries, bespoke tailoring, exclusive boutiques, and exceptional dining, Burlington Gate's amenities include an on-site concierge, a residents’ gym and spa, 24-hour security, and private underground parking, secured with number plate recognition technology.

Miami, Florida

This desiger duplex on the exclusive island of Brickell Key overlooks downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. This desiger duplex on the exclusive island of Brickell Key overlooks downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Biscayne Bay, the downtown Miami skyline, and the Atlantic Ocean are the hallmarks of this aerie atop One Tequesta Point, on Miami’s exclusive Brickell Key. This ultra-luxurious 28th-floor Penthouse offers 3,310 square feet of living and entertaining spaces across two floors. The private quarters comprise four en suite bedrooms, including two master suites with walls of windows to take in the skyline views. The formal dining room is served by a chef’s kitchen with breakfast area. The living area leads out to dual balconies providing alfresco entertaining options, while soaring ceilings, of up to 18 feet, heighten the drama. Residents enjoy access to the building’s deluxe suite of amenities and services—concierge, valet parking, an indoor pool, spa, fitness center, and party room—in one of South Florida’s most coveted addresses.

Athens, Greece

This elegant penthouse in the prestigious Kolonaki district was designed to take in the showstopping views of the Athenian skyline. This elegant penthouse in the prestigious Kolonaki district was designed to take in the showstopping views of the Athenian skyline.

This impeccably restored prewar penthouse is perfectly positioned on Vassilis Sofias Avenue in the center of Athens. The residence exudes discreet luxury with more than 3,000 square feet designed in an elegant contemporary style. The appointments include three comfortable bedrooms, a staff room, several palatial reception rooms, and a vast balcony with panoramic vistas of the city. The original period details include restored wood paneling, oak floors, and an antique marble fireplace. Offered fully furnished, the 21st-century amenities include an Armani Casa-designed gourmet kitchen, Murano chandeliers, audio and security systems, and radiant heating. 

Sydney, Australia

If you’re looking for views of Sydney Harbour, including the city’s famous opera house, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean, this contemporary duplex has them in spades.If you’re looking for views of Sydney Harbour, including the city’s famous opera house, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean, this contemporary duplex has them in spades.

The historic Millers Point precinct sets the scene for this duplex penthouse in the exclusive, rarely available Highgate Apartments. Acclaimed New York architect Aya Maceda has transformed the 3,143-square-foot space into a magnificent contemporary showpiece. The view from the main living area is beyond compare: an 88-foot-long panorama of Sydney, its famous harbor and bridge, Walsh Bay, and The Heads out toward the Pacific Ocean. The entertaining areas, which include a sensational kitchen and espresso bar, flow out to a series of terraces with their own fantastic views. The upper level offers three beautifully crafted en suite bedrooms. Akin to a luxury hotel, the building amenities include 24-hour concierge services, an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym, putting green, library, garden, and valet parking.

Marina Bay, Singapore

The views of Singapore are without rival at this contemporary penthouse on the 47th floor of the Marina Bay Residences, a luxury residential skyscraper designed by starchitect A. Eugene Kohn.The views of Singapore are without rival at this contemporary penthouse on the 47th floor of the Marina Bay Residences, a luxury residential skyscraper designed by starchitect A. Eugene Kohn.

This sky-high penthouseat eye level with the Central Business District skyline, boasts jetliner views of Marina Bay, Esplanade, and the Singapore Flyer from its 47th-floor perch atop the Marina Bay Residences, designed by celebrated American architect A. Eugene Kohn, of Kohn Pedersen Fox. The luxurious four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence boasts 3,972 square feet of contemporary living spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the jaw-dropping views of the city below. Ownership comes with access to Marina Bay’s stellar amenities: world-class entertainment, dining, and shopping. With wellness facilities on the three of the building’s 47 floors, residents may work out or chill out—without ever leaving the building.

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Lucy Carsen
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