April 26, 2018 / Property Spotlight

Views from the Top of the World

Luxury Defined tours nine 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, mountain retreats, and private compounds with ultimate luxury, creature comforts, and an elevated perspective: Gaze at the Manhattan skyline from a Sir Norman Foster–designed apartment with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Relax in Sydney’s finest penthouse with vistas of the harbour, or in a sky-high residence at eye level with Toronto’s CN Tower. Whether you choose skyscrapers, the Rocky Mountains, or the Alps to look upon, this is the high life, indeed.

551 West 21st Street, 15th Floor
New York, New YorkViews of the Hudson River and the dazzling New York City skyline can be seen from this extraordinary full-floor residence designed by Foster + Partners.Masterfully designed by Foster + Partners, the 15th floor at 551 West 21st Street is the largest and first fully combined apartment in the building, and one of the grandest apartments available downtown. The nine-bedroom residence offers over 8,300 square feet of interior space with an extraordinary 82-foot grand room connecting two separate wings. Building amenities include 24/7 concierge and valet services, a port-cochère, residents’ lounge, yoga room, and gym with sauna and steam rooms.

The Boyd Residence
Sydney, Australia

The only residence in the iconic ANZ Tower, this trophy penthouse in Sydney’s CBD has showstopping views of the city, the harbour, and the world-famous opera house.The only residence in the iconic ANZ Tower, this trophy penthouse in Sydney’s CBD has showstopping views of the city, the harbour, and the world-famous opera house.

One of the world’s great trophy homes and the finest penthouse ever offered in Australia, this incomparable property is the crowning glory of the internationally awarded ANZ Tower in Sydney's CBD. With approximately 25,833 square feet over three levels that bask in magnificent Sydney Harbour and city views, it was named the world's finest residence at the International Design & Architecture Awards 2017. Among the highlights are four lavish bedroom suites, double-height ceilings and monumental walls of glass, a rooftop pool, private elevator, and secured garaging.

Rocky Mountain Ski Retreat
Telluride, Colorado

This luxurious home in Telluride Ski Resort was designed to take in views of pristine pine forests and the soaring peaks of the San Sophia range.This luxurious home in Telluride Ski Resort was designed to take in views of pristine pine forests and the soaring peaks of the San Sophia range.This luxurious home in Telluride Ski Resort was designed to take in views of pristine pine forests and the soaring peaks of the San Sophia range.

The Rocky Mountains provide the majestic backdrop to this spectacular 8,000-square-foot home in Telluride Ski Resort. Designed by Centre Sky Architects, the property is beautifully integrated into its forested, three-quarter-acre lot, taking advantage of the views of the San Sophia range while maximizing southern solar gain. Three major living areas are connected via bridges to create a unique living arrangement and reduced scale. Among the appointments are five bedrooms, a great room, gourmet kitchen, sunroom, den/office, rec. room, fitness room, ski utility wing, and a three-car garage. Telluride’s world-class slopes are a short walk away.

Contemporary Villa
Zurich, Switzerland

The views of Lake Zurich from this contemporary home are further enhanced by chic living spaces and sensational outdoor spaces.This ultra-luxurious Swiss villa has panoramic views across Lake Zurich. Constructed with the finest materials and finishes, the contemporary-style residence features elegant living spaces surrounded by walls of glass that frame the awe-inspiring lake vistas. The lower level private quarters open to a lake-view deck. Upstairs, the sumptuous open-plan living room is anchored by a fire pit built into the floor, and opens to a grand terrace with an infinity pool that appears to blend into the lake below.

Appalachian Aerie
Murphy, North Carolina

This mountain retreat commands 137 pristine acres with jaw-dropping views of Lake Hiwassee and the Appalachians.This mountain retreat commands 137 pristine acres with jaw-dropping views of Lake Hiwassee and the Appalachians.

Nearly 3,000 feet above Lake Hiwassee, this beautiful mountain home is set within 137 forested acres in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The centerpiece is a custom-built stone and timber residence with six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and over 4,500 square feet of open-plan living space. The great room features a two-story stone fireplace and walls of glass with vistas of the lake and mountains. The property has a central location, near the historic town of Murphy and WC Regional Airport, and two hours’ drive from Atlanta, Asheville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

Landmark Condominium
Toronto, Canada

This Philip Johnson-designed condominium in Yorkville is at eye level with Toronto’s CN Tower.This Philip Johnson-designed condominium in Yorkville is at eye level with Toronto’s CN Tower.

Modernist master Philip Johnson designed this luxurious 1960s condominium in Toronto’s prestigious Yorkville neighborhood. The duplex residence boasts 10,200 square feet of interior space and 5,000 square feet of terraces, ideal to take in the views of the CN Tower and the city below. Expertly renovated and restored in recent years, the home’s two-story foyer leads to a palatial living room, dining area, library, kitchen, family room, and gym. The master floor is upstairs and includes a sitting room, dual en suite bathrooms, and walk-in closets. Residents have access to concierge services and four parking spaces.

Residence at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand

Situated on the Chao Phraya River, this urban retreat at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, has unparalleled views of the Thai capital.Situated on the Chao Phraya River, this urban retreat at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, has unparalleled views of the Thai capital.

Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the enviable setting for this contemporary two-bedroom residence, designed for those seeking a sophisticated urban retreat with panoramic views of the Thai capital. The interior decor balances a soft, muted palette with contemporary furnishings, designer lighting, and bespoke fixtures. The city views are showcased throughout the living spaces, including the spa-inspired bathrooms. A selection of art pieces complete the ambience that is at once glamorous, warm, and richly layered. Ownership comes with exclusive access to Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok's hotel services, holistic spa, and fine restaurants.

Iron Horse Estate
Whitefish, MontanaGlacier National Park, Whitefish Lake, and millions of acres of pristine wilderness are the magnificent backdrop to this 3.4-acre estate in Big Sky Country.The magnificent views of Glacier National Park and Whitefish Lake are on display throughout this idyllic property in Montana’s exclusive Iron Horse Resort. The centerpiece of the 3.4-acre estate is a 7,794-square-foot, six-bedroom residence built from reclaimed wood beams from North America’s largest gold mine. The interiors blend authentic Old West details with deluxe amenities, including an office, home theater, bar, game room, sauna and steam room. Outside, the resort-style features continue with a wood deck with sunken hot tub and fire pit, surrounded by lush grounds with sweeping views of forest and lake.

700 Seven South
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 High-Rise Life: 5 Penthouses With Waterfront Views

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