Floods of natural light lend this loftlike penthouse a stylish cheerfulness that is both effortless and inescapable. Three exposures of impressively oversized windows and soaring 12-foot ceilings contribute to a sense of open, inviting airiness throughout, and the home’s enviable wraparound terrace encourages relaxed living and festive entertaining outdoors. Every inch of the 4,017-square-foot floor plan benefits from a chic minimalist palette; clean, crisp lines; and astutely employed organic materials that maintain a natural softness and welcoming quality. Nearly every space enjoys some aspect of the home’squintessential Manhattan skyline views, which include the Chrysler Building and the last hand-painted billboard in the city.
New York, New York | Louise C. Beit, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage
At the end of a cool, breezy 50-foot-long gallery hall is the great room—an open living, dining, and entertaining area with walls of glass, walnut-stained oak floors, and built-ins suitable for books and media components. In the eye-catching kitchen, rich woods and unique details bring to mind midcentury modern style. Also featured are an island with counter seating for four, a slate backsplash, walnut cabinetry, and top-tier appliances that include a Viking range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a Bosch dishwasher and wine refrigerator. Near the kitchen and formal dining space is a sitting area nestled in an L-shaped nook of bookshelves. Wood is used to especially beautiful effect in the thoroughly appointed library, where light from tall windows fills the space with a warm, honeyed glow.
Each of the three bedrooms is a serene sun-soaked retreat. Clad in silver travertine and limestone, the master suite’s spa-inspired bath is suffused with a gentle natural radiance and features a glass-walled shower, an oversized soaking tub, and adual-sink vanity. The suite includes a walk-in closet; and one of the guest bedrooms is currently configured to serve as a dressing area pervaded with built-ins and sunlight.
Accented by tasteful, carefully positioned plantings, the terrace is accessible from all the public spaces, the master bedroom, and one of the two guest suites. Beneath a grand architectural portico is a covered patio area with a fire pit, and just outside the kitchen is an alfresco grilling area with a natural gas grill, sink, ample cabinets, and an ice maker. Tall manicured shrubs provide privacy.
Adding to the penthouse’s appeal are a private elevator landing, extensive closets and other storage options, central air conditioning, and smart home technology that includes automated lighting and shades as well as a Sonos surround sound system. The home is located in one of two paired neoclassical buildings, which were constructed in the early part of the 20th century, transformed into condominium residences in 2004, and artfully updated by architect Karl Fischer and Shamir Shah Design. Residents benefit from a full-time concierge and door attendant, a state-of-the-art fitness center, two roof decks, and storage space; pets are welcome. The premier Park Avenue building is located in the Flatiron District—known for its unique combination of energy and sophistication.