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Market Research: Penthouses

Top-floor apartments, from high-end to low.

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$31 million
50 Central Park South, PH23.
Five-bedroom, 71/2-bath condo.
Charges and taxes: $21,508 per month.
Indoors: 9,455 square feet.
Outdoors: 739 square feet.
Broker: Heide Mamouris, Prudential Douglas Elliman.

It’s hard to nitpick a listing like this, but why not? The Central Park frontage is 100 feet long, but the balcony is barely wide enough to stand on. Still, the apartment is on top of the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton (formerly the St. Moritz), with hotel services and a Bentley on call—though they’re not included in the staggering monthly charges.


$10 million
205 East 59th Street, PH27A.
Three-bedroom, 31/2-bath condo.
Charges and taxes: $6,385 per month.
Indoors: 2,706 square feet.
Outdoors: 1,156 square feet.
Broker: Richard Cantor, Cantor & Pecorella.

The location, off Third Avenue, isn’t ideal—but the views, over the 59th Street Bridge to the east and over lower Manhattan to the south, are pretty close. And with two balconies and two terraces, plus the building’s fifth-floor outdoor yoga deck and dog run, the buyer will feel well insulated from the street below.


$3.85 million
235 East 22nd Street, Apt. TH. Four-bedroom, three-bath co-op.
Maintenance: $2,880 per month.
Indoors: 2,350 square feet.
Outdoors: 1,000 square feet.
Broker: Kathy Sloane, Brown Harris Stevens.

This Art Deco building is ordinary, but the two-story house perched on top has seventeen-foot-high windows with clear views in multiple directions. The 1,000-square-foot patio is planted with a rose garden; a private staircase leads to a sunny artist’s studio. Needs a little work—the dark master bedroom should be opened up.


$2.47 million
79 Barrow Street, PH6A.
Two-bedroom, two-bath co-op.
Maintenance: $1,289 per month.
Indoors: 1,375 square feet.
Outdoors: 175 square feet.
Broker: Kristina Leonetti, Corcoran.

The wood-and-steel finishes give this loftlike duplex a sort of urban-lodge feel. The owner’s an architect and contractor and has added a stone Jacuzzi and a fire pit. The outdoor space is small, but you’ve got access to the roof deck, which you share with your neighbors. And there’s a retractable roof in the bedroom—as if you’d ever sleep with that open.


$1.45 million
401 Hicks Street, Apt. B6H, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Three-bedroom, three-bath condo.
Charges and taxes: $666.
Indoors: 1,536 square feet.
Outdoors: 800 square feet.
Broker: Phyllis Norton-Towers, Brown Harris Stevens.

On top of this converted church complex sits a duplex with a view of the bell tower and, on a clear day, a sliver of harbor. The kitchen isn’t big but has the requisite granite counters and stainless appliances, and the bath has a big soaking tub. Best part: the 800-square-foot terrace, perfect for summer dinners while the kids play outside.


$649,000
240 East 55th Street, Apt. PHC.
One-bedroom, one-bath co-op.
Maintenance: $1,463.
Indoors: 700 square feet.
Outdoors: 100 square feet.
Broker: Howard Spiegelman, Corcoran.

A standard one-bedroom apartment that just happens to be on the top floor. The location isn’t great, and the best view, of Second Avenue, is so-so. But it’s a corner apartment with good light, and the main part of the “wraparound” terrace is big enough for a small table. Very livable, and you’re not paying much of a premium for penthouse life.


$599,000
610 Union Avenue, Apt. 5A, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
One-bedroom, one-bath condo.
Charges and taxes: $272.96 per month.
Indoors: 700 square feet.
Outdoors: 250 square feet.
Broker: David Maundrell, aptsandlofts.com.

Strangely, this building looks less Manhattan than it does South Beach, but the one-bedroom penthouse has eight-foot-high windows, a balcony that overlooks McCarren Park, and one of those fancy Kohler jet-style showers. High-priced for W’burg, middling for Manhattan.


$325,000
5800 Arlington Avenue, Apt. 22T, Riverdale, the Bronx.
One-bedroom, one-bath co-op.
Maintenance: $863 per month.
Indoors: 650 square feet.
Outdoors: 30 square feet.
Broker: Richard Baron, Classic Marketing LLC.

It’s not the toniest part of Riverdale, and the three-building complex is reminiscent of Robert Moses’s public-housing projects, with better amenities (dog run, Olympic-size pool, tennis courts). This basic one-bedroom was renovated four years ago with GE appliances, a breakfast bar, and parquet floors. The selling point? The Manhattan view.


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