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Up and Away
Maile Pingel | Photo: Courtesy of the properties | October 10, 2014
What makes a spectacular interior even more luxurious? Jaw-dropping views. Whether it’s sweeping beach or city vistas you seek, we’ve rounded up five extraordinary penthouses now on the market that prove life at the top is truly the pinnacle of success.
London, United Kingdom
THE LOWDOWN It really doesn’t get better than this. Set in the top two floors of The Heron, the largest residential tower built in London in the last 30 years, this 6,000-square-foot duplex penthouse offers the ultimate in luxury living: Sahara Noir marble floors, an electronically controlled shower room, a courtyard with a retractable roof and so much more. In the double-height living room (or any room, for that matter), take in unparalleled city views, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard. The home’s impeccable artwork and furnishings in the main and adjoining properties are available separately.
THE STATS Four bedrooms, four baths, Boffi kitchen, home theater, expansive balconies
THE LAST WORD Heated floors and walls in the master bathroom keep away the winter.
CONTACT The Heron, 18.104.22.16891.2330
THE LOWDOWN Set in the heart of the Costa del Sol, the beach town of Estepona offers year-round resort living. From its location on the Playa del Cristo—known for its views of Gibraltar, as well as incredible sunsets—this newly built, 3,700-square-foot penthouse boasts top-notch features like marble bathrooms, glass walls and a chef’s kitchen. With more than 2,500 square feet of terrace space, it’s the ultimate indoor-outdoor aerie.
THE STATS Five bedrooms, five baths, with spa, gym and underground parking
THE LAST WORD Once proposed to be the site of Euro Disney, Estepona remains a locals’ getaway and basks in some 325 days of sunshine per year.
CONTACT Crystal Shore Properties, 34.952.904.187
Punta del Este, Uruguay
THE LOWDOWN This spectacular Imperiale penthouse in Punta del Este is doubly nice: It’s a duplex unit. The 8,400-square-foot residence is perfect for extra friends or family. The modernist space features elegant surfaces and materials throughout, as well as unparalleled windows that offer expansive views of the Mansa and Brava beaches. The upper deck features a heated rooftop pool and barbecue area.
THE STATS Five en suite bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, staff quarters and resort-like amenities, including a fitness center and sauna
THE LAST WORD Luxury communities are booming here—call it the Uruguayan Riviera.
CONTACT Alvara Landriel, 598.4244.2222
THE LOWDOWN Facing north for panoramic views, this nearly 3,300-square-foot penthouse beautifully melds luxury and eco-living. Enter the building past a vertical garden of native plants; pass the 24-hour concierge; and zip to the 28th-floor residence, where the elevator opens to reveal a three-story atrium and bay views. Inside, the residence offers an open-plan living space with a wing for the master suite and another for guest rooms.
THE STATS Four bedrooms, three baths, indoor-outdoor lap pool, gym and parking for three
THE LAST WORD The gourmet kitchen and high-tech laundry are outfitted with Miele appliances.
CONTACT Unique Estates, 61.2.6680.9888
Hong Kong, China
THE LOWDOWN Situated on the popular, resort-like Repulse Bay, this Hong Kong high-rise offers 3,960 square feet of living space, with an expansive 4,133-square-foot roof that overlooks the mountains of Tai Tam Country Park. Close to international schools and excellent dining, and just a short drive to downtown, the South Bay Palace penthouse equally suits executive or family lifestyles.
THE STATS Four bedrooms, four full baths, with a community pool, gym and play area
THE LAST WORD Repulse Bay’s peculiar name is believed to date back to 19th century pirates.
CONTACT Louis Wong of Landscope/Christie’s International Real Estate, 852.9871.6828