Noted AD 100 Architect Steven Harris lent his relaxed minimalist vision to this sophisticated six-bedroom condominium soaring high above the streets of Manhattan’s Carnegie Hill. The sweeping residence is practically a mansion in the sky by New York City standards, as Harris combined three apartments into one to create a 4,775 square-foot oasis with a 2,725 square-foot wraparound terrace and dramatic views in all directions. Not surprisingly, the residence has served as the set for numerous films and television programs.
The star of this visionary place is the terrace. Crafted from ipe wood and hand-selected environmentally-friendly synthetic materials, the rarified alfresco space is a New Yorker’s dream with lounging and dining spaces, an outdoor shower, vibrant landscaping with timed custom lighting and irrigation, charcoal and electric grills, and a fence custom-designed by Wes Martel and Ethan Ames that provides safety without interrupting the view.
Echoes of Harris’ timeless style touch every inch of the interiors. Accessed via a private elevator landing and set behind striking decorative doors inspired by 1920s Parisian designs, the residence opens with a south-facing floor-to-ceiling window revealing a stunning vista of the city skyline, including the Empire State Building. This is a running theme throughout. Floor-to-ceiling windows beam in natural light during the day and allow many rooms to bask in sweeping views of sunrises, sunsets, the sparkling city skyline, and the lush expanse of Central Park. Ceilings soar to heights of 12-feet. Effortless flow between formal living and dining spaces balances modern-day entertaining needs, from the grand to the intimate. The dining room opens to the terrace—as do most public spaces, including the great room. A spacious eat-in kitchen is equipped with two dishwashers and refrigerators as well as a wine refrigerator. There are five guest bedrooms—each appointed with built-ins that include desks, cabinets, drawers, and clever liftable window seats offering storage space—and a primary suite with an expansive walk-in closet, a light-filled dressing room, and a spa-like bath. Work from home is made easy with a den, a study with bookcases, and desks in the great room. Many thoughtful appointments express the “modern luxury” lifestyle so many discriminating buyers have come to expect today: electric blinds in many rooms, a five-zone central heating and air-conditioning system, two sizable storage units located on lower floors, plus plenty of bespoke details, from the deeply hued hardwood floors to a hidden wet bar by Engberg Design.
The building itself, Park Avenue Court, offers the future owner amenities, such as an indoor swimming pool, a top-tier gym, a private lobby-level terrace, an around-the-clock door attendant and concierge, a resident manager, and storage.