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Fashion Forefront: 5 High-Style Homes in NYC

In honor of the 2024 Met Gala (May 6), Luxury Defined turns the spotlight on a Manhattan collection of haute homes

Ah, springtime. The green new leaves have popped open like parasols. The skies are blue, and the carpets are red and ready for the 2024 Met Gala, otherwise known as “fashion’s biggest night out.”  

The charity gala’s tickets are $50,000 a head, all to benefit the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The institute’s mission: to curate and preserve seven centuries of fashion as an academic discipline. Its latest exhibition is “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” 

The gala’s theme, and its literal dress code, was inspired by The Garden of Time, J.G Ballard’s 1962 short story about decay, renewal, and the fleeting beauty of nature: Thus, we may expect to see eveningwear with fragile floral and botanical designs. 

It’s thought that high fashion itself was inspired by the great houses of yore, where the ladies had to dress big just to stand out from the magnificent architecture surrounding them.  

Thus, this edition of Luxury Defined pays tribute to fashion’s rite of spring with a collection of haute New York City homes. Consider a palatial penthouse that looks down to the Empire State Building from the world’s tallest residential skyscraper; or a deluxe, pre-war celebrity haunt on the East River; perhaps a white-glove co-op on the doorstep of Central Park; or a stylish SoHo loft on that most fashionable thoroughfare, West Broadway. 

These are homes where high fashion … fits. 

1. Sky House at Central Park Tower, Billionaires’ Row, Midtown West 

Central Park Tower in New York City
Sky House, the highest duplex penthouse at the legendary Central Park Tower, sits above the New York City skyline—136 feet higher than the top floor of the Empire State Building.

Sky House, a mansion in the clouds, is a one-of-a-kind duplex penthouse soaring 1,386 feet above Manhattan at Central Park Tower—the tallest residential building in the World—on Billionaires’ Row (57th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue). 

More than 100 feet above the topmost floor of the Empire State Building, Sky House occupies all 11,535 square feet of the 127th and 128th floors, with eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, one powder room, and 360-degree views of Manhattan and beyond. 

The reception hall opens to a 39-foot gallery and an observatory overlooking Central Park. At the heart of this magnificent home is the 1,550-square-foot grand salon, with 14-foot ceilings and three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass framing a 270-degree, bird’s-eye view of the skyline. 

The bespoke chef’s kitchen serves the banquet-scale dining room, with its breathtaking vista of Times Square. The family room adjoins a private wing with three en suite bedrooms. 

The double-height stair hall’s glass-ensconced sculptural staircase rises to the upper-level private quarters: four en suite guest bedrooms and an opulent primary suite with two boutique-inspired dressing rooms, two bathrooms, and a freestanding soaking tub facing Central Park. 

The tower’s exclusive Central Park Club presents an exclusive offering of approximately 50,000 square feet of thoroughly curated luxury services and amenities comprising the highest private ballroom in New York City, a restaurant, wine bar, and cigar lounge, heated indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, and more. 

New York City condo
A spacious, light-filled contemporary residence occupies an entire floor of 350 West Broadway in Manhattan’s fashionable SoHo district.

Set in the heart of the vibrant SoHo district, this dazzling contemporary condominium at 350 West Broadway occupies the entire 8th floor with unparalleled privacy and breathtaking skyline views of the cityscape. 

With a cream-white paint scheme, large windows, and exposure on three sides, the residence is bathed in natural light.  

There are three spacious en suite bedrooms. The primary features a double southeast exposure, private balcony access, an elegant dressing space, and a spa-like oasis clad in Carrara marble, with a deep soaking tub, steam shower, and heated floors.  

The expansive, stainless-steel, eat-in island kitchen serves the lounge and dining space, illuminated on two sides by more than 70 linear feet of windows onto the cityscape. Smart-home technology allows effortless control of lighting, climate, and entertainment systems. The floor plan also includes conveniently located laundry facilities and ample storage space. 

3. Duplex at the Volney, Lenox Hill, Upper East Side 

New York City luxury duplex residence
The Volney, a white-glove prewar cooperative between Madison and Fifth Avenues, is the elegant setting for this meticulously restored three-bedroom, two-bath duplex.

Constructed in 1929 as a boutique residence hotel, The Volney is a grand 16-story prewar cooperative in the affluent Upper East Side neighborhood of Lenox Hill, just moments away from Central Park, Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, and Madison Avenue’s upscale boutiques and restaurants. 

Apartment 3FG4G is an elegant duplex residence currently configured with three bedrooms, a den, and two baths. The main floor is anchored by an elegant light-filled living/dining room with a fireplace and three double-paned, south-facing windows. Adjoining is a chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry and top-of-the-range appliances by Sub-Zero, Miele, and Wolf. 

Two generous bedrooms share a marble bathroom with a soaking tub, radiant heated floors, and pocket doors for privacy. This floor also offers a powder room and windowed laundry room with a cedar closet. 

The primary suite, located on the upper floor with a cozy den, has a spa-worthy bathroom with heated marble-inlay floors, a walk-in shower, and custom-designed vanity with twin sinks. 

The home is fitted with wood floors, decorative moldings, soundproofed windows, central air conditioning, and a surround-sound system. Amenities at The Volney include private storage units, concierge services, and a landscaped roof terrace. 

New York City residence
This grandly appointed residence is on a leafy, landmarked street on the Upper West Side, just half a block from Central Park.

Apartment 2BC has a most exclusive address in the Central Park West-West 73rd-74th Street Historic District: Its two-tree-lined streets, just a block from Central Park, are lined with Gilded Age townhouses and co-ops designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, architect of The Dakota, The Plaza Hotel, and the original Waldorf-Astoria hotel. 

This exceptional three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence abounds with splendid architectural details. The formal front parlor and dining room have 14-foot-high ceilings with beautiful moldings and medallions, floor-to-ceiling windows, hand-carved marble fireplaces, and a Juliet balcony overlooking West 74th Street.  

Main-level appointments include an eat-in kitchen, a light-filled gallery space, and a rear parlor with a coffered ceiling, oak-paneled walls, and a wood-burning hearth. The primary suite has a large, custom walk-in closet and spa-inspired marble bathroom with soaking tub and frameless shower.  

The mezzanine gallery offers ample storage and access to a full bath. Farther along is an inviting sitting room, and a guest bedroom with custom closets and a luxurious bathroom. 

5. Apartment 10/11 at the The Campanile, Beekman, Midtown East 

New York City duplex
With 16 residences overlooking the East River, The Campanile’s previous occupants included Greta Garbo, Rex Harrison, and the Rothschilds.

One of Manhattan’s most exclusive addresses, The Campanile offers its spacious Apartment 10/11, with about 5,100 square feet of living space and unobstructed views of the East River, the city skyline, and the greenery of southern Roosevelt Island.  

The elevator’s private landing opens to the foyer’s sweeping curved staircase and the spectacular great room with its stunning, 18-foot ceilings, antique fireplace, and private balcony with sunrise views over the East River.  

Double doors connect the great room, library, and dining room for grand or intimate entertaining. 

The professional-grade kitchen offers polished stone countertops, double ovens and dishwashers, and a walk-in pantry with a second refrigerator. A spacious den adjoins the kitchen, as does an en suite bedroom, ideal for staff or guests. 

Upstairs, the vast primary suite provides two luxurious, walk-in dressing rooms and two full bathrooms. The third and fourth bedrooms share a Jack & Jill bathroom. Wine storage and a laundry room complete the level. 

The Campanile, a historic East Side prewar cooperative, provides a full-time doorman, elevator operator, live-in superintendent, and storage for every home.  

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