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6 Homes with Private Rooftop Decks & Terraces

Ahead of American Independence Day, Luxury Defined spotlights the best roof terraces and decks for watching the Fourth of July fireworks

Try taking things to new heights. Of the many amenities that define luxury living, a private rooftop deck belongs to an exclusive category. Whether dining, entertaining, relaxing, or—with Independence Day just around the corner—watching the Fourth of July fireworks, an alfresco space feels even more luxurious. Whether in the heart of a cosmopolitan capital or at a vacation home on the beach, simply stepping onto a rooftop terrace evokes a singular exaltation. That atmosphere of fresh air, height, and wide-open sky, paired with exceptional views never fails to inspire. Rooftop retreats come in many exciting forms. This Luxury Defined collection of homes showcases the extraordinary diversity that rooftop living offers. Don’t miss the fireworks!

Greenwich Village Aerie in New York, New York

This aerie in the heart of the West Village features a wraparound terrace, perfect for watching New York City’s famous Fourth of July fireworks. The panoramic views extend all the way to the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River, and the Empire State Building.
This aerie in the heart of the West Village features a wraparound terrace, perfect for watching New York City’s famous Fourth of July fireworks. The panoramic views extend all the way to the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River, and the Empire State Building.

Rising high above the West Village skyline is the Memphis Downtown at 140 Charles St. This extraordinary residence is a combination of location, views, outdoor space, and size. The 19th floor is a 2,500-square-foot condominium with keyed elevator access, multiple outdoor spaces, including a wraparound terrace, two master-size bedrooms and potential for a third bedroom, two full bathrooms, a sauna and steam room, and dining room. There is also an opportunity to combine the 19th floor with the two adjacent one-bedroom apartments on the 18th floor, for a total of more than 4,000 square feet. All combinations of the available units offer panoramic views of the Hudson River to the west, the Statue of Liberty to the south, the Empire State Building to the north, and unobstructed cityscape views to the east.

Luxuriously Restored Mansion in Savannah, Georgia

This historic mansion in downtown Savannah has a sensational rooftop deck; the views encompass the city’s oak-lined garden squares and the Savannah River, the setting for the annual Independence Day fireworks.

Just off picturesque Monterey Square and Forsyth Park, Saussy Mansion has a prized setting on a charming tree-lined block in Savannah’s historic district. This elegant free-standing mansion rises four stories high with 2,400 square feet of rooftop terraces—the ideal venue for a Fourth of July party capped by fireworks; the annual display is a few blocks north on the Savannah riverfront. Outdoor entertaining areas also include a beautiful side garden. The residence underwent an extensive, two-year renovation, retaining its grand period details while adding 4,000 square feet of living space. The result is a luxurious home encompassing more than 8,750 interior square feet, including the conditioned 1,200-square-foot, three-car garage, with an additional seven off-street parking spaces.

Marsh-Front Manor in Sea Island, Georgia 

This grand waterfront estate in Sea Island, Georgia, offers sweeping views of the tidal salt marsh and surrounding rivers from several vantage points, including a wraparound verandah, palatial formal gardens, and a pool terrace.

Cottage 441 is an enchanting marsh-front estate in Sea Island, Georgia, one of the most exclusive private residential communities in the United States. Constructed from reclaimed Savannah Grey bricks, this grand waterfront home seamlessly blends Old World structural and decorative elements with modern day appointments. The elegant indoor and outdoor spaces include a wraparound second-floor verandah, which provides a spectacular vantage to enjoy the natural beauty of Sea Island. The living and dining rooms are ideal for formal entertaining. The outdoor kitchen invites casual alfresco dining framed by vistas of the tidal salt marsh and surrounding rivers. The magnificent formal gardens contrast elegantly with the natural marsh beyond and are punctuated with sculptures, fountains, flowered alcoves, and a teak-trimmed swimming pool.

Contemporary Beach Retreat in Hermosa Beach, California

Stylish Independence Day celebrations are guaranteed at this chic beach house with five decks and a rooftop terrace to view the fireworks displays and revelry along Hermosa Beach.
Stylish Independence Day celebrations are guaranteed at this chic beach house with five decks and a rooftop terrace to view the fireworks displays and revelry along Hermosa Beach.

This urban beachfront escape has an enviable setting on The Strand—a 22-mile paved trail bordering the beach—in the prime northern section of Hermosa Beach. Encompassing 3,658 square feet, the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom multi-level home is the ultimate California beach home complete with five decks, including a fabulous rooftop terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The beach level offers the beach room, wet bar, dining area, and a private patio with built-in barbecue and surfer’s shower with changing area. The main-level great room comprises a contemporary open-plan kitchen, living room, terrace, and two-car garage. The master suite is perched high above the sand. Further highlights include a home automation system to control lighting, heating and cooling systems, Sonos audio, security, and window shades at the touch of a button.

Boutique Townhouse in Washington, DC

The rooftop terrace of this boutique townhouse can bring together up to 150 people, for a front-row view of the famous Independence Day fireworks extravaganza at the National Mall.

There’s no better place to spend American Independence Day than in the nation’s capital, and this boutique brick townhouse in heart of Washington, DC, boasts one of the most spectacular private rooftop terraces in the city. The main floor features an open-concept living, granite-topped kitchen, dining area with 11-foot ceilings, and southern exposures which flood the space with sunlight. The second floor houses the private quarters: three bedrooms, including a luxurious master suite with a spa bathroom and private terrace. The centerpiece of the home is the 800-square-foot roof deck, large enough for a rooftop garden or gatherings of up to 150 guests. The space offers views of the capital’s iconic landmarks, including the National Mall and its famous Independence Day fireworks extravaganza.

Federal-Style Manor in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Long Hill, an elegant Federal-style mansion overlooking Nantucket Harbor, has an original widow’s walk, a mark of the ship carpenter’s skill, the builder’s prosperity, and a practical vantage to put out the chimney fires of the era.

Fine architecture, an outstanding location, and scenic coastal views are the hallmarks of Long Hill, a historic mansion on the picture-postcard island of Nantucket. The stately Federal-style mansion was built in 1831 during the height of whaling era prosperity. Over the years, the private residence served as a hotel, boys’ school, and even an ice cream parlor, and has been lovingly maintained to preserve its fine period details. Among the appointments are eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, elegant reception rooms with fireplaces, and a modern kitchen with breakfast area. The first and second floors open to expansive decks with breathtaking views of Nantucket Harbor, Brant Point Lighthouse, Coatue, and the salt marshes. Atop the house is an original widow’s walk, providing unobstructed views of the island and Nantucket’s Fourth of July fireworks display.