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Sky-High Living

Luxury Defined spotlights a collection of high-end homes in luxurious residential skyscrapers

Living in a skyscraper might just be the ultimate, elevated escape. In this Luxury Defined edition, we raise the bar on luxury living with a collection of sky-high homes in destination cities, close to, yet far enough away from the streetscape below. Start at the top, in an aerie in downtown Dubai with a front-row view of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa; then to New York City, in a perfect pied-à-terre on the top floor of one of the world’s newest skyscrapers, The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad; to Bangkok, and a deluxe apartment above the Chao Phraya River; to Portland, Oregon, and a 31st-floor penthouse with a vista of Mount Hood; to Seattle, and a high-rise home overlooking Puget Sound; then to Toronto, and a sleek, urban retreat with a bird’s-eye view of the CN Tower. These exclusive, gravity-defying homes all offer lavish living spaces, five-star amenities, and jetliner views, elevating the concept of 21st-century luxury living to dizzying new heights. This is, quite literally, the high life.

This exquisitely furnished, four-bedroom apartment boasts breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa, as well as The Dubai Fountain, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and the Arabian Gulf. The home is on a high floor of The Address Fountain Views, a luxury hotel-branded residence in the heart of Downtown Dubai—where every amenity, from golf to indoor skiing, is just a short drive or leisurely stroll away. The residence offers more than 2,700 square feet of spacious, fully furnished living spaces with grandly appointed reception areas and ample accommodations, including four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and staff quarters. Floor-to-ceiling windows and three private balconies capture the unobstructed views of the world’s tallest building–the Burj Khalifa–and ensure plenty of natural light from dawn to dusk. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, high-end finishes, and marble flooring. There’s also a separate laundry room and service entrance for deliveries. In addition to branded residences, all turnkey and fully serviced, The Address Fountain Views is a five-star hotel with 24-hour security, concierge, pool and gym (with steam and sauna), and private gardens. The hotel is part of The Dubai Mall complex, with a covered pathway to the mall’s world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment.

PH 41A at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, New York, NoMad in New York City

Rising 500 feet above New York’s iconic skyline, this perfect pied-à-terre is on the 45th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, New York, NoMad, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly and overlooking one of Manhattan’s most sought-after neighborhoods. With two restaurants and cuisine curated by Michelin-starred Chef José Andrés, the penthouse residences can be purchased turnkey with customized furnishing.

Penthouse 41A at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, New York, NoMad, is the perfect New York City pied-à-terre. Rising nearly 500 feet above Manhattan’s iconic skyline, the 1,750-square-foot residence is one of 16 exclusive one- and two-bedroom residences on the top four floors of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, New York, NoMad, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. This two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom corner suite features oversized picture windows offering unparalleled panoramic views of the skyline, from the Empire State Building, straight down to One World Trade, the Statue of Liberty, and beyond. The custom interiors include white oak floors and millwork throughout, and 10-foot ceilings. Separated from the main living space by a breakfast bar, the kitchen showcases Poliform cabinetry with custom bronze-tinted glass, quartzite counters, and Miele appliances. Clean lines continue in the lavish primary and secondary bathrooms, with Bardiglio Nuvolato marble floors and walls, carved terrazzo sinks, Duravit deep soaking tubs, and Dornbracht fixtures. Owners will have the ability to stay for up to 120 nights per year and have their residence expertly managed by The Ritz-Carlton when not in use. Each residence comes with The Ritz-Carlton gold-standard of service and best-in-class amenities, including The Ritz-Carlton’s renowned Club Lounge and its signature spa and fitness center. Michelin-starred chef José Andrés will operate two new outposts of his acclaimed restaurants Zaytinya and The Bazaar, and curate an in-residence dining menu for owners. A rooftop bar, a lobby with tea service and champagne bar, two ballrooms, a business center, a large public garden, and landscaped terraces are further highlights.

Freehold Apartment at Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok, Thailand

“The River of Kings,” Thailand’s majestic Chao Phraya River, is the backdrop to this elegant high-floor apartment in the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok.

This sumptuous apartment offers sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River from its luxury perch in the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok, a 45-story residential building designed in collaboration with SCDA architecture. The 2,669-square-foot interior exudes a feeling of light and space. The main living area has 10-foot-high ceilings and opens to a large open-plan kitchen. Double-aspect floor-to-ceiling windows frame the river and skyline views. Three luxurious bedrooms all have deluxe spa-like bathrooms. Situated just 50 feet from the water’s edge on two acres between the Old City and Central Business District, the luxurious, 133-unit tower was designed as a “sanctuary for your soul.” The all-glass façade reflects the building’s close relationship to Bangkok’s legendary “River of Kings,” ensuring all units have front-row views of the water, while long, continuous balconies enhance the riverside experience. Ownership comes with exclusive access to the five-star amenities of the Banyan Tree Bangkok, including private chef catering, spa treatments, housekeeping, and a complimentary river boat service to the city center.

Sky Island Residence in Portland, Oregon

Sky Island Residence is an ultra-luxurious penthouse occupying the 31st floor of the John Ross Tower in Portland’s South Waterfront. The elegant, 4,865-square-foot home has an elliptical floor plan wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize the panoramic views of the city, Mount Hood, and the Willamette River. The apartment’s neutral palette is accented by richly textured materials and exquisite finishes imported from Milan. The layout is well-suited for grand entertaining as well as family living. At the entrance, a private elevator opens to a beautiful wood-panelled hall, ideal for showcasing art, which flows into the glass-walled living room with a jaw-dropping view of the cityscape and Mount Hood. Glass doors lead out to the wraparound terrace with a further 2,094 square feet of living space and 360-degree, bird’s-eye views of the landscape. On the opposite side of the living room are the dining room, wine cellar, and kitchen with a seven-burner Miele range framed by a wall of Cipollino marble. Three guest bedrooms, all en suite, and a powder room are situated off the front hall. Farther along is a luxurious owner’s retreat, with an office, dressing room, and lavish, Art Deco-inspired bathroom.

Residence 1905 at Four Seasons Private Residences in Seattle, Washington

Fluid, light-filled spaces with a minimalistic aesthetic lend to the art gallery experience of this one-bedroom apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle.

This stylish city-view apartment is in the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle. Residence 1905 is defined by sleek, open-plan living spaces with high ceilings, hardwood floors, stone and wood finishes, and gallery-like walls to display fine art. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in the light and the views of Puget Sound and the city skyline. The living room has a fireplace and a wall of windows facing the cityscape and opens to a contemporary kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. The principal suite features a spa-like bathroom with a deep soaking tub and double vanities. Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle is a five-star property with concierge, security, porters, doormen, on-demand housekeeping, and valet parking. On-site amenities include an award-winning restaurant, an in-room dining services, a pool, spa, health club, and pet terrace. The building is steps away from the fish-tossing at Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront.

Yorkville Private Estates, a brand-new residential tower in Toronto’s prestigious Yorkville Neighborhood, is the setting for this deluxe three-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium. The unobstructed views extend north, south, and east, taking in the entire city skyline as well as the sunrise and sunset. Each of the principal rooms have 10-foot-high ceilings and walls of windows to frame the views of the CN Tower. The city-view sitting area adjoins a luxurious chef’s kitchen designed by Downsview. It opens to a terrace with an alfresco dining area and gas hook-up, ideal for barbecues. The main bedroom has two walk-in closets and a five-piece bathroom with heated floors and steam shower. Smart-home automation controls the lighting, music system, central vacuum, window shades. Building amenities include 24/7 concierge/valet services, parking, storage, a pool and hot tub, steam room, fitness center, party room, outdoor terrace, golf simulator, and guest suites.