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The High-Rise Life: Penthouses with Waterfront Views

Luxury Defined spotlights a collection of lavish homes set against a backdrop of surf and sky

While almost nothing compares to the waterfront lifestyle, and the sound of the crashing surf and the scent of the salty air, there is something to be said for being above it all. A penthouse with a commanding water view, ultra-luxurious living spaces, and its own amenities such as a gym, pool and spa, theater, wine cellar, and private rooftop deck for relaxing in high style, truly offers the best of both worlds—a waterfront aesthetic combined with the privacy and security of a lofty vantage point. Luxury Defined has set its sights on five waterside aeries with a seagull’s-eye view of the azure horizon.

PH6 Gulf Shore Blvd. in Naples, Florida

PH6 is a lavish turnkey penthouse with 360-degree vistas of the Gulf of Mexico and the city of Naples, Florida.

Fully furnished and presented in immaculate turnkey condition, this 23rd-floor penthouse offers unrivaled beachfront living on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The contemporary living spaces have 10-foot ceilings and walls of glass, which capture 360-degree vistas of the sea, city, and sunset. The home boasts more than 2,000 square feet of screened and open-air balconies to take in the views and the sea air. The amenities are reminiscent of a five-star resort and include a pool cabana, three secured garage parking spaces, and a deeded boat dock.

Lake-View Aerie  in Zug, Switzerland

This sleek private retreat has a jaw-dropping view of Lake Zug and the Swiss Alps.

Situated in the beautiful town of Zug, this ultra-luxurious penthouse offers breathtaking views of Lake Zug and the Swiss Alps. Perched high above the rooftops, the 1,615 square-foot contemporary apartment has been designed with the finest materials and finishes. The light-infused living spaces has a neutral palette and minimalist interior décor. The floor plan incorporates two spacious en suite bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a great room, formal dining area, and two fireplaces, indoors and outdoors. Further highlights include a sleek glass-enclosed garage, guest apartment, conference room, and dramatic lake-facing terrace with vistas of Zug Old Town, the lake, and distant snowcapped mountain peaks.

Penthouse at Marina Island in Prague, Czech Republic

A private pool and 2,153 square feet of terraces overlooking the Vltava River are among the highlights of this sensational penthouse in Prague.

This lavish penthouse is on the eighth and ninth floors of the new Marina Island building in Holešovice, close to the historic heart of Prague. The duplex has an airy, open-plan layout with double-height ceilings and walls of glass that frame vistas of the Vltava River. The main living area includes an open kitchen and dining area with a balcony and a fabulous pool terrace with a private heated pool. This floor also includes three bedrooms, all with balcony access, and two guest bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, The second level houses the master bedroom, with en suite bathroom and dressing room; a gallery, guest bathroom, and a river-view terrace.

Penthouse at Market Place Tower in Seattle, Washington

Minutes from the Central Waterfront of Seattle, this luxury aerie has a front-row view of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay.

This designer home has unobstructed views of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains from its top-floor perch in Market Place Tower, one of Seattle’s most exclusive, private urban communities. The duplex residence extends to 4,500 square feet of convertible living space and 300 square feet of landscaped terraces. Residents have access to the building’s amenities, including 24-hour concierge, underground parking, and private elevator access from the lobby. Downtown Seattle and Belltown are a short stroll away.

This designer duplex penthouse with interiors by renowned Belgium designer François Marcq has a showstopping view of the Monaco seafront.

This duplex penthouse overlooking the dazzling Monaco seafront is a rare find in the principality. The property was recently renovated by the renowned Belgium interior designer François Marcq. The heart of the main level is an elegant living/dining room and a modern kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and breakfast bar. Four comfortable bedrooms occupy a private wing of the floor. Among them are the master bedroom with its en suite bathroom and dressing area has direct access to a sea-view terrace. A sculptural staircase connects to the upper floor, which is dedicated to a second living room and a large private roof deck with a heated pool, lounge seating, dining area facing the sea. The residence is offered fully furnished and decorated. The amenities include two cellars and two garages.