Looking To The Sky

By AP Connolly  | Photos Tim Waltman with Evan Joseph Studios

This full-floor penthouse in the sky offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Manhattan. Spanning an impressive 6,300 square feet with two private terraces and four bedrooms offering en-suite bathrooms, the residence atop the iconic Norman Foster Tower is unparalleled in its grandeur. 

Accessed via a private, key-locked elevator, Penthouse 19B is a meticulously crafted residence that revels in soaring 12.5-foot ceilings and expansive glass walls highlighting stunning skyline views. The lavishly appointed great room has a two-sided gas fireplace and a western-facing terrace with sweeping water views. The adjoining Molteni library shares this fireplace and boasts northeast views, including sights of the Empire State Building.

A formal dining area offers unobstructed water views that stretch to the Statue of Liberty. Find a vast chef’s kitchen created by Fosters + Partners with a pristine white Italian milk glass countertop, natural oak cabinetry by Molteni Premium Miele, and Sub-Zero appliances. A custom coffee-making station is concealed behind custom matte lacquered aluminum core doors. 

The spacious media room has a drop-down projector and a 110-inch theater screen. Find a customized HVAC system, humidification system perfect for art collectors, Crestron home system, Lutron lighting system, and custom programmable tucked behind in-wall hidden speakers. All the AV components are concealed behind meticulously crafted Dada oak doors, complete with shielded CAT6A custom wiring throughout the entire residence.

The primary bedroom suite captures the city’s essence below and features a seating area, Molteni cabinetry, three generous walk-in closets, and an en-suite bathroom. This five-piece primary bathroom boasts radiant heat, Luna Black granite floors, a custom Corian dual vanity with integrated lighting, a freestanding tub with city and water views, and an oversized 6x4 feet glass-enclosed steam shower with Thermasol Pro-Series steam generator, heated mirror, and floor-to-ceiling translucent glass doors. All three additional large bedrooms offer en-suite bathrooms with Travertine stone tile floors, custom-designed cabinets, and Dornbracht fixtures. White Oak herringbone and plank oak flooring bathes all four bedrooms.  

Other features include a gaming room with a morning kitchen and a home office adorned with Molteni-Dada oak millwork 

Foster + Partners’ West Chelsea, designed by the eminent British architect Lord Norman Foster, is a full-service condominium with a private gated drive court enveloped by a 20-foot green wall and a striking double-height lobby. The building offers a full-time doorman, concierge, porter, valet services, a state-of-the-art fitness center with spas, a yoga room, a resident lounge, a children’s playroom, bike storage, a live-in superintendent, and a dedicated separate service entry. Asking price: $40,000,000. 

Photos by Tim Waltman/Evan Joseph Studios. For more information on 551 West 21st Street, PH19B, contact Frances Katzen at Douglas Elliman, franceskatzen.elliman.com 

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