Six grand staircases more than worth the climb

Thanks to an abundance of natural light cast through a wall of windows, there’s not likely to be any tripping down this custom staircase within a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath condo at 21 South End Avenue (yours for $2.75 million).


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The best thing about a New York City apartment with a staircase is what it communicates: that one has more than one floor of living space to spread out in. The more impressive the staircase, the more outstanding that extra living space is likely to be. Here, a handful of prime examples:

A grand, winding staircase connects the first and second floors of this four-bedroom, five-bath, single-family home at 1051 81st Street in Dyker Heights (on the market for $4.69 million).

The centerpiece of this circular entry hall—within a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath co-op at 143 West 20th Street (listed at $9.65 million)—is this curving stainless steel staircase that bridges to apartment’s upper level with its glass-enclosed sitting room downstairs.

A center-hall floorplan puts the elegant staircase of this five-story, five-bedroom and five-bath townhouse at 54 West 9th Street (going for $10.977 million) front and center the moment you walk through the front door.

The circular living room of this four-bedroom, multi-level penthouse at 240 Centre Street (priced $35 million) is echoed by the home’s similarly circular floating staircase accented with a dramatic scrollwork handrail.

A stunning original staircase anchors the open living spaces of this five-story, 6,565-square-foot Elizabethan Renaissance Revival townhouse at 320 West 80th Street (going for $9.985 million).