The Market

A South Street Seaport penthouse: the next best thing to an actual yacht?

By Virginia K. Smith  | July 25, 2014 - 2:59PM

Fridays are nothing if not a time to daydream, or if you'd rather, while away the rest of the work day looking at nice pictures of pretty, expensive things. As such, no time like the present to take a look at this $2.495 million South Street Seaport penthouse and its enormous, duplexed outdoor deck.

The sellers are calling it "one of the largest private outdoor spaces on the market," and at more than 1,600 square feet, we'd believe it. The deck also includes heated lamps, surround sound, electrical outlets, a hammock, and a water source, according to the listing. Maybe it's just because the place is near the South Street Seaport (and a stone's throw from the Financial District), but something about this deck reminded us of the yacht from The Wolf of Wall Street:

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See what we mean? Of course, at 59 John Street between Nassau and William, the apartment isn't located directly on the waterfront (it's relatively far inland for the neighborhood), and it's unclear how much you can see from the rooftop.

That doesn't seem to have put a damper on the price though, which, according to StreetEasy, is well above the neighborhood average sale price of $1.55 million for two-bedroom condos. 

The interiors are impressive in their own right, too, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout:

The open kitchen includes a Sub-Zero fridge, Viking stove, and granite countertops, if not necessarily all that much storage space.

The kitchen opens out onto a large entertaining area with 11-foot ceilings, a gas fireplace, and surround sound.

Both bedrooms feature modern en-suite bathrooms, in addition to a separate half-bathroom for guests.

Nothing quite like a bathroom that opens up right onto the deck...

Though the building is technically pre-war, the interiors were partially designed by much-maligned architect Karl Fischer, and the building comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect, including storage, concierge service, a fitness center, and a lenient policy toward both pets and pied-a-terres (meaning if you lived here, you might never see the neighbors). There's also the option to combine it with the building's other penthouse, which is on the market for $2.595 million.

You can check out the full floor plan below, and see that the outdoor area here might actually be a little bigger than the apartment itself. Maybe not so enticing if you're still living there come winter, but for now, a major step up from the tar beach rooftops we've gotten used to. And also, a way better use of obscene wealth than a $250,000 a month hotel room, if you ask us.


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