That old saying that "the walls have ears"? Only true if there's actually someone on the other side of said walls. Besides the added privacy, the extra space of a full-floor apartment is an obvious bonus, whether it's a single story of an actual house or a penthouse on the top level.
For $3.85 million, you can nab two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a floor of a cast-iron loft building on the Lower East Side, including a private keyed elevator that opens into the apartment, a chef's kitchen, and an audio and projection screen already built in.
If you're willing to shell out $1.93 million to live all the way out by the Myrtle-Wyckoff L stop in Bushwick, you can get a four-bedroom, four-bathroom, full-floor apartment in the new 330 Bleecker building, including floor-to-ceiling windows, a balcony, and bamboo flooring.
If it's the entire floor of a hotel you're after, the Lombardy has a furnished three-bedroom penthouse available for almost $5.5 million, with a private elevator, two private terraces, an eat-in kitchen, and hotel amenities including concierge service, maid service, valet parking, and a fitness center.
A rare, budget-friendly option to add into the mix: this $2,599/month Bay Ridge three-bedroom, which comprises the entire floor of a prewar townhouse and includes details like stained glass, a chandelier, a formal dining room, and free parking spots.
In this $12,995/month 2.5-bedroom loft in Soho, you'll get plenty of exposed brick and wooden beams, 11-foot ceilings, a chef's kitchen, laundry room, floor-to-ceiling storage closets, and a built-in entertainment system... if you're willing to deal with a fifth-floor walk-up, that is.
The $22 million penthouse at 975 Park Avenue takes up the entire floor of the building both inside and out—it's surrounded by wraparound terraces on all sides. The recently renovated prewar apartment includes a formal dining room, media room, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, "butler's pantry," and custom closet space (and the building includes a full-time doorman and elevator operator).