Owning acres of land and lavish mansions with dozens of rooms may sound like the coolest thing if you want to show off your assets, but nothing compares to the aerial bird's eye view from the large windows of a luxurious penthouse perched on top of an opulent condo complex tower that seems to stand to defy the world. They are the ultimate bachelor crib. Everyone dreams of them, but few live to actually move into one.
What is it with billionaires and penthouses? It's as if they're some kind of business card they present themselves with. These multi-story pads come with a hefty price tag. All well justified if you ask me. Offering stunning views from their terraces and infinity pools at great heights, you will be treated like royalty in these vertical mansions, gazing at those playful city lights through the floor-to-ceiling glass panes. Prices skyrocketed over the past few years, and condo towers have become the playgrounds of billionaires. The hunt for trophy apartments continues. Just recently, Taylor Swift has reportedly purchased two penthouses in New York City worth a combined $20 million.
There are many important features to look for in a penthouse, like the size, view, design, furnishing, and amenities. The following pads, palatial, sick, and sexy altogether, have it all. Let's have a sneak peek into the best rooftop accommodations on the planet. Can you think of any reason why not to move into one today? The price tag may be a minor drawback, but I'm sure you can get over it.
9 Old Trees Penthouse: $8 Million
Located in Barbados, on the West Coast in Holetown, this three-story penthouse is wrapped in glass balconies and terraces. The 6,500-square-foot oceanfront property boasts five bedrooms offering 180 degrees of sea views, with marble floors, high ceilings, a media room, and two master suites. There are two outdoor showers, a plunge pool, and a dining patio with sun loungers. The balcony comes with its own private jacuzzi. There is also a wet bar and barbeque area. Overlooking one of Barbados' most exquisite beaches, you need minimum SPF 50 just to lounge back on the terrace in the middle of the day.
8 Quintessential Penthouse: $10,9 Million
With glass walls and balconies and high ceilings, this 6,480-square-foot penthouses in Los Angeles features four bedrooms and five bathrooms, all for “as little as” $10.9 million. Located on Wilshire Boulevard, one of the most coveted areas in California, it offers unobstructed views of both the city and the ocean. Although modern, it does come with a touch of classic elements, like its spiral staircase and a fiber-optic chandelier. The Quintessential Penthouse is any bachelor's dream, the ultimate man cave. Occupying the 45th floor, it comes with a master suite with double bath, a fish tank cabinet, and a spacious kitchen.
7 Saint Petersburg Penthouse: $15 Million
An elegant and unique penthouse with striking interiors listed for $15 million. Where else if not in Russia? The most impressive aspect of Russian interior design is the minimalistic and futuristic look. With high ceilings, four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and built-in sound systems, it is quite different from the 1930's styled penthouses on our list. It is luxury redefined. The triplex apartment offers breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city of Saint Petersburg, topped by two large terraces. Located on top of one of the tallest structures in Saint Petersburg, its signature marks are curved wall surfaces, wood veneers, and Wenge wood flooring.
6 Spencer Condominium: $29.5 Million
Boasting interiors restored by museum-trained artisans, the Spencer Condominium is a penthouse in New York currently owned by Joan Rivers and listed for $29.5 million. Designed by Horace Trumbauer, it is the very definition of luxury living. The 5,190-square-foot condo comes with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as a two-story grand room with parquet de Versailles flooring. The opulent penthouse occupies the top floors of the most stunning pre-war limestone mansion in New York, less than half a block from Fifth Avenue. The Neo-French classic apartment has a private elevator, two-story gallery, lavish living room, wood-burning fireplaces, a large corner library, a formal dining room decorated with 18th century French panels, a south-facing sunbathed terrace, and a master bedroom suite offering stunning views of Central Park.
5 Sidney Harbor Front Penthouse: $30 Million
Occupying an entire floor of the Bennelong Apartments complex, a landmark building in Sydney Australia, the sky-high penthouse is currently owned by Cyril and Margaret Maloney, who attempted to sell the penthouse in 2010 for $30 million, but failed. It is up on the market once again, and if it does sell, it will become Australia's most expensive apartment ever. The 11th floor penthouse boasts 2,300 square feet of living space, private elevator, wine cellar, billiards room, several dressing rooms, and a main bedroom suite, all overlooking Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Let's not forget the 100 square foot swimming pool. The only drawback is a strata bill of $100,000 a year, which is not to be ignored.
4 One57 Penthouse: $90 Million
This penthouse is the most expensive listing in Manhattan. Ever. The penthouse on top of One57 features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Central Park and 10,923 square feet of living space. New York's tallest luxury condo is currently under construction on West 57th Street near Carnegie Hall. The One57 condominium tower will be completed in 2014. There are six bedrooms in the duplex penthouse occupying the last two floors, and the centerpiece is the double-height grand salon, 57 feet wide, facing Central Park of course. It also boasts a glass-enclosed garden with a stunning view and its own swimming pool. The penthouse was originally listed for $110, but it was finally purchased in 2013 by hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and his group of investors for $90 million.
3 CitySpire Penthouse: $100 Million
Sitting on top of the CitySpire building in New York, overlooking Central Park, this three-story penthouse occupies the 73rd, 74th, and 75th floors. Rising high above the roaring Midtown neighborhood, the pricey pad has its own private elevator solely for the three levels of the condo. The octagonal shaped penthouse boasts 8,000 square feet of living space, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a media room, dining room sitting 20, conference room, and formal gallery. The master suite occupies the entire top floor. It also comes with an additional staff apartment at the 72nd floor of the building and a wine cellar that can accommodate 1,000 bottles of fine liquor. There are a total of 135 windows for obvious reasons, and the entire condo is wrapped in terraces overlooking the island of Manhattan.
2 Pierre Hotel Penthouse: $125 Million
There are penthouses, and there's the Pierre Hotel Penthouse in New York. Boasting a striking modern architecture with a sprinkle of that old-world charm, the penthouse hit the market in 2013, when it was listed for a jaw-dropping $125 million. It maintains traces of that classic luxury characteristic to the 1930's, when the Pierre Hotel first opened. The three-story penthouse features 16 rooms, six bathrooms, and four kitchens. Its centerpiece is a lavish livingroom, considered the finest privately owned room in the world. There are arched cathedral windows, and a total of four fireplaces, one even in the gym. Among its many luxurious features, there is a Swedish sauna, private elevator, three powder rooms, a grand wooden staircase, library with 18th century paneling, and even a guest suite with two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The vertical mansion in the heart of New York offers a 360 degrees view of Manhattan, Central Park, and both the Hudson and East Rivers from its terraces. It does however come with a drawback, a $50,000 monthly maintenance bill for electricity and staff.
2. One Hyde Park Penthouse: $200 Million
One Hyde Park is a condominium complex in the heart of London comprised of four towers, each with its very own penthouse worth a smashing $200 million. Abounding more luxury than you can ever imagine, just as the name implies each 17,000-square-foot penthouse overlooks the biggest park in London, Hyde Park. With five bedrooms private gyms, his and her study rooms, 24-hour room service, underground passage to a Heston Blumenthal restaurant, private wine-tasting facility, the two-story penthouses come with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of downtown London, and that's not all. Residents are protected by the British SAS, that's the Special Forces in case you didn't know, so it's not likely you'll feel as protected anywhere else on Earth. Oh, and the windows are bullet-proof, too. In 2011, Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov bought one of the penthouses for $214 million, the highest price ever paid for a residence in the UK.
1 Monaco's Sky Penthouse: $387 Million
Monaco, home of the world's most exclusive casinos, exotic cars, and luxury yachts, has yet another feature to brag about; the world's most expensive penthouse. Tour Odeon will soon become Monaco's tallest building, as it is expected to be completed in July 2014. It will rise 557 feet above the ground, and will have a total of 70 apartments, plus two Sky Duplexes and one Sky Penthouse. The jewel of Tour Odeon, the penthouse, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a gorgeous scenery; the whole of Monaco, Larvotto Beach, and the Ligurian Sea. It comes with its own private waterslide plunging into an infinity pool. With a whopping 33,000-square-foot living space, there are six bedrooms opening to glass balconies encompassing a delightful panorama of the Mediterranean Sea, while marble, bronze, and wood are the main elements used in the interior designs. The 49-story building offers full-time housekeeping, cleaning, and valet service. The pride and joy of the Tour Odeon is expected to hit the market with a striking price tag of $387 million, which makes it one of the most expensive homes out there today. If everything goes according to plan, it will be the world's most expensive penthouse ever listed.