From Sydney to New York – Behind the doors of the 11 most lavish penthouses in the world

There are two schools in affluent urban real estate circles: those who love multi-story brownstones, and those who prefer sky-high penthouses. Including more amenities than single family homes, penthouses keep attracting the billionaires of this world. Below are some of the most exquisite penthouses out there. They are not necessarily the most expensive nor the biggest, but they all offer striking features and all possess something unique, making their value timeless.

Opera Residence – Sydney, Australia
This 19th-floor home features 270-degree views of the harbor, including the Harbour Bridge, the Botanical Gardens and the iconic Opera House. It also offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a triple lockup garage. This Penthouse is currently the most expensive Australian apartment ever sold.

30 Park Place – New York City, USA
This 650sqm condo occupies half of the 78th and 79th floors and features 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms (plus a powder room), a fireplace, and a private elevator. One of the most striking characteristics is the double height deck, one of the highest private outdoor spaces in the city.

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Penthouse at NEO Bankside – London, UK
With spectacular views across the river to St Paul’s Cathedral and London’s iconic skyline, this 700sqm duplex penthouse is one of London’s newest trophy units. The floor-to-ceiling windows and almost entirely open-plan ground floor certainly make it feel enormous. The penthouse also boasts 2 outdoor terraces with amazing city views.

181 Fremont – San Francisco, USA
One of the rare full-floor units downtown, this 70th-floor penthouse is the highest residence in San Francisco. The 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom, 690sqm home boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with views in all directions, from sunrise to sunset.

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One Madison – New York City, USA
Richard Murdoch’s former triplex offers 680 sqm divided between the 58th to 60th floors, its own internal elevator and a dramatic double height living room with a wraparound terrace offering unobstructed views of the skyline, river to river and from the Freedom Tower to north Madison Ave.

One Thousand Museum Condos – Miami, USA
This 6-bedroom penthouse offers over 1,500 sqm and features spectacular Biscayne Bay and downtown views, plus an exclusive private elevator connecting to the roof-top helipad. The building’s unique curved and futuristic structure eliminates the need for interior beams, thus creating a flow-through design rarely seen. One Thousand Museum was the first project by Pritzker Prize winning and world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid in the Western Hemisphere.

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