With porches, ‘yards’ and even a cupola, these NYC penthouses offer perks of suburban living in the city.
The Grecian pad in Murray Hill
How many properties are there like this in New York?” asked Mariana Franza, showing off her East 36th Street penthouse. “I had to have it.”
Who can blame her? The one-bedroom, 1½-bathroom co-op has an undeniable wow factor: an honest-to-goodness porch whose overhang is propped up by columns of the variety you’re more likely to find on a Greek Revival home than an apartment.
After purchasing the 900-square-foot apartment for $1.2 million in 2014, Franza, a real estate broker at Brown Harris Stevens, embarked on a six-month renovation that created the ultimate bachelorette pad — even combining three closets into one gigantic walk-in. Her current reno dream? To replace two walls of her room with glass so she can see the Empire State Building from her bed.
Even home-owning suburbanites would drool over the apartment’s 1,100-square-foot terrace surrounding the apartment on three sides. There are stylish couches, a dining set, a hammock, overflowing planters, several sculptures and a daybed.
As the weather heats up and the porch starts playing host to more parties, Franza is planning to add an outdoor shower to her oasis 12 stories above Lexington Avenue.
“It’s like my little piece of heaven,” she said. Not coincidentally, that’s also her Wi-Fi name.
The sky-high Upper West Side neighborhood
Up — way up — on West 85th Street near Columbus Avenue there’s a community of New Yorkers with their own private village spanning the connecting outdoor spaces of three buildings.
From movie nights to World Cup-watching parties to barbecues, the Rooftoppers, as longtime resident…