Inside an Unparalleled Manhattan Penthouse

Inside an Unparalleled Manhattan Penthouse

A masterwork of design and style, this peerless penthouse atop the landmark building at One Sutton Place South is an airy, fluid, light-flooded home and gallery exemplifying the best of everything in Manhattan.

New York, New York | Allison B. Koffman & Juliette R. JanssensSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

One Sutton Place South is an architectural tour de force in its own right, conceived in 1927 by Rosario Candela—architect of some of New York’s most important edifices—and occupying a full city block. The penthouse began life as the home of socialite and fashion icon C. Z. Guest and has carried its role as gracious host into the 21st century, serving as the site of many a grand gathering in recent years.

A rarity in New York, the home spans the entire width of the building and is a bastion of volume, light, and breathtaking style. A painstaking renovation re-created the original Prewar interiors as distinctive modern spaces replete with clean lines and sleek surfaces—all the while honoring the classical structure. Steadfastly sophisticated, the public areas feature soaring ceiling heights, abundant skylights and windows, and an impressively lofty scale.

The floor plan is divided into public and private wings. The pièce de résistance is a skylit living room with outsize windows and gallery walls—the ideal showplace for art and the perfect milieu for entertaining. Other highlights include a dining room with a picture-perfect view, a library, a bright breakfast room, and an expertly equipped professional-caliber kitchen. Comfortable and spacious, the private quarters include a peaceful owner’s suite with two dressing areas and a walk-in closet, a den with built-in bookshelves, a sunny office, and guest and staff quarters. Throughout, windows transform vistas of sunrises, sunsets, sparkling city lights, and unmistakable Manhattan silhouettes into spirited works of art in their own right.

Nearly every room in the home gives way to sun-washed terrace space—roughly 6,000 square feet of it, centered around the building’s two eye-catching towers. Ideal for alfresco events, it can also function as a running track for fitness at any hour and in any season. Perched above the city, the home is a personal private aerie, yet it benefits from plentiful conveniences, including effortless access to major thoroughfares and proximity to airports.

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