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Open House Agenda: 3 Top-Floor Apartments to See This Weekend

By Emily Nonko | January 14, 2016 5:42pm | Updated on January 15, 2016 5:49pm
 Three open houses of top-floor apartments with private outdoor space. 
Open House Insider: 3 Top-Floor Apartments to See This Weekend
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MANHATTAN — What's nicer than a top-floor apartment unit? One that comes with a private rooftop perch. These three open houses, located in Flatiron, Williamsburg and Park Slope, feature apartments that take advtange of the top-floor location with outdoor space. 

21 East 22nd St., #PH12I, Flatiron
Three bedrooms/two baths
Approximately 1,600 square feet
$3.395 million
Maintenance: $2,329 a month
Open House: Sunday, Jan. 17, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Lowdown:  You don't often see penthouses carved out of prewar loft buildings like this one, a 12-story commercial building converted into a 126-unit co-op in the early 1980s, said Douglas Elliman broker Frances Katzen.

This top-floor apartment spans two levels.

The lower level is home to a open living and dining room that Katzen called “ethereal.” Nearly floor-to-ceiling windows flank the entire southern end of the living room, which also has 11-foot, floor-to-ceiling custom oak bookcases accessed by a moveable ladder.

“With the bookshelves and the high ceilings, the apartment feels like old-school Paris,” said Katzen.

The open kitchen comes with perks like a wine fridge, garbage disposal, built-in water filter and under-cabinet lighting. This lower level also has two bathrooms and the master bedroom, which has two walk-in closets.

An open staircase leads to the second bedroom, which is lit by overhead skylights and completely surrounded by terrace space.

There are two entrances onto the terrace, one from the bedroom and one off the staircase. Katzen noted that it's so guests won't have to venture outside through the bedroom.

“Although you're standing right next to 1 Madison, you still get this feeling of privacy,” Katzen said. That's due to the tall, planted trellis that fully encloses one end of the terrace, built out by the current owner. The other end offers views to the south and west of the Manhattan skyline.

Location: Sitting between Broadway and Park Avenue South, the building is just a block from Madison Park. The closest subways are the N/R at 23rd Street and the 4/6 at 23rd Street.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “The views, location, the outdoor space,” said Katzen. “You get a little bit of everything on a great Flatiron block.”

538 Union Ave., #5A, Williamsburg
Two bedrooms/two baths
Approximately 1,179 square feet
$1.599 million
Maintenance: $997 a month
Taxes: $90 a month
Open House: Sunday, Jan. 17, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Lowdown:  This brand-new corner unit duplex has a terrace that wraps fully around the open living and dining room. Right above the terrace is a separate roof deck that's accessed by the upper level of the apartment, which has the master bedroom.

Both the terrace and roof deck combined account for about 900 square feet of outdoor space, said Citi Habitats broker David Chi.

“There's a gas grill up here, as well as access to electricity and water,” said Chi. Views span to the Manhattan skyline. 

This is the sponsor sale at a new Williamsburg condo building, which opened in the summer of 2015.

The developers are expecting move-ins to start in the next few months.

Out of the 13 condos available, 10 are in contract, according to Citi Habitats broker David Chi.

Interior details include stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, marble floors and a deep-soaking tub in the bathroom, and white oak floors throughout the unit.

Location: “This building is in the heart of North Williamsburg, two blocks from McCarren Park,” said Chi. It's hugged by the main drags of Roebling Street and Metropolitan Avenue.

The closest subways, which are a short walk underneath the BQE underpass, are the Lorimer Avenue L and the Metropolian Avenue G.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “The location and the space,” said Chi. “Spring is right around the corner and the outdoor space is great for entertaining.”

410 7th Ave., #4F, Park Slope
Two bedrooms/one bath
Approximately 700 square feet
Maintenance: $634 a month
Open House: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Lowdown: At this Park Slope co-op, the outdoor space is almost as large as the apartment itself.

“The roof deck is ginormous,” said Compass broker Maxine Resnick.

This apartment is located on the fourth floor of a prewar brick co-op building. The top floor of this walk-up is separated into two apartment units, each of which has a private deck on the roof.

The apartment itself has an open living room and dining room that's separated from the kitchen by a breakfast bar. The kitchen is one of the most interesting areas of the apartment, said Resnick.

The owner recently renovated it, picking out striking blue cabinets from Italy.

“The photos make the color look stark but they are really quite lovely,” said Resnick. “The owner has beautiful taste.”

The owner also customized the closets in both the bedrooms. While the master bedroom is quite large, said Resnick, the second bedroom is very small.

A stairway in the hallway, which is shared by both units, leads up to the roof deck. This apartment's side of the roof has views down to Seventh Avenue, while the other side looks out onto the Manhattan skyline.

"There are magnificant views up here," said Resnick. 

Location: Seventh Avenue, one of the main drags of Park Slope, is lined with bars, restaurants and cafes. This building is located in the southern end of the neighborhood, between 13th and 14th Streets. The closest subway is the F/G on 7th Avenue and 9th Street.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It's really rare to find this much outdoor space, especially in this price range,” said Resnick.