The Townhouse In The Sky: Lincoln Center Triplex Back On Market After $12 Million Price Drop

The Townhouse In The Sky.

By Annette Barlow September 1, 2016
All images via Douglas Elliman

If you consider that the average one-bedroom, two-person New York city apartment is roughly 750 square feet, and the average studio just 550 square feet, you can surmise that to live comfortably in the Big Apple, a single person needs anywhere between 375 and 550 square feet of living space.

Related: Living The High Life: SoHo Penthouse Party Pad On Market For $29 Million

A little tight, but essentially reasonable, right? Well, Lincoln Center’s Grand Millennium penthouse designer disagrees. The apartment’s eight bedrooms suggest an intended eight or nine residents, but coming in at a mind-blowing 8,100 square feet, it seems the super-rich have very different ideas about what constitutes “reasonable”.


And you’d have to be super-rich to nab this place: On the market for $30 million, the triplex is being marketed as a luxury “townhouse in the sky”, and no expense has been spared. Originally listed for $42 million in 2014, the apartment failed to sell and was subsequently sub-divided, with the 4,100 square foot penthouse going on sale for a cool $23 million. But when that didn’t sell either (apparently, $23 million is no longer considered a bargain) the whole property was reincorporated into the listing—with a bonus 2,000 square feet of additional outdoor living space (designed and landscaped by Thomas Balsley Associates), and minus $12 million for good measure.

There can’t be many people out there looking for a 16-room, 9-bathroom, 2-kitchen property on the upper west side (the Kardashians? The Brady Bunch?), but whoever snags this behemoth is in for some seriously opulent living.


Boasting 360-degree views of Manhattan, a free-floating, four-sided bronze and glass fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and antique walnut floors, it’s the ultimate in dress-to-impress real estate. The grand room (or living room, to us mere mortals) is a hulking 1,500 square feet alone, featuring two sitting areas, a bar and a drop-down movie screen that can be swiveled and adjusted to provide the best view possible.


In the brass and walnut study, you’ll find a cantilevered, free-floating desk with pop-up computer screens and built-in, custom cabinetry. Unlike most NYC kitchens, this room has everything an enthusiastic chef might need, including double ovens, double stoves (handy for Thanksgiving meal prep), two fridges, three sinks and three dishwashers (clearly the interior designer had an aversion to dirty dishes).

A dedicated breakfast room leads out onto one of the terraces, where you can sip fresh coffee while looking out over Lincoln Center and the Central Park reservoir. And if that’s not enough to warm your heart, the entire apartment’s radiant heat will go some way to doing so.

Now, most city residents are thrilled with an elevator and a door person, but as we’ve established, the uber-rich are on a different page. Which explains the apartment’s three entrances, via elevator, one on each floor. And the 24-hour door person, concierge and dedicated team of in-house maintenance and repair staff. Oh, and the live-in resident manager.

Annette Barlow



Annette is freelance editor, sub-editor, journalist and proofreader with a fierce love of all things feminist, food and music. She is a regular fixture on the arts, culture and feature desks at The Guardian, and her words have appeared on NME, Great British Chefs, The Fly, The Line of Best Fit and Australian Times.

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