Bathrooms With A View Are All The Rage In Luxury Real Estate

Get your freak on! Bathrooms with a wall of see-in and out windows are the latest design trend. Blinds are not an option.

By Jeff Vasishta November 17, 2016
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Binocular sales are about to go through the roof. Bathrooms with a view are the latest trend in luxury real estate. The super-rich may be coy about flaunting their wealth but when it comes to flaunting their toned physiques, they, apparently, have no qualms. Irish born designer Clodagh (one name only—just like Beyoncé or Cher) has put her naked ambition above all else when advising clients on how to redo their see-in and out bathrooms.

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“I always suggest designing bathrooms with a view,” she told Bloomberg “That’s a room, remember, that used to be called a water closet, because it was so tucked away. But you spend eight or ten hours a week in there, and it’s one of the places where you can refresh, renew and get natural light. The skin is the largest organ on your body, and taking in natural light is very propitious for health and wellness.”

Clearly, blinds are not part of her design plans. “You can lie in the tub and look at the sky,” she says of her own bathroom. She’s not alone: A slew of new bathrooms in New York have a window on the world.

Jean Nouvel’s 100 11th Ave in New York has huge, picture-frame inspired windows that turn the views of the city into wall art. Converting 1929 Walker Tower into contemporary condos included expanding the windows and installing a huge tub in front of the south-facing views.

The concrete poured tubs in Ian Schrager and John Pawson’s 215 Chrystie St mean that the owners only get to change their mind about their location if they have a sledge hammer handy.

A wall of glass means timidity isn’t an option at bath time in Rafael Viñoly-designed 432 Park Ave. “Even today, Viñoly will tell me it’s his favorite bathroom in the city,” explains Roy Kim, who worked on the project and is now chief creative officer at Elliman.”

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“A buyer walks in, and every time they see that, they’ll say, ‘Wow,’ stated developer Kevin Maloney about the Cary Tamarkin-designed 10 Sullivan in Soho. The “wow”, we assume, is prompted by the view of the Empire State building—and not because someone was in the bath tub.

If New York’s close quarter living makes those without swimsuit model physiques shy about see-all bathrooms, a scenic ocean view and the Miami skyline may be more appealing. That’s what greets residents in 240 bathrooms at Oceana Bal Harbour, designed by local architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia.

With shimming towers erupting all over the NYC skyline, a strong telescope could make dinner parties a voyeur’s dream. But for true NYC naughtiness an even more bizarre trend is emerging—open plan bathrooms that have a free flowing access from the rest of the apartment.

“People want to be comforted, to have a spa-like experience in their own home. I call it super-cocooning,” Elliman’s Roy Kim noted.

Or super-kinky.

Jeff Vasishta



Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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