By Barb Holbrook
If its true that there truly is no place like home, then it should be something spectacular. From crystal-blue ocean vistas and desert oases to historic harbors and hamlets, panoramic skyline views do not have to not have to be restricted to the mythical land of Oz. Not all homes, however, are created equal. This guide to the top five exclusive cities to own penthouse properties with a view will make you wonder - are you dreaming? Either way, we're certainly not in Kansas anymore.
Miami, Florida: Views of Blue Beaches As Far As You Can See
Immaculate beaches and crystal blue water keep this southern city hot all year round. Miami is home to several exclusive high rise communities featuring spectacular ocean views, including Key Biscayne in the city's southeast corner, as well as nearby Brickell Avenue in the Financial District. With culture, shops, and temperate weather year round, Miami is an ideal place for snowbirds or investors. Don't forget to catch the ocean sunrise from your penthouse balcony every morning for a reminder of why this city is considered by many to be a tropical paradise.
Chicago, Illinois: A New View of America's Gold Coast
Chicago's famous Gold Coast neighborhood is one of the most prestigious in the city, featuring both penthouse apartments and condominiums. With former famous residents including architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Hugh Hefner, one can be sure that this area is never lacking for style, as evidenced in its boutiques as well as historic roots and design, or excitement, found at the dozens of nearby cafes, nightclubs and restaurants. Of course, no Chicago address would be complete without panoramic views of sprawling Lake Michigan just steps away.
Boston, Massachusetts: New High Rises With Old Town Charm
Looking down upon centuries old architecture, gardens, parks, and of course, the Boston waterfront, the Back Bay area boasts some of the best views in the city, as well as the most exclusive properties. It comes as no surprise that this area is home to the Old Ritz Carlton, the Four Seasons, the Prudential Center with its famous skywalk observatory holding the title for second tallest building in the city. From your high rise windows, the John Hancock tower rises above the historical monuments and sights as a glittering testament to the staying power of one of America's oldest cities as it enters the twenty-first century.
San Francisco, California: Luxury and Beauty With a View of the Bay
With its famous near vertical hills, panoramic views in California's Bay Area are not hard to come by. Until recently, however, San Francisco has been known more for its architecturally stylish single family residences than its high rise luxury developments. SOMA, or South of Market, has recently become a hub of luxury development activity, much to the delight of buyers, investors and renters alike. Although SOMA features gardens, restaurants and museums, the views from newly constructed luxury high rises are what make the area notable. Penthouse apartments and condos, depending on the location, may feature sights including he Yerba Buena Gardens, Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, as well as greater downtown San Francisco.
New York, New York: Centuries of Architecture With a Panoramic View
At number one on the list, no city beats out New York for its diversity of neighborhoods and luxury options. For classic charm, the areas bordering Central Park on its east and west perimeter exude luxury and class. The Park itself is an oasis within the city that never sleeps, offering forest views to those lucky enough to inhabit the top floors of the towers above. The Upper West Side is more recently developed, pioneered by Donald Trump. Modern apartments featuring every amenity imaginable line quiet, cobbled streets along the Hudson River and its park front. Riverfront penthouses boast sunset views on the water, framed by the skyscrapers of New Jersey, just across the way.
These exclusive neighborhoods provide immaculate settings to take in the history, culture, and environment of only the best locales within the city limits. These neighborhoods, home to penthouse apartments, condos, and co-ops, are just the beginning of what is possible when the sky is the limit. Covering over three thousand miles and centuries of history, luxury with a view comes in limitless shapes and forms to suit even the most discriminating taste.
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