Many people love the idea of being on top – in sports, in business, and even in life. Nothing illustrates this more than a penthouse apartment. Those super-luxury mansions in the sky, which tell the entire world that you have made it. But besides towering other others, here are some reasons why we love penthouses – and you should too!
When it comes to penthouses, there is no denying that they stand out from your run-of-the-mill apartments. Not only do most penthouses feature large windows and open floor plans, but are usually multi-level affairs. Some even have private swimming pools, fireplaces, and even balconies.
Another point which ties most penthouses together is the focus on luxury. While most are not as ostentatious as President Trump’s New York penthouse, they do tend to have all of the finer things in life.
This brings up a key point. Penthouses should not be compared to other rooms in the same building. After all, penthouses are designed to stand out. For this reason, you really need to compare them to other penthouses in the same town or throughout the world.
This is where the fun begins as it is like putting together your own version of ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.’ For example, and assuming you have the means to get an appointment, you could try to visit the various Chicago penthouses for sale to get a feel for how the top, top 1% lives. Or you can search online for reviews of some the grandest penthouses in the world.
While today represents a boom in penthouses it was not always this way. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, many of the new apartment buildings being built throughout the country did not have a penthouse at all. There is a reason for this as many architects and developers thought that penthouses were to be confined to ‘postwar’ buildings alone.
However, that has changed and today developers and architects are busy designing some of the most stunning penthouses known to man. These include super-luxury penthouses in Monaco, the Clermont Residence in Singapore, or the One Hyde Park in London. Granted these penthouses serve as a refuge for the super rich, but for those of us with our feet on the ground, they serve as great examples of design and quality.
For those with deep enough pockets to buy a penthouse, here is a quick overview of what you should look for. Let’s start with the views after all this is a big part of the attraction to choose penthouse living. What about a private elevator, as this will allow you to be spirited to the clouds without having to interact with anyone else in the building.
Large rooms and high ceilings are to be expected, but what sets the best penthouses apart are the unexpected things. This could include exotic materials and personalized touches to make you feel like you are truly at home.
Don’t forget security. After all, you can’t really hide when you are living in a penthouse. As such, you will want your abode to be outfitted with the latest security measures. These include backup power supplies, night-vision cameras, motion sensors, and even a personalized security crew. What better way to make you feel safe and secure in your home in the sky?
Why are we drawn to penthouses?
It’s not just the luxury or the security, it is the idea of living apart even when you are in the midst of the city. Oh yeah, don’t forget the views as penthouses are the only way to get above the crowd and see for miles and miles.
If you are willing to invest in a penthouse, then you want to make sure you have a 360° view of the city as nothing is worse than reaching to the clouds and finding that another building is in your way. In fact, this might be the toughest part of today’s race to build the grandest penthouse as it has pushed apartment buildings to new heights, thus blocking out older buildings.
What can be done about this? Well if you are already in a penthouse, then you will want to trade up – after all, you can never rest when you are king of the mountain.