Glass House: A Duplex Penthouse With Dream Outdoor Space

A garden party is a must at this $10 million spread above Union Square

The seller added a full wall of glass.
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The duplex is currently in use as a pied-à-terre.
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A library downstairs gets access to the wraparound terrace.
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Above the bustling streets of Union Square.
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The master suite has access to a private balcony.
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A wood-paneled library upstairs.
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Bocce, anyone?
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An additional bedroom.
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Two fireplaces on the terrace.
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The terrace is designed by Frank Gehry.
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Views.
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And more views.
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Stepping out of the elevator and into a penthouse at 8 Union Square South, one gravitates immediately toward the living room—or more specifically, to its 11-foot wall of glass, which can be fully retracted in order to walk onto the 2,000-square-foot terrace.

“This is what people dream about when thinking of a New York apartment!” Corcoran broker Alatia Bradley Bach exclaimed from the 11th-floor duplex of the 20-unit doorman building, pointing out the outdoor kitchen with refrigerator and professional Viking grill—and the 360-degree views.

The kitchen inside the 2,784-square-foot condo is quite nice as well, with Subzero and Miele appliances, as well as a marble breakfast island, all open to the dining area. “You could have a much larger dining table,” Bach noted, surveying the current eating accommodations in her $10 million listing.

The terrace is also accessible from a bedroom with en-suite bath and walk-in closet on the first floor, currently used as a library.

The master suite is on the second level of the duplex, with the same glass walls as the living room and a private balcony through French doors.

Its master bath is outfitted with a double sink, tub, steam shower and heated towel rack, while two walk-in closets “could be joined into a dressing room,” Bach suggested, noting that the seller owned the apartment for just two years and uses it as a pied-à-terre. There’s also a “gown closet—isn’t that a riot?” Bach said, showing us how one’s formal attire wouldn’t get wrinkled hanging from the tall bar.

An open, wood-paneled library upstairs is “super cozy in the winter,” per Bach. “It’s so airy,” she said, continuing on to a second upstairs bedroom, equipped with a walk-in closet and en-suite bath with Waterworks mosaic glass tiled walls.

“In New York, you don’t have a lot of terraces that are so easily accessible—this is something you can use every single day,” she declared, moving to the outside space as if to illustrate how seamlessly the apartment is integrated. “It’s just enormous,” she added, laughing. “I think it needs a bocce court or something.” 

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