It’s Free to Look: 655 Park Avenue

It's one thing to command a fiefdom in the Hamptons; it's quite another to own one on the Upper East Side.

The Sotheby's listing isn't kidding around when it says this $16 million penthouse "exudes old world charm and sophistication." Don't think we don't know what it means when it refers to the "tremendous planted and irrigated terrace." This isn't your grandmother's flower garden. It's more like your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather's manor.

When you've finished tending to your terrace, simply climb the "architecturally distinct spiral staircase," which "gracefully leads upstairs to the private quarters." There, from the master bedroom or study, sufficiently removed from the rest of the apartment, you can review reports of the terrace's agricultural output. If productivity isn't as high as you'd like, have a stern talk with your workers in the staff room, just two hallways, five doors and one entertainment room away. - William Alden

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It’s one thing to command a fiefdom in the Hamptons; it’s quite another to own one on the Upper East Side.

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