Palatial Penthouse

  The looming thirty foot water wall and the steeply inclined driveway surrounded by pristinely manicured lawns with an abundance of tropical flowers, palm trees and perfectly pruned topiaries gave me the first impression that this was not only going to be an impressive condo, but also a building to be proud to call home. Curb appeal is everything in real estate, and the old adage ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ oftentimes gets thrown out.  Valet quickly took my car, discreetly handed me a ticket and the doorman pleasantly greeted me and led me to the grand foyer where the front desk was located. 24 hour security, privacy, discretion and luxury are all must haves in the luxury market and so far they had all been met and I was barely in the door. I was offered a sparkling water and after I showed my id and business card I was given the key to the Penthouse Unit that I was previewing.

   The lobby was magnificent; it stood out even when every other building’s lobby was beautifully designed. The crystal chandeliers overhead had just the right amount of twinkle and the fresh bouquets of flowers were thoughtfully placed. The jazz music and hand carved mahogany moldings took me back to an era of top hats, fringed dresses and champagne towers. It was opulent but not pretentious. I headed for the elevators and inserted my key for PH access. The elevator led me to a private entryway and a set of the most wonderful glass doors which I could see right through to the panoramic ocean view.  I opened the surprisingly heavy double doors and walked into a foyer straight out of a luxury homes magazine. The white Carrera marble was polished to a shine and the gilded hanging mirror gave the illusion of even more space.  The ottoman was covered in a rich golden snakeskin fabric that went perfectly with the mirror’s frame and the overhead gold and Swarovski crystal light installations.

   Through the foyer I was immediately drawn to the balcony because I could see the breathtakingly dramatic ocean views from every angle of the residence.  The balcony was even more stunning when I stepped outside, I could see pearly white sand and deep blue ocean all around me. I felt like I was in my own tropical paradise.  The glass was thick making the condo virtually soundproof. There was a nice ocean breeze and this is a view one wouldn’t tire of. Back inside I wandered around the kitchen admiring the sub zero appliances, large wine fridge and paneled fridge that perfectly matched the cherry cabinets. The kitchen included a built in pot filler, espresso machine and a steam table which gave it a uniquely high end chef’s feel. The living room was expansive and covered in the same beautiful white marble as in the foyer. The grey suede couch and love seat set off the blues of the ocean and the whites of the floor. It was a nice change from the usual white furniture.  The living room opened up to a surprisingly spacious dining room with a butler’s pantry and plenty of storage, making it ideal for entertaining. The chandelier was another crystal chandelier, but this time it looked like a sunburst of light in bright crimson and clementine hues.  There was a dining room table with twelve arched back leather chairs that were elegantly arranged around the glass and marble topped table.

   Down the hall was an office with floor to ceiling windows and the same amazing view and a remote control which directed full length shades to control the amount of light let in. The room was adorned in tiger wood with built in shelves, a desk fit for a king and several toffee colored leather chairs.  Further down the hall were two nice sized guest bedrooms with walk in in closets, and each had their own en suite full bathroom with stand alone glass showers, double vanities, radiant heat and cooled floors and built in vanity tables that would make any guest feel as if he/she was at a luxury hotel. The piece de resistance was really the master suite and it didn’t disappoint. It featured a vaulted ceiling, sliding glass doors leading to the balcony, a his and hers cedar closet, a dressing area, a reading nook with built in lighting and a t.v that dropped down from the ceiling and went back up with the click of a button. The master bathroom was as elegant as any nearby spa. It featured a walk in steam shower with high tech nozzle and spray options, as well as ambient lighting and waterproof speakers. The Jacuzzi was easily large enough for two and was sunken and made entirely of one giant piece of marble and it was an art piece in itself. 

   From the curb appeal, to the lobby, to the condo itself this piece of heaven in the sky won’t disappoint even the most discerning buyer.

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