Property: 7 lofty penthouses to look up to

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property Park Modern, Hyde Park, London. Photo: Fenton Whelan
Property: As far as apartments go, penthouses are generally the biggest in the block and come with the best views. Photo: Fenton Whelan

As far as apartments go, penthouses stand head and shoulders above the rest.

They’re generally the biggest in the block, with the best views, usually come with a terrace and sometimes a private lift.

Peace and quiet is another advantage, as you’re a long way from the sounds of the street, and there are no neighbours on top to disturb you.

Convinced? Then try this selection out for size.

1. Crusader Mill, Manchester M1, from £420,000

Crusader Mill, Manchester. Photo: Capital & Centric
This penthouse apartment is in a newly-converted 200-year old mill. Photo: Capital & Centric

This two-bedroom home is one of a number of penthouses on offer in a newly-converted 200-year old mill in Piccadilly East, an emerging new neighbourhood in Manchester.

With exposed brickwork, timber beams, high ceilings and huge windows, it has a strong industrial vibe, and you can see for miles from the private, south-facing roof terrace.

The building includes a 24/7 concierge, a residents’ garden with a barbecue and firepits, and pets are welcome. From Capital & Centric.

2. Victoria Hudson Quarter, York, £995,000

Victoria Hudson Quarter, York. Photo: Hudson Moody
Floor to ceiling windows enhance the feeling of light and space in this penthouse. Photo: Hudson Moody

Set in a development within the city walls, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is complete and ready to move into.

It includes a master bedroom with an ensuite shower room and dressing area, two further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a huge open plan kitchen/living/dining area with an island breakfast bar and walk-in pantry.

Victoria Hudson Quarter, York. Photo: Hudson Moody
This penthouse is set in a development within the city walls. Photo: Hudson Moody

Floor to ceiling windows enhance the feeling of light and space, and a large balcony overlooks landscaped communal gardens. Available through Hudson Moody.

3. Genoa, Italy €1.6m (approx. £1.37m)

Genoa, Italy. Photo: Mayfair International Realty
This Italian penthouse includes a wraparound terrace. Photo: Mayfair International Realty

If you’re after a tranquil but central bolthole on the Italian Riviera, put this penthouse on your viewing list.

At the apex of a handsome period building in the historic Carignano district, it comprises an entrance hall, six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, pantry, a dressing room and a magnificent living and entertaining room with a bay window facing the sea.

The wraparound terrace is just as lovely and has an outdoor fireplace so you’ll be able to sit outside for longer once the temperature starts to drop. Through Mayfair International Realty.

4. The Playfair at Donaldson’s, Edinburgh, £1.525m

The Playfair at Donaldson’s, Edinburgh. Photo: City & Country
The penthouse in Edinburgh's Playfair building features a hexagonal tower room and a triple terrace with views of the building’s domes and turrets. Photo: City & Country

Like its neighbours, the final penthouse in the palatial, mid-19th century Playfair building — originally a children’s hospital — is a real stunner.

Arranged across three levels, it includes a good-sized kitchen/living/dining room, three double bedrooms — one with ensuite and dressing area — and a mezzanine snug which could be used as an office or cinema room.

There’s also a hexagonal tower room, and a triple terrace, accessed from the living area and with views of the building’s domes and turrets. Find out more from City & Country.

5. Playa de Poniente, Benidorm, Spain, 2.3m (approx. £1.97m)

ARQUITECTOS/Playa de Poniente, Benidorm, Spain. Photo: Fine & Country
This spectacular penthouse is on the 45th floor of a space-age building in Playa de Poniente, Benidorm, Spain. Photo: Fine & Country

Living the high life moves into a new dimension in this incredible building, which looks as if it’s just landed from outer space and is quite unlike any other on the entire Mediterranean coast.

The centrepiece of a luxury new state of the art resort, it contains a gym, spa, sauna, three swimming pools, a restaurant, sky bar and 256 apartments.

Lifts — said to be the fastest in Europe — whizz you up to the spectacular 45th floor penthouse where you’ll find four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a huge living area and terraces with sea and mountain views. Get the lowdown from Fine & Country.

6. 101 on Cleveland, London W1, £4.2m

101 on Cleveland, London. Photo: Dukelease
This penthouse with sarge roof terrace is one of four in a rare new development in the heart of Fitzrovia. Photo: Dukelease

Four underground stations, the new Elizabeth line, Regents Park and the West End’s shops and entertainments are all in walking distance of this ninth floor penthouse.

One of four in a rare new development in the heart of Fitzrovia, it features three bedrooms, an all-in-one kitchen and living area opening on to a balcony, and a large roof terrace.

Access to a gym, sauna, screening room, dining room, residents’ bar, business suite and lounge is included. By Dukelease.

7. Park Modern, Hyde Park, London W2, £60m

Park Modern, Hyde Park, London. Photo: Fenton Whelan
This London penthouse features a 2,400 square foot wraparound terrace and views of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, the Shard and city skyline. Photo: Fenton Whelan

The hefty price tag buys you 7,000 square feet of lateral space, a 2,400 square foot wraparound terrace and unbeatable views of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, the Shard and city skyline, making this ninth floor penthouse quite possibly London’s finest new home.

It has three large reception rooms, a principal bedroom suite with two walk-in dressing rooms and two master bathrooms, five further bedrooms all with ensuites and a staff studio.

Residents will also have use of 5-star hotel style amenities. Among these are a concierge service, valet parking, a restaurant and cafe, a cinema and a wellbeing floor with a pool, gym, spa and treatment salon. By Fenton Whelan.

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