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A luxury apartment on the top floor of a high-rise building. Penthouses often take up multiple floors and are as large as or larger than some houses. Penthouses are very expensive and are marketed to the wealthy.
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Originally, a home built on the roof of a high-rise building, giving the occupant complete privacy. By definition, each building could have only one penthouse. Today, the word is used for any number of apartments or condos on the topmost floors of a building, usually finished out in a very luxurious manner.

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The features of an apartment-living, dining, bedroom, kitchen and bath-are clustered at the center of the penthouse. The sliding doors of these rooms can be folded toward the center and free up the walls.
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We are really pleased with it." The latest addition to Epic's portfolio, the penthouse brings the company's offering to 35 apartments across apart-hotels in Seel Street, Campbell Street and Duke Street - all in the city centre.
Located only a few blocks away from Bourbon Street, The Penthouse Club is easily accessible from all areas of the city.
Located in the heart of the business district, and within walking distance of the waterfront, business district and city centre, this swish penthouse boasts two terraces and sash windows to take advantage of the 360-degree views on offer.
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