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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.


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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Penthouse Two is a 4,663 s/f full-floor home, and Penthouse Four, is a glassed duplex with 1,218 s/f of terrace.
Interestingly, only top-floor penthouses can be vented for gas cooking, fireplaces and outdoor spas in Sarasota high-rises--a major selling point.
Penthouses are unique developments, with some developments only having one penthouse compared to hundreds of flats, so there will always be a premium on that," said Annette Gregory, sales director for Cardiff's Meadgate Homes.
Contrary to popular opinion though penthouses don't have to be on the top floor of a development.
The two and three bedroom penthouses have master bedroom suites, designer bathrooms, balconies and/or roof terraces.
Stewart Milne Homes have two two-bedroom penthouses for sale at Regency Square in the New Gorbals, Glasgow priced at pounds 130,000 and pounds 135,000.
The Epic Tower, penthouse residence on the 54th and 55th floors, which sold for $4 million, features an over-sized whirlpool and a magnificent terrace with sweeping views of the city and bay plus staff quarters with a separate service entrance.
Said Cathy Taub of Stribling Marketing Associates, "The two remaining penthouses are the ideal residences for sophisticated buyers who appreciate the quality and uniqueness of design for which Tamarkin has received critical acclaim.
The penthouses also have balconies looking out on to the Liverpool skyline and the surrounding landscaped gardens and all residents gain access to View 146's privategym,located on the ground and first floors of the development.
We are proud to sell all our 16 penthouses in such a short amount of time," said Richard Wallgren, Director of Sales for the building.
While three penthouses are duplexes offering private master suites on the second floor, all of the penthouses, which range in size from two-to-three bedrooms, have entryways leading to homes with proper dining and living spaces.
At the Penthouse Grand Opening Events held from 8/23 to 8/25, over 300 brokers, prospects, and VIPs joined the Solair team to tour the Penthouse model and other Penthouse residences.