Apartments at the Upper West Side's 130-year-old Dakota usually act their age, with an abundance of wood paneling, chandeliers, and (sometimes creepy) fireplaces. But Penthouse C, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex that just hit the market for $7.2 million, is the furthest possible thing from the crushed-velvet-and-palm-tree interior decor of yore.
This unapologetically contemporary apartment, which houses the Dakota's only private terrace, has vaulted ceilings, exposed steel beams, neon-lit art, and, as its centerpiece, a floating staircase and transom designed by James Carpenter, that venerated guru of light and glass who designed the Fulton Center's oculus. Lest all 19th-century charm be lost amid the modern reno, the home boasts some pretty sweet views of the building's rooftop gables and dormers, plus an octagon-shaped lounge inside one ornamental turret.
A basement-level studio/storage unit, which the current owners appear to be using as a private gym, is available for purchase separately.
· 1 West 72nd Street, PHC [Elliman via StreetEasy]
· All Dakota coverage [Curbed]