The Steinway & Sons piano company vacated its longtime HQ on 57th Street several years ago to make way for 111 West 57th Street, the supertall skyscraper developed by JDS Development Group, Property Markets Group and Spruce Capital Partners that’s rising behind it. But the landmarked building won’t be vacant: It’ll hold the lobby for that luxury tower, as well as possible retail space (which could be housed in the building’s rotunda, which itself was named an interior landmark in 2013).
The Steinway building will also hold a “limited collection” of very swanky apartments—including a grand penthouse at the very top of the building, which just hit the market with a $21 million price tag. Like the apartments in the supertall tower rising behind it, this particular penthouse will have interiors designed by Studio Sofield; but unlike those units, this one is located within a historic landmark, with all the good and bad things that go along with that.
The three-bedroom apartment is a duplex spanning more than 5,000 square feet, with four and a half bathrooms and entry via a private elevator landing. The lower level is home to two of those bedrooms, as well as the kitchen and an expansive living room with 26-foot-high vaulted ceilings. Arched doors lead from that grand space onto a wraparound terrace that hugs the exterior of the Steinway building.
On the upper level, there’s an expansive master suite with two additional terraces (one of which spans 2,000 square feet terrace), an enormous dressing room, and a master bath with his-and-hers sinks. Everything is kitted out with the most high-end finishes, and access to the building’s plush amenities is part of the deal, too.
The floorplan is somewhat oddly shaped: On the first floor, the living room and kitchen are located within the landmarked Steinway building, with a hallway connecting to the two bedrooms beyond that. But as the brokerbabble notes, it’s “designed for gracious living”—with public and private sections of the apartment—and has a distinctive set of perks for the right buyer.
The 20th-floor penthouse at 111 West 57th Street’s Steinway building is listed with Amy Williamson, Tal Alexander, Janice Chang, and Shari Scharfer Rollins of Douglas Elliman.