Top 5 Pied-à-Terre Buildings in NYC; See the luxury homes inside them

Top 5 Pied-à-Terre Buildings in NYC; See the luxury homes inside them

  • Carolina Bravo
  • 11/22/21

In the literal sense, this French phrase means “a foot on the ground.” But figuratively, what it means is a “fancy crash pad.” In New York City real estate, a pied-à-Terre is an apartment whose owner uses it only on weekends or for short periods, as a vacation home or a “non-primary residence.” The luxury pied-à-Terre market is most prevalent in central Manhattan neighborhoods near Central Park. Their wealthy buyers, often foreign investors, are not just looking for a central location but a building that is outfitted with impressive amenities and concierge services reminiscent that of a hotel. On-site restaurants, roof decks, and lounges, as well as spa and fitness centers, are usually considered attractive perks.

Below is our list of the best luxury NYC buildings that come with extensive bells and whistles such as an in-house chef, daily maid service, valet services, and more. So whether it be for a vacation or business meeting, your stay in your pied-à-Terre will be an unforgettable New York experience.

Residences At The Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle

7 Residences Priced from $7.5M - $11.1M



A highly-recognizable building with a coveted Upper West Side address, Residences at the Mandarin Oriental (part of Time Warner Center) has apartments starting from a pricey $7.5M. The exclusive residence offers all the Mandarin Oriental Hotel perks, including 24/7 room and concierge services, the renowned Mandarin Spa, a modern fitness center, a 75-foot swimming pool, valet and doorman services, and tons more. Residents will also enjoy the building's prime location next to Central Park, Lincoln Center, and the Shops at Columbus Circle.

Aman New York Residences, 730 Fifth Avenue

Residences priced from $2.75M - $180M

Up the street from Mandarin Oriental Residences, the Crown Building has been tastefully restored and transformed into Aman’s first New York resort. The 83-room hotel is expected to open later this year, and sales launched on the 22 residences on top in January 2020. The Crown Penthouse has already entered a contract at an asking price of $180 million.

Residents of the condos will have full, unlimited access to Aman New York’s unparalleled concierge service, a 2,300-square-foot spa, wine room, subterranean Jazz Bar, wraparound Garden Terrace, Italian restaurant Arva, and Japanese restaurant Nama. They will also enjoy savings at Aman destinations all over the world.

A key component of The XI, the twisting towers designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and located in West Chelsea, is the first Six Senses Hotel in the United States. Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses, has turned down past offers to open a New York outpost, but said this location and project spoke to everything his brand believes in.
The condos in the east tower, also known as Tower X, will start above the hotel, the better to make the most of unsurpassed views of the High Line, the Hudson River, and the Manhattan skyline. In addition to a residents-only amenity suite, residents of both The X and The I will have preferred access to Six Senses’ wellness offerings - including a 75’ pool, fitness center, and spa - restaurants, and services in the building. They will also enjoy special privileges at Six Senses hotels all over the world.

Essex House, 160 Central Park South

14 Residences Priced from $889K - $7.5M

Essex House, the iconic Art Deco hotel, was built in 1930 and has 185 privately-owned residences (furnished or unfurnished) managed by J.W. Marriott. The building has seen the likes of Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, and Samuel L. Jackson, and offers its apartment owners white-glove hotel services and world-class amenities, including 24-hour room service, valet, concierge, and bell staff, a fitness center and spa, a business and conference center, and an award-winning restaurant.

The Towers of The Waldorf Astoria of New York

Residences priced from $1.7M - $18.5M

The Waldorf Astoria is a New York icon, like the Chrysler Building or The United Nations. The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria builds on that legacy with its resurgence as Manhattan’s most important residential address.

Privacy is Paramount - Residents access The Towers via two private, secure residential entrances completely separate from the hotel. On 50th Street, residents enter through a soaring porte cochère with valet service. On Park Avenue, residents arrive home to a 24/7 doorman as well.


The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria will have 375 luxury condos on the upper floors of the historic 52-story Park Avenue building, with 375 hotel rooms on the lower 18 floors. Studio apartments start at $1.7 million, one-bedrooms at $2.6 million, two-bedrooms at $5 million, and three-bedrooms at $10 million. Up to four-bedroom residences of nearly 3,000 square feet start at about $18.5 million, and there will be two trophy penthouses in the Towers.

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