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Top of the World: 16 Amazing Rooftop Retreats

by | Jul 12, 2022

The sun is sizzling and the skies are blue—now is the time to take in the summer scenery from a gorgeous rooftop oasis. Check out the hottest rooftops of the season from listings around the globe (bring your own shades and sauvignon blanc).

Southern California

4619 Roma Court, Marina del Rey

Take in views of the ocean and famed Silver Strand canals from the spectacular rooftop deck of this Nathan Turner-designed beach home in Marina Del Rey, represented by Lindsay Guttman. Primed for entertaining, the space boasts a built-in barbecue, room for dining, a seating area around the fireplace and a Japanese soaking tub. Inside the impeccably remodeled home feels like a Cape Cod retreat, complete with a spacious kitchen, open living and dining area, a large primary suite with a study and terrace, an elevator, bonus room and pool.

405 Sherman Canal, Venice

Represented by Fred Dapp, David Parnes and James Harris, this contemporary Tuscan villa-inspired home on the banks of the Venice canals offers 360-degree views of the ocean and L.A.’s Westside. Practically a fourth floor of living space, the spacious rooftop deck is the perfect place to host friends and family for a barbecue or unwind with a book and watch the sunset solo. When you prefer to be indoors, enjoy 3,936 square feet of living space, including a chef’s kitchen, movie theater with surround sound and an expansive primary suite with a spa-inspired marble steam shower and soaking tub.

309 E. Rustic Road, Santa Monica

An architectural masterpiece in Santa Monica Canyon, this private four-bedroom smart home stands apart for a dazzling rooftop deck with a full outdoor kitchen and fire pit, all designed to maximize the views of the city. Take the spiral staircase down to the upper-level backyard with another fire pit and pool featuring floating steps and a waterfall. Enter a zen-like primary suite and continue exploring until you find a gourmet kitchen with onyx back-lit countertops and a large family room that extends to another extraordinary terrace. Sandro Dazzan holds the listing.

One Coast Pacific Palisades

Breathe in the ocean air from your own residence in this exclusive gated community. Select townhomes and residences feature private rooftop terraces with views of rolling hills to the east and blue waves to the west. Designed for effortless coastal living, each townhome offers incredible modern amenities alongside seamless transitions between the interior and exterior spaces. Mauricio Umansky holds the listings.

9000 W 3rd Street 208, Los Angeles

Live at the Four Seasons? Yes, please. This two-bedroom, four-bathroom townhome listed by Billy Rose includes stunning interiors designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard that epitomize the modern California lifestyle with ample natural light and access to a 1,747-square-foot wraparound roof deck with panoramic views of Los Angeles. Enjoy a bright open concept, a chef’s kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and resident-exclusive perks, such as a world-class concierge, housekeeping services, a private saltwater pool, fitness center and IMAX theater.

Michigan

1395 Antietam #38, Detroit

There’s no better spot for summer cocktails in Detroit than this turn-key condo listed by Joyce Sherman and Lori Goldman, which comes with community privileges to an expansive rooftop deck with community gardens. Set in a historic former schoolhouse, the residence balances sleek modern finishes with character-rich exposed brick. Enjoy a fresh kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a large suite with a custom walk-in closet. Plus, you’re only moments from Lafayette Park, Eastern Market, Ford Field and Comerica Park.

Canada

888 Government Street #PH701, Victoria

Prepare to be amazed as soon as the elevator doors open to this luxurious and historic Customs House penthouse. In addition to the 3,500 square feet of living space, enjoy a 1,500-square-foot rooftop deck perfect for hosting barbecues or relaxing with a glass of wine while watching the sunset over downtown Victoria. Inside, enjoy three-bedroom suites, open concept living, a chef’s kitchen and a custom wine wall. Just beyond your door awaits a full fitness center, sauna/steam rooms and concierge services. Jason Binab holds the listing.

424-404 King Street West, Ontario

Modern comfort meets historic charm in this Innovation District loft conversion represented by Steve Bailey and Helen McIntyre. Tastefully remodeled, the space boasts two bedrooms with custom built-in storage, soaring 14-foot ceilings, a beautiful kitchen with quartz counters and grand windows that fill the space with natural light. When you feel like a breath of fresh air or want to host guests for a barbecue, head up to the building’s rooftop patio terrace.

33 Keefer Street #50, Vancouver

Unlike any other residence in all of Vancouver, this 2,346-square-foot loft penthouse at the Keefer has been renovated from top to bottom with designer finishes, professional-grade appliances and smart features. Take in city views from your own 2,580-square-foot rooftop patio, including an outdoor kitchen and private glass-bottom pool. The perfect spot to enjoy a day off and impress guests. Kit Matkaluk and Hugh Cooper hold the listing.

378 Fairlawn Avenue, Ontario

In real estate, location is everything. When you add a blend of commercial, office and residential space plus a third-floor rooftop terrace with views, there’s truly nothing left to be desired. Meticulously designed and built by Creative Avenues, this mixed-use building in the heart of Avenue/Lawrence boasts luxurious finishes, an elevator, eight private parking spots and convenient proximity to shops and restaurants. Peter Torkan represents the listing.

Mexico

Playa De La Paz 402, La Paz

The picture of coastal chic, this beachfront residence represented by Bruno Bourlon and Bernardo M. Koenig boasts a rooftop terrace with jaw-dropping views of turquoise ocean, white sand and rolling desert mountains. Invite guests over and mix cocktails at the built-in wet bar, complete with a refrigerator, wine cooler and ice maker. Downstairs, discover more than 5,000 square feet of living space that seamlessly integrates the indoors and outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling windows highlight the surrounding natural beauty.

Turks & Caicos

15 Bristol Hill, Providenciales

The only thing better than one villa in Turks & Caicos is three. Completed in 2020, the third of the villas feature two bedrooms and a third-floor rooftop terrace offering unobstructed panoramic views of the Caicos Banks and Island. Both of the other villas feature pools overlooking 129 linear feet of beachfront. Comfortably host guests for a getaway or rent the villas individually short or long-term. The opportunities are as endless as the horizon. Ian Hurdle represents the listings.

Miami

15701 Collins Avenue #4901, Sunny Isles Beach

Bask in the Miami sunshine and ocean views from the private balcony of this unique lower penthouse. Represented by Mikhail Mudrik and Daniel Tzinker, the flow-through residence boasts three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a powder room and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the city and coastline. Resort-style living awaits, with world-class amenities including a concierge, valet, two swimming pools, oceanfront gym and spa, daily complimentary continental breakfast, game room, wine lounge, movie theater and more.

New York

39 E 12th Street #202, Greenwich Village

Call this landmarked pre-war building in the heart of Greenwich Village home and get access to a communal rooftop deck. When the season turns, hibernate in your bright and expansive apartment. A true one bedroom with an additional loft space, it boasts dual-paned windows, refurbished wood floors and top-line finishes, including Miele appliances, new lighting and a rain shower. Michael Biryla and Madeleine Auffenberg hold the listing.

74 W 85th Street #9, Upper West Side

Imagine sunbathing and entertaining on your own rooftop oasis above a beautiful pre-war brownstone on Manhattan’s coveted Upper West Side. This two-bedroom residence, represented by Shane Boyle and Aaron Seawood, can turn that dream into a reality. Freshly renovated, the apartment features exposed brick, a skylight, high ceilings, ample storage and a beautiful kitchen. If you prefer to cook outdoors, grill on the deck while enjoying peekaboo views of Central Park.

New Jersey

201 Luis M Marin Boulevard #PH4, Jersey City

Breathtaking views of New York City, Jersey City and beyond await from the private roof deck of this bright two-bedroom penthouse. Cook up a feast for friends and family in the fully equipped outdoor kitchen. Entertaining is just as easy indoors during the off-season with a gourmet kitchen and dining area that offers enough space for a 10-seat table. No expense has been spared to transform this into a modern oasis, from designer tiles to custom millwork. The listing is represented by Natalie Miniard

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