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Massive Home in the Sky Above MoMa Asks $46.7 Million

Set in one of the newest starchitect-designed towers lining the Manhattan skyline, the full-floor residence at 53 West 53 in Midtown Manhattan has perfectly appointed designer interiors, killer views of the city, and a massive living room that spans 1,400 square feet.

Inside a luxury $50 million apartment at the 53 West 53 skyscraper in Manhattan

If you’re looking to get your fix of extraordinary homes, look no further than the starchitect-designed 53 West 53, the dramatic 1,050-foot-high tower that dots the Manhattan skyline.

Masterfully designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the 82-floor skyscraper is a feat of modern architecture — and its interiors are equally spectacular. In fact, the recently unveiled model residence at 53 West 53 was designed by Rebecca Robertson, the former Home & Decorating Editor for Martha Stewart Living and co-author of the popular book Collected: Living With The Things You Love.

The first-of-its-kind model residence takes up the entire 65th floor of the Jean Nouvel-designed building, towering above The Museum of Modern Art (the building actually has three new MoMA gallery levels incorporated into its base). Appointed to match MoMa in style, the unique home — priced at a whopping $46,680,000 — is the definition of refined elegance. And we’re here to take you on a visual tour.

Lobby of a luxury residence at 53 West 53, the Manhattan skyscraper designed by Jean Nouvel
Stepping inside Residence 65, a $46.68 million home in the Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53 skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. Image credit: Evan Joseph

The massive residence occupies an entire floor at 53 West 53

What does $46.68 million buy? Besides the bragging rights of living in one of the newest starchitect-designed towers lining the Manhattan skyline and calling MoMa a neighbor, the residence comes with tons of features and amenities — and a more than generous floor plan.

Occupying the entire 65th floor at 53 West 53, the massive residence clocks in at just under 6,500 square feet of space, with the living room alone spanning 1,400 square feet. Accessed through its own private, high-speed elevator, the home has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and a large scale eat-in kitchen that’s set in its own separate wing.

luxurious kitchen with marble countertops and custom cabinetry
Set in a separate wing, the eat-in kitchen is outfitted with custom cabinetry by Molteni, statuary marble countertops and backlit backsplash. Image credit: Evan Joseph

The home is anchored by a corner primary bedroom suite that features a walk-in closet and oversized dressing room, with an equally impressive bath. In addition to the primary bedroom, the home has 3 other bedrooms, each designed with their own distinctive personality, with artwork lining the walls of the rooms — adding to the overall feeling that the residence is curated rather than designed.

Corner bedroom in a luxury Manhattan skyscraper
The corner bedroom offers stunning city views and features a walk-in closet and oversized dressing room. Image credit: Evan Joseph
luxury walk-in closet in a $50 million home in the sky
The generously sized walk-in closet also comes with beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline. Image credit: Evan Joseph
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The primary bath is a large, spa-like sanctuary with heated limestone slab floors and automated mirrors. Image credit: Evan Joseph
ultra-luxurious bath in manhattan skyscraper
 The space includes a Lefroy Brooks cast iron soaking tub, a steam shower and Peruvian golden travertine feature walls. Image credit: Evan Joseph
One of Residence 65’s three other bedrooms. Image credit: Evan Joseph

In the generously sized den, vintage modern barrel chairs surround an Italian square travertine marble coffee table while artwork by Dan Walsh sits above a sculptural Ethnicraft credenza. The adjacent home office is covered in a rich silvered blue textured wallpaper along with pieces by Elaine Lustig Cohen and Maynard Monrow hung along the walls.

elegant home office in a designer home
The home office dons rich silvered blue wall and elegant furnishings. Image credit: Evan Joseph

Sophisticated, yet warm and inviting interiors complement the sleek building design

To complement Jean Nouvel’s distinct architecture, the building’s developers — Singapore-based luxury developer Pontiac Land and international real estate firm Hines — commissioned renowned designer Rebecca Robertson, known for her distinct style that marries a love of vintage modern with a clean and airy aesthetic. 

Design details inside Residence 65 at 53 West 53. Image credit: Evan Joseph

Robertson started her design career at Martha Stewart Living, eventually rising to Home & Decorating Editor. Eight years ago, she founded her firm, RR Interiors, and has since become a media darling with appearances on Open House NBC, Weekend Today, Good Day New York, NY1, The Martha Stewart Show, New York Live and NPR.

For this project, Rebecca’s approach was to create a feeling of refined elegance and privacy. She juxtaposed primitive and organic pieces against sleek modern designs to make the home feel curated, not just decorated. She also features carefully picked artwork throughout that pay homage to the art in MoMA’s permanent collection.

“Residence 65 at 53 West 53 was a unique and exciting opportunity for us to design a full-floor home with an open layout and dramatic views, which served as an amazing canvas for us to create a luxurious and inviting space.” explained Robertson.

luxury interiors in a full floor residence at 53 west 53 in manhattan

360 degree views of the Manhattan skyline & plenty of luxury amenities

To add to the extraordinary living experience, Residence 65 at 53 West 53 comes with unobstructed views of Central Park, the Hudson River, the East River and the downtown Manhattan skyline.

The living room, dining area and eat-in kitchen all have multiple exposures and share stunning views of Central Park, while the entertaining area and living room are enveloped in floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of Central Park and the New York skyline. Same goes for the bedrooms — particularly the primary bedroom, which is a corner unit whose multiple floor-to-ceiling windows open up to breathtaking views.

central park views from inside a luxury home in the sky
The residence has great views of Central Park, the Hudson River, the East River and the downtown Manhattan skyline. Image credit: Evan Joseph

As you’d expect from a building that commands a $46.68 million asking price for a single unit, the amenity roster is nothing short of spectacular. There’s an on-site wellness center operated by The Wright Fit, featuring a 65-foot lap pool, cold-plunge, and hot tub with elaborate poolside vertical gardens designed by noted French botanist Patrick Blanc, as well as a regulation squash court.

Floors 46 and 47 feature a double-height lounge with sweeping views and a private formal dining room overlooking Central Park. Residents at 53 West 53 also enjoy in-home private-dining services from the in-building restaurant. Other amenities include a library, a double-height Oenology suite for wine tasting, temperature-controlled wine storage vaults (that are available for purchase), a private screening room, and a children’s playroom. Residents also get deeded memberships at MoMA, and the building can host private events in the museum’s iconic Sculpture Garden.

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Written by Georgie Mihaila

With a decade-long career in the real estate industry, Georgie started penning articles in 2011 as an associate editor for Multi-Housing News & Commercial Property News. She later transitioned to digital marketing for major real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes, led the marketing division of fintech start-up NestReady, and served as marketing director for the world's biggest inspirational media brand, Goalcast. She then returned to her first passion, real estate writing, and founded Fancy Pants Homes, where she covers luxury real estate news, celebrity homes, and properties with an impact on popular culture.

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