As tower clock and grandfather clock collectors and enthusiasts, we just had to share a picture of this May 2014 supplement cover in the New York Times Home Section for this amazing looking clock tower penthouse:
Even not seeing the rest of the decor, or even knowing the location, it is hard to imagine a more striking view from the inside of one’s luxury home or apartment. What is not clear from the photo is whether this is an antique clock with a mechanical mechanism beneath that we can not see, or whether it is operated purely by electricity. On the question of whether this clock has the typical Westminster chimes of grandfather clocks and the Big Ben Tower Clock in London, we are guessing, since this clock is in a residential space, that it is like one of the elegant antique grandfather clock regulators with precision timing like those found in old-time jewelry stores of yesteryear.
We are intrigued enough by this property that we decided to do a bit more research. The real estate brokerage firm representing the sale of this apartment is the highly regarded Corcoran Group of New York City. We are assuming that they will not mind this unauthorized plug for this property here. Turns out the owner is asking “only” 18 million dollars.
Here is a more complete description:
An Historic Gem; An Exceptional Home. The exquisite triplex penthouse atop Brooklyn’s iconic Clock Tower building in vibrant DUMBO will awe you with its architectural beauty, luxurious finishes, and spectacular views. Designed for flow and functionality, your custom kitchen by Canova is adorned with white lacquer cabinets, Pietra Cardosa sandstone and stainless steel countertops with integral sinks, and appliances by Gaggenau and Sub-Zero. Entertaining is a dream as you enjoy meals with guests in the huge living and dining areas that have endless layout possibilities with your backdrop of the 4 famous 14-foot glass clocks encircling the apartment, offering one-of-a-kind 360-degree views. Other highlights: soaring ceilings from 16 to 50 ft; solid rift quartered sawn 5-inch white oak plank floors; a custom glass-enclosed 3-story private elevator and architectural wraparound stairway; spa-like baths with radiant heated natural stone floors, glass wall tiles, fixtures and fittings by Dornbracht; Smart Home technology with Crestron system for heating, AC, lighting, AV and sun control. The master suite will delight you with views of lower Manhattan, and en-suite bath where you can gaze at the Manhattan Bridge to the Statue of Liberty from your soaking tub. Two additional bedrooms with private baths, a recreational space, sky roof cabana and open deck also showcase views from The Verrazano Bridge to the Empire State Building.
Additional features of this property include: Private Elevator.
Not too shabby.