The Big OH: A Flatiron penthouse that’s as upscale as it is unstuffy

21 West 20th Street Penthouse Two
21 West 20th Street Penthouse Two

On West 20th Street, tucked neatly between a bar and a parking garage, and across the street from the trendy workout spot Shadowbox NYC, is a new condo building at 21 West 20th Street called — appropriately — 21W20.

The 15-story building has a distinctive façade of blackened steel, glass and stone that was designed by architects Beyer Blinder Belle and developed by Gale International.

According to The Real Deal, the 13-unit tower has some of the widest penthouses in the city, spanning some 100 feet across, and for the latest installment of our Big Open House series, LLNYC got to tour one. We were led by Stan Gale Jr., president of Gale International, and David Mann, the founding partner of MR Architecture + Decor, who is responsible for the building’s swanky interiors.

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The fully-staged Penthouse Two is a 4,663-square-foot, full-floor home that just went into contract and was last listed for $13.9 million. Its direct elevator entry opens up into a large open plan living space, flanked on the south side by floor-to-ceiling windows and folding doors. They open up onto a 75-foot-long terrace that overlooks rooftops and water towers.

The living area includes a spacious living room with a custom blackened steel fireplace, a dining area and a kitchen with white oak cabinetry, stainless steel countertops and backsplash, and a flawless custom Olive Marone marble island. Adjacent to the kitchen, and hidden behind pocket doors, is the media room.

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Under your feet, you’ll find white oak hardwood floorboards laid out into a large, custom square-patterned design. The luxury touches here are subtle, which was important to both Mann and Gale.

The eastern wing of the pad is dedicated to a sprawling master suite that features an oversized walk-in closet with a dressing room, a built-in kitchenette and direct access to the terrace. The master bathroom has a freestanding, matte white bathtub, dual limestone vanities, a walk-in glass-enclosed shower and temperature controlled radiant floor heating.

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The three additional bedrooms are on the opposite end of the apartment. Each comes with an en-suite bathroom and a large walk-in closet.

Every detail in the apartment has been considered, from the solid wood doors to the custom polished black nickel hardware.

The building marks David Mann’s first multi-residential project in Manhattan. The designer specializes in single family homes, but he didn’t change his approach too much for this project. He says he designed each penthouse individually, rather than creating one floor plan that he reproduced for all the apartments.

Of the building’s 13 units, 11 are either sold or in contract, including – as of yesterday – this one, and we can say with certainly that whoever is set to nab the spread will be acquiring a very enviable home.

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