The penthouse view of Philadelphia

Now that the summer heat has begun to abate, and the leaves are starting to change, many of us desire a quiet spot above the city to gaze down on the trees and the bustling humanity. These three properties take that request to the extreme, providing multimillion-dollar views, outdoor kitchens, and other penthouse-level details.

210 Washington Square, Unit PH, Philadelphia


Monthly taxes: $5,585

Tell me all about it: This penthouse at the Ayer on Washington Square features more than 4,500 square feet of living space, as well as two south-facing decks. We love the outdoor flooring almost as much as we love the views. Inside, the sleek kitchen and the family room with three sides of windows are just as swoon-worthy.


 327 N. 17th St., Unit 3, Philadelphia 


Monthly taxes: $4,229

Tell me all about it: The town homes in NOVO, under development by the Atrium Design Group, feature some of the most fabulous roof decks in town. This deck on this unit has a hot tub and an outdoor kitchen with a natural-gas grill in a setting that makes it feel as if you are actually inside the skyline itself. We also love the fab master bath with soaking tub and steam shower.

 50 S. 16th St., Unit 4604, Philadelphia 


Monthly taxes: $3,561 

Tell me all about it: You would expect that one of the city’s priciest listings might feature some truly jaw-dropping details. This 5,550-square-foot stunner on the 46th floor of Liberty Place boasts a 2,400-square-foot terrace with north, west and east views. The main terrace adjoins the dining and kitchen areas, but another private terrace is accessed through the luxe master suite. The capacity of the wine room (yes, room) alone – 1,500 bottles – will make you wonder how many bottles of wine you have ever even consumed in your life.

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