Vacation homes hidden on downtown rooftops

I love the compact rooftop houses that pop on on residential buildings all over the city—especially when they look like they belong on Cape Cod or in the Catskills rather than Chelsea or the West Village.

This sweet little ranch resembles something you’d find out West. Even the few trees shading the house have a big-sky vacation feel.

If you lived here, you’d wake up each morning under one of the coolest faded ads in Manhattan.

New York City doesn’t have too many saltbox houses. But then there’s this little bit of Massachusetts on a rooftop just south of Madison Square Park. The drawback: living steps away from an Apple billboard.

This Eighth Avenue and West 13th Street three-story home could fit near the dunes in Amagansett, no? It’s a smaller, contemporary version of the building it’s perched on top of.

Check out more incredible rooftop living quarters here.

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3 Responses to “Vacation homes hidden on downtown rooftops”

  1. Nathan Says:

    You can’t really see it from the street, but the next building north (ex-bank at 14th & 8th Ave.), has a spectacular penthouse apartment and garden built on the roof.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    I did see it—-I thought it was part of the spa next door, not a private apartment! It’s pretty cool.

  3. Bob_in_MA Says:

    There’s a Wodehouse book (“Small Bachelor”, I think) that mostly takes place in a rooftop apartment in Greenwich Village in the 1920s. That’s when it was more a funky thing then another example of exclusivity.

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