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Sit at the top of the celebrity heap in this penthouse condo

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This 14th-floor penthouse condo will place you in a lofty perch in a building where many luminaries live: Celebrities from Penelope Cruz to professional hockey player Scott Gomez hang their hats here. The building itself, the Chelsea Mercantile, is plenty famous, too. It started out in 1910 as a fabric manufacturing site, and today retains grand, prewar features, as well as modern amenities. The duplex, listed for $6.5 million with Douglas Elliman, boasts its own private rooftop, with views all the way to the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty. 

On the first level of the penthouse, you'll enter an open plan living and dining room, featuring large west- and north-facing windows that illuminate the elegant, dark wood floors and frame views of the city and the wide open sky. The kitchen's blond wood cabinets provide an appealing contrast from the floors, and a wine cooler and oversize refrigerator make it well-suited for entertaining. A bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet, and washer and dryer share this level as well. 

Upstairs, you'll find a massive, corner master bedroom; its en-suite bath is fitted with twin sinks and a soaking tub with its own city views. A second bedroom is also sizable, and both include walk-in closets. 

A staircase with wrought-iron railings—lit by a skylight overhead—leads to the 1030-square-foot private roof terrace, an impressive spot for summer parties. The outdoor space is outfitted with lighting and irrigation for plants, and has a gas line that you can use for a hot tub, from which to watch sunsets over the Hudson River, naturally. 

Residents of the Mercantile have access to a multitude of perks, some of them rather rare in NYC. In addition to the 24-hour doorman and concierge, gym, playroom, and housekeeping services, there's a valet parking garage and a Whole Foods on site—the latter of which makes shopping for summer rooftop parties even easier.