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New Levels Of Style: 4 Homes With Striking Staircases

Whether elegantly ornate or minimally modern, a striking staircase is a dramatic focal point—as thoughtfully designed as its surroundings—that creates a dazzling first impression.

Palatial Penthouse at the Plaza

Nikki FieldMara Flash BlumSara Marrache | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

Replete with majestic Old World classicism, this 3,974-square-foot penthouse at the Plaza is on the market for the first time. Destined to be the site of regal living and entertaining, the two-level residence features a skylit great room, three bedrooms, lavish baths, a loggia, an 82-foot terrace enjoying unparalleled views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, and such golden age design elements as mirrored walls, eye-catching flooring, handsome moldings, and a bold curved wood staircase with artful inlays and an elaborately detailed railing.

Lenox Hill Luxury

Serena Boardman | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage 

In one of the city’s most esteemed cooperatives, occupying an 1878 limestone and brick neo-Georgian building in Lenox Hill, this two-bedroom home has been expertly renovated to bring 21st-century comforts and conveniences to a classical setting. A striking sculptural modern staircase with a glass railing links the living room, dining room, and cook’s kitchen with the private quarters on the upper level, including a primary suite with a verdant view, a wood-burning fireplace, ample closet space, a chic bath, and an office.

Stunning Tanglewood Villa

Bobby YazdaniBrian Spack | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

This superlative 13,970-square-foot seven-bedroom manor is ideally sited on a lush 1.19-acre estate site in Houston’s Tanglewood neighborhood. A stunning foyer boasting a dramatic double-helix marble staircase with ornate iron railings—one of two stairways in the home—introduces the grandeur found throughout, from the rotunda-like living spaces to the teak-paneled office, library, theater, game room or lounge, and wine room. Covered terraces overlook the backyard and its heated pool, spa, fountains, water wall, fire pit, and sports court.

Southern California Contemporary

Neyshia Go | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

With its soaring ceilings, clean lines, and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, this five-bedroom residence in L.A.’s coveted Beverly Grove is a triumph of contemporary design. Highlights include living and dining areas, a wine cellar, a chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances, and a primary suite with a fireplace and a balcony. Linking the levels is a floating staircase that is as much about form as function. The property also offers a pool and spa, a grilling area, and a patio with a fireplace.

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