Property Crush

You Need to See Inside This Shipping Container Penthouse with Empire State Building Views

published May 13, 2021
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Credit: The Corcoran Group

The details

  • Address: 31 West 31st Street PH, Manhattan, New York 10001
  • Price: $995,000
  • Size: 860 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
Credit: The Corcoran Group

Why we have a crush on this property

For a home above all the rest, consider moving into this eclectic penthouse for sale, which was built atop an existing building in Manhattan. Dreamed up by an award-winning design studio, the home was created from two structures: a former mechanical room for the building became the main living area, and a 20-foot-long shipping container was added to make up the bedroom suite.

Credit: The Corcoran Group

Both portions of the place open to a wraparound roof deck and terrace, which offer impressive views of the Empire State Building, not to mention plenty of space for reading, dining, lounging, and gardening. There’s also a water tower on the deck — it can be seen through the gigantic windows in the living room.

Inside, this main living area nods to its industrial origins with exposed beams and pipes. Inventive built-ins like shelves created from newspaper vending boxes, paired with eye-catching architectural features like oversized windows and skylights, make for a uniquely bright and breezy atmosphere.

Credit: The Corcoran Group

The shipping container bedroom, meanwhile, is accessible via ladder from the living room. Space-saving solutions are part of its design: the bed is placed on tracks so it can be folded into the closet, while drawers, shelves, and an armoire are built into the wall. 

The co-op is listed for $995,000 with Joe Pellegrino, Nick Helmuth, and Chazz Levi with The Corcoran Group.

Credit: The Corcoran Group
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