Fortune and fame don't necessarily come with a gated spread and palatial grounds. You’d be surprised: Some of the world’s wealthiest celebrities, businessmen, and CEOs would rather live in an apartment—in a luxurious, centrally located high-rise building—than in a multi-room mansion with a five-car garage.
Here’s a list of notable personalities who have eschewed landed living for lofty stays.
1. Diane von Furstenberg
The celebrated designer’s geometric glasshouse penthouse apartment is a curiosity in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Perched on a six-story Victorian redbrick building that comprises her brand’s design studio and flagship store, von Furstenberg’s living quarters features an 84-square-meter master suite, a massive rooftop terrace and garden, and interiors as eclectic as her clothes.
2. Elie Saab
Like his creations, the Lebanese fashion designer’s apartment is sophisticated and intricately detailed, with wooden walls that have elaborate, classical moldings to exude luxury. Architect Chakib Richani designed the space to complement the flamboyant designer’s personality, fitting the dining room with an Empire-style chandelier and rows upon rows of candles, and lining the bedroom with edgy mirrored screens. Set near the border of the eighth and 16th arrondissements of Paris, the luxe apartment building fronts the Musée de la Mode et du Textile (Museum of Fashion and Textiles) in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower.
3. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
New York living doesn’t have to be cramped and cozy, especially if you’re Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. The celebrity couple recently purchased a four-bedroom apartment spanning an impressive 500 square meters in Tribeca, which is considered the best place to live in New York. Their new space is located in a luxe condo development that promises “paparazzi-proof” amenities and services, like a secluded 4,000-square-foot courtyard.
4. Cameron Diaz
When she married rocker Benji Madden a few years ago, the Charlie’s Angels star gave up her one-bedroom “bachelorette” space in New York’s swanky Greenwich Village to upgrade to a three-bedroom, family-friendly abode in the equally desirable neighborhood of Chelsea. Diaz’s new 280-square-meter apartment looks out to iconic NYC landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower. It has custom-made windows, lighting, and fixtures; and a drool-worthy modern kitchen.
5. Howard Schultz
Now that Howard Schultz has resigned from his CEO duties at Starbucks, he probably has more time to enjoy the views of the Hudson River from his posh four-bedroom residence in New York’s Greenwich Village. His apartment, which is accessed only via a private elevator, spans two floors and boasts of floor-to-ceiling windows and a 130-square-meter wraparound terrace.
6. Alice Walton
You don’t expect anything less than a Park Avenue address for a New York heiress. Alice Walton, who is primed to inherit the Walmart fortune, owns a massive 12-room apartment in one of New York’s most desirable areas. The two-floor condo unit includes a grand staircase, a large media room, a well-lit library, and 52 (someone counted!) windows offering expansive vistas of Central Park and uptown NYC.
You, too, can experience luxury apartment living in a vibrant community at The Fifth, the new residential development by Megaworld subsidiary Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. Offering studio to three-bedroom units up to 229 square meters, the condominium will be the fifth tower of the Renaissance community in Ortigas, located within five minutes (by car) from institutions such as the Asian Development Bank, Poveda College, the University of Asia and the Pacific, and the main retail and dining spots of the metro.
With two towers bearing contemporary design elements like a glass exterior and sleek lines, the development will blend well with the surrounding structures and inspire awe and even creativity. The Fifth will also offer a range of immersive amenities such as a sky lounge, an al fresco bar, a wine bar, a yoga deck, an outdoor playground, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a spa, and a working space—all catering to the busy and active lifestyles of today’s modern urbanites.
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