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This New York City Penthouse Includes A Private Car-Elevator

If you're one of the thousands currently in the midst of the inherently onerous NYC apartment search, first of all, I'm so, so sorry. That sucks. But just for a moment, why not indulge your senses in what city living could be like when your housing budget is, say, in the $20 million range? With that kind of money, you could nab this Chelsea penthouse, which comes with its very own private elevator...for your car. 

Brace yourself. 

The six-room, three-bedroom pad is situated at the top of one of lower Manhattan's most desirable addresses—200 Eleventh Avenue—whose privacy and security amenities are so over-the-top The New York Times went so far as to describe the building as "paparazzi-proof."

There's no trifling with taking the hallway to get into this 3,600-square foot duplex—it boasts its own private elevator entrance. The doors open to the second floor, described, of course, as the home's "entertainment space." When your apartment looks like this, you better believe you're throwing parties on the reg.

To throw drunk scavengers off the scent, you can completely close off the luxe kitchen with a curtain of built-in Brazilian teak doors.

You also have access to a fully-covered lounge that looks toward the Empire State Building. This is only slightly more sophisticated than eating take-out on a fire escape.

No need to hit the rooftop lounges either, since yours is even better.

To get down to the first floor, where the bedrooms are, you press a button to walk down this glass-covered staircase. When not in use, the staircase is covered with glass like a sidewalk bulkhead, maximizing usable square footage.

Each bedroom is treated to some killer views, though the master suite's is extra special.

Not that you'll have much time to enjoy it, as you'll probably spend a lot of your time chilling in the hyper-sterile—though inarguably gorgeous—bathroom. As the listing suggests, "there is not a more sensuous bathing experience anywhere in Manhattan."

And here's where it gets fun. If you feel like sneaking out for a late-night joy ride, you don't have to worry about calling the garage to retrieve your whip. There's a private elevator for your car, which will bring you down to street level while you're sitting behind the wheel, so you can peel out like a boss without hassle.

If you don't have a car, you've still got a hell of a party room. When people linger for too long, simply take them down to the first floor and they'll get the hint.

Okay, now back to Craigslist...


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He always judges homes by the quality of their car-elevators.