ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Hovering above the city like a floating palace, Penthouse 40—the Mansion in the Sky—is the epitome of modern luxury living at the highest level.
Acquired for $20 million in 2017 by actor, comedian and playwright Matthew Perry—best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the TV sitcom Friends—this full-floor circular penthouse atop one of the L.A.’s most exclusive buildings hit the market recently with a whopping $35 million price tag. What does the new homeowner lucky enough to snag this ritzy four-bedroom, eight-bath trophy property garner for doling out that much cash?
All of the luxe accoutrements one would expect, including 9,290 square feet of lavish living space that has been renovated and upgraded during the past two years by architect Scott Joyce and interior designer LM Pagano into a striking contemporary yet classic showpiece—replete with jaw-dropping skyline and ocean views in every direction via massive floor-to-ceiling walls of windows and a quartet of oversized terraces—not to mention a swath of amenities from a 24-hour concierge to private wine storage and much more.
“It has been transformed by the owner into a spectacular and unique environment consisting of a full floor of the most stunning views one can imagine,” says Greg Holcomb, who is co-listing the property with Cassandra Petersen, both of Compass. “There is no other high-rise home in the city that can compare; it is a one-of-a-kind experience.”
Spanning the entire 40th floor of The Century—a 42-story, Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed luxury condo tower found at 1 West Century Drive—Penthouse 40 currently is the most expensive condo listing in L.A. and one floor below the 15,000-square-foot, two-floor unit purchased by Candy Spelling, widow of TV producer Aaron Spelling, according to Forbes. Expect exquisite finishes throughout and all of the custom creature comforts imaginable in chic but playful environs, including a plush, state-of-the-art movie theater and wide entrance galley ideal for displaying artwork or collectibles.
Among the other show-stopping attributes is an expansive living room with space for a pool table. A sleek gourmet kitchen comes complete with granite countertops, a spacious marble-topped center island, duo of wine fridges and breakfast nook, while the sumptuous master retreat offers a seating area with fireplace, dual baths and walk-in closets, and breathtaking panoramic vistas courtesy of a semi-circular bank of floor-to-ceiling windows.
An added bonus? The building’s aforementioned amenities and services, which in addition to an around-the-clock concierge and screen room, include full-time security; a 75-foot-long pool with cabanas; top-of-the-line gym and fitness studio; library; full-service restaurant; and 4 acres of gardens.
During the past decade-plus, Perry has purchased homes from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills, as well as Penthouse 40 at The Century. He is reportedly selling the unit now that he’s spending more time in New York.
GREG HOLCOMB (DRE # 01347788) & CASSANDRA PETERSEN (DRE #01969956) of COMPASS
LIST PRICE $35 MILLION
Images provided by Michael MacNamara and Jason Speth