With a fawning dossier of NYC's ritziest rooftop gardens—penned in part by billionaire heiress and Sotheby's New York veteran Denise LaFrak Calicchio—set to hit bookstore shelves tomorrow, we thought we'd give some other cities a chance to rain on the Big Apple parade. For a taste of the competition, head over to Curbed NY for a round-up of some of the best. Giving the Manhattan coterie a run for their money are penthouses from South Beach to San Francisco, and best of all, this lot is for sale. Some get by with minimal plantings, but make up for their floral shortfalls with stunning views, decked out furniture, and swimming pools. Headlining our list is a penthouse on Miami's South Beach, at a new building called the Kallisto. It boasts some of the most spectacular outdoor spaces we've seen—of course, we're looking at renderings here. From near-seamless glass walls to pools up on pedestals to the killer oceanfront location, the $14.35M condo might actually justify its sky high price tag.
? At the Setai, also in Miami, this Thai-influenced apartment is equipped with all the necessities for high altitude outdoor entertaining—a mix of sun and shade, some simple greenery, a swimming pool, and a glass wall to take the brunt of sea breezes—but all those flashy features come at a stratospheric price: $27M.
? Meanwhile, up in Philadelphia, something a bit older is attracting our attention. This Sante Fe-style, adobe-finished penthouse sits atop a landmark pre-war building in the heart of the city. The terrace features wood decking, planters, a built-in grill, and spectacular "airliner" views of Philly, all for substantially less than the Miami duo at $3.7M. The apartment has walls of glass that bring the views inside and, for that extra special house-like feel, a "basement room" on the next floor down.
? Nestled high above the Nevada desert in Las Vegas, this Turnberry Place penthouse sprawls over 12,000 square feet, including some 3,000 square feet of terrace. With an interior decked out in neon colors that mimic the neon on The Strip, the exterior is the highlight of this crash pad. The swimming pool offers views of the casinos beneath a huge architectural feature visible from the street. If that's not high roller street cred, we don't know what is, and, at $10M, this one's only for the high rollers anyway.
? Things are a bit more subdued over in San Francisco, where a squat stucco and red tile building claims some of the finest views of the city from its rooftop deck. Set on a straight section of famed Lombard Street and adjacent to Coit Tower at the summit of Telegraph Hill, this place features a multitude of relaxing outdoor spaces, from a barren roofdeck to the lush terrace, residents are never far from those stunning views. At $4.9M, the price reflects the primo location.
· Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories, and Balconies of New York [Rizzoli]
· New York's 5 Best Rooftop Gardens Revealed [Curbed NY]
· 101 20th Street, Miami Beach [Sotheby's]
· Kallisto Penthouse U-PH [Josh Stein]
· Touraine Penthouse [Sotheby's]
· 2777 Paradise Road [Homes and Land]
· 268 Lombard Street [Paragon]