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Candela Triplex Atop Fifth Will Cost You Big Bucks

Photos via The New York Times

So, what does $42M get you above prime Fifth Avenue on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side? Well, three floors of meticulous detailing and fine classic design, five-bedrooms, 5.5-bathrooms, and a stunning terrace overlooking Central Park's lush greenery. After the jump, we will discuss the magnificent floorplan--and decide if the layout is as nice as the view.

The main level of the Candela triplex unit, located on the sought-after building's 12th floor, offers a sumptuous foyer that leads to the park-viewing living area and a formal dining room--both perfect for grand-scale entertaining. Through the intracate wood-work, fabulous marble, and period fireplaces, this floor is also equipped with a chef's kitchen and maid's room.

The next floor--reached by a sweeping staircase or elevator--enjoys three-oversized bedrooms and a stunning library, which has walls flanked in rich hardwoods. On this level, you'll also find an abundance of bathrooms and a laundry room.

On the dramatic penthouse floor, you'll appreciate the amenities of the master suite--a large bedroom area, luxurious bathroom, kitchenette, and private sitting room. But the highlight of the entire abode is what is wrapped around the master floor--a marvelous terrace that provides breathtaking park and city views.

Now it's time for your input--is this pricey layout livable, or too stuffy? And will a buyer be willing to fork over the $42M ask?

· 990 Fifth Avenue [The New York Times]