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Five Urban Oases with Breathtaking Views of City Landmarks

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Living in a skyscraper, with the slight sway and long elevator rides, might not be for everyone, but who doesn't enjoy a view of their city's architectural bounty. Take this Boston penthouse, with its views of the John Hancock and Prudential buildings, the city's two tallest skyscrapers. It might not quite put the next owner's head in the clouds, but the four-bedroom occupies the top floor in Robert A.M. Stern's 400 Stuart Street. The cost for the top of Boston? $6.75M.

? In NYC, impressive views carry the additional premium inherent in Manhattan living. Plus, apartments with a chance at catching a glimpse of landmarks like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building have to clear the many competing skyscrapers in town. One that succeeds is Trump World Tower, where this two-bedroom is situated on a high floor. From the spacious living room, the Empire State and Chrysler are visible, along with much of Manhattan. The asking price for this high-floor hangout is $4.7M.

? With the country's tallest architectural landmark, the Willis Tower, on its skyline, Chicago has plenty of tall building street cred. This massive five-bedroom, 12,000-square-foot penthouse at the new Elysian Hotel will have the buyer in prime position to enjoy the views, but right now it's being delivered in plain "vanilla box" condition. Play interior designer in this place for $9.8M.

? Los Angeles is known more for its urban sprawl than its vertical aspirations, but that doesn't keep this three-bedroom downtown penthouse from asking $5M. The price is fueled by space and views, but what are the odds someone wants to spend $5M to be part of a revitalization effort. Perhaps it's fitting this building is located at 1100 South Hope Street.

? Up in the Northern California metropolis of San Francisco, the architectural landmarks come in all shapes and sizes. This top-floor unit in a tony Russian Hill building enjoys views of plenty of them, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and Alcatraz. The elegantly outfitted apartment doesn't come cheap, at $4.98M, despite having only two bedrooms.

· 400 Stuart Street [Redfin]
· 845 United Nations Plaza [Streeteasy]
· 11 E Walton PH [Redfin]
· 1100 South Hope Street [Redfin]
· 1050 Green Street [Redfin]