The Real Deal New York

Luxury bathrooms are making a splash with buyers

December 22, 2013 12:00PM

From left: 737 Park Avenue, a penthouse bathroom in 737 Park and 150 East 72nd Street

From left: 737 Park Avenue, a penthouse bathroom in 737 Park and 150 East 72nd Street

WEEKENDEDITION The latest luxury living trend is in a place your guests may never see: the master suite bathroom. More than ever, luxury bathrooms, especially the his-and-her variety, are what’s selling high-end homes.

Recently, Debbie and Jim Winters purchased a $1.2 million Anaheim, Calif. home, with an unusual feature: his-and-her bathrooms that consume nearly one third of the home’s 3,480 square feet.

“The master bath is the gem in the crown,” Winters, a 61-year-old retired accountant, told the Wall Street Journal. “I feel like Cinderella.”

Initially, his-and-her bathrooms only cropped up in the super-prime market, but with demand for decadent bathrooms higher than ever, builders are adding them at a wider range of price levels, according to the Journal.

For instance, at Macklowe Properties’ 60-unit 737 Park Avenue the developer added entirely separate bathrooms for couples after numerous requests. One such unit, with six and a half bathrooms, recently went into contract for $25 million.

At another Macklowe  project, 150 East 72nd Street, a 3,662-square-foot penthouse on the market for $15.5 million features a 110-square-foot “her master bath” with a large walk-in closet and an “egg-shaped resin tub.”

“Some people think with a separate his and hers, ‘I’ve really arrived,’” Lilla Smith, director of architecture and design for Macklowe, said. [WSJ] Christopher Cameron    

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