Living in New York City at times can feel like being in the center of the world, but when it comes to local real estate, it’s often about living at the top.

Penthouse ownership has always been a sign of making it in this competitive city. But owning a penthouse doesn’t mean paying eight figures — even in today’s sky-high market.

A simple definition of penthouse means “a structure or dwelling on the roof or top floor of a building.” For renters or buyers, however, that often means luxury and space – and in New York that still isn’t cheap.

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Data compiled by StreetEasy shows that in New York City there are currently 312 penthouses for sale under $10 million. The majority — 232 — are in Manhattan, followed by Brooklyn with 57, Queens with 19, Bronx with four and Staten Island with zero.

Manhattan also had the highest median asking price for those listings, but it was still at the low end – $3,822,500. The rest of the boroughs were all below the city average of $2,995,00. Brooklyn had an average sales price of $1,868,900 and Queens was $1,450,000. In the Bronx, penthouses averaged $762,500.

Even if you can’t afford a penthouse — no matter the price range – here are 10 under $10 million from across the city to dream about while you reach for those lofty goals.

Upper East Side
200 East 94th St., PH South
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Key features: Views of the Midtown skyline and East River, 31-foot wide great room, wide plank oak flooring, ceiling heights up to 9 feet 6 inches, generous closet space, central heating and cooling
Building amenities: 24-hour concierge and doorman, three-lane swimming pool opening onto a half-acre private park, fitness and yoga center, kids’ playroom, rooftop sun terrace with barbeque,entertainment lounge.

Upper West Side
285 West 110th St., PH2A
5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

Key features: Private terrace overlooking Central Park, custom Italian cabinetry, indoor/outdoor fireplace, oak hardwood floors, radiant floor heating, washer/dryer, central heating and cooling, floor-to-ceiling windows
Building amenities: 24-hour doorman, landscaped courtyard, fitness center, children’s playroom, residents lounge, shared rooftop terrace with grill, bike and individual resident’s storage, on-site parking with electric car charging stations, study and tween room equipped with Mac computers and game stations

420 West 25th St., PHK
1 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom

Key features: Landscaped terrace with irrigation system, outdoor gas grill, floor to ceiling windows, pro-grade Sirius ventilation system to the outside
Building features: Storage unit, doormen, porters, live-in super, fitness room, private cinema screening room, roof deck with grills, outdoor lounge chairs and showers.

340 East 23rd St., PH4A
1 bedroom, 1 bath

Key features: Floor-to-ceiling windows, south-facing balcony overlooking downtown Manhattan, oversized noise-abating windows, multi-zone HVAC systems in each room
Building amenities: 24-hour doorman, 2,600-square-foot fitness center with sauna and steam room, a full-floor lounge with outdoor terrace, screening room and billiards room, landscaped roof deck with river and city views and cabanas

25 Prince St., PH
3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

Key features: Triplex, fireplace, private interior elevator, multiple balconies, large closets, walnut herringbone floors throughout, sub-floor heating throughout, central air, central floating staircase with Carrera marble steps and walls lined in ebony-painted raised wood panels, custom-made soundproof Bieber mahogany windows imported from the south of France.
Building features: High-end condo conversion from the team behind the chic Ace Hotel on the Bowery, private courtyard featuring ivy spanning 60-feet high

Lower East Side
204 Forsyth St., Apt PH
2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

Key features: 13-inch ceilings, roof terrace, two additional terraces, floor to ceiling metal-framed Belgian windows, Calacatta Gold Marble kitchen counters, Pacific White full-height tiled marble walls and slab marble countertop in master bath
Building amenities: 24-hour doorman, fitness center featuring Peloton bicycles, private storage, limited parking available for purchase.​

12 Warren Street, PHB
3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

Key features: Keyed elevator entry, two separate private outdoor space,  walk-in dressing room, Austrian white oak floors, ceilings heights from 10 feet, zoned climate control system, laundry room 
Building features: LEED certified condominium, full-time doorman/concierge, fitness studio private storage and bicycle storage available for purchase

Boerum Hill
265 State St., PH04
4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

Key features: Corner great room, formal dining room, walk-in closets, master bathroom with heated Calacatta marble floors, central air, washer/dryer
Building amenities: Lounge, library, fitness room, landscaped terrace with outdoor kitchen.

Prospect Heights
550 Vanderbilt Ave., PHW
4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms

Key features: Large terrace, Full city view, full park view, central air, dining room, gas fireplace, hardwood floors, marble bath, walk-in closets, washer/dryer
Building amenities: Fitness center with yoga studio, shared living room with catering kitchen, library, landscaped roof deck with a gas grill, outdoor kitchen, and communal garden

Long Island City
Factory House, 42-60 Crescent St., PH10D
3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms

Key features: Two large private outdoor terraces, brick interior walls, rustic wood floors, and pre-war-inspired double-hung windows with Midtown views, open kitchen, in-unit washer and dryer
Building features: Attended lobby, on-site parking garage and bicycle storage, fitness center, children's playroom, landscaped terrace, residents' library lounge