Space comes at a premium in Tokyo, and this apartment is no exception. With over 4,000 square feet of space, including a terrace and rooftop courtyard, it's certainly spacious. This is Tokyo, though, so said space only has one bedroom, and comes at a hefty $16 million. Let's head to the Minami-Azabu neighbourhood and see what makes it so pricey.
The La Cornue-equipped kitchen is adjoined by a breakfast banquette that looks out on the terrace. There's also a casual dining room, done up in the same mid-tone wood as the kitchen, for everyday lunches and dinners.
If you're a confident cook, you can put on a show for your guests in this formal dining room. Restaurant imitations in private homes can tend to the tacky (see: basements transformed into '50s-style diners), but the wood panelling and simple, earthy tones keep this one traditional and tasteful.
The living room is long and low-slung, warmed up by a fireplace and rich wood floors. The current owners must be film buffs, since there's plenty of hidden storage for audio-visual components, blackout shades for the windows and a projector tucked into the ceiling. Settle in for a viewing of an art-house classic ... or a daytime session of binge TV-watching.
Hallways clad in imported Italian stone circle a tranquil courtyard. Lest you fear that the outdoor space is eating up what could be interior room, rest assured that there's plenty of storage. The foyer, for example, is lined with custom closets that hold up to 200 pairs of shoes.
The current owners spent 18 months renovating the apartment, and it shows in the luxe principal bathroom. In case a massive hot tub, generous shower stall and 60" TV aren't relaxing enough, the windows open to a private little patch of greenery.
Would you pay this much for a sizeable slice of Tokyo? Or would you prefer to redo an unrenovated space to your taste?
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