You know how you know you've made it in life? When you're rich enough to afford not one, but two penthouses in New York's East Village and then have an architect come in and erect a steel slide to connect the two homes together. That's how.
This penthouse with a built-in slide belongs to 27-year-old online pro poker player Phil Galfond. He's moving to Vancouver because of the U.S. Justice Department crackdown on online poker companies and the uncertainty surrounding the game in the U.S. Thus, he no longer needs the spacious 2,400-square-foot apartment with 18-foot tall rooms, four bedrooms and four bathrooms that he paid $3.2 million in 2008 for.
He's hoping to flip it for a cool $3.99 million. Any takers?
As per the slide, here's what the architects, Turret Collaborative Architects, have to say about it:
The half-tube stainless steel slide starts on the top floor near the office, and lands below near both the living and dining areas. The sculptural slide is housed in a newly created 18' tall double-height space, which includes custom designed glass railings. The image of the stainless steel curves in front of the oversized window to the city beyond, to say nothing of the irrepressible glee of grown adults on the slide, is surprisingly poetic; with careful detailing, the playground element is an unexpectedly elegant addition to the space.
C'mon, how wild is that? Shooting down for some dinner? The only caveat we can see is that there's no tube that'll bring you back to the upper level, so you'll still need to take the stairs. This apartment would be awesome for any family with kids. Obviously, there's a lot more to the apartment than just the slide, but it's what makes this home different from all the other penthouses in NYC.