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World's top penthouses: dream cloud-kissing apartments for sale

This New York City penthouse has echoes of Europe's finest country houses. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty

Nothing says you’ve hit the jackpot quite like living in a penthouse apartment. These coveted homes are property for people who’ve reached the top.

Here are some of the most extraordinary penthouses on the property market right now — but you’ll need a big budget to afford them.

Belgravia, London: £22,500,000

Combining both period and modern features, this luxurious 6,485-square-foot penthouse sits atop two renovated Georgian town houses on Eaton Square, one of the most sought-after locations in central London. Over its three floors are four double ensuite bedrooms, two elegant reception rooms, and a good-size terrace. There's also an additional two-bedroom garden flat.

Cannes, French Riviera: £2,571,400

With stunning views out across the southern French coastline from its large sunshine terrace, this bright, stylish, and contemporary penthouse has four bedrooms, three dressing rooms, a jacuzzi, studio, cellar, and garage. There’s also access to the development's leisure facilities, including a large park, swimming pool, tennis court, and golf practice area.

This Belgravia penthouse is in one of the most sought-after locations in central London. Photo: Knight Frank

Manhattan, New York City: £41,173,764

Overlooking the iconic Central Park is this palatial five-bedroom penthouse apartment right in the heart of Manhattan's Upper East Side on Fifth Avenue. Inspired by classical design, this resplendent home has echoes of some of Europe's finest country houses, but also features art deco touches from the 1920s, when it was built. Wrapped around the property is a magnificent terrace overlooking the treetops of Central Park.

Saint Peter, Barbados: £7,298,000

This exquisite 6,250-square-foot three-bedroom penthouse in the sun-soaked Caribbean sits within the Schooner Bay resort and has spectacular views out to sea. There is a library, powder room, study, jacuzzi, expansive terrace for dining, and more. The interior design “combines both classical tastes and tropical themes,” according to the listing at Prestige Property.

Poole, Dorset: £1,999,999

Right on the water in the desirable Sandbanks area of Poole is this sleek, modern 2,366-square-foot penthouse with glorious views out to the harbour. Externally, the development is attractive with its cream-coloured brickwork. There's spacious open plan living, large windows to flood the home with natural light, a wide terrace, and a beautiful communal garden.