Seattle
High atop the LEED-certified Mosler Lofts building sits a one bedroom/two-and-a-quarter-bath duplex penthouse. Inside you'll find a dramatic double height ceiling in the living/dining room, concrete floors and walls of glass that slide open to narrow terraces and staggering views of the city and Puget Sound.

The sleek galley-style kitchen opens to floor-to-ceiling windows at one end and a full-height wine refrigerator on the other. The fridge stands next to a dining nook with a built-in micro-suede-covered bench.

The sliding, floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the master bedroom open up to a small terrace with multimillion-dollar views of Seattle's famous Space Needle.

The sybaritic master bath has sleek finishes, dual vanities, a free-standing soaking tub for two and a shower area separated from the rest of the room by a single sheet of glass.

The wraparound terrace is just wide enough for gathering a group of comfy chairs to watch the sun set over Puget Sound.

For information, call Sean Neilsen (206-909-0622) at Windermere Real Estate/Capitol Hill in Seattle.

San Francisco
High atop San Francisco's Russian Hill, in the postmodern Royal Towers building, a one bedroom/one-and-a-half bathroom co-op apartment features an unusual onyx foyer with marble inlaid parquet floors and a $2.9 million price tag.

The corner living room, wrapped on two sides with floor-to-ceiling glass panels, offers direct views of Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge and the downtown skyline. The living room is separated from the dining room by a series of intricate, hand-carved Jaipur arches.

The gourmet galley kitchen was recently upgraded with hardwood floors, Shaker-style cabinetry, granite countertops and de rigueur stainless steel appliances.

The master bedroom has a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, a built-in Indian-style lounger and a to-die-for dressing room with hardwood floors, custom clothing cabinets, a massive built-in dresser and a full wall of floor-to-ceiling glass panels with jaw-dropping views of the bay. It's not a bad place to get dressed in the morning, if you can afford it.

For information, call Steven Mavromihalis (415-345-3030) at Pacific Union in San Francisco.

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