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Related to Cool House, this trope is for characters who live in a sleek modern high rise apartment that overlooks the cityscape. Stainless Steel appliances, and fine arts are optional. Maybe it comes with a 360 degree view of the city, with a car elevator, indoor pool and a retractable skylight if applicable. Could also overlap with a Cool Condo. And the height suggests power (especially if they're a member of the Fiction 500): a mogul or baron likes to survey their domain. The setting conveys wealth, isolation, and influence, in the midst of teeming midtown. Said apartment is usually a indication of the character's chic style and taste. Inhabitants might be Wicked Cultured as well.

The Jeffersons could be a Trope Codifier: a married couple with a grown son (Lionel) that has moved out. George has his dry cleaning business keeping him nicely monied, and there are some wacky neighbors available for Comic Relief or for drama fodder. Much of the plot is confined to a limited space, which is ideal for television studio shooting.

See also: Big Fancy House


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Reed Richards and the rest of the Fantastic Four were able to secure the top five floors of the Baxter Building in Lower Manhattan. Only 1½ floors are living space, while the rest are dedicated to laboratories and a repository of items too dangerous to go uncontained. By the time that Marvel Comics put John Byrne on the title, Reed had purchased the entire building. Though Reed is definitely not ostentatious, his growing family and Gadgeteer Genius skills mean the Four rarely lack for appurtenances.
  • The Comedian was murdered by being thrown out of his own New York high rise window in Watchmen, putting in motion the entire plot of the comic and film adaptation.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the film Predator 2, the titular Predator murders a bunch of folks inside of one, following a raid by Jamaican gangsters on a Colombian drug lord mid-coitus. Said high rise also over looks downtown Los Angeles.
  • This aesthetic is exploited in The Loft by a cabal of yuppies, who collectively lease a luxury apartment with a towering view of the city. They maintain this place as a "love den" for seducing cute babes, giving the illusion that they're wealthy moguls rather than the salarymen they are. The plot escalates when one partner discovers evidence of horrific carnage when it's his turn to use the loft.
  • The narrator in Fight Club describes his home as a "filing cabinet for young professionals", a high-rise apartment block. He's no longer able to live there after someone blows up his apartment.
  • Industrial magnate Eldon Tyrell from Blade Runner occupies a plush suite within the massive industrial Tyrell Pyramid. It's appointed with a subdued elegance: not quite Spartan, but clearly more functional than flashy. This man is effectively married to his work.
  • Poltergeist III is set in a high-rise apartment building. The Freeling family has sent Carol Anne to live with Diane's sister Pat and her husband Bruce Gardner in Chicago. They live in the luxury skyscraper (Chicago's 100-story John Hancock Center) of which Bruce is the manager.
  • Christian Grey's absurdly opulent high rise apartment from Fifty Shades Darker

  • The narrator in Fight Club describes his home as a "filing cabinet for young professionals", a high-rise apartment block. He's no longer able to live there after someone blows up his apartment.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The Jeffersons: This spinoff from All in the Family is about literal upward mobility of an African-American couple named George and Louise Jefferson who move into a swanky high-rise building. George and Louise started out as one dry cleaner in Astoria, Queens. Their series has George's dry cleaning expand to multiple facilities, enabling the couple to move into a luxury condo on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
  • The Steve Harvey Show: Steve Hightower who was a 1970s funk legend (who is now a highschool music teacher/vice-principal) lives in one of these, overlooking Chicago. Probably a hold over from his more lucrative career as a musician.
  • Stringer Bell from The Wire is a drug-lord who has a high rise apartment showing his sophistication. McNulty is genuinely surprised when he first gets a look at Stringer's refined and elegant penthouse, full of classical books and styled very differently from the archetypal mansion of a drug-lord. Also has a great view of the city.
  • Daredevil:
    • Wilson Fisk has a very beautiful, if minimalist high rise penthouse in Chelsea. It's considered a top secret that only himself and James Wesley know about. They treat it as a very serious threat when Madame Gao manages to figure out where Fisk lives and personally visits him there to intimidate him. Vanessa moves in with Fisk partway through season 1. In the season 1 finale, this apartment is where the FBI arrest Fisk after Matt and Foggy get Detective Hoffman to flip on Fisk.
    • Marci Stahl lives in a pretty nice Upper East Side apartment.
    • Elektra lives in a Midtown penthouse in season 2, and it's established that she and Matt spent many nights there when they dated in college.
    • While it's technically just a sixth floor place, Matt Murdock lives in a fairly spacious corner apartment in Hell's Kitchen. The place has a somewhat rundown aesthetic (the kitchen counter is still unfinished plywood), but it has a large open living room / kitchen space, and a spacious bedroom to the side. He explains to Karen that he's able to afford the apartment because the neon billboard across the street makes the place undesirable to anyone but a blind man like Matt himself, and rent prices are further driven down because Hell's Kitchen was hit hard during the Incident. Following the closure of Nelson & Murdock, we see at the start of The Defenders that Matt has also moved his old desk into his living room.
  • Jessica Jones:
    • Trish Walker lives in a high rise apartment in the Tribeca neighborhood. Following Jessica's experience with Kilgrave, Trish has turned her apartment into a virtual fortress, outfitting the place with bulletproof windows and a steel-reinforced front door with a security camera system, and converting Jessica's old bedroom into a private gym where she practices krav maga lessons (in season 1) and blows off steam (in season 2).
    • Kilgrave likes to regularly take over fancy penthouse apartments, as is his penchant for hedonistically indulging in the finer things in life at a whim, and using his mind control to keep the actual occupants from refusing.
    • In season 2, Jeri Hogarth has moved from her brownstone into a very fancy Upper East Side apartment.
  • Iron Fist:
    • Once Danny has gotten his identity reestablished, he spends his first few nights in a penthouse suite. However, as he falls in love with Colleen, he moves in with her at her dojo and makes that his primary residence.
    • Harold Meachum lives as a prisoner of the Hand in a special penthouse inside the General Electric Building.
  • The Punisher:
    • Dinah Madani lives with her parents in a nice Upper West Side apartment.
    • Billy Russo lives in a sleek looking bachelor's pad.

    Western Animation 
  • Rick and Morty: In "Rest and Ricklaxation", Healthy Morty moves to New York and makes a lot of money as a stock broker with his new found Lack of Empathy. He is shown to have been living in an apartment with a wall of windows looking over NY.
  • David Xanatos is usually the arch-nemesis to the Gargoyles, and hatches his latest Xanatos Gambit from his penthouse suite, perched atop his corporate offices. Xanatos likes to survey Manhattan from his towering aerie, since he intends to make it all his personal domain.