The penthouse apartment at the top of a new Rothesay Bay development has two levels, a wraparound balcony, decks and panoramic views. But it isn't really an apartment, says the developer, Rob Bassett. "It's really a rooftop residence."

Here you get luxury on a grand scale — and grand was the point, says Rob.
There's a kitchen on each level of the penthouse suite, which is all about the views.
"We make no apology for being top-of-the-range," says Rob. "We're saying to people 'hey, if you want to live in real luxury, this is it'."

The idea for the development was based on concepts from Italy and other parts of Europe, where you have a central courtyard which often looks shut up from the outside ... but when you walk in everything opens up.

Here, you walk in off the street into a mix of retail on the ground floor and an area a bit like a hotel lobby, and then take a lift up to your home.

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"We wanted people to feel like they're living in a luxury hotel," says Rob.

Residents can pop down to get their hair done at the salon, have breakfast at the cafe or exercise at the Pilates studio — all below them.

Rooftop residences are a new way of living for New Zealanders, Rob says.

"This was one of the first mixed-use developments where we said 'hey, we'll have retail and living on it'. It's becoming the norm."

Though all the residences have fantastic views, this penthouse — the last one available — is one of two with the most panoramic views, Rob says. And, at 390sq m, these are "really big".

The lift arrives at a hotel-type landing and through the door is an entrance with room for couches and a space for an internal lift.

To the left is a wooden staircase leading to the upper level.

The entranceway has an office on one side and a bedroom on the other. (All bedrooms have their own bathrooms).

Further along the hallway is the media room, a kitchen/bar area and a separate laundry.

At the end of the hallway are two master bedrooms, both with en suites and walk-in wardrobes — and sea views.

They share a covered deck with glass windows that can be closed or thrown open depending on the weather.

Back down the hallway and up the stairs, the upper level has open plan living with window walls of glass, and an entertainer's kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and a scullery.

A balcony runs from one end of the level and along one side, then at the other end sliding windows open to a large tiled deck that picks up the views from another angle.

There's the full-length of Rangitoto, Rakino , across to Torbay and Albany, the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Tiri Tiri Matangi.

This residence is five levels up from the basement in a development already on the highest point of the bay.

Up here, says Rob, you're the king of the world.

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