Reach For the Sky — Why High Ceilings are Wellness Boosters

High ceilings signify elegance and have the ability to boost health & wellness, by subconsciously enabling residents to engage in increased visuospatial exploration.

(NEW YORK, NY) — Part of the appeal of luxury new developments in New York City is not just the amenities, but the ceiling heights. A feature once overlooked, the standard eight-foot ceiling is no more. In recent times, home buyers and renters prefer their ceilings 10 feet high. 

A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 67% of home buyers are willing to pay more for a home with ceilings higher than eight feet. Expectations for ceiling height are even steeper for buyers and renters of new, luxury residential developments, where ceiling heights dramatically surpass the standard 10 feet.

Part of the appeal of high ceilings is not just the preference for space, but psychologically, high ceilings relate to a sense of freedom. New neuroimaging work shows that tall rooms trigger human tendencies for spatial exploration. “You can imagine that our enjoyment of rooms with higher ceilings could be due to these two processes working in tandem,” said psychologist Oshin Vartanian of the University of Toronto-Scarborough. 

277 Fifth Avenue, the tallest residential condominium on Fifth Avenue, has Loggia Residences with 20-foot ceilings and Penthouses with 13.5-foot ceilings, offering elevated levels of luxury – literally. 277’s sky-high ceilings portray elegance and generate a sense of freedom, with excess open space that provides room to dream. Not just its high, elevated ceilings, the residences at 277 Fifth Avenue offer unmatched views of the East River, Hudson River and iconic NYC buildings like the Empire State Building, Flatiron, and Chrysler Building. 



90 Morton, the state-of-the-art condominium conversion boasts residences with concrete 12-feet ceilings, truly giving a classic feel from its printing warehouse days. The high ceilings offer a lofty level of luxury and an expansive oasis for residents to unwind and seamlessly connect to the surrounding tree-lined West Village neighborhood that’s steps away from their doorways.

Even luxury rental developments are getting on the high ceiling bandwagon, at Summit New York, Manhattan’s newest luxury rental in Midtown, the Summit Residences on the 42nd floor feature double-height, 15-foot ceilings delivering timeless and elegant views of the Chrysler Building, United Nations and East River. Even the lobby features elegant marble and 30-foot ceilings, a luminous chandelier of sparkling glass leaves and a serene waterfall, offering a calming and Zen environment. 


Little surprise that these three new Manhattan luxury developments are maximizing their ceiling heights, as prospective buyers and renters are more likely to judge a room beautiful if it had a high ceiling, compared to a low ceiling. 


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