The office of the penthouse apartment owned by Thomas Tull at 550 Market St., Downtown.
By Patricia Sheridan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Living above it all has its perks, most notably commanding views of everything between the three rivers, but it comes at a dizzying price.
Thomas and Alba Tull, who recently bought a Sewickley Valley estate for $15 million, are selling their 12,790-square-foot penthouse in The Residences at 550 Market Street for $13.95 million.
The property, which is listed by Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (howardhanna.com) and Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty (piattsothebysrealty.com), occupies the 22nd, 23rd and a portion of the 21st floors of the 23-story building. The California-based couple bought the 22nd floor and a two-bedroom condominium on the 21st floor in 2012, then the entire 23rd floor in 2013. The 21st floor condo was then used as a guest quarters.
“When they purchased the 23rd floor, it was very contemporary. So they had the designer and architect come in to do all three floors as one cohesive unit,” said Helen Hanna Casey, Howard Hanna’s president and CEO.
The Tulls worked with California interior designer Susan Firestone of SFA Design and architect Brian Biglan of Biglan Architectural Group to transform the three floors into a chic Louis XVI Neoclassical style.
Mr. Tull, a Steelers minority owner known for his love of baseball, has an unobstructed view of PNC Park. But why spend too much time peering out the floor-to-ceiling windows when the interior is so sumptuous?
The Howard Hanna team describes the home as “the pinnacle of urban living,” and they are not wrong. The home boasts seven bedrooms, two powder rooms, nine full bathrooms — including his and her marble bathroom suites with full dressing rooms — and five custom-designed fireplaces.
As you step off the elevator into the outer hall of the 22nd floor entrance, your feet tread across an inlaid Indus gold marble medallion that would be at home in any European palace.
The penthouse’s Neoclassical ambiance can be seen in every detail, from the carved fireplace mantels and custom rock crystal-and-glass chandeliers to decorative cartouche molding and ceiling medallions in the library, living room and master bedroom.
Polished marble mosaic and onyx cover the floors and counter tops in each bathroom. Bamboo silk wall-to-wall carpeting offers elegant luxury in the master bedroom, where a floor-to-ceiling upholstered velvet headboard faces a fireplace and large sitting area. The Tulls added upholstered walls and headboards to all of the bedrooms.
The kitchen and butler’s pantry are outfitted with Viking and Wolf appliances and look out into the family room, which features built-in bookshelves, a flat-screen TV and a fireplace mantel with carved lion’s heads.
The penthouse is accessed by a private elevator and a winding staircase connects the three floors. The top floor is done in a custom parquet using maple, white oak and Merbau, a hardwood from Southeast Asia. Intricate marquetry borders it all.
Ms. Casey says the home is the ultimate Downtown dwelling.
“This is the perfect place for someone who wants to rightsize to how their life is now. There really is nothing like this anywhere in Pittsburgh.”
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