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731 West Ferry: A penthouse with stunning views

When historic Buffalo meets new, the results are often spectacular. Such is the case with the penthouse at 731 West Ferry Street.

The building was built in 1940.

The penthouse is owned by an architect and his wife who transformed the unit into a modern and unique living space that respects the building’s era and charm.

Stunning views of the city and natural light remind one of a dwelling in New York City or another large metropolis.

An elevator takes owners directly to the 2,973 square foot penthouse. To add to the already spacious unit, the owners purchased the unit below.

The main living areas are on the ninth floor where hardwood floors have been installed throughout.

Central are the connected living and dining rooms. Each opens onto its own terracotta tiled terrace.

The living room has a gas fireplace and its covered terrace looks out toward Niagara Falls. On a clear day, the mist from the falls is visible along with historic structures like the Richardson towers and Lafayette High School.

The living room is adjacent to the dining room and also has its own terrace that looks out over Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Off the living room is a darling game room with more views of the city.

The dining space is big enough to seat 12 comfortably. Its adjacent terrace would be ideal for entertaining during the warm months. Guests can enjoy drinks, dinner and the sunset all at the same time. Taken altogether the beautiful space feels open, yet can be intimate if needed.

This dining room is connected to the living room creating a space perfect for entertaining.

Connected to the dining area is the kitchen with modern white cabinets, butcher block countertops and stainless steel appliances. Here too is another connected space: a huge pantry, shelving for storage, a nook office and a small half bath.

Butcher block counters and white cabinets give this penthouse a unique style.

Two bedrooms on this level each have a full bath, and one bedroom opens up to the third terrace of the penthouse.

Stairs lead down to the eighth floor. Here is a large family room with built-in wood cabinets, shelving, and a surprise — a hidden door that leads to the eighth floor common hallway.

The family room is located on the eighth floor below the main living on the ninth floor. There are two bedrooms and baths on this level.

A small, bright sitting room has views of the west. Flooring includes classic (and durable) wool sisal carpeting.

Another surprise on this level is a kitchenette with more butcher block countertops, a dishwasher, stove, under counter refrigerators and a wine cooler.

The kitchenette on the second level is adjacent to the family room.

There are two bedrooms and two full baths on this level. (All baths in the home feature classic and colorful ceramic tile.)

The lower level has many uses from entertaining or overnight house guests to an in-law residence or live-in help, if needed. There is also plenty of storage space on both levels.

The building is within walking distance to Elmwood Avenue. A heated garage with two spaces is reserved for the penthouse owners.

The gorgeous community garden is an oasis in the city. It can be reserved for entertaining.

A community garden is an oasis in the city. The space can be reserved for residents personal events.

Viewing of the penthouse is by appointment only by calling Susie Lenahan of MJ Peterson at 864-6757 or by emailing her at

(Cover and feature photos Jim Lesinksi.)

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