Want to live like a Roy? In the fourth episode of Season 4 of Succession, the dark comedy-drama on HBO, we see Roman Roy (played by Kieran Culkin) preparing for the day ahead. The previous episode concluded with the death of his father, Logan Roy. As Roman brushes his teeth, a breathtaking view of the Hudson River is reflected in the mirror.
This stunning glimpse is captured from within 200 Amsterdam Avenue, a luxurious (and famously controversial) condominium residence located between West 69th and 70th streets.
According to the listing on the Brown Harris Stevens website, this sprawling four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath penthouse duplex occupies the entire 49th and 50th floors of the building. It offers an elegant, modern layout where every room provides dazzling views, and a 116’ terrace runs along the entire eastern perimeter of the lower floor. The penthouse spans 6,323 square feet while boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, Iceberg marble floors with radiant heating and its own dedicated private elevator, among other high society amenities.
Let’s get one thing straight, though: the show is fictional. If this were real life, it’s unlikely Roman Roy would reside on the family-oriented Upper West Side. The New York Times interviewed Paul Eskenazi, a location manager for Succession, who agrees. “It’s a balancing act, really,” said Eskenazi. “But if Roman did live in the area, he would probably choose 200 Amsterdam.” His brother, Kendall, lives on the Upper East Side.
Standing at 668 feet, 200 Amsterdam is the tallest building on the Upper West Side (for now). The condo was also embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with community organizations which contested the structure was 20 stories too tall. These controversial aspects of the space might have tickled Eskenazi’s funny bone, as Roman is constantly entangled in his own controversies. In fact, 200 Amsterdam Avenue actually offers “On-site lifestyle management services,” which is something Roman Roy might want to actually enlist right now.
Eskenazi concluded that “People want what everyone has deemed fabulous… and this is what they chose.”