Sky-high luxury living in California’s most sought-after locales. Essex luxury penthouse apartments offer breathtaking views, upscale interior design appointments, rich amenities, and a coveted lifestyle. Soak in top-floor panoramas of the city and bay at 500 Folsom in San Francisco, enjoy scenic mountain views at 360 Residences and Century Towers amidst the buzz of Silicon Valley in San Jose, or take in views of Lake Merrit and downtown Oakland at The Grand. In Southern California, Essex Skyline at MacArthur Place offers sweeping 360-views of Orange County and the Southern California coast.

With an array of multi-bedroom floor plans and great apartment layouts spanning up to 3,440 square feet, Essex penthouse properties offer a style and character for residents looking to combine the ease and perks of rental apartment living with spacious accommodations. For couples who desire an elegant space to entertain, growing families who crave an open-concept design with extra room to spread out, or up-and-coming career-minded professionals looking for a personal retreat, our luxury apartments are uniquely designed for you to call home.

Apartment Locations

No matter which direction your windows face, Essex penthouses offer spacious accommodations, luxurious amenities, and eye-catching perspectives that are sure to take your breath away. Choose from sky-high living in Northern California with rental properties in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, or enjoy the coastal Southern California lifestyle with our exclusive listings in Orange County.


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Oakland Santa Ana

Penthouse Features & Amenities

Our meticulously appointed luxury apartments and penthouses feature open-concept floor plans, high-ceilings, retreat-worthy bathrooms, and gourmet kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances. Each beautifully designed home includes access to a variety of inspired amenities to fit your lifestyle.

High-end community features include expansive rooftop and outdoor terraces with stunning views, social spaces ranging from outdoor grills to bocce ball courts to putting greens, resort-inspired pools and spas, and sustainability-focused perks like EV charging stations and secured bike storage. Our properties are pet-friendly and offer select enhancements for your four-legged friends like posh paw spas for pet washing and on-site dog parks.

Penthouse FAQs

What is a Penthouse Apartment?

Penthouse apartments are typically distinguished by their location on the top floor of a high-rise apartment building. Floor plans for luxury penthouses are generally more spacious and offer great views, upgraded appointments and sophisticated interior design features. Penthouses within a rental property or great apartment community may also include outdoor spaces or balconies, smart home features, and access to resort-style amenities.


How Many Bedrooms to Penthouses Have?

Distinguishing factors to separate penthouse floor plans from a traditional apartment floor plan are not solely based on the number of bedrooms, but rather the number of bedrooms combined with the available square feet, layout and rental property amenities. Essex luxury apartments range from open-concept one-bedroom, one-bathroom designs to spacious three-bedroom penthouses.


Do Penthouses Have Private Elevators?

While Essex penthouses do not offer private elevators, our luxury apartments are only accessible by residents through a secured-access FOB system or smart home technology.


Are Penthouses Good Investments?

For renters looking to enjoy the perks of a luxury living without the added burden of a down payment and the cost associated with home ownership, maintenance and upkeep, finding a beautiful penthouse at an upscale rental property is a great investment. With the ebb and flow of the real estate market, finding a penthouse listing that fits your style, size, location and budget can be easily attainable if you know what to look for.