Aptly named Aerie, this two-story penthouse in 505, Nashville’s tallest residential high-rise, offers exceptional views of the city from an unrivaled perspective. In fact, the only time you won’t have a breathtaking vista at Lisa and Tony Giarratana’s condominium is the moment before you walk in the door.

The couple worked closely with award-winning, Chicago-based designer Frank Ponterio, and the result is astonishingly beautiful. The residence provides a sophisticated setting for entertaining a crowd, yet the atmosphere is warm and comfortable enough for family and friends. The 3,000-square-foot main level is open yet intimate, thanks to cozy seating areas overlooking different parts of the city. The media room at one end houses a custom blackened steel bookcase with a linear fireplace. From that corner, the tops of the AT&T building spires are almost at eye level.

On the other end, the modern kitchen dazzles with stunning finishes, like the wall of custom eucalyptus cabinetry, metal-framed glass cabinets and commercial-grade vent hood, all from Snaidero. The appliances — Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele — are equally top-notch. The island, with Iceberg quartz countertops, measures a whopping 14 ½ feet long.

Upstairs is the highest place you can stand in Nashville. There, the spacious master suite holds seating and office areas, a coffee bar and walk-in closets, and the wood and tile floors are heated. The master bathroom is a spa-like oasis with his-and-her sides, a porcelain soaking tub and mosaic marble tile floor. The all-glass shower has steam and a heated seat, and remote control sheers will cover the windows for the demure.

In addition to the Breaching lighting, European white oak flooring and roller shades (plus blackout shades for the media room and master bedroom), amenities include numerous custom touches: Savant home automation, operable windows, a private six-car garage, and owners-only access to the pool, tennis court, dog park and more.

No detail was overlooked in completing the penthouse, and the Giarratanas went above and beyond to create a home that is both polished and playful. From sunrise to long after sunset, life in Aerie will literally change your perspective on Nashville. It brings to life the absolute best of downtown living, if not the entire city.

Photographs by Michael Robinson Photography and Kerry Woo Photography