The Best Luxury Penthouses and Apartments in Medellin Colombia
I’ve been photographing luxury penthouses and apartments in Medellin for over 5 years now. It wasn’t always that way. I started out shooting dull hostel rooms and worked my way up to shooting some of the most posh properties in the city. It has been a very challenging yet rewarding learning experience that continues with each new property I shoot.
People always ask me ‘What is the sickest apartment you’ve seen in Medellin?’. That’s always a very tough question to answer because there are so many gorgeous properties that I like for very different reasons.
Although it was very difficult, I decided to put together this post to showcase what I believe are 10 of the best apartments in Medellin that I have photographed. Of course there are other ultra-luxurious cribs in the city that I still haven’t seen, but don’t worry, they’re on my radar.
Many of the owners, designers and property managers of these apartments have become repeat clients and personal friends of mine, so it’s with great pleasure that I share them with you.
1) Lavish Luxury Apartment with The Best Private Indoor Pool
Average cost: $823USD/night
I consider this immense property to be one of the best apartments in Medellin for a few reasons. First and foremost, it has it’s own swimming pool. When I say ‘its own swimming pool’ – I don’t mean the building has a pool, I am mean the apartment itself has a pool that can be accessed right from the living room. As a matter of fact, the entire building is quite lavish. It has 8 floors and each floor is a different apartment with its own pool. So that’s 8 floors, 8 apartments, and 8 pools.
Rumour has it that this building was once owned by the infamous Pablo Escobar – hence the over the top design, tight security and gaudy amenities.
This 1100 square meter unit is ideal for groups of up to 12 people – families or groups of friends who just want to live it up for a few days in Medellin. In addition to the heated pool and accompanying tanning deck, the property features an 8-person jacuzzi, bar, sauna, and steam room.
This apartment has been featured in several Reggaeton videos and is often used as the set of fashion photography shoots. Although guests planning bachelor parties are more than welcome, the owners strongly discourage loud music or big parties. The other residents of this building do not take kindly to loud parties at night and will complain to the authorities.
2) Simple Sophistication – The best apartment in Medellin for a single guy
Average Price: $361/night
I love this crib. It’s the first luxury apartment I ever photographed in Medellin. I’ve photographed it twice in the past 4 years. The previous owner is one of the people who gave me my first break in Medellin. I remember him saying “Take your time, there’s no rush. If you need to come back again tomorrow for a few hours I will pay you for your time”. That was the first time I knew that there was a market for high-end real estate photography in Colombia.
Although there are many master bedrooms in the city with spectacular views, this one rivals the best of them. Perhaps it’s the unique dome-shaped roof that frames the city in a much different way than I am accustomed to seeing through standard square windows. The spacious bedroom, accompanying bathroom and adjacent office all open onto a comfortable rooftop patio where guests can sip on cocktails while watching the sun set over the city.
As far as apartments in Medellin go, if I had to pick one for myself, this one would probably be it. Large windows allow natural light and fresh air to flow through the entire apartment. In addition to the second floor master bedroom, there are two smaller guest bedrooms on the first floor with their own private bathrooms. In the living room there is full-size, well-maintained pool table and a small bar. The kitchen features a sizeable island that can be used as a food preparation area or an additional space where guests can socialize and eat while food or drinks are being prepared.
I called this penthouse the best apartment in Medellin for a single guy for a few reasons. It is literally steps from all of the nightlife and dining around Parque Lleras. It has the perfect layout for entertaining small groups of classy people and a it has a bedroom with a priceless view of the city.
3) Complete Elegance – Designed for Luxury Living
Available for Sale: $2,000,000USD
This 2-storey property features my favourite rooftop terrace of any penthouse apartment in Medellin. Don’t get me wrong, the others are spectacular, but this one takes the cake in my books. That’s probably because the owner designed it for himself and not as a rental property.
This property has what I call ‘The WOW Factor’. Whether you’re on the main floor in the living room or on the rooftop terrace, you will be wowed. Everything from the design to the furnishings are high-end. The property is a smart home and can be controlled from an i-pad.
Unlike the other properties in this post, this one is NOT available for rent. However, if you have $2 million USD to blow, the owner might consider parting with it.
Check out this video of the best penthouse apartment in Medellin
4) The best 3-floor penthouse in Medellin for a group of Bachelors
Capacity: 16 guests
Price for 3 floor option: $989USD/night
Price for 2 floor option: $798USD/night
I remember meeting the owner of this beautiful 2-storey penthouse apartment in Medellin a few years ago while playing basketball. He added me to Facebook and told me that I was exactly the person he was looking for. He was just finishing up the remodelling of a well-located luxury penthouse and needed a photographer to take photos that could really show the place off. Naturally I assured him that I was just the guy for the job. 🙂
About a year ago the owner made a strategic decision to buy the apartment directly below to connect his 2-floor penthouse into a 3-floor mega penthouse. Now he offers potential guests two convenient options. They can rent the top 2 floors or all 3 floors. The 3-floor option sells more since it can fit groups of up to 16 guests for an additional $200/night.
The top floor is nothing short of pure luxury. Inside there is a master bedroom, bathroom and living room/lounge area. Outside features a jacuzzi with spectacular views of the city, BBQ area, and covered lounge area for guests to relax and watch the sun set. It is exactly what you would image in a hip-hop or reggaeton music video. Why imagine when you can see it featured in Andy Rivera’s video Será la Mejor – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P16cU27YEQs
5) 3-Level Loft Style Luxury Penthouse – Perfect for a Business Traveler
Average Price: $750USD/week
This newly built, beautiful 2-bedroom, 4-bath penthouse is located 5 minutes walk from Medellin’s Golden Mile. It features high ceilings, big windows and a large balcony facing the city. The kitchen is stocked with all major appliances including a dishwasher, washing machine and coffee-maker. Although Medellin’s climate is quite favourable, guests can also choose to lock themselves inside and crank up the air conditioning.
Many apartments in Medellin are only available for short term rental because owners can make more money and still have their property available for personal use when needed. Luckily this one is also available for long term rentals.
6) Edifico Calle 6 – Beautiful Art & Keen Attention to Detail
Average Price: $427/night
As they say, the devil is in the details. From the very first moment I stepped into this apartment I could tell that the owner took great pride in designing, furnishing and maintaining his apartment. This 4-bedroom apartment spans the entire floor of the building and has balconies on 3 sides.
From chatting with Oliver the owner, I realized that he places a lot of importance on his guest’s comfort and wellbeing. He invested a significant amount of money and time to make the apartment both beautiful and comfortable for his high-paying clients. Private elevator entrance, Orthopedic mattresses, flatscreen HDTV’s, blackout curtains, 24-hour security, and expensive artwork are only a few of the niceties to be expected.
The beautiful bathroom above connects to a jacuzzi on the balcony and also has its own steam-room (see jacuzzi in the photo below).
7) 15-Bedroom Medellin Mansion
Average Price: $1029/night
I know…this one doesn’t fit the apartments in Medellin title (it’s a mansion), but I still had to feature it in my list. It has 15 bedrooms for Christmas sake. This monstrosity of a property takes lavish luxury living to a whole other level. A big heated outdoor swimming pool with adjoining jacuzzi, pool table, saunas, steam rooms, incredible views of the city and more.
8) Panoramika – Stylish interior design and spectacular views of Medellin
Average Price: $239USD/night
The name of this building says it all – ‘Panoramika’. That’s exactly what guests staying at this rental apartment should expect – An amazing 180 degree panoramic view of Medellin and it’s mountains. Although most luxury apartments in Medellin offer some sort of a view of the city, this one is completely unobstructed by any other structures. With that being said, this apartment offers much more than just a pretty view…
Whether you plan to stay for a day or a month you’ll be well pampered at this rental. All of the fixtures and furnishings in this smart home were thoughtfully selected by the owner and his talented interior designer. If a good night’s sleep is your priority, both master bedrooms come fitted with blackout curtains and the owner has plans to step things up by installing customized sound proof windows.
If you’re like many visitors who make Medellin their virtual office for a few weeks, having a good internet connection in the apartment is critical. This apartment has a dedicated fibre optic internet connection. For entertainment you will have Apple TV running through the apartment and a large screen projector in the living room.
Note that the Panoramica apartment building has a play area for kids and an infinity pool with a view of the city.
9) The Cozy Perfectly Located Option
Walk out your door and a few steps later onto Calle 10 and Avenida Poblado. This cozy little gem is perfectly located next to the best nightlife, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, bus routes, and more. I selected this property both because of its design and amenities, and it’s hard to match location.
This apartment has it’s own jacuzzi.
10) Energy Living
This 1-bedroom luxury apartment is ideal for a bachelor or couple visiting the city. It is in one of the most architecturally unique buildings in the city – Energy Living. The rooftop infinity pool runs off into the city skyline and is definitely one of my favourite selling features of this property.
By day, tons of sunlight streams into the apartment making it bright and inviting.
A spacious balcony spans the entire side of the apartment and is accessible from the bedroom and living room. Enjoy some of the Medellin’s best sunrises from bed and sunsets from the comforts of the large white leather sofa.
I hope you enjoyed my picks for the best apartments in Medellin. If you have an apartment or penthouse that you feel should be in this list, send me a message with a photo – I’d love to see it.
If you would like more information about any of these 10 apartments in Medellin, please feel free to send me a personal message. I will put you in direct contact with the owners and/or property managers who know their properties better than anyone else.