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Will owning a penthouse pad help you get lucky tonight?

The top penthouse suite in the Shangri-La Hotel residence in Vancouver reportedly went for $16-million.

Single guys in the condo market can forget about location, location, location. In real estate as in romance, big-city cads insist, size matters.

Especially when the average condo is smaller than a garage. (Sound familiar, Toronto and Vancouver?) In hot spots like New York, sprawling Brazilian cherry floors and multimillion-dollar views are the ultimate babe magnet, the New York Post reports.

Jim Norton, 42, says few ladies can resist shelter porn. When this Casanova cum comedian gets lucky, the credit goes to his Upper West Side apartment in a Trump building that has floor-to-ceiling windows.

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"Women see windows - and skirts come off," he says, adding that bleak economic times make seduction a cinch.

"With so many people out of work," he says, "if a woman sees a nice place, that makes her much more willing to take the chance and sleep with you."

Ralph Sutton, 41, says women are wowed by the elevator that shoots straight into his Midtown West loft. Guys should do their best to get a rad pad, he says, otherwise all that dinner-time foreplay may fall flat. "I think a guy who lives on the top floor of a sixth-floor walk-up better have some immaculate game."

Manhattan realtor Dolly Lenz has seen an increase in wealthy bachelors investing in "trophy" apartments to lure the ladies, she told the New York Post. "The swagger is back in the market," she says.

In Toronto and Vancouver, it never really left.

An MLS addict can only imagine the heavy breathing inspired by a 9,038-square-foot penthouse in the spanking-new Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Toronto. A mystery buyer (a playboy, perhaps?) purchased the luxe digs in May for a cool $28-million - a Canadian sales record.

In Vancouver, the sexiest address may well be its tallest building, the 61-storey Shangri-La Estates, where owners are pampered with concierge services and gourmet fare from Market, a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Celebrities such as Wayne Gretzky, Elvis Costello and Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson have been spotted at parties in the extravagantly priced suites (the penthouse is valued at $16-million). One Vancouver writer described the Shangri-La as a "Love Boat for the ultra rich."

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Bachelor pads never looked so good. But it's doubtful Canadian women are dropping their drawers as readily as New Yorkers. After all, the recession here never got that bad.

Would you trade sex for a stunning view? Are state-of-the-art kitchens really today's equivalent of six-pack abs?

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Adriana Barton is based in The Globe and Mail’s Vancouver bureau. Her article on growing up with counterculture parents is published in a McGraw-Hill anthology, right after an essay by Margaret Atwood. She wishes her last name didn’t start with B. More

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