Billionaires’ Row

Central Park South, Cool Listings, Midtown West

Sure, Michael Dell has bragging rights to buying One57‘s $100 million penthouse, the most expensive home ever sold in New York City, but Bill Ackman’s $91.5 million buy a few floors down came with a coveted terrace. Only two units in the Billionaires’ Row building claim “private outdoor space on the park,” and the second has just come on the market for the first time, asking $28.5 million. Dubbed the Spring Garden Residence (as opposed to Ackman’s “Winter Garden Penthouse,” as Curbed notes), the 41st- and 42nd-floor duplex boasts a 43-foot-long great room wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to a 671-foot solarium and a terrace with views of the park and skyline.

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condos, Midtown West, New Developments

Penthouse rendering courtesy of Aman Resorts

Another Billionaire’s Row sky mansion–this one with a piano lounge, two kitchens, a wraparound terrace, and two swimming pools spread out over five stories at 730 Fifth Avenue–is on its way to record-smashing glory, according to The Real Deal. Sources say an unknown buyer has spoken for the 12,536-square-foot residence in the actual crown of the Crown Building, to the tune of $180 million. If the sale closes, it will be the New York City’s most expensive sale ever at $14,358 per foot (also a record), surpassing Michael Dell’s $100.5 million penthouse atop Extell Development’s One57.

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Cool Listings, Midtown West

6sqft reported back in October that an 85th-floor unit in the building known for the city’s most expensive residential sale ever was back on the market after a total overhaul for a noteworthy $70 million. The 6,240-square-foot condominium was purchased by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll for $55.6 million in 2014. After four months, the sprawling sky mansion has been discounted by $11 million according to Mansion Global; the building’s third-highest listing is now asking $59 million.

The view is just as good at $59 million

Manhattan, Midtown, real estate trends

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432 Park Avenue via CIM Group/Macklowe Properties

The buyer of One57’s $100 million penthouse was unveiled as Michael Dell last week, finally solving the mystery of which billionaire set New York City’s record for the most expensive home ever sold. The reveal sparked CityRealty’s interest in finding out where other costly buildings fall in comparison. Unsurprisingly, Midtown’s One57 and 432 Park make up 12 out of the city’s 20 priciest homes ever sold with single units going for $100.47 million and $91.5 million, respectively. While those two buildings on Billionaires’ Row easily take the top three spots, 15 Central Park West ranks fourth, with its $88 million penthouse sold in 2012.

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Central Park South, Midtown, Recent Sales

Image courtesy of Extell/One57

Founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, Michael Dell, was revealed as the buyer of the sprawling penthouse at One57 for $100.47 million, the most expensive home ever sold in New York City. According to the Wall Street Journal, Dell first entered a contract to buy the unit in 2012 when the Billionaires’ Row building, located at 157 West 57th Street, was still under construction. He closed the transaction through a limited liability company in 2014.

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Midtown West, Policy

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Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to open a new homeless shelter for 150 single adult men on Manhattan’s Billionaires’ Row, part of the city’s initiative to open 90 new shelters over the next five years. According to the New York Post, a former hotel at 158 West 58th Street, the Park Savoy, will be converted into the shelter and open in March. The Central Park South building sits behind One57, a supertall known for the city’s most expensive residential sale ever: a penthouse that sold for $100 million in 2015.

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Architecture, condos, Construction Update, Major Developments, Midtown

Central Park Tower, Extell

Rendering courtesy of Extell

The 1,550-foot Central Park Tower, the soon-to-be tallest residential tower in New York City, has gotten some new renderings that reveal how it’ll appear lit up at night, as well as how its interiors may look (h/t YIMBY). Extell Development’s current plans for the Billionaires’ Row tower call for 179 condominiums, spanning on average 5,000 square feet, with open layouts and oversized windows overlooking Central Park. With the construction of the supertall at 217 West 57th Street now hitting its halfway mark and rising to roughly 700 feet, Central Park Tower is expected to be completed in 2019.

See inside the supertall

condos, Design, Manhattan, Midtown West

Penthouse rendering courtesy of Aman Resorts

Floor plans of the Crown Building’s crown jewel, its five-story penthouse, have revealed what $100 million will buy you at one of the city’s most desirable locations for the super-rich. As the Real Deal learned, the penthouse features two swimming pools, a piano lounge and a full-floor master suite. The 14,000-square-foot pad sits in the actual crown of the building, spanning floors 22-26. The rest of the Billionaires’ Row building at 730 Fifth Avenue isn’t too shabby either; the building includes an 83-key luxury Aman Resorts hotel with a three-story spa, a jazz and cigar club, a few restaurants and 20 luxury condos.

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Midtown West, real estate trends

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Image © Wade Zimmerman courtesy of Agence Christian de Portzamparc (ACDP)

A full-floor, 6,240-square-foot penthouse at Midtown billionaires’ bunker One57 recently sold to an unidentified high bidder–one of five contenders–at a foreclosure auction for $36 million. That number is 29 percent lower than the original $50.9 million price shelled out by Nigerian businessman Kolawole Akanni Aluko for the newly-minted condo in 2014. The fire sale was the fourth resale in the 1,004-foot-tall Billionaire’s Row flagship trophy tower to trade at a loss, according to data from appraiser Miller Samuel Inc., reports Bloomberg. The latest example is the largest discount to date on one of the pricey properties, all of which sends a message to buyers with plans to cash in on the ultra-luxury units in short order. And there are currently 16 apartments at the building listed for sale, most of them by the developer.

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Midtown West, New Developments

Penthouse rendering (Aman Resorts)

Taking its name from an elaborate pyramid-shaped crown, the Crown Building at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street has been described as one of the city’s most desirable retail locations. Michael Shvo and Russian developer Vladislav Doronin bought the non-retail upper floors of 730 Fifth Avenue in 2015 and filed plans to redevelop the Billionaires’ Row property, and new details have been revealed, CityRealty reports. An 83-key luxury hotel with a three-story spa, a members-only lounge, a jazz club and cigar bar and two restaurants will start on the fourth floor. Above the hotel, 20 luxury condominiums known as Aman New York Residences will start on the 11th floor. The building’s crown jewel will be a 14,000 square-foot five-story penthouse on floors 22-26 asking $100 million.

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