Billionaires’ Row

Central Park South, Manhattan, Midtown, real estate trends

Looking north towards Billionaires’ Row in early October © 6sqft 

A new study of the top “ultra-prime” locations in the world dispels any doubt that Billionaire’s Row is living up to its name. London-based property consultancy Knight Frank, along with Douglas Elliman, looked at the number of homes sold for over $25 million since 2015 and found the greatest concentration along Midtown’s 57th Street, where 41 transactions have been closed in the last five years at an average price of $38.5 million. Manhattan cracked the top ten three more times, with Central Park South coming in third, followed by Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue in fourth and seventh place.

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Central Park South, real estate trends

220 Central Park SOuth, Vornado, Robert A.M., Stern

Image courtesy of Vornado Realty Trust and Robert A.M. Stern Architects

A penthouse at 220 Central Park South has sold for $100 million to an undisclosed buyer, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Billionaire’s Row transaction is only the third nine-figure deal to close in New York City, following hedge-fund executive Ken Griffin’s whopping $240 million purchase in the same building earlier this year (the most expensive home ever sold in the U.S.) and tech mogul Michael Dell’s $100.47 million penthouse at nearby One57, which closed in 2014.

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Central Park South, condos, Cool Listings, New Developments

Renderings by Hayes Davidson and images by Peter Murdock; courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Once home to the Steinway & Sons piano company, the landmarked building at 111 West 57th Street was acquired by developers JDS Development, Property Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners in 2013 for $217.5 million and has since become incorporated into SHoP Architects’ super-slender supertall tower rising next to it. Originally built in 1925, the Beaux-Arts building will house the lobby for the luxury tower and a small number of apartments, including this 5,200+ square-foot duplex penthouse that just listed for $21 million.

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Architecture, Midtown West

Rendering by studioMDA

British auction house Phillips will move its headquarters into the white cube base of the supertall at 432 Park Avenue next year. As first reported by the New York Post, architecture firm studioMDA has been tapped to design the 55,000-square-foot auction house and will replace the ground floor the existing space with a sunken mezzanine. The new Billionaires’ Row spot will open in the summer of 2020.

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Central Park South, Construction Update, New Developments

The living room of the 43rd-floor unit; Photo by Peter Murdock

The skinny skyscraper perfectly positioned over Central Park has officially topped out at 1,428 feet, becoming the world’s second tallest residential building. Designed by SHoP Architects, 111 West 57th Street’s super-slender frame allows each of the 46 full-floor and duplex condos to feel like a penthouse. In addition to the Billionaires’ Row tower reaching its pinnacle height at 91 stories, new images released Tuesday provide a first look inside the residences, with 360-degree views of Manhattan and bold interiors conceived by Studio Sofield.

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Midtown, New Developments

Photo via Wikimedia

Developers are planning to build a massive office project on top of a Billionaires’ Row church. The Real Deal reported on Monday that Alchemy and ABR Investment Partners have partnered to buy properties owned by Calvary Baptist Church at 123-141 West 57th Street. The proposed boutique office building would rise 26 stories atop church space and sit next to Extell Development’s supertall, One57.

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Central Park South, real estate trends

220 Central Park SOuth, Vornado, Robert A.M., Stern

Via Vornado Realty Trust and Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Since its first closing nearly a year ago, Robert A.M. Stern’s 220 Central Park South has now surpassed the $1 billion mark in sales according to data compiled by CityRealty. The milestone is definitely not surprising considering this is the same building where Billionaire Ken Griffin bought the country’s most expensive home ever sold for $239,958,219. And with an average sales price of $6,934 per square foot for its 39 total closings, 220 is also the city’s most expensive condo building.

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Architecture, Central Park South, condos, Construction Update, Midtown, New Developments

Central Park Tower in early Sept., Photo © 6sqft

Central Park Tower officially topped out on Tuesday, breaking the record set by nearby 432 Park Avenue for the tallest residential building in the world. Reaching 1,550 feet high, the skyscraper at 217 West 57th Street would be the tallest building in New York City if not for the 400-foot spire of One World Trade, as New York Magazine reported. Developed by supertall-specialists Extell, Central Park Tower includes a seven-story Nordstrom flagship store and 179 luxury condos.

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Central Park South, Cool Listings

295 west 57th Street, the osborne, midtown west, billionaires row, cool listings

Photo Credit: Zigna for Sotheby’s International Realty.

This one-bedroom co-op in the Osborne at 205 West 57th Street is situated on what’s now known as Billionaires’ Row, and for well under $1 million you can include bragging rights to one of the New York City’s finest historic residential buildings. Built in 1883 and designated an official city landmark in 1991, the Osborne also boasts one of the city’s most sumptuous and dazzling lobbies.

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Central Park South, Midtown, New Developments

29 west 57th street, billionaire's row

Cafe Classico, a kosher delicatessen that has occupied the storefront on West 57th Street next door to an 1891 French-style townhouse for 19 years has asked a judge to spare it from eviction, the New York Post reports. The LeFrak Organization and Vornado Realty have plans to build a high-rise tower on the next-door property at 29 West 57th Street, and the deli’s landlord, 35 West Realty Co., has threatened to evict the longtime business over insufficient insurance coverage.

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