penthouses

Recent Sales, Upper East Side

It’s been a couple weeks since we’ve seen a sale break the $50 million mark, but lo and behold, the penthouse at Extell Development’s Carlton House has just sold for $52 million. According to city records filed today, the top unit sold at a markdown, originally listed for $65 million back when it first hit the market in October 2013. The price cut, however, shouldn’t discount what’s inside. The six-bedroom, six-plus-bathroom, 8,988-square-foot Upper East Side duplex features a private outdoor roof space (there’s 5,261 square feet of outdoor space in total), en-suite bathrooms in all the bedrooms and wrap-around terraces.

The building itself also boasts quite an interesting backstory. It was originally designed in 1940 by Kenneth B. Norton, but not completed until 1950 as construction was halted during World War II. After purchasing the building in 2010, Extell hired Beyer Blinder Belle to convert the structure into condos. The job cost a reported $350 million and Extell’s President Gary Barnett told The New York Times that the decision to preserve the building was “actually more expensive than if we tore the damn building down and built it again.”

Check out the floor plan here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper East Side

795 Fifth Avenue, The Pierre, highest prewar coop in Manhattan, Martin Zweig’s former apartment

Desperate times call for desperate measures? This dazzling former home to eccentric stock investor Martin Zweig has just received a near 50 percent price cut by the late investor’s widow, Barbara Zweig, who is now asking a mere $63 million. The 41st floor co-op at the Pierre first hit the market in 2013 for what would have been a record-breaking $125 million, but the home didn’t sell—even after being slashed to $95 million in December 2013. Now it looks like Zweig just wants to rid herself of the property which occupies the top three levels of the Pierre.

The penthouse is the highest prewar co-op apartment in Manhattan, meaning not only do you have views of the skyline, but you’re also part of the skyline. But that’s not to discount the 360-degree vistas of the city, which include all of Central Park. So, will someone bite at $63 mill?

Let’s take a look inside

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

39 Vestry Street, large private balcony, large skylight, duplex penthouse

If you’re looking to drop $7.5 million on a showstopper in a prime location, you’re going to love this North Tribeca duplex penthouse at 39 Vestry Street. The Jessica Shaw-designed home sets the bar high with a northern skylight climbing from 11 feet to 22 feet and covering the entire living and dining areas. And it only gets better from there.

More inside

Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

This Awesome $10.8M Soho Pad Will Make Your Head Swim

By Aisha Carter, Mon, January 26, 2015

45 Greene Street, Soho Cast Iron District, multiple outdoor terraces, swimming pool

There’s an impressive new listing at 45 Greene Street in Soho’s Cast Iron District, asking $10.8 million. For that sum, you can get a two-bedroom duplex penthouse loft with 5,400 square feet of space, two terraces, and one of New York’s rarest and most treasured gems: a swimming pool. Do we have your attention now?

More pics here

Interiors, Nolita, Restaurants

chefs club restaurant by food and wine, puck building, 295 lafayette, puck building restaurant

There’s been plenty of talk about the luxurious penthouses that top off the historic Puck Building. But just below these spectacular homes is an equally stunning space that’s sure to take your breath away—or at least get your stomach rumbling. Archdaily brings us on a tour of the Chefs Club, a brand new dining experience dreamt up by the folks over at Food & Wine magazine. The sleek eatery opened just last fall to rave reviews, and it’s no surprise; the Chefs Club by Food & Wine is exactly what you’d hope it is: the magazine’s “Best New Chefs” and an international roster of rockstar cooks whipping up meals unlike any you’ve had before.

Take a tour of the spectacular interiors here

Celebrities, lincoln square, Recent Sales

150 columbus avenue penthouse, marv albert

Though it was originally reported that famed sportscaster Marv Albert sold his sprawling penthouse at 150 Columbus Avenue for $15 million, city records released today show that the 3,553-square-foot pad actually sold for $13 million after being listed in May. Marv and his wife, former ESPN producer Heather Albert, originally purchased the home in 1996 for $2.39 million, turning a pretty impressive profit in time for their move downtown to Tribeca.

Take a look inside here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Midtown East

5 Tudor City Place Penthouse, Midtown East

If you missed the opportunity in 2013 to snap up this one-of-a-kind Midtown East penthouse that played home to Spiderman’s green nemesis, you’re in luck. Back on the market for a cool $2 million–$400,000 more than when it was last listed–this duplex residence at Windsor Tower features dramatic proportions, which made it the perfect pad for Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin in the popular movie.

Learn more about this one-of-a-kind home

Featured Story

Features, real estate trends

past and future real estate trends

It’s that time of year when we take a look back at the biggest stories of the year and look ahead at what’s to come. And if 2014 was the year of the ultra-luxury listing, 2015 shows no sign of cooling down.

This past year saw major increases from 2013, with $16.8 billion in residential sales, over 17 percent of which was accounted for by purchases over $10 million. Plus, the top 25 sales of the year all closed for over $25 million. News of big sales at One57 will likely continue, with 520 Park Avenue vying for the title of most-talked-about building. We’ll also start hearing more from 30 Park Place, 432 Park Avenue, and the Woolworth Residences. To help you visualize all of these high-rolling record setters and predictions, the folks at CityRealty have put together some handy charts and infographics.

Check out the year in review and 2015 predictions here

Celebrities, Upper West Side 

All of Meredith Vieira’s hard work has certainly paid off. According to the Post, the journalist-slash-talk-show-host-slash-game-show-host has just scooped up a penthouse at the El Dorado. The home is a three-bedroom stunner with two large terraces and Central Park reservoir views. The final closing price has yet to be revealed, but it was last asking $8.55 million in May when it went into contract. The previous owners paid $5.95 million for it back in 2011—surely a recent, beautiful, never-lived-in renovation helped give this CPW pad a price boost.

Have a peek inside

Art, Design, Interiors, Midtown East, Quirky Homes

1100architect, pop art apartment nyc, pop art penthouse

This home, which was previously your average-fair Midtown penthouse, was transformed by 1100 Architect to represent the playful and vibrant Pop art sensibility of the artists their clients admire most. With an art collection boasting names like Warhol, Riley, Lichtenstein and others, this penthouse renovation could be a mini-MoMA. The interior furnishings reflect the Pop style’s infamous geometric forms and hard-polished surfaces like marble agglomerate floors, lacquer, stainless steel, glass, and plastic.

Tour this bright pad here

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