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The Hampshire House, #27 (Douglas Elliman) and Rupert Murdoch (David Shankbone - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15048578) The Hampshire House, #27 (Douglas Elliman) and Rupert Murdoch (David Shankbone - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15048578)
Manhattan Sales:

  • For the week ending May 12, 2023, $554,732,363 worth of transactions across 243 condo, condop, and cooperative deals were recorded
  • 112 condo sales came to an aggregate price of $359,967,084
  • Nine condop sales came to an aggregate price of $13,834,000
  • 122 co-op sales came to an aggregate price of $180,931,279

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been all over the current events, business, and gossip pages over the past several weeks. Most recently, he has made real estate news with his purchase of a full-floor home at The Hampshire House for $32,500,000, or $5.2 million above the last listed price when it came on the market this past winter and entered contract a few short weeks later. The Real Deal notes that Mr. Murdoch paid the high price to win a bidding war over the apartment, and that the sale comes months after he took a loss on a full-floor Flatiron District apartment in October 2022. (His downtown triplex penthouse remains on the market for $46,000,000.)

Mr. Murdoch is the latest luminary to own this Central Park-facing home with seven bedrooms, five and a half baths, 6,500 interior square feet, and a massive private terrace overlooking Central Park. It was sold by the estate of hedge fund powerhouse Julian H. Robertson Jr. following his death in August 2022. Mr. Robertson purchased it from Alice Tully, the opera singer/philanthropist who has been honored by having the chamber music hall at Lincoln Center named for her.
555-West-22nd-Street-01 The Cortland, #22AW (Core Group Marketing LLC)
Downtown, The Cortland recorded a total of $40,259,500 between two closed sales over the past week. The top condo sale was for #22AW, a five-bedroom, 4,091-square-foot home that sold for $23,504,750, or slightly above the last asking price of $23,500,000. It was trailed by #22BW, which closed for $16,754,750, also a small fraction above ask. The buyers of both units were identified through two separate LLCs.
The past week's top condo sale outside The Cortland and fourth-highest overall was a duplex townhouse unit with a private garden at 109 East 79th Street that sold for $16,100,000, or $1.4 million below the last asking price of $17,500,000. The recorded sale comes months after two penthouses in the building led Manhattan's top sales, and at a time when there are no publicly listed availabilities in the highly successful Upper East Side boutique building.

150-Central-Park-South-01 The Hampshire House (CityRealty)
Central Park co-ops The Hampshire House, #27 (Douglas Elliman)
Midtown West co-ops
NYC co-ops
From the Listing:
Once in a lifetime does the most remarkable home come to the market. This is one of those, from its provenance to its breadth of over 100 feet precisely centered over Central Park with west and east windows at each end. Few buildings accommodate a full floor apartment comprised of approximately 6,500 square feet of interior space.

No other home on Central Park offers a 38’ x 20’ living room with 18’ 3" ceilings and three arched doors, each soaring over 15’ high, and opening onto the terrace and the park. This is a perfect home that combines oversized windows with views, and still has walls to accommodate a great art collection or over scaled art work.

The entry gallery, with its own view of the park, is a hint of the glorious rooms it opens onto, a perfect space connecting the formal dining room and grand living room. Beyond the living room is a room originally designed to be the home’s library, at 28’x19’, three oversized windows and a fireplace, it is currently the primary bedroom and sitting area. There is a spacious dressing room, en-suite bath with separate shower, and soaking tub. There is direct and access to a secondary bedroom currently set up as a home gym. In addition to the primary suite and gym, there are five secondary bedrooms, each generously sized, most with en-suite bathrooms in addition to two powder rooms, all with open southern exposures and full of sunlight.
9 Available Listings for Sale from $6,250,000

555-West-22nd-Street-01 The Cortland, #22AW (Core Group Marketing LLC)
West Chelsea condos
Chelsea condos
From the Listing:
Residence 22AW is 4,091 square feet with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. The expansive, open-plan living and dining areas feature unobstructed views of the Hudson River, a 28-foot corner great room with a fireplace, a windowed eat-in kitchen with a custom Olson Kundig-designed Jackbox, warm wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The primary bedroom suite offers a fireplace and double walk-in closets. The amenity program is the heart of the residential experience at The Cortland.
12 Available Listings for Sale from $2,750,000
3 Available Listings for Rent from $11,000/month

555-West-22nd-Street-02 The Cortland, #22BW (Core Group Marketing LLC)
NYC condos
West Chelsea apartments
From the Listing:
Inspired by West Chelsea’s historical architecture and rich heritage, The Cortland, located at 555 West 22nd Street, is striking a new presence on the Hudson waterfront. Hand-crafted and American-made, The Cortland represents a unique collaboration between two architectural icons, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Olson Kundig. Uniting elegant design and exceptional attention to detail, The Cortland is a building that will stand for generations to come.

Residence 22BW is 2,933 square feet with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The expansive, open-plan living and dining areas feature unobstructed views of the Hudson River, a 29-foot corner great room, family room, a kitchen with a custom Olson Kundig-designed Jackbox and a walk-in pantry, warm wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The primary bedroom suite offers a fireplace and double walk-in closets.
12 Available Listings for Sale from $2,750,000
3 Available Listings for Rent from $11,000/month

109-East-79th-Street-01 109 East 79th Street, #TH (The Corcoran Group)
Carnegie Hill condos
Upper East Side condos
From the Listing:
Located just off Park Avenue on one of the most coveted streets on the Upper East Side, 109 East 79 is a masterpiece of residential design by world-renowned Steven Harris Architects. Developed by Legion Investment Group, 109 East 79 rises 20 stories and takes its place comfortably among its Gilded Age neighbors, with views sweeping over historic townhouse gardens to the north and east and light-filled East 79th Street and Park Avenue to the south. The buildings facade of fluted limestone and masonry brick, with vast stretches of casement-style windows, offers a timeless addition to a storied streetscape.

Harris, known for private commissions with clients in New York City, the Hamptons, and Napa Valley, has infused 109 East 79 with his richly curated aesthetic. The soaring double-height lobby, lounge, and library, are replete with custom fabrics and furnishings, and overlook a private viewing garden with a cascading fountain. Upstairs, a double-height fitness center features an international squash / sports court with retractable basketball hoop and yoga studio, overlooking the garden below. Additional amenities include a spa equipped with treatment rooms, sauna, and hair salon, a screening room, golf simulator, and a game room.

15-East-30th-Street-01 Madison House, #57A (Douglas Elliman)
NoMad condos
Murray Hill condos
NYC condos
From the Listing:
This 3,391 square foot four-bedroom, four and a half-bath residence opens into an elegant entry foyer, leading to a living and dining room encased with 10-foot tall windows with North, East and West views. Gachot-designed custom rift-cut cabinetry accentuates the open kitchen, with a honed Calacatta Borghini marble waterfall island and backsplash. Gaggenau appliances including a cooktop, combi-steam oven, convection double oven, refrigerator, and wine refrigerator outfit the kitchen. White oak 5-inch plank floors and 9-foot solid walnut doors are featured throughout the residence.

A private vestibule separates the living area from the primary bedroom suite, creating a sense of privacy. A chic walk-in closet designed by DDC with functionality and durability in mind, features reflective smoked glass, custom shelving and integrated LED lighting. The en suite primary bath offers honed Bianco Dolomiti marble on the walls as well as floors, which are heated, with a custom Gachot-designed vanity and mirror.
13 Available Listings for Sale from $1,895,000
6 Available Listings for Rent from $8,450/month

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