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One High Line, #WESTPH32A (The Corcoran Group) One High Line, #WESTPH32A (The Corcoran Group)
The iconic yet ever-evolving New York skyline is home to many eye-catching buildings, and a number of them figured into the top contracts from August 14-20, 2023. One High Line, Bjarke Ingels' addition to West Chelsea, had the top contract with West Penthouse #32A, which is asking $25,000,000. Olshan Realty's luxury market report notes that this represents a small reduction from the $28 million asking price when sales originally launched in 2018, a time when the two-towered building was known as The XI. Now that construction has picked up again following foreclosure- and pandemic-induced pauses, the building has been home to some high-priced contracts, including a $52,000,000 penthouse earlier this summer.

West Penthouse #32A is a half-floor five-bedroom unit with its own private loggia. It is located near the top of the completely residential west tower in the development, and the unidentified buyers will enjoy access to exclusive residential amenities as well as the amenities and services of the Faena Hotel in the east tower.
432-Park-Avenue-01 Primary bath at 432 Park Avenue, #63B overlooking Billionaires' Row (Douglas Elliman)
Further uptown, the supertalls of Billionaires' Row remain powerful draws. The penthouse at One High Line was trailed closely by Residence #63B at the Rafael Vinoly-designed 432 Park Avenue, which was asking $24,500,000. The Olshan Realty report notes that this, too, was originally listed for $28 million, this time in February 2022. If it comes in at the asking price, the unidentified seller would take a loss on it, having paid $24,582,962 in March 2016.

To the west, 111 West 57th Street is the second-highest residential building in New York and the skinniest residential tower in the world, with full-floor and duplex residences commanding spectacular park and skyline views. However, a four-bedroom home in the renovated Steinway Hall component of the new development had the past week's fourth-highest sale with an asking price of $12,950,000. Residence #14N has four bedrooms, four and a half baths, 4,547 square feet of interior square footage, and prewar-inspired design touches throughout.
246-East-49th-Street-01 246 East 49th Street (Compass); Stephen Sondheim (Poemsstories - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=113057718)
Also last week, one of only two Manhattan townhouses to enter contract was 246 East 49th Street, the Turtle Bay Gardens townhouse of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Sondheim that was asking $7,000,000. He bought the townhouse in 1960, fresh off the success of Gypsy on Broadway, and his early years in the house were marked by a feud with then-neighbor Katharine Hepburn. The house has three bedrooms, three and a half baths, direct access to a garden, and a second-floor music studio where Mr. Sondheim wrote many of his celebrated works, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Into the Woods. The house went on the market in July 2023, and images from the late composer's works may be seen throughout the listing.

500-West-18th-Street-01 One High Line, #WESTPH32A (The Corcoran Group)
Living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and river views
Primary bath with separate soaking tub and Lower Manhattan views
Hudson River views as seen from One High Line
From the Listing:
Penthouse W32A at One High Line is a 5,663-square-foot half-floor five-bedroom and five-and-a-half-bathroom residence curated by Gabellini Sheppard Associates. This remarkable home features southern, eastern, and western exposure overlooking the Hudson River, midtown skyline and downtown Manhattan views and beyond. This half-floor penthouse home boasts a generous corner great room and separate living/dining room flanking the home’s 239-square-foot loggia, all receiving an abundance of southern light throughout the day.

The custom chef’s kitchen, designed by Bulthaup and complete with White Princess Quartzite countertops and backsplash, a robust Gaggenau appliance package and stainless-steel fixtures by CEA Design, can be opened into the loggia, creating an atmosphere that is perfect for entertaining. The west-facing primary suite, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, welcomes natural light throughout the day. The elegant, windowed ensuite five-fixture bath is clad in Taj Mahal Quartzite and has radiant heat floors, custom Lumix double-sink vanity, large Hydrosystems freestanding soaking tub and integrated illuminated medicine cabinet.
32 Available Listings for Sale from $2,220,000

432-Park-Avenue-01 432 Park Avenue, #63B (Douglas Elliman)
Corner living room with skyline views
Windowed kitchen with white cabinetry
Corner primary suite with skyline views
From the Listing:
Accessed through a private vestibule, this stunning home is over 4,000 square feet and features 3 bedrooms, library/dining room, 4 full baths and a powder room. Grandly proportioned, with 12’6’ ceilings and 10’x10’ windows featuring open exposures to the north, west and south, the residence is filled with light all day, and offers breathtaking skyline, Central Park, and river views. A gracious foyer leads to a grand 29’ x 29’ corner living room. The dining room/library faces west offering magical sunsets.

The windowed eat-in kitchen includes a breakfast bar overlooking Central Park with custom white lacquer and natural oak cabinetry, Blue de Savoie marble countertops, a 96’ x 51’ Bianco Scintillante marble center island, Miele stainless steel appliances and Dornbracht polished chrome fixtures. The corner primary bedroom suite features light filled open southern and western views and includes spacious closets and a separate dressing area. Two windowed primary bathrooms allow for complete privacy and include radiant heated marble floors and walls of book-matched slabs of Italian Statuario marble.
16 Available Listings for Sale from $3,000,000
5 Available Listings for Rent from $27,500/month

1000-Park-Avenue-01 1000 Park Avenue (CityRealty)
From the market report:
Off-market sale of a duplex co-op combination of 11A and 10E to create 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $6,995,000

111-West-57th-Street-01 111 West 57th Street (David Sundberg)
Living room with double-height ceiling and mezzanine 111 West 57th Street, #14N (The Corcoran Group)
Separate kitchen with center island and high-end appliances
Primary bath with separate soaking tub
From the Listing:
Move right in to Landmark Residence 14N at 111 West 57th Street, which provides an unparalleled opportunity for one who enjoys modern conveniences within grand spaces reminiscent of the pre-war era. An elegant, windowed entry foyer offers white macauba stone floors, and leads into a grand living room with double height ceilings, custom smoke gray oak floors in a parquet pattern, fireplace, and a wet bar. The living room is situated next to a spacious formal dining room offering ample room for entertaining. The separate kitchen is finished with Cristallo Gold quartzite countertops and backsplash, custom hand-crafted cabinetry, and a full suite of Gaggenau appliances. A stunning powder room is located in the entry gallery and is finished in jewel onyx.

The corner primary bedroom, which boasts double height ceilings, is outfitted with a large dressing room and a bathroom clad in Italian white Venato marble and free-standing copper soaking tub handcrafted by William Holland and custom bronze fixtures by P.E. Guerin. The second and third bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms complete the first floor. The staircase leads to a fourth bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a spacious study on the second floor.
6 Available Listings for Sale from $9,250,000

30-Park-Place-01 The Four Seasons Private Residences, #67A (Compass)
Oversized living room with fireplace and river views
Windowed kitchen with peninsula
Corner primary bedroom with river views
From the Listing:
This four-bedroom residence showcases awe-inspiring open city and river views from every window. Drama and grace abound, the grand foyer introduces guests to a formal living room with sunblasted windows and dramatic ceiling heights. Enjoy breathtaking views, including spectacular Northern views of Manhattan, and a picture perfect floorplan for entertaining. The stunning main bedroom suite showcases southern views, dressing room, walk-in closet, and spa-like dual bathrooms, both wrapped in marble. The three additional/guest bedrooms each enjoy en-suite bathrooms and ample closet space. Further enhancements to this luxurious home include a large laundry room, custom built-ins, four-pipe heating and air conditioning, herringbone pattern floors in the formal rooms, all featured in Elle Decor.
9 Available Listings for Sale from $2,650,000
10 Available Listings for Rent from $15,000/month

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