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Aerial view of One High Line, home of the past week's top contract (The Corcoran Group) Aerial view of One High Line, home of the past week's top contract (The Corcoran Group)
In the latest chapter of the saga of One High Line, a penthouse in the two-towered, Bjarke Ingels-designed development had Manhattan's top contract as April 2023 drew to a close: A half-floor penthouse home near the top of the west tower entered contract with an asking price of $28,000,000. By virtue of its location in the taller of the two towers and the unique tilt of the buildings, the unidentified buyer will enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan's Downtown and Midtown skylines. They will be able to enjoy them from both the expansive interiors and the private loggia off the living/dining room.
The penthouse at One High Line was not the only downtown penthouse to triumph last week: Penthouse #9B at 90 Morton Street, a printing factory turned luxury condominium in the West Village, entered contract with a $19,150,000 asking price for the fourth-highest contract of the past week. Public records indicate that the previous owner purchased it from the sponsor for $11,608,050 in June 2019; since then, they have brought in acclaimed designer Natalia Miyar to further spruce up the space.
But for some luxury buyers, even the most spacious and well-appointed penthouse is not enough. To that end, townhouses accounted for two of the top five contracts from the end of April 2023. The top townhouse contract and second-highest overall was for 45 East 74th Street, a five-story limestone house asking $26,500,000. Olshan Realty's market report listed the seller as Zhang Xin, a Chinese property developer who bought the house for $26 million in 2013, shortly after renovations were complete. The buyer was identified only as an international individual who is moving their family's primary residence to New York.

45 East 74th Street comes with all the bells and whistles, including but not limited to three wood-burning fireplaces, a full-floor primary suite, a landscaped garden, a fully built-out roof terrace, and a basement swimming pool with steam sauna and spa shower. But 230 West 11th Street, which had the third-highest contract at a $23,500,000 ask, is being delivered as a vacant shell with Landmarks Preservation Commission-approved plans. The current seller has not been identified, but former New York City deputy mayor Vicki Been sold it for $18.8 million in 2022. The Real Deal provided that information and noted that she and husband Richard Revesz, New York University law school dean emeritus, bought it for less than $2 million in 2002.
21-East-26th-Street-01 The Whitman Mansion, #2 (Brown Harris Stevens); Jeff Gordon (Jeff Gordon wins Phoenix - February 27, 2011 by AARPSocialMediaderivative work: F1fans (talk) - Jeff_Gordon_wins_Phoenix_-_February_27,_2011.jpg, CC BY 2.0,
Also last week, a full-floor home at The Whitman Mansion owned by NASCAR champion turned broadcaster Jeff Gordon entered contract for the asking price of $12,995,000 in the sixth-highest contract of the week less than three weeks after it went on the market. Mr. Gordon paid $10 million for it in 2013 and has clearly made it his own -- when the New York Post announced the listing, it noted the free-form graffiti art in two of the children's rooms to reflect their interests (Star Wars and Harry Potter).

The buyer was not identified, but they are in esteemed company -- Jennifer Lopez owns the penthouse, and Chelsea Clinton has a full-floor unit one floor below Mr. Gordon's. Additionally, the contract comes less than a month and a half after hedge fund trader John Silvetz's apartment in the building entered contract with an $11,995,000 ask.

500-West-18th-Street-01 One High Line, #WESTPH34A (The Corcoran Group)
High Line condos
West Chelsea condos
NYC condos
From the Listing:
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 293-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 en-suite 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.
19 Available Listings for Sale from $2,330,000

45-East-74th-Street-01 45 East 74th Street, #TH (The Corcoran Group)
Upper East Side townhouses
NYC townhouses
45 East 74th Street
From the Listing:
This 20-foot wide townhouse was built by Joseph Pell Lombardi Architects in 2012 that brought this townhouse to its current neo-Roman Limestone clad elegant design while being on one of the Upper East Side’s most desirable locations between Park and Madison Avenue. This rare turn-key elevator townhouse features an Italian Limestone facade with classic architectural details, as a finely tuned nod to the original townhouse design from 1879 by architect James E. Ware, with strikingly modern and contemporary interiors spanning approximately 9,000 square feet throughout six finely appointed levels and multiple terraces.

Welcomed by a classically designed portico on the parlor level, a Caliza Limestone-clad entry foyer/gallery spanning the full width of this townhouse leads to contemporary designed spaces with a sculptural elliptical staircase that sweeps throughout each level of this townhouse with beautiful Oak millwork paneling. The parlor level also houses a library/ lounge with one of three wood-burning fireplaces, ideal for casual entertaining, and serviced by a butler’s pantry and dumbwaiter with direct access to the garden below.

230-West-11th-Street-01 230 West 11th Street, #TH (Brown Harris Stevens)
West Village townhouses
NYC townhouses
From the Listing:
Located on tree-lined West 11th Street between Waverly Place and West 4th Street, 230 West 11th Street is a rare 25-foot-wide Italianate townhome. This exceptional property features soaring ceilings on every level - reaching almost 13’ high, a sunny terrace on the third floor, three wood-burning fireplaces, and a gorgeous south garden.

Built in 1860, this tall brick house of the Italianate period was built for Jacob Huyler, who was in the ice trade. It has segmental-arched windows and doorways, and the roof cornice has a series of single brackets separated by diamond-shaped panels. Set in the heart of West Village, one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods, 230 West 11th Street is moments away from some of the best restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and parks NYC has to offer.

90-Morton-Street-01 90 Morton Street, #PH9B (Reuveni LLC)
West Village condos
NYC lofts
NYC condos
From the Listing:
A central entrance gallery serves as the spine of the 3,630 square-foot home, connecting the voluminous living and entertaining areas with the distinctly private bedroom wing. A large powder room, coat closet, and an oversized walk-in fitted storage room are discreetly located off the gallery.In addition, the residence has its own storage located in the basement.

The sprawling 33’ x 23’ great room offers multiple generous sitting areas and a banquet-sized dining area, with a marvelous gray travertine gas fireplace serving as the centerpiece of the room. Abundant southern light and mesmerizing downtown skyline views permeate the space through oversized black steel windows. Oversized steel doors lead to the most coveted feature of the residence - a 633-square-foot south and west-facing terrace. Floating high above the west village, this outdoor oasis is fully equipped with gas, water, and electric connections. Illustrious Hudson River and skyline views serve as the perfect backdrop for outdoor dining, lounging, and entertaining.
4 Available Listings for Sale from $1,300,000

205-East-85th-Street-01 The Brompton, #PH2CD (The Corcoran Group)
Yorkville condos
Upper East Side condos
NYC condos
From the Listing:
Penthouse 2CD at this Robert A.M Stern-designed building is the result of a custom combination of two penthouses into one grand residence with stunning skyline views. Welcomed by a palatial entry gallery measuring over 45 feet long, this penthouse features high ceilings measuring 11 feet tall. The entry gallery leads to an expansive corner living room with oversized windows featuring dramatic skyline and Upper East Side views. This space is centered by a fireplace and complemented by an additional space, ideal for a library, den, or music room.

Opposite the grandly scaled living room is an equally impressive formal dining room measuring over 34 feet wide, with eight exposures facing south and east, providing the ideal space for entertaining. A proper eat-in chef’s kitchen with a multiple burner range, dual refrigerators by Sub-Zero, and generous counter space and pantry storage with a butler’s pantry area and three separate entrances provides the perfect entertaining layout with space for casual everyday dining. The eastern wing of this penthouse is configured to accommodate three en-suite bedrooms, which could be configured to accommodate a library, playroom, or staff suite.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $3,850,000
1 Available Listing for Rent for $19,950/month

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