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60 East 66th Street, the top contract from September 11-17, 2023 (Leslie J. Garfield) 60 East 66th Street, the top contract from September 11-17, 2023 (Leslie J. Garfield)
The Upper East Side is widely considered the epicenter of Manhattan elegance, and luxury buyers would seem to agree; Upper East Side units accounted for three of the five highest-priced luxury contracts from September 11-17, 2023, and the townhouse at 60 East 66th Street had the top contract by a comfortable margin. However, while its asking price of $13,750,000 was the highest of the past week, it nevertheless represents a 33.9% decrease from when it was initially listed for $20,800,000 in 2012.

According to The Real Deal, developer Thor Equities bought the property for $9.2 million in 2010; from there, it was leased out to upper-floor office units and a grade-level art gallery that, for a time, displayed pieces by the property's onetime neighbor Andy Warhol. In the years that passed, the townhouse went on and off the market, the price steadily went down, and the units on the upper levels were slowly vacated. A key selling point for the limestone house was its ability to be converted to a single-family mansion, and the empty units will make the conversion easier for the unidentified buyer.
A few blocks north of the townhouse, the ninth-floor unit at 733 Park Avenue had the third-highest asking price of the week at $6,200,000. The building itself dates back to the 1970s; however, the four-bedroom, four and a half-bath apartment's flow and proportions are reminiscent of prewar vanguards, much like the classic seven nipping at its heels. Apartment #9B at the Rosario Candela-designed 40 East 66th Street had the fourth-highest asking price at $5,995,000.
Living room with massive bay windows Lantern House, #1104 (The Corcoran Group)
But for all the Upper East Side glamour, hip new downtown buildings remain in high demand. Residence #1104 at Lantern House had the second-highest contract with an asking price of $8,750,000, which Olshan Realty's market report notes represents a reduction from $10,950,000 from when it was listed in summer 2020. The apartment has three beds, three and a half baths, 2,536 interior square feet, and a 1,158-square-foot private terrace overlooking the Hudson River. Further downtown, a two-bedroom at the Renzo Piano-designed 565 Broome Soho tied with 40 East 66th Street for the fourth-highest contract with an asking price of $5,995,000.

60-East-66th-Street-01 60 East 66th Street, #TH (Leslie J. Garfield)
Living room with fireplace
Dining room
Private balcony
From the Listing:
60 East 66th Street is an ideal luxurious Upper East Side single-family conversion opportunity! Set mid-block between Park and Madison Avenues this 20-foot wide, six-story, approximately 9,769-square-foot elevatored townhouse is configured with ten free-market units. Built in 1910 in the Neo-Classical style, this property retains 13’ ceiling heights on the parlor level, and boasts multiple outdoor spaces as well as an architecturally significant facade. With seven neighboring luxurious single-family homes on the block, 60 East 66th Street is the perfect opportunity for a high-end single-family home conversion where neighboring homes have sold for greater than $22M; or with minor upgrades to each unit, a boutique luxury rental in the prime East 60’s district where demand currently exceeds supply.

Other ideal uses may be foundation or foreign government/mission use. 60 East 66th Street is ideally located in the Plaza business district, home to some of Manhattan’s finest shops and restaurants, as well as some of the world’s top financial services and law firms. Other highlights of the location are within walking distance of the city’s finest schools and cultural institutions, Central Park, and in a neighborhood with some of Manhattan’s finest single-family homes.

515-West-18th-Street-01 Lantern House, #1104 (The Corcoran Group)
Living room with oversized bay window and Hudson River views
Bedroom with Hudson Yards views
Private terrace with outdoor kitchen and Empire State Building views
From the Listing:
Residence 1104 is an exquisite three-bedroom, 3.5 bath home with a 1,158-square-foot outdoor terrace offering south, west and north exposures with partial views of the Hudson River. The gracious foyer and large great room lead to beautiful interiors that feature a custom kitchen designed by March & White and including custom bronze finished trim and hardware, Gaggenau appliances including wine refrigeration, a custom suspended light fixture of bronze-finished metal and specialty glass, convex fluted oak cabinetry, Calacatta Venato marble slab countertops and backsplash, 5" wide plank French oak flooring, in-residence side-by-side washer and dryer and ceiling heights of up to 10’9". The primary bedroom suite includes a massive walk-in closet and the windowed en-suite primary bathroom features Nestos Beige marble slab flooring and walls, Polished Opal White marble countertops, a built-in mirror and medicine cabinet with custom-designed bronze-finished metal and specialty glass wall sconces and fluted mirror panels, custom vanity, wall-mounted Toto toilet and radiant floor heating.
9 Available Listings for Sale from $2,350,000
3 Available Listings for Rent from $11,500/month

733-Park-Avenue-01 733 Park Avenue, #9THFLOOR (Sotheby's International Realty)
Corner living room
Windowed kitchen with center island and view of dining room
Dressing room with glimpse of primary bedroom
From the Listing:
The Ninth Floor at 733 Park Avenue is an uncommonly large and gracious residence measuring approximately ~3,500 square feet. The unit has a private elevator landing and occupies the full floor with an elegant flow suitable for both large-scale entertaining and comfortable daily life. Additional features of the residence include lovely hardwood floors and custom moldings, panoramic oversized windows with multiple exposures and direct views of iconic Park Avenue architecture, and an in-unit washer dryer.

The apartment’s custom renovation includes an eat in kitchen with Gaggenau, Sub-Zero, Bosch and Thermador appliance package, an elegant separation of entertaining and bedroom wings, and a huge primary bedroom suite with a commodious dressing room. 733 Park occupies a prime position in the gold coast seventies of Park Avenue and only contains 28 residences, all of which occupy full floors. The treasured full-time staff is wonderfully attentive, especially given the buildings intimate number of units.
1 Available Listing for Sale for $7,450,000

40-East-66th-Street-01 40 East 66th Street (CityRealty)
Living room with fireplace and beamed ceiling 40 East 66th Street, #9B (Sotheby's International Realty)
Windowed kitchen
Primary bedroom with beamed ceiling, oversized closet, and en suite bath
From the Listing:
Residence #9B is a gracious and perfectly proportioned corner Classic 7 in one of the Upper East Side’s only Rosario Candela condominiums. The apartment has been completely upgraded and is in pristine condition throughout with refined appointments. A truly elegant sprawling home. Additional apartment amenities include a wood-burning fireplace, lavish bathrooms, a windowed eat-in-kitchen which has been outfitted with new commercial quality appliances, a separate butlers pantry, and staff quarters.

New PTAC units just installed. The sun-filled west-facing living areas flow perfectly for family living and formal entertaining. The formal dining room is large enough to serve as a great room with a full dining area. A lavish principal bedroom has Central Park views and oversized closets. Also, there are two perfectly scaled bedrooms with en suite baths, and large closets. Building amenities include a full-time doorman/concierge, gym, & bicycle room. The location is one of the most sought after in New York.

565-Broome-Street-01 565 Broome Soho, #N23B (Douglas Elliman)
Living room with curved floor-to-ceiling windows
Foyer with gallery walls leading to living room
Open kitchen with center island
From the Listing:
This gracious 1,923-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom residences with 10’ ceilings and 6 inch wide-plank white oak floors throughout, features expansive north and east-facing views of the Manhattan skyline. A formal entry foyer leads to a breathtaking corner great room and open kitchen ideal for both entertaining and daily living. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps this expansive 16’3 inch x 39’ space allowing for abundant natural light and spectacular north and east-facing vistas through the curved facade.

The kitchen offers a rich mix of materials and textures with custom designed solid fluted white oak cabinets, center island breakfast bar, Balsatina lavastone countertops, and Zucchetti fixtures. Fully integrated, state-of-the-art Miele appliances include a four-burner gas cooktop with built in fully vented hood, 24-inch microwave/ speed oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and wine cooler. The east-facing primary bedroom suite reveals a large walk-in closet and a spacious en-suite five-fixture master bath with an elongated custom white oak vanity and integrated double sinks, a Muse by Kos deep soaking tub, a separate oversized shower and private water closet.
7 Available Listings for Sale from $2,600,000
3 Available Listings for Rent from $5,800/month

200-Amsterdam-Avenue-01 200 Amsterdam Avenue, #12C (Brown Harris Stevens)
Open kitchen with center island
Primary bedroom
Three-bedroom apartment floor plan
From the Listing:
This 2,434-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath condominium features an elegant flow of natural light and space in a gracefully proportioned home. The foyer and gallery leads to a 14’7" x 29’7" living and dining area with 10’ ceilings, custom French White Oak floors in a chevron pattern and soaring, floor to ceiling windows facing east. The large open kitchen offers abundant dining, storage and work space and is a striking showpiece blending slabs of honed Calacatta marble with custom Italian made oak cabinetry and brushed nickel accents.

State-of-the-art appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer and wine chiller, a 48" Wolf Dual Fuel Range and a Miele speed oven, warming drawer and two dishwashers. Above the range, a sleek slab of marble ingeniously conceals an externally vented hood creating an ideal balance of beauty and function. The primary bedroom suite is a peaceful retreat situated on the far end of the residence, and the primary bath features a Calacatta Cielo feature wall, white marble and lacquer vanity with double sinks, Iceberg marble floor with radiant heating, a walk-in shower with marble bench and a deep soaking tub.
16 Available Listings for Sale from $3,100,000

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