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322 East 57th Street, #4/5B, the Paul Rudolph-designed home of neurosurgeon Dr. Vallo Benjamin (Brown Harris Stevens) 322 East 57th Street, #4/5B, the Paul Rudolph-designed home of neurosurgeon Dr. Vallo Benjamin (Brown Harris Stevens)
Central Park Tower is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere and home to the highest private residential club and ballroom in the world. It racked up another superlative with the most expensive sale of last week: The full-floor Residence #124 closed for a whopping $50,012,810. The closing comes about four weeks after the contract was signing and just under $16 million below the last asking price of $66 million (h/t The Real Deal). It also comes about a week after the full-floor home two stories down closed for $44,917,250, or 31.4% below the last asking price.

The second-highest sale of the past week took place in the city's fifth-tallest building: 35 Hudson Yards, where the four-bedroom, four and a half-bath Residence #8201 closed for $13,104,750, or 12.6% below the last asking price.
But for all the panoramic views and soaring heights of New York's newest supertalls, the Old World elegance of the Upper West Side should not be overlooked. The third-highest sale took place in The Belnord, the New York City Landmark and recent condo conversion that got new attention for its use as the exteriors for Only Murders in the Building; a massive five-bedroom unit closed for $10,825,500. It was trailed by a four-bedroom condo at 378 West End Avenue, a nearby combination of a prewar building and a new tower, that closed for $9,450,000.

Notable Sales

Vallo Benjamin

322 East 57th Street 322 East 57th Street (CityRealty)
322-East-57th-Street-01 322 East 57th Street, #4/5B (Brown Harris Stevens)
Midtown East co-ops
NYC co-ops
322 East 57th Street
Dr. Vallo Benjamin was a celebrated neurosurgeon and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Health, but his brilliance extended beyond the world of medicine: After years of searching for an apartment with a double-height ceiling, he worked closely with architect Paul Rudolph for years to remodel it to his exacting standards. The result was, as he described it to The New York Times, "a pure white architectural space where art objects would stand out [and] a cloistered retreat from the city."

Dr. Benjamin's estate listed the apartment following his 2021 death, and public records identify the buyer as furniture curator Raquel Cayre, whose work has been featured in Vogue, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, and Elle Decor. She is the latest luminary to move into the building; in addition to Dr. Benjamin, previous residents have included Senator Jacob Javits, Orson Welles, New York Magazine founder Clay Felker, and Art Deco painter Tamara Lempicka.

From the Listing:
Step out of a private elevator landing into this unique and sprawling duplex home with grand proportions, renovated by Paul Rudolph, the famed midcentury architect and former chair of Yale University’s Department of Architecture. As you enter the apartment, the eye is drawn to a magnificent living room with a double height ceiling and wood burning fire place. (The building is among the very few in NYC with double height living rooms). The two 14’ north facing windows generate brilliant light. The immensely gracious living room is perfect for entertaining and is open to a large dining room. To the left of the entry gallery is a chef’s kitchen.

Three bedrooms complete the upper level. The large primary bedroom has a luxurious en-suite bath, as well as access to a sauna with a shower (which can be converted into another full bath). The second bedroom, also, has a bath en-suite and ample closet space. The third bedroom has a half bath and direct access to the sauna and shower.
1 Available Listing for Sale from $5,600,000

Willard Taylor and Virginia Davies

165-Charles-Street-01 165 Charles Street (CityRealty)
In October 2022, attorneys/philanthropists Willard Taylor and Virginia Davies sold their penthouse in an Emory Roth-designed building in the West Village to Bravo powerhouse Andy Cohen for $18,210,000. They did not go far, though — public records indicate that they bought a new apartment in a modern new West Village development.
3 Available Listings for Sale from $7,950,000

Michael and Amy Saivetz

235-East-22nd-Street-01 The Gramercy House (Compass)
Michael Saivetz is the third generation of leadership at textile firm Richloom, which counts RVs and cruise ships among their markets. However, he and his wife Amy have a bigger space in mind for themselves: Public records indicate that they bought two apartments next to each other at The Gramercy House, possibly with the indication of combining them into one large home.
4 Available Listings for Sale from $395,000

Top Sales
217-West-57th-Street-01 Central Park Tower (Extell)
Billionaires' Row condos
14 Available Listings for Sale from $6,500,000
3 Available Listings for Rent from $29,000/month

35-Hudson-Yards-01 35 Hudson Yards, #8201 (The Corcoran Group)
Hudson Yards condos
Midtown West condos
NYC supertalls
From the Listing:
This expertly planned four-bedroom residence boasts 10’10" ceilings, lavish satin finish wide plank French oak floors, and stunning views of the Hudson River from every room. The expansive corner Great Room and separate dining room make this the perfect home for entertaining! The windowed eat-in kitchen has been outfitted with luxurious Smallbone of Devizes cabinetry with opal white marble counters and backsplash. Full suite of Gaggenau appliances, inclusive of a wine fridge and coffee maker, truly make this kitchen extraordinary. The corner primary bedroom boasts two large walk-in closets and a luxurious windowed primary bathroom which is wrapped in stunning iceberg quartzite, complete with stunning double vanity with Kinon panels, and full depth soaking tub. The second, third, and forth bedrooms are all equipped with en-suite baths. The utility room with side-by-side washer/dryer, and handsome onyx-clad powder room, are both conveniently located off the main hallway.
12 Available Listings for Sale from $6,135,000
2 Available Listings for Rent from $19,950/month

225-West-86th-Street-01 The Belnord, #1015 (Douglas Elliman)
Upper West Side condos
NYC condos
NYC landmarks
From the Listing:
This unique five bedroom, four and a half bathroom home is the only residence off the landing. Masterfully re-envisioned by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, it offers 10-foot ceilings, fully restored, oversized mahogany windows, and white oak floors with chevron and plank patterns throughout. Upon arrival, a formal entry foyer leads into the expansive great room and adjacent dining room and open kitchen. The kitchen, overlooking Broadway, is custom designed by Molteni, featuring Calacatta Gold marble countertops and backsplash, white lacquer custom cabinetry, state-of-the-art appliances by Gaggaenau, and a 45-bottle Sub-Zero wine refrigerator.

The lavish primary suite overlooks the 22,000-square-foot private courtyard garden, and boasts an abundance of closet space, a mixed foyer entry way, and a spa-like, windowed master bathroom, richly appointed in Siberian white slab marble with radiant heated floors. A deep soaking tub and custom designed vanities with Kohler, Dornbracht, and Kallista accessories complete this rejuvenating sanctuary. The three additional bedrooms are equally impressive, each with en-suite closets and luxurious bathrooms equipped with Grigio Niccola stone, radiant heated floors, and vanities by Molteni.
10 Available Listings for Sale from $4,150,000

378-West-End-Avenue-01 378 West End Avenue, #10C (Compass)
West End Avenue condos
Upper West Side condos
NYC condos
From the Listing:
The residences at 378 West End Avenue are designed for the way people live today. Each of the fifty-eight residences, designed by COOKFOX and developed by Alchemy Properties, has gracious proportions and rich materiality. There is a wonderful interplay between the classic and contemporary. Top-of-the-line technology includes building water and air filtration systems, and elevators outfitted with state-of-the-art touchless technology.

With over 11,000 square feet of amenities including a 75-foot lap pool, a private garage and drop off, parking (for an additional fee), private garden, music recording studio and practice room, basketball court, squash court, fitness center, movie room, reading room and lounge with pool table, the space outside your apartment is as special as your private residence.
7 Available Listings for Sale from $5,975,000

212-West-18th-Street-01 Walker Tower, #16D (The Corcoran Group)
Chelsea condos
NYC condo conversions
NYC condos
From the Listing:
The pinnacle of downtown luxury living, Residence 16D at Walker Tower merges 2,168 square feet of exceptional craftsmanship and unprecedented attention to detail. Soaring ceilings and sweeping north and eastern views of the Empire State Building, Hudson Yards and the midtown skyline are framed through grand scale, floor-to-ceiling casement windows throughout.

Through the gracious entry foyer, the main living space of the home was impeccably designed with an ethanol fireplace framed by custom built-in bookshelves and storage. Unique for Walker Tower, the living space in 16D is extra wide, providing ample room for entertaining. The dining area can easily accommodate a table for 10+ guests with ease. Adjacent to the living and dining areas, the custom-designed Smallbone kitchen is equipped with marble and limestone countertops, Dornbracht fixtures and top-of-the-line appliances including an induction cooktop, Viking wall oven and warming drawer, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, Miele speed oven and built-in coffee maker. Separate from the living space, the corner primary suite is grand in scale, boasting spectacular views and incredible storage.

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