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220 Central Park South (Vornado Realty Trust) 220 Central Park South (Vornado Realty Trust)
Manhattan Sales:

  • For the week ending August 18, 2023, $509,878,633 worth of transactions across 205 condo, condop, and cooperative deals were recorded
  • 92 condo sales came to an aggregate price of $366,506,060
  • 14 condop sales came to an aggregate price of $18,962,991
  • 99 co-op sales came to an aggregate price of $124,220,132

Real estate typically hits a summer lull in the weeks leading up to Labor Day, and indeed, nearly 100 fewer sales were recorded for the week ending August 18, 2023 than the previous week. However, the year's highest-priced sale to date was recorded during that time: An apartment at 220 Central Park South, where Ken Griffin's purchase still holds the record of the most expensive home in the United States, sold for $80,000,000. When The Wall Street Journal announced the sale of the nearly 8,000-square-foot apartment, it noted that an entity linked to investment firm Nima Capital had purchased it for $65.59 million in 2020. The current buyer was not identified, and further details about the apartment were not available.
The sale at 220 Central Park South was the past week's highest by a comfortable margin. The second-highest was Penthouse #20 at 109 East 79th Street, which sold for $35,000,000, exactly the price listed in the building's offering plan. The four-bedroom, five and a half-bath sponsor unit spans 5,721 interior square feet and is topped with a private roof terrace with outdoor fireplace and panoramic views. The buyer conducted the transaction through an LLC.
But for all the allure of new buildings, the Old World elegance of Fifth and Park Avenues is not to be counted out. The top co-op sale and third-highest overall took place at the J.E.R. Carpenter-designed 810 Fifth Avenue, where the eighth-floor apartment and a storage unit combined sold for $14,500,000. Public records list the buyer as business executive David Amini.

It was trailed slightly by a penthouse at The Parkside, a Palazzo-style prewar building two blocks east. The three-bedroom home's closing price of $12,675,000 marks a $7.1 million reduction since it was initially listed in October 2021, but was nevertheless good enough for the fourth-highest sale of the week.
Rounding out the top sales was the 55th floor of Madison Square Park Tower, which had the top downtown sale at $12,300,000, or slightly below the asking price when it entered contract in July 2023. The sale of the four-bedroom, four-bath home was recorded shortly after another four-bed a few floors below was recorded

220-Central-Park-South-01 220 Central Park South (Vornado Realty Trust)
1 Available Listing for Sale for $19,950,000

109-East-79th-Street-01 109 East 79th Street, #PH20 (The Corcoran Group)
Living room with floor-to-ceiling windows leading to terrace
Kitchen with center island and terrace access
Private terrace with outdoor fireplace
From the Listing:
Spanning a full floor and stretching to 5,721 square feet with 3,666 square feet of private outdoor space, Penthouse 20 is a magnificent residence meticulously designed by Steven Harris Architects. Offering four bedrooms and a library, four ensuite bathrooms, and a powder room, this gracious home features lofty 11’0” ceilings and 100’ of continuous south-facing entertaining spaces with adjacent terrace, and a private roof terrace with outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Elegant architectural details and materials throughout include expansive casement style windows in a white bronze finish, 4” wide rift and quarter sawn American white oak flooring set in a chevron pattern in all living areas, recessed panel stile and rail doors with burnished nickel Nanz hardware, and custom plaster cornices in all primary rooms, hallways, vestibules, primary bathrooms, and powder rooms.

Through a private and keyed entry vestibule finished with St. Clair marble flooring and wire brushed rift cut European white oak wall paneling with integrated closets, residents are greeted by a steel and tempered art glass entry door leading into a light-filled entrance gallery with a soaring 24’ ceiling. Ascend to the private roof terrace via the elevator or grand staircase custom designed by Steven Harris Architects. The roof is outfitted with a dining area, outdoor kitchen with grill, multiple lounge areas, fireplace, and all are connected via a magnificent Crepe Myrtle tree allée.

810-Fifth-Avenue-01 810 Fifth Avenue (CityRealty)
Living room with ornately carved fireplace and Central Park views 810 Fifth Avenue, #8FL (Brown Harris Stevens)
Foyer with herringbone floors leading to entertaining rooms
Central Park and Billionaires' Row views
From the Listing:
This exceptional private full floor residence occupies the entire 8th floor in one of Fifth Avenue’s most sought after prewar limestone-clad cooperatives, ideally located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 62nd Street. An elegant and gracious gallery opens on to a wonderful living room and a well-proportioned corner library, both of which capture stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline through oversized picture windows. The living room and the library each enjoy a wood burning fireplace. Adjacent to the living room is a grand formal dining room, which can easily seat 18 guests.

The oversized eat-in-kitchen and butler’s pantry are easily accessed from the dining room. The private eastern wing of the residence includes a double primary bedroom suite, featuring two full en-suite bathrooms and two dressing rooms. The suite has wonderful south facing views over the stately Knickerbocker Club, as well as easy access to an adjacent study, which can also be entered through the center gallery.

525-Park-Avenue-01 The Parkside, #PHA (Brown Harris Stevens)
Living room with fireplace and terrace access
Foyer leading to entertaining areas
Private terrace with city views
From the Listing:
This stunning pre-war condominium penthouse represents New York City living at its finest. Entering the penthouse through a private vestibule, one is greeted by a wide gallery featuring oversized windows facing north, south, and west onto an enormous wrap terrace that envelopes the apartment.

The interior of the apartment is in mint condition, with every detail has been meticulously crafted to create a seamless flow between rooms. The formal corner dining room is the perfect place to host dinner parties. The eat-in kitchen is a chef’s dream, with top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinetry, and finishes which surround an oversized marble-topped center island. This immaculate penthouse has eight generously proportioned rooms, including three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a formal dining room, a corner living room, an eat-in kitchen, and a stately wood-paneled library.
4 Available Listings for Sale from $2,500,000

45-East-22nd-Street-01 Madison Square Park Tower, #55A (Official)
Corner living room with skyline views
Windowed kitchen with centered island and integrated appliances
Primary bedroom with skyline views
From the Listing:
The ultimate 360-degree views in New York City. Comprising the entire 55th Floor of Madison Square Park Tower, Penthouse 55 offers 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms across 4,651 square feet. Featuring dramatic outlooks, designer interiors, and unrivaled building amenities, this is truly one of the most spectacular homes available. A private elevator landing opens into an impressive 40-foot long Great Room, perfect for grand-scale entertaining and dining.

Ten-foot floor-to-ceiling windows frame iconic western and northern views of The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building, MetLife Clock Tower, One Vanderbilt, Hudson Yards, the East River, Hudson River and beyond. The adjacent South-facing eat-in chef’s kitchen with equally impressive vistas features Molteni custom cabinetry with Nanz hardware and honed marble countertops. Appliances by Sub-Zero and Miele include a gas cooktop, wall oven, built-in microwave, two dishwashers, and wine refrigerator. Wake up to eastern sunrise views in the primary bedroom suite, occupying two magnificent corners of the apartment.
2 Available Listings for Sale from $6,599,000
2 Available Listings for Rent from $24,500/month

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