New York City has an allure like no other; It has somehow become synonymous with a vision of success with thousands of hopefuls flocking to the Big Apple every year to try to make it big. Real estate is a hot commodity and to own in the city at all you’ve got to shell out some serious dough; one piece of square footage can go for thousands. Take a look at 5 of the most expensive homes ever sold in the city that never sleeps.
1. 220 Central Park South – $238 Million
The most expensive sale in not only the city of New York’s history but that of the United States, this 24 000 square foot penthouse left the market last year in 2019. Ken Griffin, who founded the Chicago based hedge-fund Citadel, has been on a buying spree as of late, lapping up the most expensive properties in Miami, Chicago, and even London. This penthouse takes up floors 50-53 and comes complete with a private motor court, athletic club, spa, and private villa.
2. 12-16 East 62nd St – $120 Million
Currently back up for sale by the exceedingly wealthy Safra banking family, these 3 townhomes were originally destined to create one massive mega-mansion. First listed as a singular property but now available as separate units, the colossal properties were acquired by the Brazilian family back in 2013. Combined they create 73 feet of frontage along the coveted 62nd St in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and with 23 fireplaces, the grandest of grand staircases, 11 terraces, and over 30 000 square feet of living space the right buyer could quite literally live like a king.
3. 157 West 57th St – $100.5 Million
Founder of the uber successful Dell Technologies Inc, Michael Dell made a huge purchase back in 2014 when he dropped over $100 million on the penthouse of Manhattan’s One57 tower. Sitting pretty on the so-called “billionaires’ row” (and it’s obvious why), this 11 000 square foot penthouse is 2 stories tall, with 6-bedrooms, 6-bathrooms, a pool, gym, library, a theatre, and more. At the date of purchase, this was the first New York apartment to officially cross the 100-million-dollar mark.
4. 503 West 24th St — $59 Million
Designed by Peter Marino, “The Getty” at the corner of west 24th and 10th Ave is situated in Manhattan’s desirable West Chelsea neighbourhood. Purchased by a Texas based private equity executive named Robert F. Smith, the beautiful penthouse boasts 10 000 square feet of indoor area including 6 bedrooms and 7 bedrooms including a full floor master suite. The penthouse itself is 2 floors, and it is combined with the unit below. If that isn’t enough room, there’s an additional 2700 square feet of outdoor space complete with a swimming pool.
5. 70 Vestry St — $56 Million
With exteriors done by the esteemed Robert Stern, and custom interiors by Daniel Romualdez (both New York based architectures & designers) the penthouse unit at 70 Vestry St is truly breathtaking. Located on the riverfront, the apartment offers 360-degree city views and completely unobstructed views of the water. There is a 2000 square foot rooftop terrace with an additional 1690 square feet of outdoor area to enjoy, complete with an outdoor kitchen. The 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom apartment is a grand total of 7808 square feet, and was purchased by Italian entrepreneur Silvia Seaglia in December of 2018.
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