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NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

(Bloomberg) -- Ten people (or companies, or people masquerading as companies) spent a combined half-billion dollars on their Manhattan apartments this year. Impressive as it might seem, the numbers are down significantly from the previous three years. 

The highest point in the market, which this year was represented by a $73.8 million duplex penthouse in a new tower designed by Robert Stern, was down 26 percent from the 2014 high. (That year a penthouse on 57th street with views of Central Park sold for just over $100 million.)

Moreover, in the last 12 months, eight out of the top 10 sales were heavily discounted—one apartment at 157 West 57th street took a $17 million price cut before it found a buyer.

There’s a chance the top of the market has lower to go. “We should think of these prices as an anomaly,” says Jonathan Miller, the president and chief executive officer of appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. “I don’t know if the demand exists for another wave of ultra-luxury units entering onto the market.” The record-breaking sales, he continues, were bound to peter out. “I think frankly this was a circus sideshow rather than something integral to the balance of the housing market.”  

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

And so discounts abound—for those that can afford them.

But before readers rush to lowball apartments everywhere, and developers stop building their super-tall towers, Miller adds a caveat. “I can’t imagine the top of the market being any higher, although I thought the same thing in ‘08,” he says. “Now we have stuff that’s twice as high.”

The top 10 list, below.

$73.8 Million for 520 Park Avenue’s Unit DPPH60

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 9,138
Beds: 6
Baths: 7.5
Initial asking price: N/A


$62 Million for 520 Park Avenue’s Unit PH52

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 9,256
Beds: 6
Baths: 8
Initial asking price: $73 million

$59 Million for 503 West 24th Street’s Penthouse

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 10,000 (plus 2,700 outdoors)
Beds: 6
Baths: 7
Initial asking Price: N/A

$56 Million for 70 Vestry Street’s PHS

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 7,808 (plus 3,687 outdoors)
Beds: 5
Baths: 6.5
Initial asking price: $65 million

$54 Million for 157 West 57th Street’s Unit 85

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 6,240 
Beds: 3
Baths: 4
Initial asking price: $70 million

$50 Million for 15 Central Park West’s Unit 16/17B

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 5,417 (plus 400 outdoors)
Beds: 4
Baths: 5.5
Initial asking price: $56 million

$43.8 million for 443 Greenwich Street’s Unit PHA

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 8,569
Beds: 5
Baths: 6.5
Initial asking price: $58 million

$43.5 Million for 160 Leroy Street’s Unit PHN

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 7,750
Beds: 5
Baths: 5.5
Initial asking price: $51 million

$42 Million for 157 West 57th Street’s Unit 77

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 6,240
Beds: 4
Baths: 4.5
Initial asking price: $52 million

$42 Million for 432 Park Avenue’s Unit 77B

NYC’s Top 10 Apartment Sales Fetched Half a Billion Dollars in 2018

Square feet: 5,421
Beds: 4
Baths: 6.5
Initial asking price: $45 million

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