Penthouse at Manhattan’s 432 Park Listed at $169 Million

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The owner of the 96th-floor penthouse atop Manhattan’s 432 Park Ave. is seeking a hefty return on the investment, by listing it for sale at $169 million -- almost double the original purchase price.

The six-bedroom, seven-bath unit overlooking Central Park was purchased for $87.7 million in 2016. Now, the 8,255-square-foot (767-square-meter) apartment is being offered along with all its furniture and artwork, according to StreetEasy.

The listing, by broker Ryan Serhant, calls the penthouse “a trophy unlike any other in the world,” with a private elevator landing, herringbone white oak floors and designer furniture from Fendi, Bentley and Hermes.

Penthouse at Manhattan’s 432 Park Listed at $169 Million

Manhattan’s luxury condo market is surging back after the doldrums of the pandemic, thanks largely to seller discounts that are helping to chip away at a pileup of empty units from the post-financial crisis construction boom.

The listing at 432 Park, one of the products of that boom, is “an effort to quantify the optimism that we’re seeing now that we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Jonathan Miller, president of appraisal firm Miller Samuel Inc. Even so, the pricing is “clearly aggressive.”

The 1,397-foot (426-meter) skyscraper at 57th Street and Park Avenue -- with amenities including climate-controlled wine cellars, a library, private restaurant and screening room -- was once the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere. The building has historically offered discounts to its sky-high prices: Buyers who completed purchases in 2016 got reductions averaging 10%, according to an analysis by Miller Samuel.

Penthouse at Manhattan’s 432 Park Listed at $169 Million

Now, the seller of the penthouse is “under the assumption that the market has doubled since September of 2016,” Miller said. “The list price assumption seems inconsistent with market trends.”

Serhant, head of a brokerage that bears his name, said more than half a dozen would-be buyers have toured the penthouse since its listing this week -- from locals to tech insiders to crypto players.

As for the lofty price goal, “the market moves where the market needs to move,” Serhant said. “There is a flight to hard assets today,” as there was during the financial crisis.

“There are a lot of people looking for places to put their money,” he said, “in cash, cars, cryptocurrency and high-end real estate.”

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