Saturday, May 19, 2012
The record for the city’s priciest apartment shattered like a fallen chandelier when a buyer agreed to pay more than $90 million for a penthouse duplex at One57 in midtown.
The deal follows two mega sales: $52.5 million for a 740 Park Ave. duplex owned by the widow of late Time Warner chairman Steve Ross, and the $70 million casino owner Steve Wynn paid for a Central Park South condo.
"New York has never seen a week like this," said CORE associate broker Jarrod Guy Randolph.
The exact price for the six-bedroom pad at the unfinished One57 building opposite Carnegie Hall was not disclosed, but the developer told the New York Times it surpassed the $88 million Russian magnate Dmitri Rybolovlev paid at 15 Central Park West.
One57, currently under construction, is a 90-story midtown tower at 157 W. 57th St. It dwarfs Trump World Tower, formerly the highest residential building in New York, by 18 floors.
Central Park stretches out beneath floor-to-ceiling windows of the 10,923-square-foot duplex penthouse on the 89th and 90th floors like a front lawn.
The marble-wrapped master bathrooms in the apartment’s upper floor sport two water closets, one with a bidet, as well as floor-to-ceiling, custom-made walnut cabinetry and flatscreen televisions.
The building’s L-shaped design boasts undulating glass panels that evoke multiple cascading waterfalls.
The sales office for the building is by appointment only, and even the pitch is dramatic. After watching a two-minute film about the building set to classical music, potential buyers view architectural models of the site. Then floor plans light up a curved IMAX-sized screen in a library area accessorized with a giant aquarium.
Posted by John Musumeci at 7:53 AM