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Dell founder revealed as purchaser of most expensive Manhattan pad

Michael Dell, the founder of Dell Computers was revealed as the buyer of the most expensive Manhattan residential apartment which he purchased in 2014. The condo at 157 West 57th street on Billionaire’s Row is an 11,000 sqft duplex penthouse that cost him $100.47 million. The building has seen its ups and downs and recent values have not supported the price per square foot that was attained back in 2014. In 2014, there was little competition for the One57 but in the last few years the super luxury market has become a buyer’s market as inventory has risen and days on the market has exceeded at times 2 years!

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every Manhattan market from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Tall and Skinny (skyscrapers) in fashion in Manhattan real estate

With the cost of land increasing and assembling of multiple parcels of land more and more difficult, Manhattan skyscrapers on Billionaire’s Row and throughout have continued to go up but are now getting skinnier. Typically, developers will buy a site but then also buy the air rights from neighboring buildings which allows them as of right to go into the stratosphere. Success of buildings like One57 which is home to most expensive sale for a residential apartment at just over $100mm are buoying this trend.

111 west 57th street is one of the newest entrants to this field with a width to height ratio of 1:24 according to engineers for the project. Developers get more more money for helicopter views so this trend figures to continue.

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every Manhattan market from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

2015- Record breaking year in NYC real estate

As we celebrate the last few days of 2015 and face the uncertainties of the new year ahead, at least we can look back on 2015 as the year that several records were broken or even shattered in NYC real estate. We saw the most expensive residential sale in Manhattan’s history take place at Extell’s One57 on Manhattan’s Billionaire’s Row of West 57th street. $100.47 million dollar was the sale price of the two floors totaling just over 10,000 square feet. A few floors down two floors another apartment known as the Winter Garden with a 2500 square foot atrium also sold for over $90mm.

Co-ops, and townhouses also broke records including Woody Johnson the owner of the NY Jets’ sale of a co-op which sold for $77.5mm for a duplex at 834 Fifth avenue.

Will this pace continue? Will 2016 see more records? What is your opinion?

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Brazilian Billionaire buys 80th flr in 157 West 57th st

Brazilian Billionaire Edson Bueno who sold most of his stake in his insurance and hospital company to UnitedHealth Group for $4.9 billion 3 years ago, purchased his 80th floor crash pad in One57 for $53M. According to NYDN, he bought it under a corporation. The apartment is 6240 sqft with 4 bedroms and 4 bathrooms and is located in the building that holds the record for most expensive residence sale at $100.47M. The apartment will be used as a pied-a-terre when the family is in NYC.

This sale is the ninth most expensive of all time in NYC but will likely be pushed lower on the list with several new condos being built in around Billionaire’s Row including 220 CPS which has already over $1 billion in sales according to reports.


The Curved glass behind 50 West St and One57

Developers of high end property are looking for ways to push the edge and create a unique product to justify the high prices that their NYC new developments are asking. One way is to maximize views by using curved glass in a NYC condo. One57 on West 57 street aka Billionaire’s Row used it and now 50 West street uses it even more. 50 West is a 191 unit condo that is experiencing much success with 83 units already in contract ranging from 1.39million to just over $22mm for a penthouse according to Streeteasy.

50 West street rendering
50 West street rendering
50 West street in Manhattan's financial district has 83 contracts out according to Streeteasy
50 West street in Manhattan’s financial district has 83 contracts out according to Streeteasy

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Midtown Manhattan towers rise

As buyers the world over continue to park their money in Manhattan real estate, towers in Midtown continue to rise. One57, the first to rise on what is now known as Billionaires Row is now competiting with several other luxury condos including 432 Park avenue (Macklowe Properties), 520 Park avenue(Zeckendorf), 220 CPS(Vornado), 252 East 57 street(Worldwide Group), the Nordstrom tower on West 57 street and the “skinny” tower at 111 West 57 street. Continue reading Midtown Manhattan towers rise

Is buying a luxury condo to turn into a rental a good invesment?

Bloomberg is reporting that buyers of luxury apartments from Downtown’s Stella Tower to One57 on Billionaire’s row are buying apartments to rent out. One such apartment was purchased on the 56th floor of Extell’s One57 for just over $10mm and is now on the lease market for $25,000 per month.

According to the streeteasy somewhere around 2% of the luxury condo purchases are being put back on the  market for sale in an attempt to flip the property. This number has stayed consistent for the last several years. Developers of Manhattan luxury apartments price so accurately that flipping is pretty much out of the question. Recently, One Riverside Park on the upper west side, also an Extell Project entered the market and was slighly underpriced as evidenced by the velocity of contracts that were sent out immediately so they pulled it back off the market and raised the prices.

As a result, buying and then renting is the choice for investors. However, according to Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, there is not a demand for large luxury rentals so renting out and establishing a new rental price point could be a challenge and cut into the returns of the investor. Typically rates of return or cap rates hover around 3-4% for Manhattan apartments.



$100 mm sale of Manhattan apartment sets new record

One57 aka 157 West 57 street, has broken the residential apartment record previously set by 15 CPW sale 4 years ago. The previous record purchase was made by the daughter of a Russian billionaire for $88mm. The sale which closed at just over $100mm for the 89th and 90th floor of One57 sets a new benchmark for Manhattan luxury real estate. The apartment which is 11,000 square feet was sold at approximately $9k per square foot while the apartment at 15 CPW was sold at $13k per square foot. The duplex apartment has helicopter views of Central Park and high ceilings. The building features a Park Hyatt hotel on the lower floors and the residents have access to these amenities.

This record may or may not stand for too long as 520 Park avenue has a penthouse which will enter the market at $130mm.

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15 CPW on the Upper West side tops list of 10 most expensive Manhattan buildings

Not surprisingly, 15 Central Park west on the upper west side has topped the list of the 10 most expensive buildings in Manhattan. Also, on the list are 838 Fifth avenue, One57 and The Plaza. 15 CPW still holds the record for most expensive sale of a Manhattan residential apartment at $88 million. This record is going to be challenged this year by a handful of penthouse apartments which are asking north of $100 million.

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