New York on sale: The top 20 residential real estate deals of 2010

Real Estate Agent with Halstead Property, LLC

Although it was not a stellar New York City real estate market, there were some incredible luxury homes sold in Manhattan in 2010 according to and the NY Daily News. In fact, the top 20 NYC real estate sales of 2010 added together totaled $539 million.

Here are the top 20 

1. $44,000,000
1009 5th Ave New York, NY 10028

A billionaire from Mexico bought the landmark Duke Semans Mansion, one of Fifth Avenue's last great "Beaux Arts Style" private residences, built in 1901, complete with 7 floors. The originalprice of the home was $40M in ‘06.

2. $40,000,000
15 Central Park West New York, NY 10023

The 41st floor penthouse at 15 Central Park West was the Limestone's biggest sale of the year, a staggering $9,940 per square foot.

Built between 2006-2008 and designed by Robert A.M. Stern this gem is located at the corner of West 61st Street and Central Park West and houses the who's who of business, finance, entertainment and other industries,

3. $33,177,083
1 Central Park West New York, NY 10023

This was a foreclosed penthouse at the Trump International which allegedly needs millions more in renovations by the reported buyer a party king from Malaysia.

The building overlooks Central Park at the juncture of Central Park West and Columbus Circle. The first 17 floors of the 52 story building are made up of 167 hotel units ranging in size from Studios to Two Bedrooms that overlook the Park and Broadway. The upper portion of the building, known as the Tower, is comprised entirely of residential condominiums with gracious proportions and limitless views. All the residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows and top of the line appliances throughout. Jean George's flagship restaurant is located off of the lobby and the building features a full service spa and fitness center with pool.

4. $31,500,000
400 W 12th St New York, NY 10014

A Houston sports team owner wanted $39.5 million for this unfinished penthouse atop the West Village's Superior Ink, but the sale price is still a Downtown condo record.

The building is the condo record. West Village's most coveted new condominium and offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the Hudson River, the Manhattan skyline and beyond. Superior Ink is a full service building offering its residents a private screening room, entertainment lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center with Pilates/Yoga room, children's playroom, 24-hr concierge and doorman and 24-hr on premise valet parking.

5. $30,000,000
1 Central Park west New York, NY 10023

The same 5,500 square-foot penthouse that needs much at the Trump International which originally sold for $33M in a foreclosure auction was then resold this month, to a couple who already owns a place in the building.

The building overlooks Central Park at the juncture of Central Park West and Columbus Circle. The first 17 floors of the 52 story building are made up of 167 hotel units ranging in size from Studios to Two Bedrooms that overlook the Park and Broadway. The upper portion of the building, known as the Tower, is comprised entirely of residential condominiums with gracious proportions and limitless views. All the residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows and top of the line appliances throughout. Jean George's flagship restaurant is located off of the lobby and the building features a full service spa and fitness center with pool.

6. $28,597,895
1 Central Park S New York, NY 10019

The massive 9,000 plus square feet State Suite on the third floor in The Plaza was supposed to sell for $45 million, but the buyer backed out, and a new buyer got a "bargain." Back on the market for $39 million, is not its real estate bubble history (bought by an Italian businessman who failed to close on the $45 million deal after whispers he was looking to resell for $100 million) nor is it the massive L-shaped floor plan with a bananas 55' x 13' gallery. It's those incredible marble columns that closed the deal!

This lifestyle is further enhanced by access to all the hotel services and restaurants of the Plaza, and the added security of entering the Plaza through the beautifully restored residential lobby on Central Park South.

7. $27,500,000
141 Prince St New York, NY 10012

A famous fashion mogul and his wife sold this Soho loft penthouse (known for its rooftop water tower) to a friend following their split. They bought it from a famous media mogul in 2006 for $25 million. This coop is in one of the most coveted areas of Soho.

8. $26,000,000
778 Park Ave New York, NY 10021

This huge fifth floor apartment was a lofty yet quiet sale, the famed co-op that once housed Brooke Astor. The apartment was never listed and purchased through a trust. 

The building was designed in 1931 by Rosario Candela, who is to this day New York's most celebrated luxury residential architect.

9. $25,000,000
115 Central Park West New York, NY 10023

Following the Tonight Show debacle, Conan O'Brien sold his duplex as he's a full-time West Coaster now. He has found a buyer, brokers say, at or close to the $29.5 million asking price. The buyer wasn't identified.

Located at 71st and Central Parl West, one of Central Park West's famous twin-towered apartment houses, the 29 story art deco Majestic is considered to be among the West Side's finest pre-war cooperatives apartment houses. Residents enjy the finest service and amenities, such as a state of the art gym, penthouse terrace for exclusive use by residents, bike room, children's playroom and private planted gardens.  

10. $25,000,000
950 5th Ave New York, NY 10075

A former Goldman Sachs bigwig sold his duplex in the tiny and prestigious 950 Fifth Avenue co-op to an unknown buyer. He was asking $29M. The apartment situated in one of the Upper Eastside's most prestigious white glove co-operatives on Fifth Avenue designed by James E. R. Carpenter, this palatial and sun-drenched high floor prewar thirteen into twelve room duplex features some of the most spectacular formal entertainment space in New York with breathtaking views of Central Park and the southern city skyline. 

Grand and beautifully proportioned, this pristine home is in triple mint condition with an abundance of original prewar details, high ceilings and beautiful herringbone floors. All mechanical elements of the apartment have been fully modernized as well including central air conditioning, Lutron lighting and updated media and electrical wiring. The apartment has been featured in Architectural Digest.  

Off its own private elevator landing is the massive entrance gallery with marble flooring and limestone walls. There is a lovely powder room and polished mahogany paneled wet bar. The expansive corner living room faces west and south with oversized picture windows, panoramic views of Central Park and a wood burning fireplace.

11. $24,438,000
1 Central Park S New York, NY 10019

The other penthouse that's on this list twice. A casino mogul flipped this penthouse at The Plaza for a slight profit shortly after buying it. Not every resale at the Plaza winds up losing money. Some break even! It's been reported that the casino mogul has flipped the apartment for $24.4 million to a buyer who lost to him during the summer's bidding war. The mogul got about $1 million more than he paid for it, but once taxes and commissions are accounted for, he probably only broke even. He still did better-or at least walked away with less of a headache-than the apartment's previous owner, a hedge funder who sued Plaza developer El-Ad Properties for breach of contract and the return of his deposit.

The Plaza is grand scale living, quiet and has a spirit of its own which draws one into a lifestyle that only "Eloise" could have penetrated.

12. $24,065,000
2 N Moore Street New York, NY 10013

Tribeca's infamous "Our Suburb" house finally found a buyer, albeit for far less than the original $35 million asking price. It was reported last month that 2 N. Moore Street, all 11,000+ square feet of it, had found a buyer for just under $24 million, a nice bargain from its original asking price of $35 million back in 2008. The single-family house-part old, part new, all "our suburb," as the family that built it once described the place-old for a bit more than that, $24,065,000, a massive deal for downtown no matter how you look at it. The purchaser is an LLC.

This unique mansion is a one of a kind masterpiece fit for the most discerning buyer. The 65' wide townhouse has every imaginable amenity and more than 11,000 interior and 1,500 exterior square feet. Spacious and elegant, this home includes 6 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 4 powder rooms, 3 fireplaces, a staff apartment with separate entrance, an art room, a grand library, a screening and billiards room, an outdoor dining atrium, a finished lower level and a 2-3 car garage. The generous outdoor spaces on the 2nd & 3rd floors have both privacy and views and have been masterfully landscaped, including an irrigation system and mist outdoor cooling system.

13. $23,980,000
515 Park Ave New York, NY 10022

What do you get for the Swedish lingerie manufacturer who has everything? A $24M duplex in the tallest residential building on Park Avenue. Page Six reported that the Swedish lingerie manufacturer has bought this palatial 13-room duplex for $24 million even though he's based in Hong Kong full time. 

The tallest residential building on Park Avenue, this slim, 43-story tower opened in 2000 and was developed by the Zeckendorf General Partnership and the Whitehall Real Estate Fund has only 38 apartments.

14. $23,980,000
15 W 63rd St New York, NY 10023

A couple from a far-away land bought this oft-listed 15-room duplex high up in the Park Laurel near Central Park West and Lincoln Center. The apartment boasts 7,738 square feet and 1,244sf of landscaped terrace. There are Central Park views from nearly every room. A 35' entry gallery and a grand staircase goes up to 5 bedrooms and more.

This very handsome, mid-block apartment tower, was built in 2000, and is a significant new component of the west skyline of Central Park.

Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis, it has a nicely detailed red-brick façade with white detailing that enhances the vistas of the Upper West Side from Central Park as it partially blocks views of a very large, beige-brick apartment building just to the west of it on the same block.

The 40-story tower has 53 condominium apartments ranging in size from two- to four-bedrooms.

15. $23,689,586
1 York St New York, NY 10013

The all-glass 6,000 Square Foot penthouse atop Tribeca's One York sold for a $10 million discount, but after a long spell on the market, we don't think the developer is complaining. One year ago, the two glass-wrapped floors atop Tribeca's One York got quite the price hike: from $25 million up to an asking price of $34 million.

The developers of the Enrique Norten-designed building have to be pretty excited to finally sell this home for north of $20 million. The buyer is an anonymous buyer cloaked in secrecy behind the an LLC.

One York Street, a brick warehouse dating back to before the Civil War was transformed into a modern 136,000-square-foot condominium complex. The building occupies a full city block, bound by Laight and York Streets, St. John's Lane, and Avenue of the Americas.

The new structure features a 14-story glass tower and contains 40 loft units, 25 of them located within the original building. The development's first level houses a lobby and 9,000 square feet of high-end retail space, and the second level holds 14,000 square feet of office space. The remaining 12 levels are dedicated to condominiums, with units on the uppermost floors featuring wrap-around terraces or large balconies offering residents 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline.

16. $23,469,632
1 Central Park S New York, NY 10019

The other Plaza penthouse that's on this list twice owned by a Casino Mogul was owned was owned for about four months before selling it for about a million dollars more!

17. $22,000,000
2 E 88th Street New York, NY 10128

A hedge funder paid $4.5 million over the asking price at 2 East 88th Street for a full floor designed for "preeminent collectors of contemporary art."

This extraordinary Fifth Avenue home was designed by the noted architectural firm, Shelton, Mindel & Associates, as a "private residential gallery" for preeminent collectors of contemporary art. It comprises the entire eleventh floor of an intimate, fully serviced and highly desirable prewar cooperative and features large-paned windows with virtually 180 degrees of unparalleled and dramatic vistas of Manhattan. These unobstructed, majestic views overlook Central Park and the Reservoir to the dramatic skyline of Central Park West, as well as upper Fifth Avenue beyond the Guggenheim Museum. These wonderful urban landscapes, framed as they are, complement the over eleven-foot-high walls throughout the residence and showcase a renowned art collection.

18. $21,995,500
720 Park Ave New York, NY 10021

A NY Philanthropist/Socialite got approved by the board at 720 Park, which isn't even easy for someone of that caliber. The full-floor apartment is said to be "a lovely layout but it's tired."

This 15-room, fourth-floor nest for $33 million in November 2008 was the eye of the post-Lehman storm. 

One of the city's most exclusive and prestigious buildings, 720 Park Avenue was designed by Rosario Candela and Cross & Cross, who also collaborated on the design of One Sutton Place South, another of the city's grandest residences.

Candela is widely considered to have been the country's greatest designer of luxury apartment buildings and he collaborated with many of the city's most famous architectural firms.

19. $21,011,434
995 5th Ave New York, NY 10075

One of the last remaining units in the converted Stanhope Hotel, this 8,000-square-footer was once asking $33 million.

The finest on Fifth, elegant and pristine full floor condop residence with private elevator entry and sweeping views of Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum, George Washington Bridge and New York Skyline. Majestically restored, expansive residence with 42 ft. living room along with a spacious corner dining room and library on the Park.

20. $20,000,000
13 E 67th St New York, NY 10065

A New York Artist bought this 10,000-square-foot townhouse and filed plans to combine it with the one next door, which he bought last year for $12M. There are no interior pics or word on how the artist plans to renovate the space.

The six-story neo-classical limestone town house in 1921. Mrs. Rockefeller bought the house in 1955, after she split with Winthrop Rockefeller, brother of Nelson


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