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Sutton, GGP’s $1.75B Crown Building buy sets world record

Spitzer and Winter families bought the Art Deco property in 1991 for $94M

December 19, 2014 08:13AM

From left: Jeff Sutton, the Crown Building and Sendeep Mathrani

From left: Jeff Sutton, the Crown Building and Sandeep Mathrani

Jeff Sutton and General Growth Properties are buying the Crown Building at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street for $1.75 billion, only a day after it hit the market.

The price comes down to $4,490 per square foot, which sets a new world record for the price of an entire office building, according to Real Capital Analytics data cited by Bloomberg News. The nearly 400,000-square-foot tower includes roughly 50,000 square feet of highly valuable retail space, where Bulgari and Mikimoto are located. Bank of America and Piaget also have locations in the building.

The Winter and Spitzer families are the sellers of the building at 730 Fifth Avenue, which they purchased for $93.6 million in 1991 from the Philipine government.

Eastdil Secured’s Douglas Harmon and Adam Spies marketed the building.

Some of the building’s tenants include literary agency ICM, private-equity firms KKR and Apollo Global Management and men’s designer Ermenegildo Zegna, according to the New York Post. [NYP] and [Bloomberg News] — Claire Moses 

  • Joe Schmo

    long live King Sutton

  • moneytalks

    Indisputable King. Now, he owns the full block. He is a legend in this business.

    • CantTakeIt WithYou

      Goldman was a legend as well.

  • jack mehoffer

    the retail alone is worth the purchase price

    • A

      not sure about that but can’t wait to see what retailer they’ve had in their pocket this whole time

  • sam Hausmann

    Nobody is Teflon – eventually he will bust

  • dingdong

    Holy crap, can you imagine the commission on that one!

    • Sam zell

      20 mill

      • moneytalks

        Probably $5 Million

  • choppedliver

    F the commission, who cares about owning this asset, i prefer the exit for the spitzer’s, its ok return on investment, i guess? not too shabby..