UPDATE Monday, March 23, 2020, 6:58 p.m.: As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, there’s still a handful of properties new to market.
Many of the listings came online last week amid a heated debate within the residential real estate industry about whether to halt or continue showing apartments given the health risks.
The agent organization, the New York Residential Agent Continuum, and co-founder Leonard Steinberg called on agents to stop showings and open houses, while many of the city’s residential brokerage leaders argued that with precautions agents could continue showings.
But Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended any discussion on the matter last Friday when he issued an executive order that officially hit the pause button on life in the state, forcing nonessential services, including real estate agents, to stop working outside the home. The order went into full effect Sunday night.
What that could mean for the five pricey listings brand new to market is anyone’s guess, but combined their total value is about $62 million, a sharp drop from last week’s $171 million. Notably, however, for the first time in 2020 one of the top five properties is outside Manhattan.
Here’s a look at the five most expensive properties, and the agents representing them, that came online between March 16 through March 22, according to an analysis of StreetEasy and Compass data.
1. The Atelier, Unit #28K | Hell’s Kitchen | $22.5 million
This listing comprises four individual units that agent Daniel Neiditch — who himself owns several units in the building and heads the condominium’s board — has bundled together. Neiditch is infamous for eye-grabbing marketing stunts and, according to unit 28K’s listing, he’s offering two seats on an “outer space flight” for any purchase over $10 million. The listing also claims that the building’s sales offices is open seven days a week. The tower has also been the subject of multiple illegal Airbnb investigations.
2. 70 Charles Street | West Village | $12.75 million
The 1864-era landmarked townhouse has four bedrooms, two wood-burning fireplaces and a rooftop terrace. A sculptural staircase is the focal point of the home, which also includes a wine cellar and chef’s kitchen. Halstead’s Anne Prosser has the listing.
3. 15 Hudson Yards, Unit #PH82C| Hudson Yards | $9.175 million
The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath condo spans 2,617 square feet. The unit faces northwest, and its living room mostly looks over the Hudson River. Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group has the listing.
4. 601 Washington Street, Unit 5E | West Village | $8.85 million
A three-bedroom condo at the eight-residence low-rise building appeared on the market and went into contract last week. The unit has south, east and west exposures and spans over 3,000 square feet. Douglas Elliman’s Jade Chan has the listing.
5. The Gretsch, Unit 10C | Williamsburg | $8.75 million
The first Brooklyn listing to make it onto the weekly tally of the city’s top five priciest homes is a five-bedroom condo. The 3,958-square-foot condo has 13-foot ceilings in its 10 rooms. The building was a former musical instrument factory, though it may be best known for one of its former residents, actress Lena Dunham. Elliman broker Monica Luque is handling the listing.
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Correction: The square footage of the Gretsch listing was updated.