Top residential sales of 2019


Ken Griffin. Jeff Bezos. Sting.

These were just three of the A-listers who closed on pricey Manhattan real estate in 2019.

With closings well underway at 220 Central Park South, seven of the year’s top 10 sales were at Vornado Realty Trust’s limestone tower. 

Overall, 2019’s top 10 sales totaled $859.6 million, up 51.8 percent from $566.19 million in 2018. But Griffin’s record-shattering buy at 220 Central Park South alone accounted for much of that bump. 

Griffin wasn’t the only buyer to set a record in 2019, however. Bezos’ $80 million bachelor pad at 212 Fifth Avenue became the priciest residential sale below 42nd Street. And hedge funder John Griffin paid a record $77.1 million for a townhouse on the Upper East Side.

But 220 CPS was still king, with many well-heeled buyers trading up from “older” new condos like 15 Central Park West and One57. With 117 units, 220 CPS has a projected sellout of $3.4 billion. As of press time, Vornado was halfway there, having closed 60 units for $1.7 billion since October 2018, when buyers began closing. 

 
 
Sting
Sting
Sting Kelly Kennedy Mack
Sting Kelly Kennedy Mack
Corcoran Sunshine
Jeff Bezos Amazon
Jeff Bezos
Amazon
RankAddressSale PriceSellerBuyerListing Brokerage
1220 Central Park South PH, 50-53$240.0MVornado Realty TrustKen GriffinCorcoran Sunshine
2220 Central Park South, PH 73$92.7MVornado Realty TrustDaniel OchCorcoran Sunshine
3212 Fifth Avenue, Unit #S$80.0MMadison Equities; Building and Land Technology; Thor EquitiesJeff BezosSotheby’s International Group
414 East 67th Street$77.1MPhilip FalconeJohn GriffinModlin
Group
5220 Central Park South, PH16$65.8MVornado Realty TrustGordon
"Sting" Sumner
Corcoran Sunshine
6520 Park Avenue, DPH54$64.3MZeckendorf DevelopmentCJFGK LLCZeckendorf Marketing
7220 Central Park South, 49A$64.1MVornado Realty TrustK & J AssetsN/A
8220 Central Park South, 47A$61.0MVornado Realty Trust47 SPC I LLCN/A
9220 Central Park South, 46A$59.6MVornado Realty TrustFrederick and Janine ArnoldN/A
10220 Central Park South, 45A$55.0MVornado Realty TrustDavid and Constance LittmanCorcoran Sunshine
Source: First published in December 2019 on TheRealDeal.com. TRD analysis of NYC Dept. of Finance data from Jan. 1-Dec. 3, 2019, as well as StreetEasy and news articles.
 

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