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.
|Rank||Address||Sale Price||Seller||Buyer||Listing Brokerage|
|1||220 Central Park South PH, 50-53||$240.0M||Vornado Realty Trust||Ken Griffin||Corcoran Sunshine|
|2||220 Central Park South, PH 73||$92.7M||Vornado Realty Trust||Daniel Och||Corcoran Sunshine|
|3||212 Fifth Avenue, Unit #S||$80.0M||Madison Equities; Building and Land Technology; Thor Equities||Jeff Bezos||Sotheby’s International Group|
|4||14 East 67th Street||$77.1M||Philip Falcone||John Griffin||Modlin
|5||220 Central Park South, PH16||$65.8M||Vornado Realty Trust||Gordon|
|6||520 Park Avenue, DPH54||$64.3M||Zeckendorf Development||CJFGK LLC||Zeckendorf Marketing|
|7||220 Central Park South, 49A||$64.1M||Vornado Realty Trust||K & J Assets||N/A|
|8||220 Central Park South, 47A||$61.0M||Vornado Realty Trust||47 SPC I LLC||N/A|
|9||220 Central Park South, 46A||$59.6M||Vornado Realty Trust||Frederick and Janine Arnold||N/A|
|10||220 Central Park South, 45A||$55.0M||Vornado Realty Trust||David and Constance Littman||Corcoran Sunshine|