Numbers to know: Sterling Mason takes the spotlight, Manhattan House’s prices skyrocket … and more

Rendering of the Sterling Mason at 71 Laight Street
Rendering of the Sterling Mason at 71 Laight Street

“Numbers to know” is a weekly web feature that catalogues the most notable, quirky and surprising real estate statistics. A Sterling Mason apartment stole the spot for the most expensive contract signed last week, Manhattan House’s prices for closed sales balloon since first hitting the market in 2008 and the Trust for Public Land honors the Durst family.

$27.5 million

Listing price of the late Bob Hope’s Toluca Lake, Calif., estate — where the famous comedian once wined and dined presidents and fellow comedians — which hit the market this past week for the first time since 1939 [Zillow]

$1.96 million

Median sales price of the top 1 percent of homes in the U.S.; the wealthiest 1 percent of homeowners captured 95 percent of the income growth in the country between 2009 and 2012 [Redfin]

$1 million

Funds raised this year by Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that focuses on land conservation, which hosted its inaugural gala this past week, honoring the Durst family and hosted by actor Sam Waterston [Trust for Public Land]


Price per square foot of the most expensive apartment that closed in Manhattan last week — a $9.5 million two-bedroom condo at Time Warner Center [CityRealty]

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Square feet in a five-bedroom unit at the Sterling Mason condominiums in Tribeca, which found a buyer last week — the $9.75 million asking price was the most expensive for any unit to go into contract in the time period [Olshan Luxury Market Report]


Increase in average price per square foot of closed sales at Manhattan House — from an average of $1,298 per square foot to $1,923 per square foot — since the building hit the market in 2008 [CityRealty]


Affordable housing units at the Catholic Charities Monsignor Anthony J. Barretta Apartments at 2365 Pacific Street in Brooklyn, which celebrated its opening today [Press Release]


Percentage point decrease in interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages for the week ending September 20, to 4.62 percent from 4.75 percent the previous week [MBAA]


Units of affordable housing that have been constructed in landmark districts in Manhattan since 2008 [REBNY]

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