432 Park Ave unit, once priced at $135M, sells for $65M

Sellers barely north of breakeven on Hiroshi Sugimoto–designed apartment

Sellers Break Even in $59M Sale of 432 Park Avenue Condo
432 Park Avenue (Getty)

After two years on the market, the 79th floor unit at 432 Park Avenue has sold for less than half its original asking price.

The 8,000-square-foot apartment at the Macklowe-CIM supertall sold to an unknown buyer for $65.6 million, according to property records, after having hit the market two years ago with an asking price of $135 million. Two studio units were also sold separately as part of the deal, bringing the total transaction price to $70 million.

The asking price was lowered in May to $92 million and went into contract in August. The sale price is roughly what the sellers paid for the apartment in 2016.

Listing agent Noel Berk of Engel & Volkers declined to comment, but previously told The Real Deal the unit was being marketed to Asian buyers returning to the city post-pandemic.

The 79th-floor unit was designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sugimoto, who imported weather-beaten stones from Kyoto and old growth Canadian Hinoki Cypress wood. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home also has a tea room and bonsai plant sculpture.

The sellers, who have hidden their identity behind a shell corporation, aren’t the first in the building to reconsider their asking price. It is unclear whether the reductions are attributable to initially aspirational pricing, a high-profile lawsuit alleging condo defects, fatigue in the ultra-luxury market or other factors.

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In the lawsuit, the condo’s board blamed developers CIM and Macklowe Properties for flooding, eerie noises and an electrical explosion.

Saudi retail magnet Fawaz Alokair listed his top-floor penthouse for $170 million in 2021, then pulled it off the market before relisting it last year for $130 million, according to Streeteasy. The owners of an 84th floor unit who paid $21.4 million in 2016 have cut their asking price to $15 million from the $18 million they sought in February.

Another drama at the controversial building pits its development partners, CIM and Macklowe Properties CEO Harry Macklowe, against each other. CIM wants to foreclose on Macklowe’s personal residences in the building, accusing him of defaulting on $46 million in loans it gave him for three units.

Macklowe says CIM swindled him out of $110 million in distributions he’s owed as a developer. This month he delayed a foreclosure auction on his units by putting them in bankruptcy protection.

Correction: The Real Deal previously reported the sale at $59 million and excluded the additional studio unit sales.

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