The resilience of the West Village luxury real estate market is a hot topic, and here's a new talking point: 166 Perry Street. The first building in the city from avant-garde architects Asymptote has traveled a long and occasionally bumpy road. 166 Perry made its debut as a Curbed Development Du Jour way back in June 2007, its facade of angled glass an immediate attention-grabber. But the building was always overshadowed by Richard Meier's equally glassy trio of towers steps away, not to mention the flood of new luxury product in the neighborhood. Now, would you believe it, there are just six units left in the 20-unit building (down from 24 following some combos), and two of those have contracts out waiting to be signed. There's some news that's a bit of a blockbuster, as well.
The two duplex penthouses that were also being marketed together for $24 million just went to contract too, as a combination. Say hello to the West Village's newest superpenthouse, complete with direct views into Hugh Jackman's place (Watch out, Wolvy!). We couldn't get him to divulge the final price, but Corcoran Sunshine's Henry Hershkowitz did tell us the penthouse buyers are a "Manhattanite couple," so eliminate your favorite international oligarch. Hershkowitz also recently had us over for a tour of the building, which is filled with so much architectural eye candy it should come with an informational pamphlet on diabetes.
One final note: For those mourning the loss of the amenities era, it's still going strong at 166 Perry. The building's "room service" and "pantry stocking" arrangement with Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Perry St restaurant next door is still a go. So for those who want a four-star chef taking over a boring chore like grocery shopping, the time is now.
· Listings: 166 Perry Street [Corcoran]
· 166 Perry Street [166perryst.com]
· 166 Perry coverage [Curbed]