How's this for a luxury real estate showdown: Two big apartments in lower Fifth Avenue buildings just hit the market, and both are asking $8.75 million. That puts them on the upper end of the scale when it comes to downtown's original Gold Coast (eat it, West Village waterfront!), and since we never get tired of peering into these old co-ops just north of Washington Square Park, let's size both of 'em up. They're quite different.
Directly above we have an alphabet soup of a listing, #6EFGH at 2 Fifth Avenue, subject of a vicious development battle of yore. The building faces the park, and though this spread is only on the sixth floor, the ginormous terrace (check the floorplan in the gallery) probably has some great views. The assemblage has been turned into a 4BR/4.5BA, and we'll probably take heat for saying this, but we're surprised that the asking price isn't higher. The last two apartments bought for this megacombo (6E and 6F) cost the owner a combined $6.67 million. Check out the listing for all sorts of foofy details.
We're feeling this 3BR/4.5BA spread in 11 Fifth Avenue, aka The Brevoort, a bit less, but it does have one big thing going for it: penthouse! Don't underestimate the value of those bragging rights. The private outdoor space appears to be smaller than the place at 2 Fifth, but the listing, which doesn't have a floorplan, does mention that it's a "glorious wrap around terrace." And if this deathmatch will be decided by brokerbabble, we're going with Darren Sukenik, as usual. So which sells first?
· Listing: 2 Fifth Aveune #6EFGHIJKLMOP [Robilotti & Associates]
· Listing: 11 Fifth Avenue [Elliman]