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Palatial Condo Formerly Owned by the Whitney Sells For $31M

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The enormous condo is part of the complex of brownstones next to the Whitney's former home

After the Whitney Museum sold eight brownstones that sit next to its former Upper East Side headquarters, several plans for the buildings were proposed: a single mansion? A huge tower? Something else entirely? But after a few years, a clear proposal from owner-developer Daniel Straus emerged: the brownstones would be transformed into a condo development. Now known as 33 East 74th Street, the apartments are being touted as "the opposite of Billionaires' Row," thanks to the efforts by architect Beyer Blinder Belle to preserve the original 19th-century homes' historic character.

But the new residences still have Billionaires' Row prices, as evidenced by the recent sale of a penthouse for $31 million. The New York Times reports that the 6,312-square-foot apartment, which was originally listed for $37 million, entered contract last week, though the buyer was registered under an anonymous LLC. And the apartment is as opulent as you'd expect: The master bedroom is bigger than most New Yorkers' apartments, and it comes with an additional 2,000 square feet of outdoor space spread over three terraces and a private roof deck. The interiors, kitted out with oak, marble, and travertine finishes, were created by high-end designer Champalimaud. The biggest perk, though, may be living right next to Marcel Breuer's beloved old Whitney building, now an outpost of the Met Museum.

And this isn't even the first big sale for the building: An unfinished unit in the same complex recently sold for a whopping $45 million.

33 E 74th St

33 East 74th Street, Manhattan, NY 10021