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NYC’s 20 most expensive homes sold in 2017

It was another banner year for 432 Park Avenue

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It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the 14th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the most expensive homes sold in New York City this year.

Once again, 432 Park Avenue dominates the list of New York’s most expensive sold homes in 2017: the skinny skyscraper, which opened to residents last year, took a whopping seven spots on this list, including the priciest sale of the year: a three-unit, 12,000-square-foot combo pad that closed for $91 million just this month.

The other homes on this list won’t come as too much of a surprise: You’ve got your opulent townhouses, high-end condos, and penthouses with celebrity pedigree. The common thread? Every single property is in Manhattan—no surprises there, either. Now, onward to the list.

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1. 432 Park Avenue, #92A/92B/93B

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432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $91 million

The priciest sale of 2017 just squeaked in under the wire: Three half-floor units at 432 Park Avenue—which, rest assured, will make many appearances on this list—sold to one buyer for a whopping $91 million, with the sale closing earlier this week. Once combined, the three apartments will become one 12,000-square-foot mega-apartment, with some of the best views in the city.

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2. 432 Park Avenue, #85

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432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $65.6 million

No. 2 on this list is another apartment at Rafael Viõly’s skinny skyscraper—this time, a full-floor unit on the 85th floor that sold for just over $65 million. It initially went into contract all the way back in 2013, and doesn’t appear to have ever been listed on the open market.

3. 432 Park Avenue, #83

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432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $65.16 million

Yup, it’s another 432 Park apartment—we told you to get used to seeing them! This one is just two floors below its predecessor on this list, and it closed in March for a little over $65 million. Hong Kong-based billionaire snapped up the apartment.

4. 960 5th Avenue, #3AB

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960 5th Ave
New York, NY 10075

Sold for: $55 million

A third-floor apartment at 960 Fifth Avenue, a grand, Rosario Candela-designed co-op, sold for $55 million this spring. The home was once owned by Robert Ellsworth, a well-known art dealer, and according to the New York Post, it sold to Standard Industries CEO David Millstone.

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5. 15 Central Park West, #PH40B

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15 Central Park West, 15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

Sold for: $50.6 million

Barclays CEO Bob Diamond listed his 15 Central Park West penthouse last December, and a buyer came along and snapped it up not even six months later. The buyer is reportedly Gongwen Dong, a Hong Kong-based banker who also recently bought an apartment at—where else?—432 Park Avenue.

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6. 56 Leonard, #PH60

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56 Leonard St
New York, NY 10013

Sold for: $47.8 million

This penthouse on the Jenga tower’s 60th floor was in contract for $47 million, but sold for a bit more than the asking price. The precise closing price was $47,866,945.06, which makes it one of the most expensive closed sales below 14th Street. 

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7. The San Remo, #2627C

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145 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

Sold for: $45 million

It took a while for Demi Moore’s duplex at the San Remo to find a buyer: She first sought to sell in 2014 for a whopping $75 million. Three years—and a $30 million discount—later, the deal is finally done, with the buyer (shielded by an LLC, of course) picking up the 14-room apartment. Its perks include space in one of the building’s iconic towers, among other things.

8. 432 Park Avenue, #84B

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432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $44.6 million

An 84th-floor, half-floor apartment at 432 Park sold for $44.6 million in May. Its new owner is shielded by an LLC.

9. The Pierre, #PH

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797 5th Ave
New York, NY 10065

Sold for: $44 million

The Pierre Hotel penthouse of late American financial analyst Martwin Zweig and wife Barbara Zweig finally sold, but not at the aspirational record-setting price the couple once imagined. The sale closed for $44 million, a hefty discount from the $125 million the triplex apartment hit the market for back in 2013.

10. 443 Greenwich Street, #PHH

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443 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

Sold for: $43.99 million

Nearly a year after it entered contract, one of 443 Greenwich’s extravagant apartments finally closed, with a final sale price of $44 million. The Real Deal reported that Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton picked up the pad, which comes with its own private pool.

11. 7 East 76th Street

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7 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021

Sold for: $41.5 million

This opulent seven-bedroom mansion on the Upper East Side’s Gold Coast hit the market in 2015—secret tunnels and all—for $50 million. Two years later, it sold for quite a bit less: The final price was just over $41.5 million, with a portion of the sale going toward a charitable donation. It reportedly sold to Huang Guangyu, the so-called “Bill Gates of China” who’s currently serving a 14-year prison sentence.

Travis Mark

12. 12 East 73rd Street

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12 E 73rd St
New York, NY 10021

Sold for: $41 million

A Neoclassical townhouse once owned by real estate honcho Andrew Farkas sold to the country of Qatar earlier this year, and will allegedly be used as the maid’s quarters for its adjacent townhouse on 72nd Street. (Sure, why not.) The home got a gut renovation courtesy of interior designer Daniel Romualdez.

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13. The Greenwich Lane, #PHSO

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155 W 11th St
New York, NY 10011
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Sold for: $40 million

Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz snapped up a penthouse at the Greenwich Lane’s tallest building, on West 11th Street, for $40 million early this year. The penthouse is a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom duplex that sits on the 16th and 17th floors of the building. It has its own private elevator, naturally, and 1,600-square-feet of outdoor space.

14. 432 Park Avenue, #80B

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432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $39.34 million

Here’s another 432 Park apartment, this one on the 80th floor. The sale closed in September, and was a bit below the apartment’s original $44.5 million asking price.

15. Time Warner Center, #PH77B

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80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023

Sold for: $38.9 million

The penthouse atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at the Time Warner Center was once asking $50 million, but it sold at a loss—it closed for $38.9 million, or a 22 percent discount.

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16. 551 W 21st Street, #PH20

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551 W 21st St
New York, NY 10011

Sold for: $38 million

It’s a far cry from this penthouse’s original $50 million price tag, but the Norman Foster-designed pad still made it onto this list with a $38 million sale price. This particular unit—one of three penthouses in the High Line-adjacent building—was delivered as a white box, with nearly 6,400 square feet of customizable interior space, and a 4,579-square-foot private rooftop terrace.

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17. 432 Park Avenue, #81B

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432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $37.7 million

We’re not done with 432 Park yet: This 81st-floor apartment hit the market in March for $45 million, and sold just a few months later, albeit with a hefty discount.

18. One57, #79

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One57
New York, NY 10019

Sold for: $36.6 million

The original Billionaires’ Row building once dominated these lists, but in 2017, just one of its pricey pads made the cut—and it was a foreclosure sale, to boot. Apartment #79 previously belonged to beleaguered Nigerian oil tycoon Kola Aluko, but after defaulting on his mortgage payments (amid other alleged wrongdoings), the home was put on the auction block—and found a buyer willing to pay $36 million for the 6,240-square-foot spread.

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19. 551 W 21st Street, #PH19

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551 W 21st St
New York, NY 10011

Sold for: $33.6 million

Another penthouse at Norman Foster’s High Line condo sold this year, and for slightly less than its counterpart one floor up: this one went for precisely $33,605,000.

Foster + Partners

20. 432 Park Avenue, #86A

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432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $32.7 million

We end the list as we began: with an exorbitant apartment at 432 Park Avenue. And even the buyer is making his second appearance on the list: Hong Kong banker Gongwen Dong, who dropped $50 million on a penthouse at 15 Central Park West, also picked up this half-floor unit in the city’s tallest residential skyscraper.

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1. 432 Park Avenue, #92A/92B/93B

432 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022
Douglas Elliman

Sold for: $91 million

The priciest sale of 2017 just squeaked in under the wire: Three half-floor units at 432 Park Avenue—which, rest assured, will make many appearances on this list—sold to one buyer for a whopping $91 million, with the sale closing earlier this week. Once combined, the three apartments will become one 12,000-square-foot mega-apartment, with some of the best views in the city.

432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

2. 432 Park Avenue, #85

432 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $65.6 million

No. 2 on this list is another apartment at Rafael Viõly’s skinny skyscraper—this time, a full-floor unit on the 85th floor that sold for just over $65 million. It initially went into contract all the way back in 2013, and doesn’t appear to have ever been listed on the open market.

432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

3. 432 Park Avenue, #83

432 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $65.16 million

Yup, it’s another 432 Park apartment—we told you to get used to seeing them! This one is just two floors below its predecessor on this list, and it closed in March for a little over $65 million. Hong Kong-based billionaire snapped up the apartment.

432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

4. 960 5th Avenue, #3AB

960 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075
PropertyShark

Sold for: $55 million

A third-floor apartment at 960 Fifth Avenue, a grand, Rosario Candela-designed co-op, sold for $55 million this spring. The home was once owned by Robert Ellsworth, a well-known art dealer, and according to the New York Post, it sold to Standard Industries CEO David Millstone.

960 5th Ave
New York, NY 10075

5. 15 Central Park West, #PH40B

15 Central Park West, 15 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Douglas Elliman

Sold for: $50.6 million

Barclays CEO Bob Diamond listed his 15 Central Park West penthouse last December, and a buyer came along and snapped it up not even six months later. The buyer is reportedly Gongwen Dong, a Hong Kong-based banker who also recently bought an apartment at—where else?—432 Park Avenue.

15 Central Park West, 15 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

6. 56 Leonard, #PH60

56 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013
Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Sold for: $47.8 million

This penthouse on the Jenga tower’s 60th floor was in contract for $47 million, but sold for a bit more than the asking price. The precise closing price was $47,866,945.06, which makes it one of the most expensive closed sales below 14th Street. 

56 Leonard St
New York, NY 10013

7. The San Remo, #2627C

145 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Sold for: $45 million

It took a while for Demi Moore’s duplex at the San Remo to find a buyer: She first sought to sell in 2014 for a whopping $75 million. Three years—and a $30 million discount—later, the deal is finally done, with the buyer (shielded by an LLC, of course) picking up the 14-room apartment. Its perks include space in one of the building’s iconic towers, among other things.

145 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

8. 432 Park Avenue, #84B

432 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $44.6 million

An 84th-floor, half-floor apartment at 432 Park sold for $44.6 million in May. Its new owner is shielded by an LLC.

432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

9. The Pierre, #PH

797 5th Ave, New York, NY 10065

Sold for: $44 million

The Pierre Hotel penthouse of late American financial analyst Martwin Zweig and wife Barbara Zweig finally sold, but not at the aspirational record-setting price the couple once imagined. The sale closed for $44 million, a hefty discount from the $125 million the triplex apartment hit the market for back in 2013.

797 5th Ave
New York, NY 10065

10. 443 Greenwich Street, #PHH

443 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Sold for: $43.99 million

Nearly a year after it entered contract, one of 443 Greenwich’s extravagant apartments finally closed, with a final sale price of $44 million. The Real Deal reported that Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton picked up the pad, which comes with its own private pool.

443 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

11. 7 East 76th Street

7 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021
Travis Mark

Sold for: $41.5 million

This opulent seven-bedroom mansion on the Upper East Side’s Gold Coast hit the market in 2015—secret tunnels and all—for $50 million. Two years later, it sold for quite a bit less: The final price was just over $41.5 million, with a portion of the sale going toward a charitable donation. It reportedly sold to Huang Guangyu, the so-called “Bill Gates of China” who’s currently serving a 14-year prison sentence.

7 E 76th St
New York, NY 10021

12. 12 East 73rd Street

12 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021
Corcoran

Sold for: $41 million

A Neoclassical townhouse once owned by real estate honcho Andrew Farkas sold to the country of Qatar earlier this year, and will allegedly be used as the maid’s quarters for its adjacent townhouse on 72nd Street. (Sure, why not.) The home got a gut renovation courtesy of interior designer Daniel Romualdez.

12 E 73rd St
New York, NY 10021

13. The Greenwich Lane, #PHSO

155 W 11th St, New York, NY 10011

Sold for: $40 million

Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz snapped up a penthouse at the Greenwich Lane’s tallest building, on West 11th Street, for $40 million early this year. The penthouse is a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom duplex that sits on the 16th and 17th floors of the building. It has its own private elevator, naturally, and 1,600-square-feet of outdoor space.

155 W 11th St
New York, NY 10011

14. 432 Park Avenue, #80B

432 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $39.34 million

Here’s another 432 Park apartment, this one on the 80th floor. The sale closed in September, and was a bit below the apartment’s original $44.5 million asking price.

432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

15. Time Warner Center, #PH77B

80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023
Mandarin Oriental Penthouse

Sold for: $38.9 million

The penthouse atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at the Time Warner Center was once asking $50 million, but it sold at a loss—it closed for $38.9 million, or a 22 percent discount.

80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023

16. 551 W 21st Street, #PH20

551 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011
Foster + Partners

Sold for: $38 million

It’s a far cry from this penthouse’s original $50 million price tag, but the Norman Foster-designed pad still made it onto this list with a $38 million sale price. This particular unit—one of three penthouses in the High Line-adjacent building—was delivered as a white box, with nearly 6,400 square feet of customizable interior space, and a 4,579-square-foot private rooftop terrace.

551 W 21st St
New York, NY 10011

17. 432 Park Avenue, #81B

432 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $37.7 million

We’re not done with 432 Park yet: This 81st-floor apartment hit the market in March for $45 million, and sold just a few months later, albeit with a hefty discount.

432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022

18. One57, #79

One57, New York, NY 10019
Skyscrapers and city buildings at sunset. Shutterstock

Sold for: $36.6 million

The original Billionaires’ Row building once dominated these lists, but in 2017, just one of its pricey pads made the cut—and it was a foreclosure sale, to boot. Apartment #79 previously belonged to beleaguered Nigerian oil tycoon Kola Aluko, but after defaulting on his mortgage payments (amid other alleged wrongdoings), the home was put on the auction block—and found a buyer willing to pay $36 million for the 6,240-square-foot spread.

One57
New York, NY 10019

19. 551 W 21st Street, #PH19

551 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011
Foster + Partners

Sold for: $33.6 million

Another penthouse at Norman Foster’s High Line condo sold this year, and for slightly less than its counterpart one floor up: this one went for precisely $33,605,000.

551 W 21st St
New York, NY 10011

20. 432 Park Avenue, #86A

432 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Sold for: $32.7 million

We end the list as we began: with an exorbitant apartment at 432 Park Avenue. And even the buyer is making his second appearance on the list: Hong Kong banker Gongwen Dong, who dropped $50 million on a penthouse at 15 Central Park West, also picked up this half-floor unit in the city’s tallest residential skyscraper.

432 Park Ave
New York, NY 10022