One could be forgiven for growing tired of reading about how expensive New York City real estate is. The prices trend ever upward--everybody gets it. But the curiosity of even the most cynical spectator might be piqued if he or she knew the details behind the most expensive home ever sold in the city.
Last month, it was revealed that Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, had purchased a $100-million condo on the accurately-named “Billionaires' Row,” an array of skyscrapers along the southern end of Central Park. Per The New York Post: “Dell snagged the ballyhooed, 11,000-square-foot duplex penthouse at 157 W. 57th St., for $100.45 million in a deal that closed in 2014, through a limited liability company, P89-90, that shielded his identity.”
A Brief History
The building in question is known as One57, the first residential high-rise to clear 1,000 feet after many years of zoning and air rights maneuvers by Gary Barnett, the president of Extell, the building's developer. The property has had its critics, ranging from the preservationists who routinely bemoan the construction of yet another skyscraper, to Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times, who wrote of One57 in a 2013 piece:
“This one unravels as a cascade of clunky curves descending toward ribbons billowing into canopies. The conceit is falling water. The effect: a heap of volumes, not liquid but stolid, chintzily embellished, clad in acres of eye-shadow-blue glass offset by a pox of tinted panes, like age spots. It’s anybody’s guess how the building got past the drawing board.”
(The address had previously gained notoriety during its construction phase, due to the collapse – and subsequent precarious dangling of – a crane in the immediate run-up to Superstorm Sandy in 2012).
Many of the building's amenities come via its attachment to the Park Hyatt Hotel, via which owners can access an indoor pool, spa, housekeeping and dry-cleaning services, not to mention The Living Room, a restaurant and lounge where you can apparently procure a $12 hefeweizen, should you be so inclined.