In Manhattan real estate, penthouse shopping is practically a blood sport—one that packs more competitive action lately than New York's local pro sports teams (sans the Stanley Cup runner-up, the Rangers).
The latest contest was played on the Upper East Side’s turf as the newly-customized penthouse at 515 East 72nd Street was snatched up recently for a cool $19 million—after a month-long bidding war as intense as any overtime, shootout or extra-inning playoff game. On the market for less than two months via The Corcoran Group, the home sold for $500,000 over its original $18.5 million list price.
The luxury condominium’s full-floor, 5,419-square-foot Penthouse A features five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, two spacious terraces totaling 3,461-square feet, and dramatic panoramic views of Manhattan—including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and East River. Who wouldn’t compete for that?
The residence boasts an expansive living room, dining room, and family room—all with access to the East terrace. Its kitchen features Pietra Cardosa and Silestone countertops, custom Siematic cabinets, Wolf cooktops and double-wall ovens, Miele refrigerators, and Dornbracht fixtures.
A gorgeous corner master bedroom suite with oversized windows opens to a private loggia and the West terrace. The huge master bathroom is equipped with a free-standing Barclay Valencia resin bathtub, Ivory Travertine floors, a Nordic White Onyx vanity wall, polished Capuccino Onyx vanities, and Dornbracht fixtures. The spectacular East and West terraces offer unobstructed panoramas, lush landscaping, granite pavers and wood flooring, and an outdoor Viking kitchen.
Just three other residences remain for sale in the 41-story, pet-friendly building, which is located near the East River between York Avenue and FDR Drive. One- to three-bedroom units in this condominium typically list from $1.76 million to more than $4 million.
Amenities include a doorman, concierge service, a half-acre private park (dubbed as Manhattan’s largest private lawn), an outdoor lounge, a 56-foot indoor pool with two hot tubs, a fitness center with rock climbing wall, a squash-basketball court, a kid’s gym, indoor and outdoor yoga sanctuaries, a full-service spa, an in-house cafe, and parking.
Photos courtesy of Corcoran Group or by Jon Nissbaum of VHT Studios