Billionaires Row in New York City is home to some of the most expensive homes in the world, but there’s a new player in town vying for the throne. The three-story penthouse atop the historically tall Central Park Tower has just been listed for a record-breaking $250 million (AU$370 million).
The penthouse costs more than the $238 million billionaire Ken Griffith paid for his condo at nearby 220 Central Park South in January 2019. According to Zillow, when it officially lists today, it will become the most expensive home in the United States, surpassing former Disney chairman Michael Eisner’s oceanfront mansion in California, which listed for USD$225 million a month ago.
The triplex has 17,545 square feet of interior living space and spans floors 129 through 131. The skyscraper has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and two kitchens, as well as 30-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and three powder rooms. A sculptural spiral staircase connects all three floors as well. Best of all, from the 1,433 square-foot terrace overlooking the city skyline, the new owners will have sweeping views of Central Park, as well as the Hudson and East Rivers.
While the $250 million price tag appears to be a little ambitious, Gary Barnett, President and Founder of Extell Development, the company behind Central Park Tower, has described it as a steal at $150,000 per square foot.
The developer claims in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that the figures are comparable to what buyers have paid for homes at Vornado Realty Trust’s 220 Central Park South. Another example, according to Barnett, is 432 Park Avenue, where a penthouse in the building was shopped around for more than $20,000 per square foot but did not include a private outdoor space.
If the new owners of the Central Park Tower penthouse dare to interact with the commoners below them, they will find a plethora of shared amenities. On the 100th floor, there is a communal garden, a communal lounge area, a cinema, an outdoor pool, and a private club designed by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studios. There are Michelin-starred chefs Laurent Tourondel, Gabriel Kreuther, and Alfred Portale at the private club, as well as a cigar and cognac lounge, the obligatory bar, and a sprawling ballroom.