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Tuesday, August 15, 2023 8:35 PM | NYC Exclusive Apartments


Manhattan’s luxury real estate market is a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape. With properties ranging from opulent penthouses to historic townhouses, understanding the market’s nuances is essential for both buyers and sellers. This article delves deep into the latest trends and insights based on the Olshan Luxury Market Report for the week of August 7-13, 2023.

1. Overview of the Market

Seventeen contracts were signed in Manhattan during the week, marking an increase of four contracts from the previous week. Condominiums (condos) dominated the sales, with 11 contracts signed, compared to four co-operative apartments (co-ops). Additionally, one condop (a mixed-use co-op building with condo space) and one townhouse were also part of the mix. Notably, sponsors sold ten of these 17 properties.

2. Top Contracts of the Week

The luxury market saw a unit at 50 West 66th Street clinching the top spot for the second consecutive week. This time, it was unit 50S, with an asking price of $23.5 million. This luxurious apartment boasts 3,547 square feet of space, including four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, Central Park views, 14-foot ceilings, and a 141-square-foot loggia. The building offers a plethora of amenities, including a fitness center, indoor lap pool, outdoor saltwater pool, jacuzzi, basketball and pickleball courts, screening room, game room, bike room, and a dog-washing facility.

The second-highest contract was for PHN at 459 West Broadway, with an asking price of $16.9 million. This duplex penthouse co-op features three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 13-foot ceilings, and exposed brick walls. The highlight is a glass-enclosed pavilion that opens onto a landscaped rooftop terrace, complete with a pool, jacuzzi, and an outdoor kitchen.

3. Market Statistics

  • East Side: 2 contracts signed
  • West Side: 5 contracts signed
  • Midtown: 2 contracts signed
  • Downtown: 8 contracts signed
  • Average Asking Price: $7,967,059
  • Median Asking Price: $5,950,000
  • Average Discount: 3% from the original asking price
  • Average Days on Market: 617

4. Expert Insights

The dominance of condos in the luxury market indicates a shift in buyer preferences towards modern amenities and flexible ownership structures. The prominence of sponsors in the sales suggests that new developments are gaining traction among luxury buyers. The consistent interest in properties at 50 West 66th Street underscores the allure of Central Park views and state-of-the-art amenities.

5. Strategies for Buyers and Sellers

For Buyers:

  • Research: Understand the difference between condos, co-ops, condops, and townhouses to determine which suits your needs.
  • Negotiate: Given the average discount and days on the market, there’s room for negotiation.
  • Amenities Matter: Properties with modern amenities tend to have a competitive edge.

For Sellers:

  • Pricing: Set a competitive asking price based on recent sales and market trends.
  • Highlight Unique Features: Whether it’s a Central Park view or a rooftop terrace, emphasize what sets your property apart.
  • Engage Experts: Collaborate with experienced realtors who have in-depth knowledge of the luxury market.


Manhattan’s luxury real estate market continues to showcase its resilience and dynamism. With a mix of historic charm and modern luxury, the market offers something for every discerning buyer. As trends evolve, staying informed and adopting effective strategies will be key to success in this competitive landscape.

Note: For those unfamiliar with real estate jargon, a “condo” refers to a private residence within a larger building or community, while a “co-op” refers to a type of housing wherein residents own shares in the entire building rather than owning their individual units.

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