Most expensive home sale…$$

Central Park Penthouse Sets Record at Nearly $240 Million

There were other pricey closings in Manhattan’s new luxury skyscrapers in January, but all were dwarfed by the hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin’s deal.

Vivian Marino

By Vivian Marino

  • Feb. 1, 2019

The hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, an avid real estate investor, is the new owner of the most expensive home ever sold in the United States.CreditLucy Nicholson/Reuters
Mr. Griffin bought four floors, totaling around 24,000 square feet, at the new 220 Central Park South tower, seen here from Central Park.CreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times

The country’s most expensive home sale is now officially in the record books.

Kenneth Griffin’s much-anticipated penthouse purchase at 220 Central Park South in Midtown Manhattan was recorded Jan. 25 with the New York City Registrar — just two days after representatives for the hedge fund manager and Vornado Realty Trust, the developer, signed the closing documents.

The final price, with taxes and various fees added in, came to $239,958,219.15.

This transaction was more than double New York City’s previous record, from four years ago: a duplex at the pinnacle of the One57 skyscraper that sold for nearly $100.5 million, reportedly to Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell Technologies. And it far surpassed the national record-holder: an East Hampton, N.Y., estate that sold for $137 million in 2014 to Barry Rosenstein, another hedge fund manger.

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