Amazon may have walked away from New York City and plans to locate a sizable chunk of HQ2 there, but CEO Jeff Bezos is apparently moving on up, with the purchase of three luxury condos valued at $80 million.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Bezos is buying a penthouse and two units directly beneath it at 212 Fifth Avenue. The building is located near Madison Square Park and dates back to 1912.
According to StreetEasy, the neo-Gothic style early skyscraper is 24 stories tall and features 48 units. The main penthouse alone spans three floors and has a private elevator. The Journal said that if turned into a single-family home the three units would total more than 17,000 square feet, with 12 bedrooms.
The penthouse asking price was $73.8 million at one point in 2017, WSJ reported. It was most recently on the market for $58 million, but the exact sales price hadn’t yet been made public. Records show the other two units sold for a collective $28.45 million.
Here are more details from StreetEasy:
Most apartments have two or three exposures, many with exceptional city and park views. The residences feature gracious entry foyers, galleried hallways, huge loft like living rooms, fully integrated kitchens, master bedroom suite retreats, dedicated ensuite bathrooms for all other bedrooms, powder rooms and smart home technology. Designed with an eye to subtlety and texture, each home boasts floors of solid oak and marble, a custom kitchen with Ash mill-work, marble counters and top-of-the line Gaggenau appliances, and bathroom finishes that include honed, polished and fluted marble and hand-dyed sycamore cabinetry.
WSJ said the deal is the priciest ever closed in New York south of 42nd Street, according to appraiser Jonathan Miller, and it’s the second largest deal closed this year in New York.
Amazon shocked New York and followers of its HQ2 saga in February when it canceled plans to locate a 25,000-person office in the Long Island City section of Queens, blaming state and local politicians for scuttling the deal. But Amazon is still looking for new office space in NYC, according to The New York Post.
Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post newspaper, previously purchased a mansion in an exclusive Washington, D.C., neighborhood for $23 million in 2017.