How Brooklyn’s priciest apartment ever traded hands despite coronavirus
Brooklyn real estate has hit new heights: The borough’s priciest pad has sold for a record $20.3 million.
The combination unit is at Quay Tower, a 30-story condo on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront. Even though the penthouse went into contract in October 2018, the trade was finalized on April 3 and hit property records on Tuesday.
Closings at the brand-new building started in March, so it actually didn’t take that long to complete the in-contract transaction, a building source tells Gimme Shelter.
The $20.3 million figure smashes the old King’s County record set by actor Matt Damon, who snagged a $16.7 million penthouse at the Standish in Brooklyn Heights. Damon’s buy was reported in 2017 and recorded in 2019.
Due to the restrictions COVID-19 has placed on in-person gatherings, the record-setting penthouse sold via a virtual closing.
Though the contract for the unit was signed in 2018, the buyer — who’s reported to be in the financial services industry — still wanted to proceed even after the coronavirus hit the city.
“It’s inspiring how our industry has adapted so quickly with virtual closings,” says Douglas Elliman’s Andrew Anderson, who facilitated the sale. “I’m thrilled we can continue to schedule closings and our buyers can move into their homes on the waterfront at Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
This 7,433-square-foot penthouse includes a 1,179-square-foot terrace. Its unobstructed views of the Hudson and East Rivers along with the Manhattan skyline are “absolutely insane,” a source told The Post in the fall of 2018.
Along with the extraordinary views, the buyer was taken with the ferry stop at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park — it’s a 14-minute commute to Wall Street by boat — as well as the East River-front green space’s five themed playgrounds and the marina.
Building amenities (to be enjoyed when groups can once again congregate, of course) include two rooftop indoor/outdoor entertainment lounges, a 2,500-square-foot gym with Peloton bikes, a children’s playroom and a music practice room. Gleason’s Boxing Gym will also offer private and group classes for residents at a specially built Quay Tower outpost.
The building has one penthouse left for sale — a three-bedroom unit asking $8.5 million.
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