A hedgefunder has just bought the most expensive home in US history — a $US238 million ($333 million) four-storey condo on Central Park South in a building dubbed the billionaires’ bunker.”
Ken Griffin is a globetrotting house collector who also owns a $US58.75 million ($82 million) condo in Chicago; a $60 million ($84 million) penthouse at Faena House in Miami; $US250 million ($350 million) worth of land to build a Palm Beach compound and a $122 million ($171 million) London mansion.
The record purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Developer Steven Roth is assembling tenants as if the building is his own private clubhouse, sources say.
Starchitect Robert A.M. Stern once told the New York Post that Roth was personally involved in every aspect of the building’s design.
Like a private club, the limestone-clad building features private dining rooms along with a sports club, juice bar, library and a basketball court.
While most buyers are still under wraps, Griffin’s new neighbours — once the building is in move-in condition — will include Sting and Trudie Styler, as the New York Post previously reported.
Griffin’s unit is a massive 2229 square metres and takes up four floors — from the 50th to the 53rd floor of the building.
Corcoran’s Deborah Kern repped the developer.
The purchase breaks the previous record, when activist investor Barry Rosenstein paid $US137 million ($192 million) for an East Hampton estate on Further Lane in 2014.
Manhattan’s previous record sale was a $US100 million ($140 million) condo that Michael Dell bought at 157 W. 57th St. in 2015.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission