Frenzied Bidding Unloads Custom Upper East Side Penthouse for $19 Million

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In Manhattan real estate, penthouse shopping is practically a blood sport—one that packs more competitive action lately than New York’s local pro sports teams (sans the Stanley Cup runner-up, the Rangers).

The latest contest was played on the Upper East Side’s turf as the newly-customized penthouse at 515 East 72nd Street was snatched up recently for a cool $19 million—after a month-long bidding war as intense as any overtime, shootout or extra-inning playoff game. On the market for less than two months via The Corcoran Group, the home sold for $500,000 over its original $18.5 million list price.

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Following a bidding frenzy, this penthouse at 515 East 72nd Street sold for $19 million.

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Oversized windows offer panoramic views.

Unobstructed terrace views of the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

Unobstructed terrace views of the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, at night.

The luxury condominium’s full-floor, 5,419-square-foot Penthouse A features five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, two spacious terraces totaling 3,461-square feet, and dramatic panoramic views of Manhattan—including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and East River. Who wouldn’t compete for that?

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Penthouse A boasts 5,419-square feet of living space.

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Penthouse A showcases two spacious terraces totaling 3,461-square feet.

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A corner master bedroom suite with oversized windows opens to a private loggia and the West terrace.

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The residence’s large dining room and fireplace.

The residence boasts an expansive living room, dining room, and family room—all with access to the East terrace. Its kitchen features Pietra Cardosa and Silestone countertops, custom Siematic cabinets, Wolf cooktops and double-wall ovens, Miele refrigerators, and Dornbracht fixtures.

A gorgeous corner master bedroom suite with oversized windows opens to a private loggia and the West terrace. The huge master bathroom is equipped with a free-standing Barclay Valencia resin bathtub, Ivory Travertine floors, a Nordic White Onyx vanity wall, polished Capuccino Onyx vanities, and Dornbracht fixtures. The spectacular East and West terraces offer unobstructed panoramas, lush landscaping, granite pavers and wood flooring, and an outdoor Viking kitchen.

Penthouse A's kitchen features Silestone countertops, Siematic cabinets, and high-end appliances from Wolf and Miele.

The contemporary kitchen has an open layout with Pietra Cardosa and Silestone countertops.

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Penthouse A’s kitchen features Siematic cabinets and high-end appliances from Wolf and Miele.

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A master bathroom with free-standing Barclay Valencia resin bathtub, Ivory Travertine floors, and his-and-hers sinks.

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Penthouse A is newly constructed and custom built.

Just three other residences remain for sale in the 41-story, pet-friendly building, which is located near the East River between York Avenue and FDR Drive. One- to three-bedroom units in this condominium typically list from $1.76 million to more than $4 million.

Amenities include a doorman, concierge service, a half-acre private park (dubbed as Manhattan’s largest private lawn), an outdoor lounge, a 56-foot indoor pool with two hot tubs, a fitness center with rock climbing wall, a squash-basketball court, a kid’s gym, indoor and outdoor yoga sanctuaries, a full-service spa, an in-house cafe, and parking.

515 E. 72nd Street's park is considered Manhattan’s largest private lawn.

515 E. 72nd Street’s park is considered Manhattan’s largest private lawn.

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The aquatic center boasts a 56-foot pool and two hot tubs.

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The fitness center and climbing wall.

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The Penthouse at 515 East 72nd Street overlooks the East River.

Photos courtesy of Corcoran Group or by Jon Nissbaum of VHT Studios

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