Real Estate

NoHo Penthouse at $21M, UES Co-op at $15M Lead Manhattan Luxury in June

Manhattan luxury real estate contracts drop 11% with 24 homes sold, averaging $8.1M each.

By Tal Alexander

6/10, 12:49 EDT

Key Takeaway

  • Manhattan's luxury market saw 24 contracts signed for homes priced $4M+, an 11% drop from the same period in 2023.
  • The priciest deal was a $21M NoHo penthouse at 36 Bleecker Street, originally listed for $22.5M in December.
  • The second highest contract was a $15M co-op at 640 Park Avenue, down from its initial $24M asking price.

Manhattan's Luxury Market Slows Down

Contract activity in Manhattan’s luxury real estate market has seen a notable decline, with the number of signed contracts for homes priced at $4 million and above dropping by 11 percent over the past eight weeks compared to the same period last year, according to Olshan Realty’s weekly report. From June 3 to June 9, buyers inked deals for 24 homes in this price range, mirroring the previous period's total despite a shorter week. The priciest property to find a buyer was a duplex penthouse at 36 Bleecker Street, listed at $21 million. This NoHo condo, spanning nearly 4,500 square feet, features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and luxurious amenities such as a 28-foot great room, library, solarium, and two terraces.

High-Profile Transactions and Market Trends

The second most expensive home to enter contract was a four-bedroom co-op on the third floor of 640 Park Avenue, listed at $15 million. This property, which last traded for $20.5 million in 2011, highlights the significant price adjustments in the market, having initially been listed at $24 million in July 2021. The combined asking price of the 24 homes that found buyers was $193 million, averaging $8.1 million per home with a median of $6.2 million. These homes typically spent 711 days on the market and received an average discount of 13 percent, reflecting the current buyer's market dynamics.

Broader Implications for Manhattan's Real Estate

The slowdown in Manhattan’s luxury market is indicative of broader trends affecting the real estate sector. The decline in high-end contract activity could be attributed to various factors, including economic uncertainties, shifts in buyer preferences, and the overall market's cooling off after a period of heightened activity. This trend is not isolated, as seen in other segments of the real estate market, such as the office leasing sector, where significant transactions have also been recorded. For instance, Michael Bloomberg’s financial media company recently signed a nearly 1 million-square-foot lease, underscoring the ongoing demand for prime office space despite broader market challenges.

Market Dynamics and Future Outlook

The current market dynamics suggest a period of adjustment and recalibration. The luxury market's slowdown may prompt sellers to reconsider pricing strategies and marketing approaches to attract buyers. Additionally, the broader economic environment, including interest rates and financial market performance, will likely continue to influence buyer behavior and market trends. The recent financing secured by Artimus and Grid Group for a major project in West Harlem, totaling $210 million, indicates ongoing investment and development activity in other segments of the market, which could have a stabilizing effect.