This sale is the most anyone has paid for a home in the United States. The previous record was set in 2014, also by a New York property. That home in the Hamptons sold for $137 million, according to statistics compiled by Miller Samuel Inc., a real estate and appraisal consulting firm that tracks highest sales of single residences over $50 million.
The company's CEO, Jonathan Miller, cautions that tracking the most expensive homes sold in the country is not an exact science.
"There aren't as many as you think," Miller said. "The banner year was 2014. In 2013 and 2014 I started noticing every couple of weeks there was a story that said, 'this was the highest asking price in the country,' or 'this was the highest in California.' In 2015 I started looking back and realized that many of those hadn't sold. It was the pocket listings, the ones that weren't splashed everywhere, that were selling."
Miller said when he first heard about the property at 220 Central Park South in 2014 it was listed for $250 million. "The sale for $238 million has nothing to do with the current market. It has everything to do with 2015, which was around peak luxury," he said. "In New York the top end is softening right now because of over-development."
The 79-story skyscraper that contains the apartment is under construction and is right on Central Park in an area often referred to as New York's billionaires row. It has sweeping views of the iconic park. Other big names at that building include singer Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Top five most expensive US sales
The top five most expensive homes sold in the United States, as compiled by Miller Samuel Inc.:
- 220 Central Park South, New York -- Sold in 2019 for $238 million.
- 60 Further Lane, East Hampton, New York -- Sold in 2014 for $137 million.
- 50 Blossom Way, Palm Beach, Florida -- Sold in 2013 for $129.6 million.
- 499 Indian Field Road, Greenwich, Connecticut -- Sold in 2014 for $120 million.
- 360 Mountain Home Road, Woodside, California -- Sold in 2013 for $117.5 million.