뉴욕 맨해튼에 한국인이 4천만달러[5백억원] 집 구입 - 월스트릿저널 오늘 보도
지난 2010년이후 현재까지 뉴욕 맨해튼에서 3천5백만달러이상에 팔린 집 12채중 5채가 외국인에게 팔렸으며 그중 1채가 한 한국인이 4천만달러에 구입했다고 월스트릿 저널이 오늘 보도했습니다
월스트릿저널은 3천5백만달러이상에 매매된 집중 미국인이 산 7채를 제외하고 나머지 5채는 러시아인이 2명, 우크리이나와 멕시코인이 각각 1명, 그리고 1명은 한국인이라고 전했습니다 [월스트릿저널 6월 13일자 A-20면]
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While high-spending Russian billionaires have been the talk of Manhattan real-estate market, deals for two apartments facing Central Park have closed for a total of $110 million, showing the strength of the domestic end of the luxury market as well.
In the second-most expensive sale of a Manhattan apartment, Steve Wynn, the casino mogul, on Monday paid $70 million for a 10,882-square-foot apartment with 14 rooms and an 80-foot terrace facing the park at 50 Central Park South above the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Within a few hours, a duplex penthouse at 2 E. 70th St. on the corner of Fifth Avenue that had an asking price of $36 million closed for just over $40 million. The apartment was owned by the Ted Forstmann, the late private-equity investor. Brokers said the buyer had dual French and U.S. citizenship and was married to an American.
And the pace of sales to American buyers remains strong. Brokers said that a penthouse at 730 Park Ave. has gone into contract for a price said to be in the mid-$30 million range. Separately, a townhouse designed by Stanford White at 973 Fifth Ave. listed for $49 million was in contract for more than $40 million, a broker said. Both buyers were Americans, brokers said.
The appetite for real estate among top tier of wealthy Americans remains strong, brokers said, for the same reason that it is attracting activity by international buyers in the former Soviet Union, Asia and Latin America: a growing confidence that New York luxury properties can provide a haven for wealth in a turbulent economy. On the practical side, the properties also provide a place to live, often with bragging rights, they said.
"As the rest of the world seems to be melting down, the upper, upper class is looking for safe havens for their capital," said Meredyth Smith, a broker at Sotheby's International who represented the Forstmann estate, along with another Sotheby's broker, Serena Boardman. "They are finding the very top tier of the market an attractive place to park their money."
Since 2010, seven of the 12 homes in Manhattan that sold for more than $35 million went to Americans, with the others going to two buyers from Russia, and one each from the Ukraine, Mexico and Korea.
In an indication of the tight world of luxury brokers, Ms. Boardman represented Mr. Wynn and was one of the brokers showing both the Forstmann home and 730 Park Ave. One Brown Harris Stevens broker, Kyle Blackmon, represented the seller of Mr. Wynn's apartment while another, Dominic R. Paolillio, represented the buyer of the Forstmann property and a third, Paula Del Nunzio, listed the Fifth Avenue townhouse.
Hall Willkie, the president of Brown Harris Stevens, said that buyers were back in force in the luxury market because of a return of "confidence in the economy and confidence in New York." But he said people are buying luxury properties for their values as homes first, even if they have other residences, and only then "because it is a good place to put their money."
The record Manhattan sale of $88 million was set at 15 Central Park West earlier this year with the purchase of a penthouse condo owned by Sanford I. Weill, the former head of Citigroup Inc., by a trust for the daughter of Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev.