Amazon founder Jeff Bezos snags three New York apartments in same building for more than $114 million
The richest man in the world is about snag a big chunk of some prime Manhattan real estate.
Jeff Bezos, the recently divorced multi-billionaire Amazon founder, is finalising a deal to buy the top four floors of a NoMad apartment building for a total price tag of more than $AUD 116 million ($USD 80 million), according to the New York Post.
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Bezos, 55, is in line to purchase the three-floor penthouse of Madison Square Park-adjacent 212 Fifth Ave., as well as the two units on the floor directly beneath it, and merge the four stories into one mega-home, according to sources familiar with the building.
“The residents are all buzzing about it,” one insider said.
“They are so excited to have him as a neighbour because it means their apartment prices will go up.”
Jeff Bezos founded the e-commerce colossus Amazon in 1994, and is currently the richest man in the world, with a net worth of $USD 143.4 billion, according to Forbes.
The Post reported in May that the unit was in contract after Bezos had viewed it several times, but the building’s developer denied that the e-commerce mogul was the buyer.
Confirmation that Bezos was, indeed, sealing the deal was first reported this week by The Wall Street Journal.
The penthouse alone spans “three magnificent floors of living space, with four extraordinary exposures,” in addition to boasting five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, according to a StreetEasy profile.
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It first hit the market in 2017 for $USD 73.8 million but is now in contract for $USD 58 million.
Altogether, Bezos will lay out around $USD 80 million in a package deal for the three units, valued cumulatively at around $USD 87.8 million.
“Distinguished by majestic proportions and graceful arched windows, the Penthouses [sic] sumptuous interiors enjoy every conceivable luxury that places it in a league of its own,” according to StreetEasy.
The 936 sqm penthouse also includes a private elevator entrance and not one but two terraces, one of which has room for a pool.
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But the main draw for Bezos, sources said, is an unusual brick wall obscuring the outdoor spaces from prying eyes as he moves on from his highly-publicised divorce with new flame Lauren Sanchez.
The purchase also comes as Amazon is reportedly seeking to scoop up almost 10,000 sqm in Manhattan office space, despite walking away from a $USD 3 billion deal to build a waterfront headquarters in Queens in February.
A source said that Bezos made the swift move to nab all three units in one day.
“The deals all went into contract on the same day and will close soon,” a source said. “You think he needs a mortgage?”
The article originally appeared in the New York Post and has been republished with permission.