The facade of 1067 Fifth Avenue (via Bridge and Tunnel Club).

Each week, the Big Ticket column in the New York Times real estate section records the most expensive housing deal of the prior week. The most recent column focused on a $16.25 million condo on the 42nd floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower — a two-bedroom apartment, so that works out to a little more than $8 million per bedroom. Welcome to the world of high-end Manhattan real estate.

The second-place sale, clocking in at $8.325 million, took place across town on the Upper East Side. The apartment in question, once inhabited by a notable New York lawyer, will now welcome a high-ranking partner at a top international law firm.

Oh, and he clerked for the Supreme Court, too. Some people truly do lead charmed lives. And wait until you see the pictures of his new residence….

1067 Fifth Avenue (via CityRealty)

Here’s the report from the New York Times:

Across town, a full-floor co-op at 1067 Fifth Avenue, a 1917 limestone apartment house designed by Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert, sold for $8.325 million and was the week’s runner-up. The unit, with monthly maintenance of $7,560, had been listed at $8.995 million. The 12-story building has one residence per floor.

C.P.H. Gilbert designed many of the most magnificent private homes in Manhattan. It’s nice that the buyer got such a sizable discount from the original listing price; he can apply the savings toward the monthly maintenance, which is bigger than most people’s mortgage. Of course, with so few residents in the building, the high maintenance isn’t shocking.

Who is the prominent New York attorney who once called this place home?

The co-op, No. 5, had been owned for decades by Daniel David Brockman, a lawyer and arts patron who was integral in efforts to preserve Carnegie Hall, and his wife, Elizabeth Brockman, a pianist.

Brockman passed away in 1990. His New York Times obituary suggests that he knew how to live the good life: “He was 86 and had homes in Manhattan, East Hampton and Marbella, Spain.”

And who is the incoming owner of Brockman’s former home?


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