[Source: WSJ]

A little over a week ago the WSJ’s Candace Taylor broke the story about 3 contiguous listings to be marketed together at the top of a 15-year old ground lease condo in Battery Park City for \$118,500,000.  At 15,434 square feet, that works out to \$7,678 per square foot.  CNBC’s Robert Frank provides more details in a video tour that was broadcast shortly after the story broke.

Normally I don’t bother to do the math on this sort of thing but after the Cityspire listing a while back, I thought I’d tweak my thinking a bit as the luxury market gets more than its fair share of confusing “milestones.”

Doing the Math
Here’s my listing price logic using content in the near viral news coverage of the record Battery Park City listing – I break down the 3 units:

\$56,500,000 (\$7,406/sqft) listing – 7,628 sqft 5-bed listed last year for 5 days and removed.

\$11,700,000 (\$3,330/sqft) purchase – 3,513 3-bed in April 2014.

\$19,000,000 (\$4,425/sqft) listing – 4,293 sqft 4-bed \$23M January listing dropped to \$19M, then removed.

\$87,200,000 is the aggregate total for the 3 units that total 15,434 square feet (\$5,640/sqft). The current list price of \$118,500,000 represents a \$31,300,000 premium for the combination of all 3 units before we might assume the millions in renovations to combine if you believe that the \$87,200,000 total is what aggregate of the individual properties are worth.

Given the \$3,330 ppsf recent sales price of the 3-bed and the unable to be sold for \$4,293 ppsf after 6 months on market 4-bed and the not-market tested 5 day listing period 5-bed at \$7,406, I can’t figure out how the listing agent gets to \$7,678 ppsf as an asking price for all 3 together before the cost of renovation to combine? Perhaps the seller set the price.

The listing broker tells us that the pricing “is justified by the square footage“, as well as the views and building’s amenities.”

Got it.