Jeff Bezos is spending $80 million on 3 NYC condos, but he already owns 4 apartments in the city. Take a look inside the building where he owns $13 million worth of real estate

zz/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPxJeff Bezos’ NYC real-estate portfolio is growing.

Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, is spending about $US80 million on three adjacent New York City apartments, Katherine Clarke reported for The Wall Street Journal.

The spread includes a three-story penthouse and the two units directly below it at 212 Fifth Avenue near Madison Square Park, according to The Journal. The deal will be the priciest real-estate transaction south of 42nd Street when it’s finalised, appraiser Jonathan Miller told the Journal.

The Amazon CEO was reportedly apartment hunting in NYC back in April – soon after the announcement of the finalization of his divorce from MacKenzie Bezos – and was planning on spending about $US60 million on a home in the city, The New York Post reported at the time.

But Bezos has already been a homeowner in New York City for years.

In 1999, he bought three condos in the Century building at 25 Central Park West in Manhattan’s Upper West Side for $US7.65 million, according to the Observer. He made the purchase under an LLC called Jetima from Tommy Mottola, the former Sony Music head. Bezos bought an additional unit for $US5.3 million in 2012, making him the owner of four condos in the historic building.

The 32-story art deco building was built in 1931 and boasts a concierge, elevator attendants, and three separate entrances, as well as a prime location right next to Central Park.

Here’s a look inside the building.


Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, is spending about $US80 million on three adjacent New York City apartments, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The spread includes a three-story penthouse and the two units directly below it at 212 Fifth Avenue near Madison Square Park, according to the Journal.

The deal will be the priciest real-estate transaction south of 42nd Street when it’s finalised, appraiser Jonathan Miller told The Journal.


Bezos previously looked at apartments at 220 Central Park South, an unfinished 79-story tower on Billionaires’ Row overlooking Central Park, according to The New York Post.

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The Post reported at the time that Bezos was looking to spend about $US60 million on a home in the city.

Bezos wouldn’t be the only billionaire in the building if he had bought at 220 Central Park South. In January, Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of the hedge fund Citadel, bought a $US238 million penthouse in the tower, setting the record for the most expensive home sale in the US.


But Bezos has owned properties in New York City for years.

City Realty25 Central Park West.

Bezos owns four apartments at 25 Central Park West, a prewar, luxury art deco condominium building right off Central Park.


25 Central Park West, also known as the Century, is in Manhattan’s Upper West Side just off the southwest corner of Central Park.

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The 32-floor building, which houses about 350 units, is steps from iconic New York City destinations such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Columbus Circle.

The Century, which was built on the former site of the Century Theatre, takes up the entire block from West 62nd Street to West 63rd Street.


The lobby of 25 Central Park West isn’t particularly impressive, but it comes with a 24-hour door attendant and concierge at each of the three entrances on three sides of the building.

Walter McCullough, StriblingThe lobby at 25 Central Park West.

Laundry service and additional storage are also available in the building.


Bezos bought three condos in the Century building for $US7.65 million in 1999.

Lisa Maysonet, Sotheby’s International RealtyAn apartment (not belonging to Bezos) at 25 Central Park West.

He made the purchase from the former Sony Music head Tommy Mottola through an LLC called Jetima.


The world’s richest man bought an additional unit in the building for $US5.3 million in 2012, making him the owner of four condos in the historic building.

Lisa Maysonet, Sotheby’s International RealtyAn apartment (not belonging to Bezos) at 25 Central Park West.

The apartment Bezos bought in 2012 is adjacent to the units he already owned.

Most of the apartments have been renovated over the years but still feature prewar details such as sunken living rooms and moldings.


Many of the residences, which are a mix of rentals and for-sale units, offer panoramic views of Central Park.

Lisa Maysonet, Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 1931, the building is part of the Central Park West Historic District.


“The Century’s condominium status makes it an excellent investment destination for international buyers seeking a NYC pied-a-terre as well as native New Yorkers who have always called this city home,” StreetEasy’s description of the building says.

Walter McCullough, StriblingA one-bedroom unit (not belonging to Bezos) at 25 Central Park West.

Current listings in the building range from a two-bedroom unit in contract for just under $US3 million to a full-floor, four-bedroom condo on the 30th floor for about $US11 million.


The building also includes a bike room, an on-site resident manager, and a shared landscaped terrace.

With the $US80 million he’s reportedly spending on his New York spread, Bezos could have bought every condo currently for sale at the Century and still had more than $US27 million left over.

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