Another apartment at Walker Tower that was claimed by one of the developers during the early stages of the Art Deco skyscraper’s conversion sold for $17,156,250 and was the most expensive closed sale of the week, according to city records. The duplex aerie is now back on the market for almost double the purchase price.
Monthly carrying costs for No. 18A, on the 18th and 19th floors of the 24-story vintage building at 212 West 18th Street in Chelsea, are $7,955.
The four-bedroom four-and-a-half-bath residence, with 4,871 square feet of interior space and 698 square feet of terraces, was purchased without brokers by Elliott Joseph, a principal of the Property Markets Group, which developed the Walker condominium with the JDS Development Group, in partnership with the Starwood Capital Group. Designed by the architect Ralph Walker, Walker Tower is the former commercial office building for the New York Telephone company. Condo sales began in 2012.
Last fall, Michael Stern, the managing partner of JDS Development, paid $16,012,500 for a similarly sized four-bedroom four-and-a-half-bath unit three floors below.
No. 18A is being marketed alone for $34,000,000, as well as in combination with neighboring 18C for $44,500,000, as a six-bedroom six-and-a-half-bath residence with 6,975 square feet of interior space and 983 feet of terraces. (No. 18C, also owned by Mr. Joseph, is being marketed separately, too, for $10,520,000.)
“The combination would constitute the largest unit ever offered at Walker Tower,” said Michael Graves of Douglas Elliman, the listing broker.
Mr. Joseph had placed the apartments on the market several weeks ago in anticipation of the closing, noting that “18A and 18C are the two units I chose to have distributed to me.” What drew him to them, he said, were the “three large terraces and spectacular views in every direction,” including vistas of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and other landmarks. No. 18A “is also the only unit in the building with a formal dining room,” Mr. Joseph added.
Each of the apartments also has herringbone oak floors with radiant heat, coffered ceilings, a remote home automation system and a wood-burning fireplace, among the many high-end finishes.
When asked whether he ever considered moving in himself, Mr. Joseph said, jokingly, “It’s for a master of the universe; I’m just a regular guy.”
Big Ticket includes closed sales from the previous week, ending Wednesday.