The Most Expensive Sale in Brooklyn’s History

The stunning penthouse went into contract for over $20 million.

Situated on the western end of Long Island, Brooklyn has become an increasingly popular spot because of its historic homes, indie music venues, and burgeoning art scene. So it’s no surprise that prices continue to rise as homeowners flock to the neighborhood. Case in point: A stunning penthouse at Quay Tower just went into contract for over $20 million, making it the most expensive residential sale in Brooklyn’s history. The previous record belonged to a Brooklyn Heights condo at the Standish that actor Matt Damon bought for $16.6 million.

Take one look inside the record-shattering penthouse, and it’s easy to see the appeal. The 7,433-square-foot unit was made by combining two penthouses atop the 30-story building—and it comes with five bedrooms and a 1,179-square-foot terrace. Every unit in the building has panoramic views of the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, but the views from the sky-high penthouse are especially notable: Residents will be able to spot the Harbor and Statue of Liberty as well as the New York City skyline.

Los Angeles–based design firm Marmol Radziner—known for designing homes for Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Fort, Demi Moore, and a host of other notable individuals—oversaw the interior design process. The penthouse buyer, who also considered similarly priced units in Tribeca and downtown Manhattan, was drawn to the Brooklyn Heights location in large part because of the California modernist design and custom Marmol Radziner interiors. Wide-plank oak floors, custom white oak cabinets, walls of glass, and a floor-to-ceiling see-through marble fireplace add character and warmth to the space. Outside, a terrace with a fireplace and ample room for dining or lounging overlooks the cityscape.

The unit is serviced by two elevators, and it’s also equipped with Amazon Alexa devices that can be customized to create an integrated smart-home experience controlling lights, shades, temperature, and more. (Quay Tower is the first condominium in Brooklyn to form a partnership with Amazon.)

Andrew Anderson of Douglas Elliman Development Marketing (the sole sales and marketing agency for Quay Tower) brokered the deal.

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