Brooklyn Heights penthouse sells for record $20 million

Penthouse Terrace
The penthouse at Quay Tower fetched a record-breaking $20 million on April 14.
RAL Companies and Oliver’s Realty Group

A high-rolling mystery man closed the deal on a whopping $20 million Brooklyn Heights waterfront penthouse on April 14, shattering the record for the borough’s most expensive home sale.

The price for the top-floor condo of the ritzy Quay Tower at Brooklyn Bridge Park came in at $20.3 million, as first reported by Business Insider,  some $3.6 million above Brooklyn’s previous high, when Hollywood star Matt Damon bought a luxury pad in the neighborhood for $16.7 million in 2018.

The buyer’s identity is not publicly available as the person bought their new fancy digs through a limited liability company, but a spokesman for the Bridge Park Drive high-rise described the purchaser as a “financial entrepreneur.”

The well-heeled newcomer was originally planning to buy a similar apartment in Manhattan’s swanky Tribeca neighborhood, but was attracted by Quay Tower’s nearby amenities — including Brooklyn Bridge Park, the local marina, and the city ferry stop at Pier 6 that offers a swift 14-minute water-borne commute to Wall Street, according to the spokesman.

An exterior view of Quay Tower at Brooklyn Bridge Park.RAL Companies and Oliver’s Realty Group

The transaction, which both parties finalized virtually amid the coronavirus outbreak, comes some 18 months after they first signed a contract to combine two top-floor units into a single luxurious pad. 

The combined unit now boasts five beds, five-and-a-half baths, 7,433 square feet of living space, and a 1,179 square foot private terrace with dazzling views of the Brooklyn waterfront and the Big Apple skyline.

The no-expense-spared price tag helped the sale break the record set by Damon, when the “Good Will Hunting” star bought the penthouse apartment in the 12-story Beaux-Arts former hotel The Standish on Columbia Heights for $16.7 million in 2018. 

The mysterious new record holder will now shack up atop the 30-story waterfront tower near the western end of Atlantic Avenue and adjacent to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the building boasts 126 condo units that range between two and five bedrooms — some of which entice big spenders with private elevator entries and suburban-style mudrooms.

The luxurious tower also features two rooftop indoor and outdoor entertainment lounges, along with a state-of-the-art gym, a children’s playroom, and a music practice room — where the Brooklyn Music School offers lessons for residents of all ages.