The property, a 20,000-square-foot penthouse atop The Residences Tower at 8899 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, is under construction and slated to be finished early next year. As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, developer Tyler Siegel of Townscape Partners said he and partner John Irwin plan to put it on the market for upwards of nine figures.
“Whether that’s $100 million, $125 million or $160 million, I just don’t know right now,” Siegel told the Journal.
The property is certainly nice — wraparound glass windows on the top floor of a 10-story unit and 4,000 square feet of outside terrace space along with sweeping views of Malibu and the rest of Los Angeles. But such a listing price is an ambitious ask, especially amid a coronavirus pandemic in which many homebuyers have chosen to flee cities and residential buildings in favor of suburbs and single-family homes.
If sold, it would triple the largest condo deal ever transacted in Los Angeles County, when author Candy Spelling bought a $35 million condominium in 2010. The biggest sale in the county to date is a nine-acre estate that Jeff Bezos bought for $165 million in February.
Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman is the listing agent. Tom Kundig of the Olson Kundig architectural firm designed it. Eklund did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
While such high-stakes deals do occur, a strategy of putting an exorbitant asking price on a property is also a common tactic among LA developers looking to draw attention. Compared to last year, Los Angeles condo sales have dropped by more than 30 percent in second quarter amid the coronavirus pandemic as luxury homebuyers increasingly look for single-family homes with more space.
All of that, however, does not faze Siegel and Irwin who believe the right buyer will still turn up. They told the Journal that the condo’s luxe status and prime location in central LA will make it a hot commodity for a buyer.