Why billionaire Rupert Murdoch can’t promote his Manhattan penthouse


Everybody appears to be having a troublesome time in at the moment’s housing market. Even billionaire media mogul and proprietor Rupert Murdoch is struggling—however simply in a really totally different manner from younger, aspiring homebuyers who can’t afford to interrupt right into a housing market riddled with excessive mortgage charges and residential costs. 

Certainly, Murdoch’s Manhattan penthouse was listed at such a excessive value, that he and his agent have needed to minimize the worth by practically 40% from $62 million to $38.5 million.

“The revised value displays present realities and is nearer to the place the market values the residence,” Kyle Blackmon, head of luxurious gross sales at Compass, tells Fortune. Murdoch didn’t reply to requests for remark. The triplex was first listed by the Information Corp. chairman emeritus for $62 million in 2022, and has since endured a number of value cuts. 

On the present record value, Murdoch will take a loss on the property, since he bought it for $57.9 million in 2014, based on a Wall Avenue Journal report. For comparability, the common residence value in Manhattan is about $1 million, based on Redfin’s most up-to-date information. Murdoch (and his household) have an estimated internet price of practically $21 billion, based on Forbes, having constructed a media empire that features Fox Information, the Instances of London, and the Wall Avenue Journal. Murdoch stepped down as chairman in September 2023.

About Murdoch’s sky-high Manhattan mansion

The luxurious triplex is roughly 7,000 sq. ft—greater than twice the measurement of the common American residence. It boasts 20-foot ceilings, “huge artwork partitions,” and a 586-square-foot terrace, that are options that “create true shortage worth,” Blackmon says. 

Whereas the penthouse, which sits on the pinnacle of One Madison in Manhattan, is undoubtedly considered one of a sort, the worth of the property attracts a really area of interest set of consumers. 

“Extremely-luxury property gross sales are difficult because of the restricted purchaser pool at these value factors,” Noah Rosenblatt, cofounder of New York Metropolis–based mostly actual property analytics firm UrbanDigs, tells Fortune. “These distinctive trophy properties are extra akin to the artwork market than the true property market, with worth decided primarily by a possible purchaser’s notion.”

Even Blackmon agrees that the property is so distinctive that it’ll possible promote to a really particular purchaser.

“We’ll promote this residence, and the client, who will possible be an artwork collector, will safe an distinctive worth for this essential and uncommon providing,” Blackmon says. “That is the equal of a [Jean-Michel] Basquiat oil portray, an asset that may’t be replicated on this location. Residences of this measurement and significance are promoting for twice as a lot in a number of buildings within the metropolis.”

Whereas value cuts can generally sign {that a} property was overpriced to start with, Rosenblatt says these modifications are comparatively regular within the luxurious actual property market. 

“Opposite to in style considering, ultra-luxury listings are not often overpriced,” Rosenblatt says. “Astronomical itemizing costs serve to affirm the property’s luxurious standing and sign its availability, making the preliminary value a strategic software quite than an easy market evaluation—an invite greater than an announcement.”

In different phrases, authentic record costs serve to mark properties as being ultra-luxury, and value cuts convey extra consumers to the dialog of really shopping for the property, Rosenblatt says.

“From the surface, it appears like the vendor is chasing the market down, [but] these value reductions are extra aptly described as making an attempt to realize market match,” Rosenblatt says. “The challenges [with selling the property] spotlight the ultra-luxury market’s volatility, pushed by distinctive purchaser preferences quite than conventional market forces, and underscore the ever-evolving definition of ‘trophy’ properties in NYC’s resilient ultra-luxury section.”

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