Race car driver and Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has just sold his downtown bachelor penthouse palace — that he never even lived in — for a staggering $49.5 million. It’s the biggest downtown sale of the year — bigger than a $49 million penthouse that sold in the building where actor Heath Ledger died, at 421 Broome St., as Gimme previously reported.
It also tops a $45 million penthouse sale at 56 Leonard St., the Herzog & de Meuron designed building known as the Jenga tower. Don’t worry: Hamilton still owns another bachelor penthouse at nearby 70 Vestry St., home to celebs such as supermodel Gisele Bündchen and football legend Tom Brady. He bought his Vestry Street penthouse for $40.7 million in 2019, just before he put the 443 Greenwich home on the market for the first time — for $40.9 million.
Hamilton’s triplex penthouse sale, which just hit city property records, is in what could be New York’s sexiest, most star-studded building — a former 19th-century book binding factory at 443 Greenwich St. in Tribeca. Past and present residents include The Weeknd, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebel Wilson and Meg Ryan. Hamilton’s former penthouse comes with a private outdoor plunge pool.
The penthouse takes up three floors, including a glass-walled terrace level. At 8,900 square feet, it features five bedrooms, six bathrooms and two powder rooms. It also boasts 3,400 square feet of prized outdoor space. The penthouse is a combo of three units. Inside, it also comes with internal stairs and a private internal elevator. There’s a 20-foot great room, a library/den with a gas fireplace and a swanky chef’s kitchen.
The mystery buyer hid their identity in a Seattle shell company, according to property records, leaving real estate sleuths guessing on a potential Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates purchase. Broker Nick Gavin, of Compass, repped Hamilton and the mystery buyer. Gavin did not return calls. Two prized parking spots are also included in the purchase. Monthly common charges are a steep $18,360.
The striking penthouse was originally asking $57 million in February 2019. Hamilton bought the property for $43.9 million in 2017, and then promptly plunked down $40.7 million on his Vestry Street penthouse pad. Original details in the LEED-certified building, which dates to 1883, include pine beamed ceilings.
Building amenities include a common 70-foot pool for all residents’ use, a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace and a gym with separate male and female locker rooms and a steamed Turkish hammam.