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Waldorf Astoria penthouse lists for $12.5 million

A full-floor penthouse near the top of the Waldorf Astoria was listed Wednesday for $12.5 million.

The listing offers the entire, 5,600-square-foot 58th floor of the Waldorf Astoria. Historically, the 58th floor was two separate units with separate owners. One of the units sold in 2010 for $2.188 million, while the other sold in 2014 for $3.65 million.

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Recently, however, the two units came under common ownership, listing agent Deanne Thomas of Deanne Thomas Luxury Properties told Elite Street. The combined unit has four bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, 500 square feet of terraces and three garage parking spaces.

"Floors 50 through 59 in the Waldorf Astoria are true penthouse levels, and this unit has towering 12-1/2-foot ceiling heights, it has tall windows, it has wide windows, it has a private elevator that goes into the unit, and it has an expansive terrace," she said. "As you scale up the building, the floor plan becomes a little bit smaller. So it's really so rare to have a full-floor plate at this level. And this is a most rare unit in an amazing building in an amazing location. Plus, you get the amenities of the hotel and the cachet and prestige of the Waldorf Astoria. It's a boutique jewel box."

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The unit is one of the highest priced residential listings in Chicago. The only higher-priced listings are a proposed 14,000-square-foot mansion in Lincoln Park that is available for $15.5 million, a 10-bedroom, 12,000-square-foot mansion on North Lake Shore Drive listed for $13 million, a 35th-floor condo in the building at 9 W. Walton St. that has a $12.95 million asking price and a 6,850-square-foot, 87th-floor unit in Trump International Hotel & Tower with a $12.7 million price tag.

Some units on lower floors in the Waldorf Astoria have sold for greater amounts. Billionaire Ken Griffin, for example, paid $16 million in July 2014 for a 46th-floor unit — which he sold less than 18 months later for the same amount — and paid $13.3 million in August 2015 for a 37th-floor unit. However, those units are larger. The 37th-floor unit, for example, measures fully 7,400 square feet.

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.



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