NYC Sees Strong RE Investment, Leasing Activity

New York City holds strong to its reputation as the world’s largest real estate investment market.

By Amalia Otet, Yardi Marketing Writer

Waldorf Astoria, Manhattan

New York City holds strong to its reputation as the world’s largest real estate investment market. According to a recent report from Cushman & Wakefield, New York has seen volumes growing 10.9 percent on an annual basis to $55.4bn, landing the city in the top spot for property investments for the fourth consecutive year. With a 40.5 percent increase in investment activity, second-placed London remains however a favored destination for cross-border investors. Third-placed Tokyo has witnessed investment volumes grow a whopping 30.4 percent to $35.5bn.

NYC RE Sales Highlights

With 2014 coming to an end, we thought it would be instructive to look back at this year’s real estate market activity and pinpoint some of the hottest deals NYC has seen so far. In one of the largest transactions of the year, Hilton Worldwide sold the Waldorf Astoria New York to Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group for a cool $1.95 billion. But we have several other contenders for the “hottest deal” title, each responsible for driving a considerable amount of capital to the commercial real estate sector.

Here are NYC’s ten biggest deals of 2014, according to research data from PropertyShark:


Property Location


Sale Price

Sale Date



Property Type


240 1 Avenue




St-Dil LLC

St Owner Lp

Apartment building


10 Columbus Circle TIMEW




Columbus Office, LLC

Time Warner Realty, Inc

Commercial Condo Unit


342-392 1 Avenue




Pcv St-Dil LLC

Pcv St Owner Lp

Apartment building


80 Broadway (One Wall Street)




Mip One Wall Street Acquisition LLC

The Bank Of New York Mellon

Office Building


450 Park Avenue




450 Property Owner (Us) , LLC

450 Park Avenue LLC

Office Building


212 Broadway




Rar2 – 222 Broadway Owner Spe, LLC

222 Broadway Owner LLC

Commercial Real Estate


683 5 Avenue




685 Fifth Avenue Owner LLC

Gucci America, Inc.

Office Building


305 – 315 East 86 Street




Cf E 86 LLC Lsg E 86 LLC Sm E 86 LLC

Yorkshire Towers Company Lp

Apartment building


157 West 57th Street




Ph New York L L C

Extell West 57TH Street LLC

Commercial Real Estate


249 West 17th Street





Arc Ny24549W17, LLC

245 West 17TH Street Property Investors Ii, LLC

249 West 17TH Street Property Investors Ii, LLC

West 17TH Street Property Investors Ii, LLC

Office Building

Booming Tech Industry Spurs Growth Across All RE Sectors

The confluence of a number of key factors – including New York City’s growing technology industry, consistent demographic growth, and a significant increase in household income – has resulted in a thriving real estate sector.

Major tech players such as Google, Facebook, Yelp, and Dropbox continue to expand their corporate presence in the city, reducing the numbers of office properties lying vacant and driving local employment numbers up. Other digital services start-ups and e-commerce businesses are starting to migrate to NYC, seeking to take advantage of the favorable market conditions and the talented work pool. Etsy, the online handmade and vintage goods marketplace, is one of them. This burgeoning company inked a deal to lease 200,000 square feet at the forthcoming Dumbo Heights tech campus in Brooklyn while bringing new jobs to the NYC market.

“From relatively humble roots in an apartment in Fort Greene, we’ve become one of New York City’s largest homegrown tech employers”, Etsy said in a post on its blog. “We currently have more than 350 employees in Brooklyn, and our new space will allow us to grow our local staff by more than 300 people in the next five years. It will be LEED-certified and support our bike-to-work program, enabling us to continue our efforts to reduce Etsy’s environmental footprint. We’ll remain firmly planted in Brooklyn, where so many independent, creative businesses are flourishing. We’ll continue to influence and be influenced by the mix of industries here, from media to fashion to a burgeoning manufacturing renaissance.”

NYC M-F Market Maintains Positive Momentum

The growing economy and booming tech sector have generated an increased demand for city living, as many of the young professionals staffing the tech companies are predominantly urban-minded.

Both the Gen Y (Millennials) and Baby Boomer generations are now showing interest in sustainable locations where mass transit and lifestyle-oriented amenities are readily available and accessible. They seek convenience in their housing choices and prefer living in high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods within close proximity to jobs, shopping and dining destinations.

The influx of new residents into the city has pushed apartment vacancy rates to less than 3 percent which is well below the national and northeast levels for the second quarter of 2014. While the average monthly rate for a one-bedroom apartment unit is approximately $2,931 in New York City, asking rents in the Upper West Side average $4,617, making it one of the costliest submarkets in the city. On the other end of the affordability index stands Bronx County, where rents range around $1,175.

C&W M-F Market Report
C&W M-F Market Report


Amalia Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé, a full marketing and leasing platform featuring social media and reputation management tools, plus online leasing solutions, rent payments and maintenance requests.