2015 NYC Real Estate Market: Test Your Knowledge! (Quiz)

By | December 21, 2015

2015 was an eventful year in New York City real estate! Test your knowledge with these 10 questions? 

Full disclosure: My score = 7/10

(Take the quiz here or interactively at the original article written by Michelle Higgins and published in the The New York TimesThe answer key is at the end.)

2015 New York City Real Estate Quiz

1 The actress Demi Moore listed the triplex south tower penthouse in the San Remo that she bought with Bruce Willis, her husband at the time, along with a two-bedroom maisonette. What was the listing price?

  • $75 million

  • $50 million

  • $22 million

2 A 25-foot-wide Greek Revival style townhouse on a prime tree-lined street in Greenwich Village at 20 East 10th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place, was bought by a celebrity couple for $18,995,000 million in 2011. It sold for $18.25 million in July. Who was the famous couple who owned it? Hint: check out the closets and dressing room.

  • Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy

  • Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady

  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

3 A new round of tall, slender skyscrapers aimed at multimillionaires and designed to rise to about 1,000 feet or more, with beanstalk proportions, made headway this year. Which is the skinniest?

  • 53W53, a 1,050-foot tower next door to the Museum of Modern Art

  • 111 West 57th Street, a 1,428-foot-tall condominium and conversion

  • 220 Central Park South, a 950-foot-tall limestone tower designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects

4 A gaggle of nonconformist buildings going up along the High Line, West Chelsea’s elevated park, began sales this year. Name the architect who designed this curvaceous residence at 520 West 28th Street.

  • Zaha Hadid

  • Soo K. Chan

  • Thomas Juul-Hansen

5 The city’s first micro-apartment complex, at 335 East 27th Street, began leasing market-rate studios last month starting around $2,500 a month. How big, or rather, small, are the units?

  • 400 to 500 square feet

  • 330 to 430 square feet

  • 260 to 360 square feet

6 A penthouse sold for more than $100 million, shattering the record for the highest price ever paid for a single residence in New York City. What is the address of the building?

  • 15 Central Park West

  • 157 West 57th Street

  • 220 Central Park South

7 Julia Child’s former home in Provence was listed for sale on the open market for the first time with her kitchen largely intact. Which item is not original to the kitchen?

  • Storage labels

  • Pegboard

  • The stove

8 The median price of a Manhattan apartment reached a new high in 2015. What is the current record?

  • $500,000

  • $999,000

  • $1.45 million

9 An enormous brick townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, with a built-in four-car garage, broke the record for the highest price ever paid for a single residence in the borough. What was the price?

  • $88.2 million

  • $25 million

  • $15.5 million

10 More and more Brooklyn sellers are listing their homes with Manhattan-size prices. Where is the most expensive listing located?

  • Brooklyn Heights


  • Williamsburg

Answer Key

1) $75 million

2) Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

3) 111 West 57th Street

4) Thomas Juul-Hansen

5) 260 to 360 square feet

6) 157 West 57th Street

7) The Stove

8) $999,000

9) $15.5 million

10) Brooklyn Heights

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2015 Top 20 New York City Residential Real Estate Sales (By Price)

Michael Haltman is President of Hallmark Abstract Service in New York. He can be reached at mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com.

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