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One Dalton condo sells for sky-high price: $34m

The Four Seasons One Dalton tower rises 61 stories above the street.
The Four Seasons One Dalton tower rises 61 stories above the street. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Globe Staff

One of the three highest homes ever built in Boston sold on Friday for $34 million.

That’s how much someone paid for one of the penthouses at the Four Seasons One Dalton in a sale that closed Friday, according to a deed filed in Suffolk County, the first of three such units to sell at the top of the 61-story tower that opened last summer.

The name of the buyer — hidden behind a shell company — wasn’t publicly available, but The Wall Street Journal reported in 2017 that Dell Technologies founder Michael Dell had one of the three penthouses under contract.

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An attorney representing the purchaser did not return a message seeking comment, and developer Richard Friedman said he couldn’t disclose the buyer’s identity.

The sales price was below the $40 million sought for the two-story, 7,300-square-foot penthouses, though it’s still the second-most-expensive home sold in Boston. No. 1? That’s the much larger Grand Penthouse at Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing, which billionaire John Grayken bought for $35 million in 2016. (Grayken has put it back on the market, for $45 million. No takers yet.)

Since the Four Seasons One Dalton’s lower floors opened in June, sales have been gradually closing on upper-floor condos. As of Friday, 84 units had closed sales, Friedman said, a little more than half the building. The average price, according to filed deeds, was $5.7 million, and ranged from a $680,000 unit on the 24th floor to north of $10 million on the upper floors. More units are under contract — including one of the two remaining penthouses — Friedman said.

“We’re doing fine,” he said. “We’ve exceeded our expectations.”

The $750 million tower has come under fire from critics who say it reflects the excess of Boston’s high-end building boom, and warn that many of its units could be bought by out-of-town, and absentee, owners.

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Friedman has maintained that many of One Dalton’s buyers are local, or have strong local ties. And while roughly a third of the sales deeds filed so far have been to trusts or LLCs that can shield a buyer’s identity, many of the rest appear to be local business leaders and executives, as well as high-powered doctors and academics. An LLC tied to auto dealer Herb Chambers paid $17.8 million for a unit on the 59th floor, just below the penthouse that closed on Friday.


Tim Logan can be reached at tim.logan@globe.com.