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15 Central Park West penthouse 15 Central Park West and Barclays CEO Robert Diamon. Image credit Wikipedia
Fifteen Central Park West is known as the most coveted addresses in the Manhattan and deserving of the number one spot on CityRealty’s best rated condos. Last week, Robert Diamond, ex-CEO of British bank, Barclays, listed his 40th floor, 5,300-square-foot penthouse for $59 million. Diamond acquired the 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom spread in 2009 for $37 million and is now, 7 years later, listing the palatial abode at nearly double his initial purchase price.
15 CPW #PH 40B
In 2008, the sky palace was famously scoped out by Madonna and Alex Rodriguez. At the time, the unit was one of the priciest on the market with a hair-raising ask of $80 million —nearly four times the price paid by original homeowner, Amit Ben-Haim, in 2008.
The unit offers a private elevator landing, 14-foot-high ceilings and large public rooms with expansive views of Central Park and the Upper West Side. The masterful layout penned by Robert A.M. Stern features a 30-foot-long chef’s eat-in-kitchen with adjoining family room, a dramatic 34-foot-long entry gallery —with the living room, library and master bedroom endowed with Central Park views.
Robert DIamond, Barclays, 15 Central Park West Bob Diamond's 15 Central Park West #PH 40B
Throughout its short history, the building has attracted other celebrities, among which were Robert De Niro, Sting, Norman Lear, and Denzel Washington. Other listings in the building include steel magnate, Leroy Schecter’s, 35th-floor pad for $43.5 million (or $7,767 per foot), and an 18th floor 2-bedroom flat with an $18.8 million ask.
The building is divided into two sections; ‘The House’, a 19-story structure on Central Park West, and 'The Tower', which rises 43-stories tall. The building pays homage to the city’s 1920s Art Deco style and is faced with a sumptuous limestone façade. One-bedrooms in the building average 1,000 square feet and four-bedrooms scale up to 4,000 square feet. At its crown, full floor penthouses (like Mr. Diamond’s) span more than 5,000 square feet.
Robert AM Stern Architects, RAMSA, 15 CPW 15 Central Park West lobby, RAMSA
Amenities in the building include a private in-house chef, thirty individual wine cellars, entertainment rooms for hosting lavish parties, and a twenty-seat screening room. Also on site is 14,000-square-foot fitness center with a 75-foot enclosed, skylit pool, a sauna, two steam rooms and a spa. Between its two buildings is a private gated driveway
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