New York Daily NewsMay 10, 2013The stunning home overlooks Central park South and comes equipped with black-granite sushi bar, a 740-square-foot master bedroom and an audio/visual system. But buyer beware: There are also pictures of elephants throughout the home.
NASCAR stud Jeff Gordon has a dark side, likes pictures of elephants and modern ceiling lights. Those are the defining design characteristics of the race car driver's for-sale $30 million three-bedroom apartment in 15 Central Park West, one of the world's most celebrated condominiums.
The stunning home has 46 feet of windows overlooking Central Park. Located just above the tree line, it's like living near a forest in the summer months.
Gordon purchased the apartment in 2007 for slightly less than $10 million. Halstead Property's Nora Ariffin and Christopher Kromer share the listing. They were unavailable for comment. The pricing on the apartment is nothing new for this building, home now or at one time to actor Denzel Washington, sportscaster Bob Costas, singer Sting, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and hobbled Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. An adjacent unit, larger than Gordon's, sold in December for $32.5 million.
"When you get into the realm of super luxury, this is it," said CORE vice president Jarrod Guy Randolph, who works in the highest end of New York real estate. "It has A-plus location, pedigree, amenities and views. This building is a total slam dunk and it still commands the highest prices."
The apartment listing calls it a "masterpiece." The home has a black-granite sushi bar with a steel countertop, master bedroom suite measuring more than 740 square feet, wine cooler, and an audio/visual system that controls lighting, window shades and music. The building's amenities include a 14,000-square-foot fitness center, sky-lit lap pool, business center, library, car port and residents'-only terrace.
Some interesting features in Gordon's home include large photographs of elephants, dark walls, mahogany riff-cut floors, mod recessed ceiling lights, and a kitchen with rust-colored large square tiles and dark stone walls. The entire home is a play on light and shadow. The master bathroom is clad in limestone. Monthly maintenance and real estate tax comes to just over $7,000. The apartment is in move-in condition, although most buyers prefer to build these homes to their specifications and design desires. The views of the building on Central Park South are spectacular. Gordon hopes to capitalize on the red-hot highest tier of available real estate in Manhattan, where inventory remains scarce.
"New York is still a relative bargain compared to other top cities around the world," Randolph said. "You get more for your money at the $50 million level."