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Ismael Leyva asks $8M for Central Park West pad

Architect designed the apartment himself

May 15, 2013 06:00PM
By Hayley Kaplan

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Ismael Leyva and 353 Central Park West

Ismael Leyva and 353 Central Park West

Ismael Leyva, the architect behind notable Manhattan buildings such as the Yves Chelsea and Place 57, has listed his own apartment at 353 Central Park West for $7.75 million, StreetEasy shows.

Core CEO Shaun Osher is personally listing the 2,733-square-foot condo, along with his colleague, Emily Beare.

The apartment, designed by Leyva, encompasses an entire floor of the 16-unit, 20-story building, which is situated between West 95th and West 96th streets. The renovated home includes a private elevator landing, balconies overlooking Central Park and a wood-burning fireplace. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom condo is currently configured as a three-bedroom plus a library, the listing says.

Leyva told the New York Times after he purchased the condo that he was in the midst of renovating the place.

“It is a good 12-year-old building,” he told the Times in March 2007. “I wanted to do some changes to fit my taste.”

The architect purchased the home in February 2007 for $5.6 million, city records show.

Leyva’s architecture firm, Ismael Leyva Architects, has designed and built its fair share of residential and commercial buildings in New York and around the world throughout the years. In New York, he designed the residential interiors at Time Warner Center, and built the Park Imperial at 230 West 56th Street and the Oro in Downtown Brooklyn, as well as the Yves Chelsea at 166 West 18th Street and Place 57 at 207 East 57th Street.

Leyva’s apartment is the only one Osher is currently listing.

Beare is also known for several high-priced listings, which have included a unit at 15 Central Park West recently on the market for $85 million. That apartment was no longer available as of late April, according to StreetEasy.

Leyva, Beare and Osher did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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