Deutsche exec sells pad at 15 CPW for $9.5M

Owner of Carlstead hotel firm also closes on the sale of his unit in the Zeckendorf condo
By Candace Taylor | December 16, 2010 06:03PM

The unit at 15 Central Park West

Deutsche Bank’s Kay Haigh has sold his two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom unit at 15 Central Park West for close to $9 million, The Real Deal has learned.

Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Andre Rouach had listed #24B, a 1,736-square-foot, park-facing unit, for $9.5 million in October. The deal has been listed as “in contract” on Streeteasy.com since late November, and sources said it closed today.

Haigh is Deutsche Bank’s head of trading for emerging market debt. He purchased the unit for $5.4 million (including transfer taxes) in a deal that closed in April 2008, according to city records.

Rouach declined to comment on the identity of the buyer and seller, and whether the unit had closed.

There are only a few units of that size facing the park in the building, making them “a rare commodity,” he said.

Other recent transactions in the building include the sale of unit #12H for $3.37 million. Jeffrey Carlstead, owner of hotel firm Carlstead, was the seller. He bought the 1,294-square-foot, one-bedroom for $2.59 million from the sponsor in 2008. Last listed at $3.59 million with Brown Harris Stevens’ Richard Wallgren, it closed in November. Since the transaction has not yet appeared in city records, the buyer is unknown, but sources said the new owners are New Yorkers. Wallgren declined to comment.

Fifteen Central Park West also has 24 staff suites, which can only be sold to building residents. In mid-November, one of these suites — a 923-square-foot one-bedroom — closed for $2.6 million. The buyer was top Goldman Sachs trader Ashok Varadhan, who with his wife Margaret paid some $16 million for unit 9D in 2007. The seller, who purchased it two years earlier for $1.03 million, is listed in city documents as Jnolva LLC, the same entity that closed on penthouse 41B for $10.89 million in 2008, including transfer taxes.

That suggests the seller is building developer William Lie Zeckendorf, who recently signed a contract to unload his 41st -floor penthouse in the building for some $40 million. As the developer, Zeckendorf was reportedly able to buy the spread for a lower price than the other penthouses there, most of which sold for north of $20 million.