Starchitect Ismael Leyva sells CPW condo for $7.5M

Apartment went into contract after just three weeks
By Hayley Kaplan | August 20, 2013 11:30AM

Starchitect Ismael Leyva has sold his apartment at 353 Central Park West for $7.55 million — after only three weeks on the market and for nearly $2 million more than what he paid for it six years ago, The Real Deal has learned exclusively.

Leyva bought the 2,733-square-foot home for $5.6 million in February 2007, city records show. The property hit the market on May 14 with an asking price of $7.75 millionThe Real Deal previously reported. CORE CEO Shaun Osher had the listing with colleague Emily Beare.

The CORE team found a buyer, who has not been publicly identified, in less than a month and the sale closed Aug. 15, according to CORE spokesperson Monique Peterson.

Osher, Beare and Leyva declined to comment.

Leyva designed the apartment, which spans the 15th floor of the 15-unit building, between West 95th and West 96th streets. Configured as a three-bedroom, the home also has a library, a private elevator and a service elevator. It is unclear where Leyva is moving to.

Ismael Leyva Architects has designed and built several residential and commercial buildings in New York City and around the world. In Manhattan, he designed the residential interiors at Time Warner Center, and built Yves Chelsea at 166 West 18th Street, Place 57 at 207 East 57th Street, the Westminster at 180 West 20th Street and the Tribeca Royale at 19 Park Place, set to be complete in 2015.

Osher took on the listing, something he rarely does. Right now, according to StreetEasy, the brokerage chief has two active ones — a $12 million townhouse at 135 West 69th Street and a $7.25 million condo at 45 Walker Street in Tribeca.

Beare is known for her pricey Manhattan listings. This past year, she had one of the most expensive listings in Manhattan — metal magnate Leroy Schecter’s $85 million condo at 15 Central Park West, which has since been taken off the market.