Rock ‘n’ roll royals Sting and Trudie Styler landed a buyer for their comfortably plush and vividly sophisticated duplex at the limestone-clad 15 Central Park West complex in New York City, N.Y. they hoisted on the market not quite six months ago with a mountain of publicity and an eye-catching $56 million price tag. According to the New York Post, the sale price is rumored to be $50 million and the as-yet unidentified mystery buyer, who will not close on the deal until after the first of the year, is said to be foreign.
Though the reported sale price is notably below the sky-high asking price, the lucky couple, who own significant homes around the world, will nonetheless just about double their money on the 5,417-square-foot condo they bought, per public records, in 2008 for $26.5 million with an elephantine $11.5 million mortgage that was paid off in 2013. The two-floor condo, in the so-called “House” section, the shorter of the two Robert A.M. Stern-designed limestone-clad towers that comprise the understated yet still extraordinarily ritzy and notoriously high-priced complex, was custom designed for the couple by acclaimed architect Lee F. Mindel of Shelton Mindel & Associates with three and potentially four bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms.
A semi-private elevator landing opens to a double-height foyer with buttery, smooth-paneled walls and a crimson-carpeted floating staircase that makes a sensuous curve up to the bedrooms. At almost 45-feet-long, the east-facing living room is plenty large enough to accommodate several seating areas along with a grand piano. The loft-like space is asymmetrically divided by a sculptural, freestanding fireplace and four sets of floor-to-ceiling French doors along the east wall lead to a 396-square-foot terrace with unimpeded views that sweep over the entirety Central Park and encompass the Midtown and Fifth Avenue skylines. A the western end of the duplex’s lower level, the dining room casually does double duty as a den/family room with a built-in media cabinet and the neighboring, all-white chef’s kitchen features slab marble countertops, a double wide center island with snack bar, designer appliances and a corkscrew staircase that makes a tight curl up to a second floor den with powder room.
In addition to the den, there are two en suite guest bedrooms on the upper floor plus a sumptuous, park-facing master suite. The bedroom, with floor-to-ceiling French doors that open to park-facing wrought iron railed Juliet balconies, is flanked by a pair of designer boutique-worthy dressing rooms and two super-luxe bathrooms, “hers” slathered in champagne colored onyx with a park-view garden tub and “his” a wet-room completely clad in textured, charcoal-colored tiles and lined with a slatted wood bench.
Residents of 15 Central Park West, sometimes called the “Billionaire’s Bunker” for its crush of über-rich residents, pay huge common charge for white-glove services that include round-the-clock lobby attendants and doormen, a landscaped motor court, an on-site garage, a 14,000-square-foot fitness center with 75-foot-long indoor swimming pool, a screening room and a library. Sting and Styler’s duplex carries charges of $10,852 per month, not counting the $6,763 in monthly property taxes. Other owners in the building include Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, fashion designer Elie Tahari, and legally and financially embattled Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who in early 2012 paid $88 million for a 6,744-square-foot penthouse and has been identified as the owner of the last authentic Leonardo Da Vinci painting in private hands that is scheduled for auction in November with an estimated sale price of $100 million, a remarkable amount less than the $127.5 million he paid for it four years ago.
Sting and Styler, rumored to acquiring a new Big Apple pied-à-terre at the 66-story, Robert A.M. Stern-designed limestone tower going up at 220 Central Park South, are bona fide real estate ballers who maintain a healthy and costly handful of multimillion dollar properties around the world including an oceanfront home inside the hallowed gates of Malibu’s Colony enclave they bought in 1997 for $5.375 million from late “Dallas” star Larry Hagman and set out as a short-term rental earlier this year at a pocketbook punishing rate of $200,000 per month. The deep pocketed globetrotters also maintain: a 900-plus-acre vineyard estate in Italy’s postcard-perfect Tuscany region that includes a meticulously restored 10-bedroom villa plus four guesthouses; an 800-acre country estate with a late 16th century Elizabethan manor house near Andover in Wiltshire, featured in Architectural Digest in the mid-1990s; and an historic townhouse-style mansion on a leafy, celeb-favored street in the upscale Highgate area of North London where some of other homes are owned by Kate Moss, Jude Law and Siena Miller, and the estate of late George Michael.