While her apartment isn’t the grandest or the most pricey, Amy Kit Ming Mak has managed to stand out at 15 Central Park West, no easy task for the owner of a lowly two bedroom on the second floor. She has, by some standards, the ugliest apartment in the building.
From the purple velvet headboard matched with a green sateen comforter in the master bedroom to the silver accents on the living room furniture, many have been led to question Ms. Mak’s design tastes as the apartment sat on the market for three years, an ugly, slightly overpriced puppy waiting for a new home. Indeed if her home were a canine, we think it would resemble a a chihuahua with a Swarovski collar and purple fur highlights. Pictures show wall-paper of a hue resembling dried blood, animal print accent rugs and ill-placed folding screens.
Indeed the space is so horrific, the latest brokers working on the property, Sabrina Seidner and Susan Rubin of Nestseekers, have interspersed photos of the building’s tastefully designed lobby with shots of the apartment, as if to say “but the building is really beautiful, we promise!”
The listing also includes an exhaustive list of 15CPW notables, shamelessly advertising the edifice as “a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of some of the world’s most influential people.” Denzel Washington, Sting, Jeff Gordon, Lloyd Blankfein and ex-residents Sandy Weill and A-Rod all make the AAA-list.
Ms. Mak purchased the apartment in 2008 for $4.32 million, which was, according to StreetEasy, about $90,000 over the asking price. Feeling ambitious even in the post-crash doldrums, she put the place on the market just a year later in 2009 asking $7.19 million.
Things didn’t exactly go to plan, and the place bobbed up and down on the market, at one point listed for as high at $8.5 million. Passed around five different brokerages, including one FSBO, the place was last listed at $6.85 million. Even then, Ms. Mak had to take a hit, finally accepting $6.5 million.
The purchase, understandably, was made anonymously. We wouldn’t want anyone to know we had bought the ugliest apartment in New York, either.