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Billionaire Activist Wants $48M for Award-Winning Penthouse

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Back in 2002, billionaire activist Jon Stryker snapped up two adjacent apartments atop the Beaux-Arts Prasada on Central Park West for $12.8 million, setting what was then an Upper West Side record for the the most expensive single-occupancy apartment purchase. Well, times, they have a-changed, and prices, they have a-soared. And Stryker just listed the combined, renovated triplex penthouse?clocking in at 5,600 square feet with five bedrooms and six baths, plus two levels of outdoor space, exposures in every direction, and Central Park views—for a whopping $48 million (h/t The Real Estalker.)

Though he's trained as an architect himself in his native Michigan, where he is the heir to the fortune of a medical-equipment firm that bears his surname, Stryker currently devotes his time to philanthropy as one of the largest donors to gay and lesbian charities and conservation groups. Since he's busy getting a species of monkey named after him and fighting for social justice and all, Stryker tapped notable design firm Shelton, Mindel & Associates to carry out the makeover. The units apparently came with, erm, "nymph sconces and endless stained-glass windows." Eleven years later, the sprawling apartment still retains some classic touches, like detailed millwork and coffered ceilings, but the vibe is decidedly updated. Earning an award for its interiors from the American Institute of Architects, a 2010 jury deemed it "beguilingly timeless" and "masterfully done." Agree or disagree?

If the photos don't speak for themselves, there's this from listing agent Brown Harris Stevens:

Featured in Architectural Digest, this unique mansion in the sky is in mint condition and features soaring ceilings, pristine hardwood flooring and expertly crafted millwork throughout. There are 4-5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 45 windows and 2 fireplaces. A stately foyer leads to a 19-foot gallery opening onto a dramatic corner entertaining expanse, with a fireplace a double-height coffered ceiling, a mezzanine balcony and a series of eight 7 windows capturing breathtaking direct Park views. ... Upstairs, there is a magnificent altelier, with 3 walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, limestone flooring. and French doors leading onto an extraordinary private decked terrace of approximately 3,000 sf with attractive plantings. A staircase from the terrace leads to a second, tower rooftop terrace of approximately 480 square feet, offering 360 degree views. Stryker has plenty of other real estate holdings in Michigan, Palm Beach, and upstate New York, so perhaps he was ready to sell while the market is going gangbusters in order to harness some more millions for his charity work.
· Listing: 50 Central Park West [Brown Harris Stevens]
· Floor Plan Porn: Jon Stryker [The Real Estalker]
· Historic Central Park Triplex [Shelton, Mindel & Associates]
· 2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE RECIPIENT: Historic Central Park West Residence [AIA]
· West Side Record [NYO]