The Russian ‘It’ girl’s 75th-floor apartment at 25 Columbus Circle boasts stunning views of Central Park.
Spread over 3,923 square feet, the 10-room sky mansion exhibits limestone floors, Venetian plaster walls and a mosaic Jacuzzi tub, real estate agent, Lauren Muss at Cocoran notes.
It was bought for Anna by her father, Russian billionaire Vasily Anisimov, for a neat $9.86 million in 2004 but the price-hike isn’t putting off would-be-buyers.
Vassily sent Anna to America to escape Vladimir Putin’s cold, hard Russia. After all, his first daughter — Anna’s older sister — was killed because the wealthy are targets in their homeland.
The latest article in the Wall Street Journal titled, $50 Million Test for High-End Condo, posits that Russian buyers invest their money in luxury Real Estate outside of Russia in order to protect their money (and themselves) from the uncertainty of the political climate. Indeed, there is truth in this widespread theory.
Anna’s broker, Lauren Muss of The Corcoran Group, told the New York Daily News that the phone is red hot with people calling up about the home.
“It’s been on the market six days, and we’ve had a ton of showings. It’s crazy!” she said. “I get more calls for this than I do for my listings at the $5 million price point. There’s just not a lot of inventory up at this level.”
“This is an owner with exceptional taste. Nothing needs to be done here. That’s rare — even for homes at this price.”
Anna‘s taste for high-end properties could well be in her blood.
If the mansion fetches its asking price it will become the second-highest per-square foot figure ever recorded for a New York City apartment, according to the paper.
Some of the interesting items in Anna’s apartment are a 300 gallon saltwater fishtank in her bedroom (“I just woke up one morning and said: I want sea horses.”) and a touch screen LCD remote that says : WELCOME TO THE ANISIMOVA RESIDENCE.
Known as the Russian Paris Hilton, Anna is a real estate investor in her own right. After all, she hasn’t just been a socialite—she has made money off of her investments in the real estate market. For example, in addition to her other residences across the U.S., she bought a $23 million townhouse from Diane Von Furstenberg which she converted into condos.
Furthermore, this most recent listing of her apartment, demonstrates that Anna is less Paris Hilton and more Ivanka Trump. After all, despite the fact that Ms. Anisimova will be moving to L.A. with her husband, Peter Schafer to pursue her acting career, the soundness of her real estate investments has confirmed that Manhattan will always be Manhattan.
Russians have been quietly buying up property in Manhattan, upstate New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey towns like Fairlawn, Marlboro, and Old Bridge.
“They spend a lot of money on real estate because they have a lot of cash,” says one Russian. “In Russia, there is no such thing as a mortgage, and nobody trusts anybody, so people are paid up front.” Anna’s family has been quietly playing Monopoly with New York and Florida real estate for years.
The top spot belongs to a fellow Russian billionaire’s daughter, Ekaterina Rybolovleva, who bought her 15 Central Park West for $88 million in January 2012.
Other celebrity residents in the famed block have included Ricky Martin, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and quarterback Tom Brady.
25 Columbus Circle – Apt: 75A
Cross st: 59 & 60 ST Area: Central Park South
Lauren Muss, SVP
Senior Vice President,
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker
660 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
P (212) 893-1455
F (212) 230-8003
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