“No pain, all gain” might just be the motto of the well-compensated anesthesiologist who recently dropped $13.6 million on an apartment in the Financial District at 30 Park Place, aka the Four Seasons Private Residences.
At this point, we are all used to seeing wealthy foreigners, hedge-fund moguls and the odd celebrity make big real estate plays in Manhattan’s most coveted buildings. But it’s rarer, and perhaps more interesting, when someone less expected makes a splash at the top of the market. So when Dr. Anna Sokolova, a New Jersey-based anesthesiologist, picked up an eight-room, 3,699-square-foot apartment in Robert A.M. Stern’s latest, it caught our interest.
The four-bedroom residence comes with sweeping views of Midtown and the Hudson River, a master bedroom with “dual master bathrooms,” a formal dining room and separate service entrance, according to the listing. Corcoran’s Michael Gordon and Timothy Briggs were marketing the unit.
But this isn’t Sokolova’s first rodeo with one of Stern’s limestone classics. Back in 2008, Sokolova raised eyebrows when she picked up a spread at the Upper West Side’s tony 15 Central Park West for $5.8 million. That building, too, is famously designed by Stern.
In fact, a history of high-end real estate moves may help explain Sokolova’s ability to drop nearly $14 million on a home — something even few anesthesiologists could afford to do. Public records show that Sokolova paid $3.2 million for a 2,206-square-foot apartment on the top floor 455 Central Park West in 2004. In 2014, she sold that apartment for $4.1 million to Zbigniew Ryzak, the CEO of Diamond Notch Asset Management, a privately owned hedge fund sponsor.
And in 2007, Sokolova sold Hollywood producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy a co-op at 120 Central Park South for $2.7 million. Oh, it hurts so good!