NYC Billionaires’ Row Is Reaching Its Second Foreclosure In A Month
Auction is the second scheduled in a month for a One57 unit and it could set a NYC foreclosure record.
Another one bites the dust at One57. One more luxury condo at Manhattan’s One57 is scheduled for a foreclosure auction. And believe it or not, this will be the second time in a month that a property seizure is slated to be sold in a foreclosure auction. The record not only goes to the number of units for foreclosure in this building, but also this current one might be the biggest in New York City high-end residential history.
“It’s probably the most-expensive foreclosure we’ve ever seen in luxury development,” Donna Olshan, president of Olshan Realty, told Bloomberg. “I don’t know of a foreclosure that’s larger than that.” The penthouse (apartment 79), the eighth-priciest sold in the building ($50.9 million), will go to auction on July 19.
Let’s look at some of its history. First, One57 is home to the city’s only $100 million condo. Second, not too long ago, it was the city’s tallest residential building until the $1.3B supertall skyscaper, 432 Park Ave, was completed.The 6,240-square-foot unit was purchased for $50.9 million in 2014, with a $35.3 million mortgage loan from Banque Havilland (based in Luxembourg).
The process was very straightforward. It was due to be paid in full a year after purchase, but guess what? No such payment was made by the shell company the unit was registered under. Back then, the owner of the apartment was a total mystery. The buyer hid the purchase behind an LLC, One57 79 Inc., according to PropertyShark.
The mystery seems to be solved since recently, The Real Deal revealed the real identity of the wealthy, or maybe not anymore, buyer. Everything seems to indicate that a controversial Nigerian energy magnate, Kolawole “Kola” Aluko, executive director of Atlantic Energy, is the owner of the 79th floor penthouse at One57.
Of course, there is some drama in the horizon. According to The Guardian. the Nigerian businessman is believed to be hiding out on same yacht he rented to Jay Z and Beyoncé for $900,000 a week. His bank listed the same yacht, the Galactica Star, as collateral in the foreclosure, but the yacht is ‘out of range’ at the moment. It was last registered in the Bahamas in May.
Of course, the apartment will be sold to the highest bidder in a foreclosure auction in July. As previously mentioned, this is the second apartment in the building to face foreclosure. A unit on the 56th floor, sold for $21.4 million in July 2015, hit the auction block on June 14. Public records have yet to reveal any transfer of ownership for that property. It is rumored that the owner was Sheri Izadpanah, an international businesswoman and fashionista. She is also the associate editor at a Dubai-based luxury fashion magazine called Mojeh.
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