Video: Downtown Dream House

31 January, 2012 posted by: CORE

A picture is worth a thousand words, but for some properties, a thousand words aren’t enough. For those, we have video. Please enjoy the above clip exploring the spectacular house at 38 Bethune Street, a one-of-a-kind private home located on the type of picturesque block that made the West Village one of New York’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Listed by CORE’s Vickey Barron for $14.95 million, 38 Bethune features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, a private garage, wood-burning fireplace, laundry room and finished basement with high ceilings. The outdoors are special as well, with two private outdoor areas totaling 1,600 square feet. The High Line and Hudson River Park are also just a short walk away, but for now let’s keep the focus where it belongs: on this meticulously designed beauty.


What’s New: Brownstone Beauty

30 January, 2012 posted by: CORE


Where: 34 East 38th Street, 4-B
Size: Studio/1 bathroom
Asking: $429,000
Listed by: Elizabeth Kee

Who says you have to break the bank to live in a gorgeous brownstone off Park Avenue? This studio breaks the mold, offering loft living in a traditional brownstone in Murray Hill, a neighborhood filled with gorgeous historic townhouses that don’t get nearly the amount of press as their Upper East Side and West Village brethren. This isn’t your typical studio, and it’s a great mix of old meets new, with original moldings, a pass-through kitchen, new soundproofed hardwood floors and a full renovation. And our favorite part? The grand fireplace that draws one’s eyes immediately, harkening back to a different era. Speaking of a different era, here’s 34 East 38th Street and its lovely surroundings: Read the rest of this entry »


CORE in the News

30 January, 2012 posted by: CORE

A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.

CORE_013012_cammeyer3F“The Market That Never Sleeps”
New American Luxury
CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher was interviewed about trends in the New York City real estate market and how CORE stays ahead of them. Here’s Osher on what people want right now: “Clients are looking for quality—something they’ve become so used to seeing a lack of in this market. New Yorkers want turnkey, well-conceived, perfectly finished apartments and homes.”

“So You’re Priced Out. Now What?”
New York Times
The historic Ladies’ Mile section of Chelsea is offered up as a more affordable version of SoHo in an interesting Times story that looks at five pairs of neighborhoods, one expensive, one cheaper. Part of what gives the Ladies’ Mile its SoHo feel is the conversion of old department stores into lofts, like the Cammeyer, where the Times highlighted Kirk Rundhaug’s $2.8 million listing in the building (right).

“Watts up”
New York Post
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts checked out three of Vickey Barron’s townhouse listings in the Village, but in the end the celebrity couple decided to buy a loft in TriBeCa.


Photo of the Week: Tudor Time Machine

27 January, 2012 posted by: CORE


Architects have the ability to make you feel like you’ve stepped into another place in another time, and the legendary Emery Roth brought the English Countryside to downtown Manhattan at the Devonshire House. Earlier we highlighted a new CORE listing in the pre-war Greenwich Village condominium, and we couldn’t leave the building be without mentioning the lobby, which Roth designed in a Tudor Manor style. Imagine returning to this calm and quaint atmosphere after a long day and you’ll start to understand what makes this building special. Not seen: the beautiful interior garden just outside those windows.


5 Things You Didn’t See on This Week’s ‘Selling New York’

27 January, 2012 posted by: CORE

HGTV’s “Selling New York” follows CORE agents as they navigate the country’s most competitive—and compelling—real estate market. Here’s our behind-the-scenes look at Episode #413, which first aired on January 26, 2012. For more SNY recaps, click here.

CORE's Parul Brahmbhatt (center), flanked by Steampunk devotees.

CORE's Parul Brahmbhatt (center), flanked by Steampunk devotees.

In “Press Worthy Properties,” CORE agent Parul Brahmbhatt faced an unusual challenge in this week’s episode: How to market a New York City property with bizarre elements such as a green submarine door and a 32-foot model zeppelin suspended over the kitchen? Yep, we’re talking about the Steampunk-inspired loft at 120 West 29th Street. With a homeowner determined to sell the quirky apartment “as-is,” Parul’s goal was to find a buyer that would preserve the property’s unique character. The episode began with Parul and CEO Shaun Osher discussing a pricing strategy. While the owner expected over $2 million as a listing price, Parul and Shaun knew that wasn’t feasibile with such a buyer-specific property. It was essential to price slightly lower and generate interest from a larger pool of property hunters. After a conversation with the homeowner, a listing price of $1.75 million seemed ideal.

Next came finding the right strategy to market the property. After extensive research and a visit with Steampunk expert Joey Marsocci, Parul concluded that the best way to bring the property to market was to throw a Steampunk-style open house. In the end, Parul’s creative marketing approach and out-of-the-box thinking paid off, resulting in an overwhelmingly positive response from fellow brokers, potential buyers and the press. Keep on reading for some exclusive behind-the-scenes information about what didn’t make it into last night’s episode of “Selling New York” and what happened after the cameras stopped rolling!

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Find Us on Facebook & Twitter

26 January, 2012 posted by: CORE

core_facebook_twitterThanks for reading the CORE Blog every day (you do read every day, don’t you?), but did you know there are other ways to keep up with all the exciting news happening at CORE? Please take a moment to follow us on Twitter @CORE_RealEstate, and “like” us on Facebook, where we’re at CORE Real Estate NYC. That way you’ll be kept up to date on all things CORE without having to exit your favorite social media network. It’s convenient, it’s easy, and it keeps you in the loop!


Three of a Kind: Charming Chelsea

25 January, 2012 posted by: CORE

Once a fringe neighborhood housing art galleries and little more, Chelsea has become one of the most in-demand and bustling neighborhoods in Manhattan, a bridge between Downtown cool and Midtown convenience. Here are our favorite available properties in the neighborhood that art created.


Where: 144 West 18th Street, 4-W
Size: 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom
Asking: $3,850,000
Listed by: Win Brown

This is what many people move to Chelsea for: a huge airy loft with the high-end finishes of a luxury home. Located in the Chainworks Building, which dates back to 1888, this 2,688-square-foot condo has a 40-foot-long living/dining area that’s perfect for entertaining, and a decked out Archlinea kitchen to make cooking for the guests a pleasure. Great layout aside, the building also offers an outdoor lounge with a grill, a rooftop sun-deck, a bike room and more.

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Love & Real Estate: A Perfect Match

24 January, 2012 posted by: CORE

Photo collage of COREs Vickey Barron, matchmaker Samantha Daniels and 256 West 10th Street via The Real Deal.

Photo collage of CORE's Vickey Barron, matchmaker Samantha Daniels and 256 West 10th Street via The Real Deal.

What makes a person really tick? Just ask their real estate broker. People share everything with their brokers — their hopes, dreams, likes, dislikes, wants, desires and, of course, their financials. In fact, you could argue there’s no one more qualified to pair a single person up with the perfect mate than that person’s house hunter. With that in mind, and with Valentine’s Day approaching, CORE Managing Director Vickey Barron is setting out to prove that home truly is where the heart is. The Real Deal reports that Barron has teamed up with professional matchmaker Samantha Daniels for an event called “Love and Real Estate.” The invitation-only event, held at Barron’s listing at 256 West 10th Street, will include a group of her single clients as well as some of Daniels’. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

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What’s New: Divinely Devonshire

24 January, 2012 posted by: CORE


Where: 28 East 10th Street Apt 9-C
Size: 1 bedroom/1 bathroom
Asking: $2,195,000
Listed by: Kirk Rundhaug and Paige Neuhauser

When Greenwich Village’s Devonshire House hit the market in 2009, with the real estate market in turmoil, it was an immediate hit (even with a celebrity here and there). Despite the uncertain global economy, buyers couldn’t pass up what the century-old building offered: A pre-war stunner with architectural pedigree, given a top-to-bottom upgrade by celebrated designer Victoria Hagan and converted to full-service condominiums. It’s a rare product, especially in downtown Manhattan. Now a charming ninth-floor apartment in the Emery Roth-designed building is on the market, showing off the best of this old-meets-new development: custom moldings and millwork, 4-inch white oak hardwood floors, custom Pella windows, E.R. Butler polished nickel hardware and kitchen appliances by Sub-Zero, Wolf and Bosch. The perfect pied-à-terre? It just might be. Below, a look at the Devonshire House’s classic lobby entrance:

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This Old House has a Story

23 January, 2012 posted by: CORE


The neighborhood of Wallabout doesn’t have the same name recognition as nearby Brooklyn ‘hoods like Fort Greene, DUMBO or Park Slope, but it has plenty of history — thanks to its location near the 200-year-old Brooklyn Navy Yard — and now, a fledgling real estate boom of its own. That’s according to the New York Times, which highlighted the developing neighborhood and its charms over the weekend. One property featured by the Times is 141 Clermont Avenue (above), on the Fort Greene/Wallabout border, which is a pre-Civil War house that unbelievably still has its original wide plank wood floors in place. It’s listed by CORE’s Doug Bowen, who lives in the neighborhood. Have a peek inside below.

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