Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

When location and quality come together, it’s a beautiful marriage. Call them trophy homes, perfect properties, or Manhattan’s most wanted. Just don’t call them in a month, because they probably won’t be around that long. Here are three listings on the market that are bound to make fans, fast.

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Where: 422 East 72nd Street, 28/29C
Size: 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
Asking: $4,250,000
Listed by: Alison Abovsky and Kirk Rundhaug

The Upper East Side has a reputation as a family-friendly neighborhood, and this gorgeous duplex in a full-service condominium building has the perfect layout for a large brood. Add the turnkey condition, with a recently completed design and renovation by a renowned architect, and the appeal is easy to understand. Air and light make good Manhattan homes great, and this 2,900-square-foot space is filled with sunlight and boasts two balconies to take in excellent city views.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Where: 77 Hudson Street, 5-FLR
Size: 2 bedroom/1 bathroom
Asking: $2,125,000
Listed by: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Kirk Rundhaug

This classic full-floor loft in TriBeCa at 77 Hudson Street, an intimate 5-unit condominium, caught our attention with its contrast of old wooden beams and contemporary partitions, allowing for privacy without breaking up the loft flow. This makes the 1,700 square foot space feel even bigger, and the opaque glass doors allow light to fill the entire space. Focus on the details and the apartment is even more impressive: direct key-locked elevator access, three exposures, a nicely outfitted kitchen and a huge 21′ x 37′ Great Room. Plus, the layout is flexible, meaning more bedrooms if needed. No wonder lofts are so in demand. Check out the below interior view for a glimpse of the unique design.

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Monday, February 27th, 2012

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

core_022712_dreamhome“Gilt by Association”
New York Times
CORE Managing Director Tom Postilio spoke to the Times about creative marketing events used to sell real estate. Said Postilio: “We have to be very creative these days to showcase properties and cross-brand, and to think of any outside-the-box ways to bring traffic and attention to properties.”

“Dream Homes”
New York Post
Speaking of Tom, his new penthouse listing at 211 East 51st Street (right), which he launched with a V.I.P. party co-sponsored by Manhattan magazine, was featured in the Post’s Dream Homes column.

“A Duplex With Slide Lists in New York for Nearly $4 Million”
Wall Street Journal
A penthouse so nice, we had to mention it twice. As covered last week, the Wall Street Journal got the scoop on Elizabeth Kee’s and Lindsee Silverstein’s new East Village penthouse listing, which features a steel slide connecting the upper and lower levels. The apartment was also featured on Gothamist and Curbed.

“Inside Chelsea’s most stylish new building”
New York Daily News
Chelsea’s most stylish new building is 305W16, one of CORE’s new developments in the neighborhood, the Daily News wrote. It was a big week for the building, which also hit the 75% sold mark and unveiled a new model apartment. Curbed had the first photos of the latter.

“Small Screen Announcements”
Curbed
A quick note from our friends at Curbed: There will be more “Selling New York,” starring the agents of CORE, coming viewers’ way in the near future.



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Friday, February 24th, 2012

What is Chelsea’s most stylish new building? According to the New York Daily News, it’s 305W16, the art-infused residential building at Eighth Avenue and 16th Street where CORE is the exclusive sales and marketing firm. The paper’s full-page story today sings the praises of 305W16, and not without reason. As reported by Curbed earlier this week, the 53-unit building has reached the 75% in contract and sold mark, a great achievement in what is typically a slow season for real estate. Curbed also has the first photos of the latest model apartment at 305W16 (one of which can be seen above), a two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit on the second floor with a lovely private terrace priced at $1.35 million.

The building has seen brisk sales activity in February, and now that the press is taking notice, we asked CORE’s Maggie Kent what all the fuss is about. Here’s what she told us:

Traffic to the building has really been excellent lately, and for most people these are their return visits. Inventory in Manhattan is low and buyers recognize that this is a great value, and with only a handful of apartments left, people who want to be in the building are making their moves. They’re responding to the product, the location, and the fact that it’s new. And with the weather this winter being on our side, the rooftop is getting a huge response, and the apartments with private outdoor space are seeing a lot of interest.

Plus, as the Daily News noted, “It doesn’t hurt to be a few feet from the Google building.” For a current list of availability in the building, click here.



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The excitement a poker player feels when he’s about to reveal a royal flush? That’s the same anticipation we’ve felt while waiting for the Wall Street Journal to share the news about CORE’s latest high-profile listing: A duplex penthouse in the East Village’s premiere new development, the A Building, owned by poker ace Phil Galfond. There are many details that make this penthouse a stunner, but let’s start with the most eye-popping one: The sculptural steel slide that connects the two floors. This unique architectural detail was added when Galfond combined a pair of deuces (two two-bedroom units, that is) into what is now a 2,500-square-foot home accessed via private key-locked elevator. There’s also a custom Italian-made Rintal staircase for a more traditional path between the upper and lower levels.

The $3.99 million condo, with two bedrooms (convertible to four) and four bathrooms, also features an 18-foot atrium, two glass-walled terraces, a media/game room and a private roof deck. The A Building is a full service luxury condominium with a 24-hour doorman and concierge, a rooftop sundeck with swimming pool and cabanas, a courtyard garden and a full fitness center. Check out the listing from CORE’s Lindsee Silverstein and Elizabeth Kee for more amazing photos, including the glass billiards table. For another glimpse of the slide that has everyone talking, see below.

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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 #505, which first aired on February 23, 2012. For more SNY recaps, click here.

Michael Feinstein, David Hyde Pierce, Tom Postilio, Christine Ebersole, and Cheyenne Jackson at Tom's opening night at Feinstein’s

L-R: Michael Feinstein, David Hyde Pierce, Tom Postilio, Christine Ebersole, and Cheyenne Jackson at Tom's opening night at Feinstein’s

This week’s episode of “Selling New York”, titled “High Expectations,” featured CORE’s Tom Postilio scouring the Manhattan market for his friend and fellow musician, Michael Feinstein. With a massive budget of up to $50 million, Mr. Great American Songbook and his partner, Terrence Flannery, knew exactly what they wanted, and they weren’t going to settle for less. In fact, they weren’t going to put their own $20+ million house on the market (a stunning 8 bedroom, 9 bathroom, 9,000-square-foot behemoth on the Upper East Side) until finding the perfect place to move. Tom was up for the challenge, but he knew there was a lot at stake: a huge commission, his longtime friendship with Michael and ultimately his reputation in NYC’s tight-knit real estate community.

Tom showed Michael and Terrence several stunning properties that caught their attention, from the $3.5 million historic Steinway Mansion in Queens, to a $39 million multi-penthouse combination at the I.M. Pei-designed Centurion building in Midtown, but in the end Michael’s hectic touring schedule got in the way, and the couple was forced to put off finding their dream house for a bit longer. 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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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Sure, an apartment with a wall of windows — a feature unique to relatively newer styles of construction — provides great views of the city. But these apartments also make you feel like a part of the streetscape, hovering amid the skyline. And you’re not going to find anyone complaining about a lack of light in one of these, our favorite apartments on the market with a penchant for keeping it glassy.

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Where: 166 West 18th Street, PH
Size: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
Asking: $10,400,000
Listed by: Stuart Sussman

This full-floor penthouse at Chelsea’s Yves building has 10′ floor-to-ceiling windows with open views of the city. Though it’s also something to look at on the inside, with spacious living quarters and one of the most amazing contemporary styles we’ve seen. And if you want to step outside the glass house, there’s that private terrace that’s perfect for getting some fresh air. (more…)



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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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Where: 211 East 51st Street, PH-B
Size: 3BR/5BA
Asking: $6,495,000
Listed by: Tom Postilio

Step into this contemporary masterpiece in Turtle Bay and you’ll see what the fuss is all about. Totally redone, the 3,175-square-foot duplex penthouse at this new condominium conversion has a 7-room layout that flows perfectly, and customized interiors by Mojo Stumer, including dramatic double-height ceilings and walls of glass that fill the spaces with light. The plan for this penthouse has been executed beautifully. Among the winning details: every bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and terraces wrap the perimeter of each level. Pictures are worth more than words, however, so click through to Tom Postilio’s listing and see what we mean by “perfection.”



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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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

core_022112_211e51“Scene”
Manhattan
The unveiling of the amazing duplex penthouse at 211 East 51st Street, listed by CORE’s Tom Postilio, made the Scene society pages of Manhattan. Check out the slideshow for great shots of the apartments, as well as the crowd that turned up to see the place. At right, CORE founder Shaun Osher and Postilio, courtesy of Jeff Fried Photography.

“CurbedWire”
Curbed
Wrote Curbed about CORE’s joining the rapidly growing social bookmarking site Pinterest: “Notable because this is the first brokerage we’ve seen with its own Pinterest page, and because there’s a section for Selling New York fans.” You can find and follow us on Pinterest by clicking right here.

“Haute Event: Love & Real Estate”
Haute Living
Vickey Barron’s and matchmaker Samantha Daniels’s Love & Real Estate party, which aimed to add a little romance to the world of real estate, was featured as a Haute Event.



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Friday, February 17th, 2012

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If you poked your head out the window today you might have noticed that it’s beautiful out here in NYC and, once again, we’re left daydreaming of the great outdoors. The 3BR/3BA penthouse loft at Chelsea’s The Cammeyer — which just hit 80% sold — has one of the most casually inviting terraces on the market. The massive space is ideal for any kind of entertaining, but we like to think of it more as a private getaway where one can be alone above the bustle of the city.



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