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Actress Kyra Sedgwick, best known for her recent starring role on TV’s The Closer (and also as Mrs. Kevin Bacon), just did a photo shoot for Out magazine’s Fall Fashion issue in a location that CORE Blog readers should recognize. It’s none other than the penthouse at the Blue building on the Lower East Side, which hit the rental market with a bang last month, and is no stranger to photographers wanting to capture its best qualities. To see more photos of the apartment, minus the celebrity in the middle — it’s still something special to see, we swear — check out the 105 Norfolk Street listing.



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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Where: 166 Duane Street, 7B
Size: 3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms (2,670 square feet)
Asking: $5,750,000
Listed by: Michael Graves

This beautiful loft in TriBeCa literally just hit the market, and already it’s making waves. Before we even had a chance to reveal the listing as our latest What’s New, The Real Deal published a story noting that the loft’s seller is Bruce Scott Gordon, the powerful corporate executive and former head of the NAACP. Said CORE’s Michael Graves to TRD, “I’m getting pounded with requests to see this apartment and it’s only been on the market for a few hours. There’s a real lack of inventory in this area.”

It’s not hard to see what makes this downtown 3-bedroom condo so intriguing. Located in the full-service Duane Park Building, the corner loft apartment is an art lover’s dream, with 11′ ceilings, open living and gallery areas, and 13 oversized windows. Other features include a top-of-the-line professional chef’s kitchen, a huge master suite with two walk-in closets and a five-fixture marble bathroom, and the building’s communal roof deck. Enjoy more photos of one of TriBeCa’s best available lofts below, and to see the full photo gallery and floorplan, click over to Michael Graves’s listing.

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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At One Murray Park, CORE’s new condominium development in Long Island City that we revealed earlier this spring, sales have been in a “soft launch” phase, with showings by appointment only. But now it’s time to share more info about the first new collection of residences on the neighborhood’s newly renovated Murray Playground. Even in the soft launch phase, demand for the building has been incredible, with sales prices for the 45 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments matching the Long Island City market highs of 2006 and 2007, and in many cases, rising even higher. Now a number of listings have gone live on the CORE website, and we’re thrilled to share the first photos inside a model apartment.

Developed by Shuster Management and designed by architecture firm Fogarty Finger, One Murray Park, located at 11-25 45th Avenue in the rapidly transforming neighborhood, is the first new condominium development to hit the Long Island City market in over a year. Amenities include a doorman, gym, indoor parking, residents’ library, pet washing area and common roof deck. The building is being marketed by CORE’s Doron Zwickel, and construction is nearly complete. We’ll have a sales update on the project soon, but for now, enjoy a couple more sneak peeks inside the building below.

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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

“Meg’s house hunt”
New York Post
The $10.95 million townhouse listing at 233 West 20th Street listed by CORE’s Tom Postilio (above) caught the eye of actress Meg Ryan, who just put her Bel Air mansion on the market.

“Developers tap Core to market new condominium at 15 Renwick Street”
The Real Deal
As we mentioned last week, a new boutique luxury condominium building in West SoHo will break ground in the fall at 15 Renwick Street, and CORE will be the exclusive sales and marketing agent for the building.

“Executive Moves”
Crain’s
Jarrod Guy Randolph’s move to CORE as vice president and associate broker was featured in Crain’s.

“Jennifer Gilbert at One Museum Mile”
Real Estate Weekly
A gallery of photos from the “I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag” event at One Museum Mile.



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Friday, May 25th, 2012

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You wouldn’t know it from this week’s weather, but the unofficial start of summer is just hours away. We’re on an outdoor spaces kick because of that, and there’s really no need to stop now! Memorial Day is the kickoff to all things summery, meaning warm weather and outdoor entertaining. And if grilling is a part of that for you, then the West Village townhouse at 38 Bethune Street is definitely a dream house. At $14,950,000, this spectacular 5-bedroom house has a lot more to offer than just this lovely deck, but for now, let’s simply enjoy the view, and we’ll see you after the long weekend.



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Thursday, May 24th, 2012

core_052412_15renwickLocated on the border of two of downtown’s best neighborhoods, SoHo and TriBeCa, and within strolling distance to the Hudson River, Renwick Street is an anomaly: An under-developed and practically unknown block surrounded by some of the most expensive and in-demand real estate in New York City. Some big plans for 15 Renwick Street dissolved when the economy soured, but now that the high-end market is soaring again in Manhattan, a comeback is in the cards. The Real Deal reports today that New York-based residential real estate firm Izaki Group Investments has taken control of the development site, and has tapped CORE to head sales and marketing at the property. (The two are already working together on the condo conversion of TriBeCa’s 93 Worth Street.)

A boutique condominium development will break ground this fall, and CORE CEO Shaun Osher added, “We are very excited to be working on another project with IGI on one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in this exciting neighborhood.” We’ll have more details on 15 Renwick Street in the months ahead.



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Thursday, May 24th, 2012

core_052412_tp2Thursday is typically “Selling New York” day on the CORE Blog, but you may have noticed that we’ve been quiet about the show in recent weeks. That’s because reruns have been airing on HGTV (including tonight’s re-airing of Parul Brahmbhatt’s “Steampunk apartment” launch) while new episodes are being filmed — new episodes that will be featuring CORE agents, of course. During this brief “SNY” pause, the topic of the real estate industry embracing reality television remains a hot topic. The current issue of The Real Deal magazine examines the connection, and wonders whether small screen exposure leads to big property sales. The jury is still out on that verdict, but shows like “Selling New York” do help drive interest and shape opinions. The Real Deal’s Katherine Clarke details one interesting example involving CORE’s Tom Postilio:

At the Urban Glass House condo in Soho, for example, sales had virtually stalled because of a much-publicized odor problem from a sanitation facility next door. An agent with two listings in the building, Core’s Tom Postilio, decided to spread the word about newly unveiled city plans for a new building to house the odorous garbage trucks.

“I spearheaded an effort, through ‘Selling New York,’ to show how fabulous the building is, factoring in the city’s plans,” said Postilio, who arranged an on-camera meeting with other brokers to strategize about how to reinvent the building’s image.

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

With Memorial Day fast approaching, our minds are on summer, and the outdoor decks, backyards, private rooftops and terraces that make the season so special. So what better time is there to show off our favorite properties with great outdoor spaces? Slip on some sandals, fire up the grill and take a look.

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Where: 257 Berry Street
Size: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
Asking: $3,790,000
Listed by: Doug Bowen and Vickey Barron

With three terraces and a roof deck, this single-family Williamsburg townhouse gives you plenty of options for sun-soaked activities. And though your friends and family may want to explore this brand new contemporary house in Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhood, make sure they don’t forget to enjoy the outdoors. Williamsburg is known for its social scene, but any party will have a tough time competing with what could be enjoyed here, since we’ve yet to find another Williamsburg home like 257 Berry.

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Monday, May 21st, 2012

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Actors spend their days pretending to be other people, so if you want to get a sense of what they’re truly like, start at home. A person’s home is the ultimate expression of their personality, and in the case of acting icon Joan Collins, we are not disappointed. As the Daily News reports, CORE’s Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon have been tapped by the British-born legend (best known for her diva-licious role as Alexis on the wildly popular “Dynasty” soap throughout the ’80s) to sell her apartment in the white-glove co-op building the Dorchester, located at 110 East 57th Street at Park Avenue. The impressive layout boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a formal entrance gallery and grand living and dining rooms that can entertain all your friends… or foes. And it’s all just so Joan. As the Daily News writes:

Full of mirrors, paintings of Collins and photographs of actors such as Cary Grant and Laurence Olivier, the apartment is a 1980s time capsule, with a zebra-covered settee, parquet floors and a toile bedspread that matches the walls.

“The first thing Joan said when we walked in was, ‘I bet you’ll want me to take down all the pictures of me, ’” said Postilio. “Absolutely not. We’re going to glam it up even more.”

The $2.2 million listing has just gone live on the CORE website, along with the first batch of photos. See more below:

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Monday, May 21st, 2012

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

core_052112_15w20‘Dynasty’ star Joan Collins’ E. 57th St. three-bedroom home priced at $2.2 million
New York Daily News
Acting legend Joan Collins is listing her 2,200-square-foot apartment in the Dorchester at 110 East 57th Street though CORE’s Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon. The $2.2 million apartment is “full of mirrors, paintings of Collins and photographs of actors such as Cary Grant and Laurence Olivier.”

“Just sold!”
New York Post
The above-asking sale of the colorful Flatiron loft (top right) at 15 West 20th Street listed by CORE’s Adrian Noriega was featured by the Post.

“Spend a Day Looking Out the Windows of the Blue Penthouse”
Curbed
A cool time-lapse look at a day in the life of the Blue penthouse, the Lower East Side trophy apartment listed by CORE’s Elizabeth Kee for $14,000 per month.

“$90M midtown penthouse tops mark for priciest New York City apartment”
New York Daily News
CORE’s Jarrod Guy Randolph talks about a week of record real estate sales in New York City.



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