The sales launch of Walker Tower earlier this week officially kicked off with a “View-ing Party” for real estate industry leaders, members of the press and friends of the project in the brand new, fully furnished 3BR/3.5BA model residence. The 10th floor apartment has a private 1,100-square-foot terrace, and a running theme of the evening was party attendees wandering off from the pack to discover, and become fully absorbed in, the unobstructed Manhattan skyline views. Photographer Daniel Silbert caught one such impromptu moment in the photo above. For a gallery of photos from Tuesday night’s event, check out CORE’s Facebook page, and don’t forget to “like” us while you’re there.
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 #512, which first aired on June 28, 2012. For more SNY recaps, click here.
In the latest episode of “Selling New York,” CORE’s Tom Postilio is given a duplex penthouse listing at 211 East 51st Street by CORE’s CEO himself, Shaun Osher. With all the responsibilities that come from being the boss, Shaun’s extremely busy schedule doesn’t allow him all the time he needs when given an exclusive penthouse listing by developer Henry Justin, who specifically wants him to sell it. In order to make sure that the penthouse is put on the market in the best possible light, Shaun enlists the help of Tom, a founding CORE agent and now a Managing Director at the firm.
With the penthouse just a few weeks away from going on the market, Tom has the difficult task of pulling a launch event together and making sure that Shaun crosses all of his to-dos off of the pre-event checklist. After some minor hiccups, including construction and staging delays, Tom and Shaun host a successful launch event in a fully furnished (and finished) property. Keep on reading for some exclusive behind-the-scenes information on what didn’t make it into last night’s episode of Selling New York and what happened after the cameras stopped rolling!
After many months of buildup and intrigue, CORE is thrilled to announce that sales have officially begun at Walker Tower, a 1929 Art Deco masterpiece located at 212 West 18th Street in Chelsea that has been restored, reinvented, and reconfigured into 50 expansive luxury condominium residences. These homes feature unobstructed and protected Manhattan views, ceilings up to 14′ high, custom finishes, the largest tilt-and-turn windows in the world, state-of-the-art internal systems and a comprehensive amenities package that includes full-time doorman and concierge services, lavish residents’ lobby and lounge, children’s playroom, fully equipped fitness center and a stunning “Top of the Walker” roof deck.
Walker Tower is the biggest and most high-profile new development launch in Manhattan in some time, and that has led to an amazing amount of demand. As the Wall Street Journal reports today, already around 25% of the residences are in contract at prices that will threaten or surpass various neighborhood pricing records. There is much to discuss about Walker Tower, and we encourage a visit to the new walker-tower.com to explore what this exciting project has to offer, and its current availability. Additional details and contact information can also be found in CORE’s New Developments section. We’ll have more later this week on last night’s Walker Tower “View-ing” party in the building’s newly completed model apartment. For now, check out the great story and photo gallery at The Real Deal.
If good views and great light top your list of priorities (and is there anyone out there who doesn’t value those qualities?), then this high-floor unit in the Sky House is the one for you, boasting nine large windows and exposures looking out onto Fifth Avenue’s architectural icons. The floor plan is elegant and practical, with winged bedrooms that provide privacy, and ample living and dining space. And while good design is never an accident, sometimes a little bit of luck does come into play in real estate. The Sky House’s location on East 29th Street, neither Midtown nor Downtown, was seen as a drawback by some when the building first went up, but the neighborhood has been surging the last few years. Dubbed NoMad, a wave of new boutique hotels, restaurants and shops have turned the area into one of Manhattan’s most exciting (and investment-worthy) neighborhoods. But we digress. Let’s get back to those lovely views.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
New York Post
The High Line home at 520 West 19th Street listed by Emily Beare and David Beare for $6.875 million (above) was a “Dream Home” last week. The New York Post wrote, “Ideal for entertaining, this 3,353-square-foot, four-bedroom condo in a full-service boutique building on Architect’s Row (that’d be West 19th Street) serves up stellar views of the Hudson River, the High Line and the Manhattan skyline.”
“Condo Boards Take a Stand on Delinquencies”
New York Times
Elizabeth Kee commented on how co-ops and condos handle residents who are behind on their maintenance fees in the Real Estate section cover story in the New York Times over the weekend.
“One Rincon brings in reality TV stars to push penthouses”
San Francisco Business Times
Maggie Kent’s appearance in San Francisco to discuss her career and starring role on “Selling New York,” covered last week on the CORE Blog, also included a visit to a new luxury development.
Now that shows like HGTV’s CORE-starring “Selling New York” and Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” have become part of popular culture, everyone in the industry wants to know more about reality television’s impact on the real estate business. Most agents say that the results have been positive, and Maggie Kent, CORE Vice President and a “Selling New York” regular, agrees. Maggie was recently asked by the Southern California chapter of the Luxury Marketing Council to take part in a panel discussion called “New York Style” for luxury real estate brokers in San Francisco.
Discussing her career, alongside Ryan Serhant (of “Million Dollar Listing”) and Curtis Nixon (also of “SNY”), Maggie spoke about the impact of the show, which she explained has been a boon for CORE and its agents, especially from a branding standpoint. Her advice to the crowd: Surround yourself with a great team and align yourself with a company that is compatible with the brand you envision for yourself. For photos from the reception held for the trio of New York agents, check out the coverage on LiveSOMA.
The East Village, Greenwich Village and the West Village have their own distinct personalities, but the boundaries between them tend to be elastic (or downright invisible, to some people), and together these neighborhoods collectively create one dynamic and vibrant downtown scene — each with charms and attractions that bolster the other two. Here are our favorite properties from the three downtown neighborhoods that make up the Villages.
This apartment represents everything that lower Fifth Avenue, affectionately referred to as downtown’s Gold Coast, represents. A spacious two-bedroom in the lauded and full-service Brevoort, this co-op unit has a massive living and dining area with expansive views. Grand, elegant, and almost bringing an uptown feel down to Greenwich Village, this is a perfect example of white-glove living in a downtown setting.
There’s nothing like a scorching 95-degree summer day to give you pool envy, and seeing the above photo of the rooftop swimming pool at One Museum Mile has us in a downright swoon. The photo was recently posted on the One Museum Mile Facebook page when the private pool opened for the season, and the Central Park-overlooking oasis is not the only reason the building is getting noticed. Following up his CORE Talks interview in which he discussed the building’s design in detail, architect Robert A.M. Stern just sat down with the New York Times for a wide-ranging interview about his career. Says Stern, “I don’t see architecture as being about autobiography. I see it more as an art of portrait painting. Portraits of places, institutions.” Read on for more insight from the legendary architect.
Meeting all the hallmarks of a classic Chelsea loft (and contributing a few more), this full-floor, 3,400-square-foot co-op apartment boasts 20 windows, beamed 10′ ceilings, custom millwork, hardwood floors and an open chef’s kitchen. Currently laid out as a spacious three-bedroom home with a media room, the floor plan can easily be converted to a four-bedroom that still has grand living and dining spaces. And though lofts are known for their open plans, the owner of this apartment can still pursue some quality alone time: There’s a private sauna off the master suite. Have a glimpse at this unique feature below.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
New York Times
CORE managing director Emily Beare offered advice to homesellers on the best way to deal with windows that open onto an air shaft. “You want the focus to be completely away from that view,” said Beare. Read on for her thoughts on how to shift that focus.
“Lady Gaga’s fave designer sells Chelsea pad”
The Real Deal
French fashion designer Thierry Mugler’s Chelsea loft was sold to a buyer represented by CORE’s Adrian Noriega, The Real Deal reported. The 4,100-square-foot duplex at 245 Seventh Avenue sold for $7.89 million. Mugler is best known as Lady Gaga’s favorite designer.