Launched one month ago, Walker Tower, the conversion of a beautiful Ralph Walker-designed Art Deco building in Chelsea into 50 luxury condominium residences, has been a hit. Now it’s time we show off exactly what people are responding so positively to. Above and below, you’ll find a handful of new images of the fully furnished model residence on the 10th floor, a 3-bedroom (plus home office), 3.5-bathroom apartment with an expansive private terrace. We’ll let the photos do the talking, but for more on Walker Tower and the apartment features and finishes, see the CORE listings and the building’s official website.
With all of the focus lately on small but smartly designed living spaces in Manhattan, we thought we’d share a new CORE listing that is a good example for others in the genre to follow. Though big for a studio apartment, this co-op unit in the desirable Mark Twain building in Greenwich Village has some great key features that can be re-created in smaller studios, including a designer Murphy bed to open up floor space, a fully-equipped (and windowed) kitchen, a dressing area and a built-in surround sound system. But there are also qualities about this home that can’t just be packed up and shipped off other studios, like the prime Village location and the calming garden view. Overall, a charming and cool space.
There’s something about the way this apartment in the Beaux Arts classic 141 Fifth Avenue is decorated that makes it feel perfectly balanced. Clean and contemporary, but with decorating choices that play up the historic setting while making the space feel appropriately lived-in. The art and artifacts are charming and perfectly selected, eliciting a warm feeling about the home. Oh, and by the way, we can neither confirm nor deny that this was all just a ploy to share a photo of an adorable dog.
The strength of CORE has always been its agents, who routinely go above and beyond their job descriptions, and who continue to revolutionize the way real estate is marketed, bought and sold in New York City. A shining example of these characteristics is Vickey Barron, who joined CORE as Managing Director and has been a consistent top-performing broker during her 12+ years in the business. Find out what makes Vickey so different in the short film above–from her deeply personal philosophies on the business of real estate to her sharp eye for design and people-first principles. (You might also catch a few glimpses of some of Vickey’s current top properties.) For more on Vickey, check out her profile page, as well as CORE CEO Shaun Osher’s interview with her last year.
Penthouses, perched atop their buildings and possessing the best views money can buy, are easily the most desired residences in Manhattan. They are the ultimate New York City real estate status symbol. Below, a look at three of our favorite penthouses on the market, in all different neighborhoods and price points.
Photos by Richard Caplan
This Chelsea masterpiece takes up the entire 12th floor of the Yves building (our Chelsea office happens to be on the ground floor). Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows and boasting every high-end finish one can imagine, this apartment hasn’t compromised a thing. The building is designed in such a way that the living room has three exposures, flooding the space with light and creating stunning views. And what’s a truly great penthouse without outdoor space? This one has a private terrace.
The Financial District is one of the fastest-growing residential neighborhoods in New York City, but one thing the neighborhood isn’t known for is lofty, open-plan apartments (blame the wave of office building conversions, which typically involve low ceilings and small rooms). For those looking for a lofty starter home in downtown Manhattan, might we suggest this William Street studio? Though at 845 square feet, this studio is bigger than most one-bedroom apartments in new developments. In fact, the open loft with beamed ceilings can be easily converted into a large one-bedroom residence.
Located on the 16th floor of the full-service Be@William building, The apartment sports a clean white look, and features white lacquer cabinets, integrated custom panel appliances, under-counter puck lighting and a large walk-in closet. And though FiDi is becoming a bustling and lively neighborhood, people who prefer the indoors can appreciate this residence as well: Be@William offers amenities such as a state-of-the-art rooftop fitness center and the Be@spot Sky Lounge, with entertainment center, pool table and wi-fi.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
“Living Large: $7 Million Manhattan Penthouse In Full-Service Boutique Building”
CBS 2’s Emily Smith goes inside the stunning 3,000-square-foot Chelsea penthouse in the Emory condominium (watch the video above), designed by star designer and party planner Colin Cowie. The duplex apartment, with custom hidden storage compartments, a wet bar and a private outdoor rooftop entertaining space, is listed by Emily Beare.
“Big Deal: Shooting for the Moon”
New York Times
CORE CEO Shaun Osher commented extensively on the next wave of trophy properties to hit the market in Manhattan, saying, “What makes a trophy property is the fact that it really is an intangible, priceless object, like a piece of art. This part of the market is not a rational decision, it is an emotional one.” CORE’s brand new Walker Tower project, and its upcoming $50 million penthouse, is singled out as a new trophy residence for well-heeled buyers. The story was also covered by The Real Deal.
“Tapping the Last Central Park Addresses”
The Epoch Times
A story about development along the north side of Central Park highlights One Museum Mile as the latest luxury development to take advantage of the burgeoning neighborhood.
“Inside New Chelsea Luxury Conversion Walker Tower”
An extensive photo gallery inside the brand new, fully furnished model residence at Walker Tower.
Our Midtown sojourn continues with this terrace for the penthouse at 301 East 52nd Street, stretching 43′ and providing some pretty magnificent views of the East Side. This might not be the best Friday for showing off outdoor spaces, but summer is definitely the season to snag this Beekman Place apartment and invite over friends and family for the best get together anyone can pull off. And the timing is perfect: This customized 5-bedroom, loft-like duplex is available for rent for $25,000 per month.
Flatiron hasn’t lost steam since becoming the next hottest neighborhood in Manhattan. With a healthy supply of historic and lofty homes, there’s always something new to check in on. And speaking of, we thought we’d take a moment to see what fresh offerings are in and around Flatiron. Check out the diverse array below.
One of the most handsome apartments we’ve seen hit the market in a while, this condominium in the restored Beaux Arts beauty at 141 Fifth Avenue offers great design, high-end finishes and ceilings that top 10′, a rarity in pre-war buildings of this era. The 1,203 square feet are smartly laid out with custom details, like an English-style kitchen and mosaic tiling in the bathrooms. When looking through the listing photos, just remember, the adorable dog does not come with the apartment.
It’s a real estate catch-22 that frustrates buyers looking in historic neighborhoods like SoHo: They want the traditional look and style of the area’s classic buildings, but also the modern amenities, conveniences and technology of brand-new construction. This is the rare home that blends both. Within the beautiful One Kenmare Square condominium on Lafayette Street — developed by hotelier Andre Balazs — is 51 Crosby Street, a boutique loft building facing SoHo’s best street. The apartment sports the high ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood floors and direct elevator access of a traditional loft, while also enjoying an immaculate new kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace, in-wall speakers, and the luxurious services (including a health club) of One Kenmare Square. It’s the perfect balance of old and new.