Most CORE clients (and viewers of “Selling New York“) are familiar with our storefront office at 127 Seventh Avenue in Chelsea, but many have never seen our Flatiron District headquarters at 104 Fith Avenue, which opened last year. So for our pre-Labor Day Photo of the Week, we thought we’d offer this glimpse of where many CORE agents and executives actually do their labor. What can we say? We’re suckers for a good tie-in. The 5th Ave. office is a bit more private than than the glassy storefront in Chelsea, but no less thought out when it comes to modern interior design. Like our new digs?
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean we’re tired of great private outdoor spaces quite yet. Here are three great properties on the market that can give summer the sendoff it deserves.
On the inside this historic Greenwich Village brownstone is totally restored and renovated for contemporary living, but the outdoor spaces stand out as well. There are two private terraces, but we really want to focus on the backyard, which is a charming space in one of Manhattan’s best neighborhoods that can handle the busiest holiday celebration. And if you need a moment alone, you can sneak off to that private terrace off the master bedroom.
Being tucked between Union Square and Madison Square Park is an enviable position, but the area is not known for having a luxurious housing stock. That makes 240 Park Avenue South — which would be a premier building in any neighborhood — all the more appealing. This particular 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom corner unit has a curved living room that helps create a great entertaining space while bringing in plenty of light. It’s also well built for today’s savvy city dweller, as a look at the unit’s features will show you.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
“The Most Pampering, the Highest Fees”
New York Times
CORE Managing Director Emily Beare (right) commented on Manhattan’s hotel co-ops in Alexei Barrionuevo’s latest “Big Deal” column, which took a close look at the higher fees (and higher level of service) found at classic buildings like the Carlyle and the Pierre. The Real Deal also chimed in on the story.
“Sheik of E. 71st St.: Qatar PM doles out $47 million for double-wide townhouse”
New York Daily News
Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar, has ended his headline-grabbing NYC housing hunt at 22 East 71st Street, a large beautiful townhouse the Sheik reportedly paid $47 million for. CORE’s Jarrod Guy Randolph, who is very active on the Upper East Side, provided some analysis: “A townhouse may have been the right move for this guy from the beginning. The upper East Side townhouse market is strong, but it doesn’t have the cachet of a new condominium, especially among foreign buyers. We’re not even close to the $100 million townhouse sale.”
The beauty of New York City is that it’s always evolving, with modern new towers springing up next to iconic skyscrapers. The Big Apple’s famed skyline is always in flux, and perhaps nothing illustrates that point better than our Photo of the Week, which was taken (and tweeted) by CORE CEO Shaun Osher — who wisely pointed out that both buildings, the landmark Madison Avenue Clocktower and the glassy One Madison Park, happen to be vacant at the moment. Empty or not (there are big plans to change the fortunes of both in the near future), they make for a fascinating pair of neighbors.
Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being on the hot seat.
CORE is a sprawling operation, and it takes solid leadership behind the scenes to make sure all of the moving parts are in their right places and performing the right tasks. Ashley Sternbach, CORE’s Director of Operations, is an expert at streamlining the many sides of our business and keeping things running efficiently, and her 5 years at our company have made her an integral part of our success.
1) What did you do before joining CORE?
I practically joined CORE right after I graduated from Boston University’s School of Hospitality. I knew I wanted to work in real estate after graduating and luckily, it happened.
2) Why did you join CORE?
I liked the boutique feel and felt that working at a start-up would be an interesting challenge.
3) What has it been like to see the company grow and evolve?
When i joined CORE, there were only 10 agents, and the company was really trying to solidify its place in the luxury real estate market. It has been amazing to personally and professionally grow with the company. I like looking back and seeing how far we have come.
4) As a Director of Operations, you’re typically behind the scenes, so explain to people how your role works, and why it’s so vital to the business.
The work that I do as Director of Operations is very versatile. The unique thing about operations is that it is all about performing multiple roles at the same time, while other jobs tend to focus on a specific, narrower scope. I am often wearing multiple hats, whether it is setting up a new sales center for a new development project or interviewing potential new employees to bring on board, no two days have ever been the same — and that is one of the best parts of my job!
Great views are not always determined by how high in the sky you are–location plays a major part. Each neighborhood provides a different perspective on what makes New York City great, and sometimes things line up so that particular apartments reap the rewards. Here are some classic views currently on the market.
The Empire State Building, the Hudson River, Chelsea’s historic London Terrace towers and the newest New York City icon, the High Line park, are what you’ll find when looking out the windows of this Chelsea beauty, in an Annabelle Seldorf-designed building on the neighborhood’s “Architect’s Row.” Even traditionalists would appreciate the walls of windows that lead to views this good.
The Chelsea Mercantile was one of the most famous buildings downtown even before Katie Holmes moved to the building following her split from Tom Cruise. The building helped establish the luxury loft trend in Chelsea, and amenities include a 24-hour doorman and concierge, gym, children’s playroom, cleaning services, underground parking, 10,000-square-foot roof deck and a Whole Foods market right downstairs. The ceiling heights and finishes are also major Chelsea Mercantile draws, and this flexible one-bedroom unit has towering 14′ ceilings. huge tilt-and-turn windows, custom lighting and a large living/dining room that makes this condominium great for entertaining, a rarity for a one-bedroom home.
Already our pick for one of the best penthouses on the market, the full-floor spread at the Upper East Side’s luxurious new Isis condominium at 303 East 77th Street is now officially “Living Large.” Penthouse A, with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, four private terraces and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, is listed with CORE’s Jarrod Guy Randolph for $4.995 million, and Jarrod recently toured CBS New York’s Emily Smith through the spacious penthouse for a special Living Large segment. Watch Jarrod and Emily take in the 360-degree open views and modern-meets-traditional design in the video below:
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
“Signs Are Up At 93 Worth”
Lat fall it was revealed that the 13-story office building at 93 Worth Street in Tribeca would be converted to luxury condominiums, with CORE’s Doron Zwickel leading the sales and marketing efforts. Now Curbed has spotted some new signage at the site. We’ll have more on 93 Worth in the weeks ahead.
“Manhattan’s 15 Central Park West Fuels Ultra-Luxury Condo Surge”
The listing of steel magnate Leroy Schecter’s two combined apartments at 15 Central Park West, which recently made headlines when CORE’s Emily Beare put it on the market, has attracted new attention to the famed building, Bloomberg reports: “Schecter’s apartment offers unobstructed views of Central Park to the east and the Hudson River to the west. The property is a combination of two units, one of which was rented by New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, that were purchased in 2008 for a total of $26 million, according to Emily Beare of CORE, the broker representing him. Schecter is renovating the space. ‘It’s almost like a work of art,’ Beare said. ‘It is an investment. You’re investing in one of the best properties in the world.”
“Walker Tower wows ‘em”
Real Estate Weekly
In a look at CORE’s ultra-luxury Walker Tower development in Chelsea, Real Estate Weekly gets an update on the building from co-developer Michael Stern of JDS Development: “‘The buyers are primarily New Yorkers, moving from uptown, Tribeca or SoHo,’ said Stern, adding that only one buyer so far is foreign. Though units at the building are unusually large, some buyers have opted to combine apartments.”