Private outdoor space in New York City is a rare commodity and a prized possession, but those lucky enough to have it often end up not doing much to take advantage of the space. This triplex home at 214 West 16th Street in Chelsea is the exception. The private terrace features a built-in gas grill, refrigerator, sink, custom wood panels, LED lighting, and a sound system. The ultimate outdoor entertaining space? We haven’t found much that’s better.
Fantasizing about what’s behind the front doors of unique buildings and townhouses is a favorite New York pastime, and sometimes the reality is just as interesting as the fantasy. Here’s your chance to get a peek inside three incredibly unique properties currently on the market.
This rare detached house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, dates back to the Civil War, which makes it ancient even for historic brownstone Brooklyn. What’s remarkable is that a lot of the character of this old home has survived — original entrance enframements and denticulated and bracketed cornices are in place, as well as the original wide-plank wood floors. Now the property ready for its next chapter, with expansion possibilities an alluring option in the house-crazy Brooklyn real estate market.
The generously proportioned one-bedroom apartment is a dying breed in Manhattan. Most new-construction projects sacrifice breathing room for bedrooms, which is why this corner apartment in a lovely Murray Hill building caught our eye. It’s a one-bedroom with actual room, including separate kitchen, dining and living spaces, as well as an entry foyer, four closets, high ceilings, and a recent renovation that added new appliances, a wine fridge, recessed lighting and a granite kitchen. Take a look at the floor plan in Elizabeth Kee’s listing to get a feel for the place, which would make a great starter apartment, pied-a-terre, investment, or just a comfortable place to call home.
News of CORE Managing Director Emily Beare’s new listing at famed 15 Central Park West caused a major stir last week, and not just because of the headline-grabbing $95 million price tag affixed to the property. In a building filled with boldface names, the apartment itself–a combination of two large units on the 35th floor of the taller “Tower” building into one vast full-floor spread–has an interesting story of its own. (Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez even once lived in one of the apartments.) Many have wondered what the in-process renovation will lead to, and now we can finally share the answer. The listing is now online, and pictured above is the floor plan that will result once work is completed.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
“The Rewards of Patience”
New York Times
CORE CEO Shaun Osher and CORE’s Walker Tower development (above) are featured prominently in this New York Times column on high-end real estate projects that waited out the worst of the economic downturn and now stand to perform well in the current thriving luxury property market. The Times‘ Alexei Barrionuevo writes, “[D]omestic buyers are also circling, and are especially eager to buy downtown, developers say. And as downtown projects go, nothing seems as primed to capitalize as quickly on the favorable market conditions (for the industry) than Walker Tower, the Chelsea building originally designed by the architect Ralph Walker that is now being converted into 50 condominiums.”
“Turning Double Play Into Big Single”
Wall Street Journal
Steel magnate Leroy Schecter is combining his two 35th-floor apartments at 15 Central Park West — one of the most successful and famous residential buildings in New York City — and has listed the massive spread for $95 million with CORE Managing Director Emily Beare. It is one of Manhattan’s most expensive listings.
The Williamsburg waterfront has become one of the most desirable locations to live in the city, let alone just Brooklyn. And this view from a new studio apartment listing at the 2 Northside Piers condominium, the first re-sale in its line, explains part of the reason why. In addition to the great glimpse of the East River, there’s the Williamsburg Bridge, Lower Manhattan skyline and the new World Trade Center rising in the distance, and right across the street is the historic Austin Nichols’ warehouse, designed by Cass Gilbert at the start of the 20th Century. The view is pure New York, past, present and future.
Though summer is usually regarded as the slow season for selling real estate, CORE’s new Long Island City development, One Murray Park, is proving that’s not always the case. The 45-unit building, which launched right at the start of the season, has just crossed the 50% in contract milestone–hitting 53%, to be exact. It’s no surprise why the building is enjoying strong sales success: One Murray Park, located at 11-25 45th Avenue, is the first new condominium development in the growing Long Island City neighborhood in some time, and the luxury amenities include a doorman, gym, indoor parking, roof deck, and library lounge. Being located right on the recently renovated Murray Park is a major attraction, as well. Current listings in the building range from a $385,000 studio to a 2-bed/2-bath unit priced at $900,000. To see them all, click here.
Today the Wall Street Journal broke the news that steel magnate Leroy Schecter is combining his two 35th-floor apartments at 15 Central Park West — one of the most successful and famous residential buildings in New York City — and listing the massive spread for $95 million with CORE Managing Director Emily Beare. A sale could set a city record, topping another recent transaction at 15 CPW: former Citigroup head Sandy Weill’s $88 million sale of his 20th-floor penthouse in the building’s shorter, “House” building. Schecter’s “Tower” apartments are currently being renovated, and the Journal got a peek inside. The paper writes: “Now, rows of new aluminum studs demarcate a living room, study and dining room that will face Central Park. The master bedroom is designed so that the bed will also look out at the park. The large master bathroom will have an 8-by-8 window facing south.”
We’ll have more on this special home in the days ahead, but for now we thought we’d once again share CORE CEO Shaun Osher’s CORE Talks interview with architect Robert A.M. Stern, who designed the famed 15 Central Park West complex as well as CORE’s One Museum Mile project on the other side of the park, along Fifth Avenue. Stern discusses both buildings in the video above.
After undergoing a complete renovation, this Greenwich Village townhouse — built in 1848 — has become one of the best single-family homes in all of downtown. Understated and elegant are words to describe this home, but it has also been refreshed for a modern lifestyle. In keeping with what luxury buyers are after these days, the house — comprised of four stories and a finished basement — includes 4 spacious bedroom suites, 3 with fireplaces. The building has undergone structural, mechanical and technological upgrades, and even the beautiful backyard has been redone. The interiors are truly stunning, and we recommend browsing the full photo gallery on Vickey Barron’s listing. Below, a peek at the new kitchen, looking out into the private garden.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
“Joan Collins’ midtown east apartment gets a makeover”
New York Daily News
Legendary actress (and diva) Joan Collins put her three-bedroom, three-bath apartment in the Dorchester at 110 East 57th Street on the market with CORE’s Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon, and the Daily News got a tour of the “Dynasty” star’s abode: “Postilio and Conlon, partners in work and life, saw an opportunity to restore Hollywood glamour that was diminished when Collins shipped many of her belongings to her homes around the world. They worked with interior designer John Lyle to put more than $1 million worth of rugs, chairs, art and other items to help the home show better.”
“On the Market”
New York Times
The Times‘ weekly look at new properties on the market includes a slideshow on 141 Fifth Avenue #22, listed by Emily Beare and Elizabeth Beare, and a previous CORE Blog featured property. The Times writes: “This condo offers a mix of classic and contemporary styles; bathrooms have mosaic floors and Waterworks fixtures. The English-style custom kitchen has a marble counter, a six-burner Wolf range, a glass door Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Miele coffee system.”
“Beyond Walker Tower”
The Real Deal
The August issue of The Real Deal includes a profile on Walker Tower co-developer Michael Stern of JDS Development, and the magazine provides an update on Walker Tower’s strong sales to date: “Stern, now 33, is working with residential brokerage Core to sell the building’s 50 units, some of which have already traded for up to $3,400 per square foot, he said. Despite having just hit the market in June, the building is already more than 25 percent sold.”