What’s New: Upper East Elegance

24 January, 2013 posted by: CORE

Where: 205 East 77th Street, Apartment 4A
Size: 2-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms
Asking: $1,100,000
Listed by: Michael Graves

It’s hard not to imagine yourself living in this classically stunning home. Nestled on the Upper East Side, the Dover House residence’s elegant aesthetic has been enhanced with modern renovations including custom shelving, new bathrooms and a modern kitchen with GE Stainless Steel appliances and granite countertops. This home is bright, peaceful and quiet with a convenient split 2-bedroom layout. Besides being ideally  located near the best the Upper East Side has to offer including Atlantic Grill, Citarella and several subway stations, this home boasts garden views and generous closet space.


Jarrod Guy Randolph’s Ultimate Checklist for Buyers

23 January, 2013 posted by: Jarrod Randolph

93 Worth Street Building 06 heroTo achieve a successful purchase, as a buyer you must first have a base knowledge of the marketplace. From there, you should find a broker to help you navigate and negotiate that successful purchase. Your broker should be able to garner information, disseminate data and provide an informed platform for you to make a decision.

However, though it is extremely important to work with a strong buyer’s broker you must also be aware of the right questions to ask to determine if a property is right for you. Questions can range from how the apartment lays out to the economics of the building- all of which should be on your “checklist” of items needed for a successful purchase.

Take a look at the standard questions and items you as a buyer should know in order to determine that the “right” property is truly the “RIGHT” property for you:

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CORE in the News

22 January, 2013 posted by: CORE

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

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What Kind of Fireplace Do You Get for $8.5 Million?
New York Magazine

With temperatures diving below freezing, New York Magazine took a moment to roundup some of the best fireplaces currently on the market in NYC. Emily and Elizabeth Beare’s Upper East Side townhouse exclusive at 407 East 75th Street made the cut for its modern, minimalistic fireplace.

Just Sold!
New York Post

Jarrod Guy Randolph’s recent penthouse sale at the Upper East Side’s Isis condominium was featured. Although the penthouse sold in what seems like no time at all, Jarrod completely changed the space by fully staging it in September. Check out his full, “before and after” staging post here. Read the rest of this entry »


Photo of the Week: Inman News Panel

18 January, 2013 posted by: CORE

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Produced by Inman News®, Real Estate Connect® is the preeminent event for everyone who cares about the real estate industry and where it is going. Each year, thousands of influential real estate leaders gather at Real Estate Connect to network, make deals, explore current trends and technology, and to learn how to embrace and leverage the change that surrounds our industry.

This morning, our CEO, Shaun Osher sat on a panel produced by The Wall Street Journal dedicated to The Globalization of Real Estate. Seated next to other industry bigwigs including Douglas Elliman President and CEO, Dottie Herman, Coldwell Banker President and CEO, Budge Huskey, and Philip White, President and COO of Sotheby’s International Realty, the group discussed “How to Attract Global Buyers”.


5 Things You Didn’t See on this Week’s ‘Selling New York’

18 January, 2013 posted by: CORE

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 #608, which first aired on January 17, 2013. For more SNY recaps, click here.


In SNY episode #608 entitled “Slide Show,” Elizabeth Kee and Lindsee Silverstein team up to list a penthouse in the “A Building” at 425 East 13th Street. The seller is a young, world class poker player who has taken his bachelor pad up a notch with a sculptural slide that combines two penthouse apartments. This listing is a true game changer with a sprawling floor plan, multiple private outdoor spaces and a game/media room. Combined with a double height atrium and floor-to-ceiling windows which offer open city views, this penthouse with a slide is a truly a unique dream home.

After 15 other potential agents were interviewed, Elizabeth and Lindsee were selected to list this unique property because of their candor about the face-lift needed to achieve the seller’s ambitious asking price. Also, their creative ways offered to market the apartment without removal of the slide (as most other agents suggested) sealed the deal. With the slide remaining, these resourceful agents were able to lose the frat house feel and upgrade the property to emulate a sleek home – perfect for entertaining.

Part of the customized marketing plan included an influencer’s event, which targeted young, influential industry gurus, who this listing would appeal to.  The catered event with a noted local mixologist, renowned spin artist, and prominent sommelier added to the event’s huge success.

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What’s New: FlatIron Flair

16 January, 2013 posted by: CORE

49 East 21st Street 5C
Where: 49 East 21st Street, 5C
Size: 2-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms
Asking: $1,995,000
Listed by: Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon
Located in a neighborhood that recently became one of the most popular destinations in Manhattan, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is located in the heart of the Flatiron. In addition to its ideal layout boasting an entertaining space with open kitchen and separate dining area , the finishes – including lighting by designer Jonathan Adler – make us ready to sign on the dotted line. Additional details include wide-plank African Oak floors, lofty 11-foot ceiling heights, oversize windows and lava stone kitchen counters which combine to make this apartment dramatic and elegant.
Check out the floor plan below:
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Jarrod Guy Randolph on the Art of New Development: Part 2

15 January, 2013 posted by: CORE

141 Fifth AvenueIn my previous post, I went into detail on the basics of new development in New York City. With the basic information provided, here are some suggestions on how to put that information and knowledge to good use.

When to buy
There are two types of buyers in new development: investors and end users. If you are an investor, the best thing for you to do is work with a highly specialized broker who can get you in on the ground floor of a new development. For end users, any time is a good time to buy as you should look at the purchase from a long term perspective. In fact, the most important aspect for an end user is quality of life, so picking the right unit is much more important. Again, you need to be guided by an expert as you are typically buying off of floorplans and may not physically see the property before committing to it. Read the rest of this entry »


CORE in the News

14 January, 2013 posted by: CORE

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

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“Checking in on Rising 241 Fifth Avenue Condo Building”


CORE’s new development, 241 Fifth Avenue, grabbed attention as construction resumed.

“Planet Dearth: Manhattan Condos Are More Hard to Come By Than Ever As Inventory Hits All-Time Low”

New York Daily News

The number of condos for sale in Manhattan is at an all-time low making this a prime time for sellers. Jarrod Randolph comments on the state of the market and his recent penthouse sale at the Isis Building.


Photo of the Week: Soho Sunset

11 January, 2013 posted by: CORE


Nothing conveys the promise of a New Year like a heavenly sunset. Here in New York City we are blessed to have our sunsets reflected 1,000 times over in our glass-covered skyscrapers. Today’s photo was taken by David Beare on the rooftop of a building on Canal Street overlooking the garden at Soho Mews.


A Day in the Life of Shaun Osher

10 January, 2013 posted by: CORE

Ever wonder what it’s really like to run a real estate brokerage in New York City? Our fearless CEO was the subject of The Real Deal’s “Day in the Life” profile in their January issue:

A Day in the Life of: Shaun Osher

The CORE CEO walks TRD through a typical day, as he bikes up to 75 miles, juggles pricey listings and plays the sax

6:30 a.m. I usually wake up at 6:30. Half the week I stay in Port Washington, on Long Island. That’s where my two beautiful daughters live. The days when I don’t have my girls, I’m on West 9th Street, where I share a townhouse with my girlfriend, Brittley Jarrell, who is the chief operating officer of Core. I’ve always been very active — I work out about four or five times a week. It’s usually a bike ride, between 20 to 75 miles [before work], and it’s usually loops in Central Park. Today, I ran seven miles along the Hudson. I also try to meet with my trainer once a week, to do push-ups, pull-ups, the rowing machine and rope-climbing, like back in my army days in South Africa. I was in the army for two years. There was six months of basic training, which was brutal. I was living in the bush, crazy stuff.           Shaun TRD

7:30 a.m. When I stay on Long Island, I take my daughters to school. Then I go home and start checking emails on my iPhone. There’s a 9:11 train that I usually take into the city. When I’m here, I will help Brittley take her boys to school. Then I will hop in the shower and do my emails from the apartment.

10:00 a.m. to noon Most mornings, I’m in the office by 10. Today, I had a conference call with the sales team at 93 Worth, a 92-unit condo conversion in Tribeca. Sales started in early December, and more than a dozen contracts have been signed already. Whenever you open a building, you have nearly constant engagement with the sales team and the developer. The first two weeks are very intense.

But it’s a good problem to have. I spend about 15 to 20 percent of my time working on new business, which means meeting with new agents. We have about 70 employees, and we have two offices. We’re opening a third one, on the Upper East Side [at 673 Madison Avenue], in mid-February. It will be a showroom and will house 30 agents.

Noon I don’t really do lunch meetings because they’re long, and I only have so many hours in the day. So, I usually eat on the run or get something in the office. A turkey sandwich, that’s usually my go-to, but I pretty much eat anything. Last Wednesday I had a meeting at noon with Michael Stern, managing partner of JDS Development Group, which is building Walker Tower, a 53-unit condo. We met at the sales office in Chelsea. The project is going well. We’ve sold a significant amount. [StreetEasy shows that 40 percent of the building has sold.]

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sometimes I will drop by our office on Seventh Avenue to check in, and an agent will pull me aside to ask about a deal. For example, Emily Beare needed advice on a $95 million listing she has at 15 Central Park West. We have property lists of people who are really affluent, so we reach out and let them know the unit is available. Emily also represented the seller, Leroy Schecter, in his purchase of the Rothschild Mansion on the Upper East Side for $25 million. I pulled some comps together and helped with the negotiation.

5:00 p.m. If I have my girls, I’m heading home to be with them. I am very involved with their after-school activities, so I will take Ava [who is 11] to tennis and pick up Ella [who is 6] from dancing. I love to cook — maybe some chicken, or pasta, though my recipes are expanding. And Ava likes to bake, so once a week after dinner, we’re baking.

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If I’m in the city, I will go home and play sax for a while. I keep a tenor sax in Manhattan; my two altos are on Long Island. I keep my soprano sax here [at Core’s headquarters, at Fifth Avenue and 16th Street] and sometimes I play at night when nobody is around. The acoustics are really good in here. I played the sax in jazz bands — I played at the Blue Note, the Cupping Room Café and the Village Gate before it became a CVS. Every once in a while I will still go to see jazz, like at the Village Vanguard.

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. I skip the charity events; I usually just write a check. So we will have dinner in the apartment or go out to Tertulia, on Sixth Avenue, or Alta, on 10th Street. I don’t watch much TV — maybe Monday Night Football, or the Tour de France, or some cricket if it’s on. I also read a lot. I just finished “King Leopold’s Ghost,” about North Africa and the Belgian Congo. I also like GQ and Vanity Fair. And Seth Godin’s blog, about marketing, but I don’t really focus on real estate too much.

10 p.m. onward I’m in bed between 11:30 and 1, depending on how many emails I have. I like to start my day with a clean slate.

As reported by C.J. Hughes

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