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Today’s Photo of the Week showcases gorgeous, original architectural detail shot inside a classic Civil War-era brownstone in the heart of Brooklyn. Taken by CORE’s resident Brooklyn expert Doug Bowen, this photo shows a beautiful, original plaster medallion with a chandelier hanging on the parlor floor of one of Doug’s recent listings, located on Cambridge Place. Dubbed Millionaire’s Row in 2012, Cambridge Place is one of several neighborhood blocks to garner attention, as Brooklyn continues to experience rising popularity and sales prices through the start of 2014. Cambridge Place, Saint James Place and Grand Avenue between Fulton Avenue  and Greene Avenue make up a six-block area and special enclave just South of Pratt University that has been the home of several big sales. Doug’s notable sales at 105 Cambridge Place for $3.1 million and 121 Saint James Place for $2.545 million were record-breaking deals for the area last year and are indicative of the rising values in Brooklyn’s townhouse market. Clinton Hill has seen a 30% increase in townhouse prices in the last calendar year and has helped pave the way for the emergence of Bedford-Stuyvesant, which lies east of Clinton Hill, as a go-to neighborhood for today’s “brownstoners” as they continue to seek this unique and alluring niche segment of New York City housing stock.



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Monday, April 7th, 2014

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

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Houses of the Week
New York Post
Tom Postilio, Mickey Conlon and Dana Karson’s Upper East Side listing was featured as one of last week’s “Houses of the Week.”

Evening Hours
New York Times
Post-event coverage of this year’s Bailey House Gala, hosted by Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon. Bailey House provides housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and advocate on their behalf.

Rental of the Day
Brownstoner
Doug Bowen and Paul Johansen’s rental listing at 521A Greene Avenue is featured as one of last week’s “Rental of the Day” properties.



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Monday, March 17th, 2014

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

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Bless Our Happy Home Sale
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal quotes CORE’s Elizabeth Kee in a piece about St. Joseph statues.

Listing of the Day
Brownstoner Queens
Patrick Lilly and Andres Soto’s Forest Hill’s listing is showcased as one of last week’s “Listing of the Day” features.

House of the Day: 252 Carlton Avenue
Brownstoner
Doug Bowen and Paul Johansen’s Fort Greene townhouse listing is featured as one of last week’s “House of the Day” properties.



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Monday, February 17th, 2014

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

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Fancy Face-Lift
The New York Times
Jarrod Guy Randolph’s latest listing at 845 United Nations Plaza is featured in this “Exclusive” piece. After a three-year long renovation, unit 32A is now on the market for $25 million.

First Resale in Walker Tower Flipped for Near $3 Million Profit
The New York Times
Reba Miller is mentioned in this exclusive article, as the listing agent of Walker Tower’s first resale deal.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Designed to Draw Locals and Visitors to a Grand View
The Epoch Times
Doug Bowen is featured in this Brooklyn trend piece, discussing the allure of Brooklyn Bridge Park. According to Doug, “It’s become a world-class attraction.”



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Last night, CORE agents and staff gathered for a night of celebration and recognition at the West Village’s highly-acclaimed restaurant Omar’s. Boasting an intimately chic decor and ambiance, guests enjoyed a night of cocktails, delicious food and a few unexpected surprises. CORE CEO Shaun Osher presented several CORE agents with special awards and distinctions, based on their hard work, notable deals and contributions to the company.  Among the honored CORE agents were Paul Johansen, Jarrod Guy Randolph, Emily Beare, Tom Postilio, Mickey Conlon, Doron Zwickel and Doug Bowen. To top it all off, CORE’s Director of Sales Ryan Fitzpatrick was also recognized after the awards were presented, as he celebrated his birthday!

For an inside peek at last night’s party, check out these photos from the event after the jump! (more…)



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Monday, February 3rd, 2014

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

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Ismael Leyva Snaps Up 57th Street Pad in Building He Designed
The Real Deal
Blu Kokin represented Ismael Leyva in the purchase of a three-bedroom home at 207 East 57th Street. Mr. Leyva is also the architect behind the design of the building.

The Next Park Slope? Unique Windsor Terrace Home Sells for Record $1.98 Million
New York Daily News
Doug Bowen made headlines last week as his Windsor Terrace townhouse listing, located at 107 Terrace Place, sold for a neighborhood record of $1.98 million.

Homes for Sale with Spectacular Bathrooms
Bloomberg
Emily and David Beare’s Greenwich Village listing at 23 Downing Street is featured in this showcase piece, highlighted for its sleek bathroom design.



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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Known for his in-depth knowledge of all things Brooklyn, Doug Bowen made headlines this week after closing on his exclusive listing at 107 Terrace Place. Located in Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace neighborhood, the 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom townhouse recently closed for $1.98 million, setting a record in the increasingly popular area.  The New York Daily News was the first to cover the deal, stating that “the previous record in Windsor Terrace was for a traditional limestone townhouse at 18 Sherman Place, which sold for $1.9 million in 2007.”  Known for its suburban feel and local hotspots, Doug anticipates the trend toward Windsor Terrace continuing at a steady rate, especially considering the explosive popularity of Brooklyn. “When a typical brownstone is going for $3 million and even $4 million now, it’s going to push people to Windsor Terrace, and it’s going to push up the prices in Windsor Terrace,” he says.



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Sunset

As New Yorkers brace for another round of cold weather, today’s “Photo of the Week” showcases a pleasant change in scenery.  Taken by Doug Bowen, this sunset is set at Buzzards Bay from Scraggy Neck in Cape Cod. Taking a much deserved retreat, Doug was able to snap this amazing shot, only moments after working on negotiating a complicated land acquisition deal. “We need to find inspiration wherever we can,” says Doug. “Not hard to do on the Cape.”



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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

As discussed in the cover story of last weekend’s New York Times real estate section, “The Other Downtown”, it’s no surprise that Downtown Brooklyn is going vertical. I remember when Atlantic Yards was first revealed in 2004, I attended a parlor reading given by Mike Wallace, one of New York’s preeminent historians and the author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. At the time, Mike lived on Dean Street, which happens to be right on the cusp of what became known as “Develop – Don’t Destroy. Brooklyn”. DougDevelop – Don’t Destroy. Brooklyn, the main opposition group to the massive urban renewal project that eventually brought us the astoundingly successful Barclay’s Center,  took the conversation between preservation and development to a whole new level in NYC.  The Q&A at the end of Mike’s reading quickly turned into an impassioned dialogue about Atlantic Yards. What Mike said, and I paraphrase, was that to him “it was not that long ago that above 14th Street in Manhattan was farmland.”

Cities must grow.  Edward Glaeser’s brilliant book, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, explores the idea that cities are where the necessary  human capital exists  to promote the innovation necessary to solve the biggest challenges of our day.

Downtown Brooklyn is the embodiment of Glaeser’s thesis in action. “DoBro”, as it is known today,  is the fourth largest economic center in the country. Now that Brooklyn has become THE global brand coming out of NYC, the area has garnered the attention of all the major developers, many of whom have locked up and parceled together sites throughout the downtown area. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership sums up DoBro as “a business district with more than 17 million square feet of office space, a historic and vibrant shopping center, a burgeoning residential community, 11 colleges and universities, nearly 50 cultural organizations, a professional sports franchise, and exceptional public transportation and open spaces.”

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Monday, November 18th, 2013

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

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Event Manor: Posh Parties the New Way to Show a Home
New York Post
Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon’s townhouse listing at 143 East 63rd Street is featured in this unique trend piece, the site of an upcoming event open to a select group of brokers and potential homebuyers. “The event brings a lot of different factions together,” says Tom. “It shines a spotlight on the house, which is known for having fabulous events. We’re able to listen to great music and raise money for the [nonprofit] Michael Feinstein Initiative for the Great American Songbook.”

These Shattered Real Estate Records Confirm That Brooklyn is Booming
Business Insider
Pick-up coverage documenting the exponential real estate growth occurring throughout Brooklyn with Doug Bowen providing agent insight. “The townhouse market is in an uncanny place right now,” Doug said. “The velocity of price increases — it’s better than I’ve seen in my 15 years in real estate.”

House of the Week: 229 East 79th Street
New York Post
Adrian Noriega’s 2-bedroom, Upper East Side listing at 229 East 79th Street is featured in last week’s “House of the Week” roundup.



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