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“Brooklyn is a Feeling” According to Doug Bowen

02 October, 2014 posted by: CORE

As a top Brooklyn broker and expert, CORE’s Doug Bowen thrives in residential real estate marketing, having transacted several record-breaking deals throughout the borough in last 12 months. Directed by Stephen Penta, “Brooklyn is a Feeling” chronicles Doug’s transition from movie set builder to one of the area’s most sought after brokers. “I made it a point to focus on townhouses and I made that decision because of my true love affair with these properties,” he says.

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The New York Times: Fort Greene, Brooklyn: A Neighborhood With Many Faces

29 September, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Last week, The New York Times featured a neighborhood story documenting the explosive growth and popularity of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene. Noted for their expertise in the area, CORE’s Doug Bowen and Paul Johansen’s listings at 274 Vanderbilt Avenue and 159 Carlton Avenue were both showcased in the piece. According to Doug, the average Fort Greene townhouse price in the last year was $2,043,153, while co-ops averaged $628 a square foot.



 

New York Post: Forget Rentals, Downtown Brooklyn Condos Booming

21 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Experiencing an unprecedented surge in residential growth, New Yorkers are flocking to Brooklyn to get in on the borough’s growing popularity. Named the 4th most populated city in the U.S. without taking its neighbor Manhattan into consideration, Brooklyn is now at the epicenter of New York’s new residential development boom. An expert the borough, CORE’s Doug Bowen recently spoke with the New York Post to discuss downtown Brooklyn’s condo market. When asked about the neighborhood’s current housing activity, Doug said “Downtown Brooklyn was largely rental-driven since Lehman Brothers fell. Most of the development — especially anything of size like the Brooklyner, or [the upcoming] Avalon Bay — was rental.”



 

Photo of the Week: #COREtravels Goes to The Great Smoky Mountains

04 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Today’s Photo of the Week comes to us from Doug Bowen, taken during his recent trip to Asheville, NC. While visiting, Doug captured this image of The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the area’s famous Blue Ridge mountain range. Throughout his stay, he was able to enjoy the great outdoors by participating in activities such as hiking and rafting.

Keep following our #COREtravels around the globe this summer on Instagram @CORE_RealEstate.



 

Why Brooklyn?

26 June, 2014 posted by: Doug Bowen

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As an investor, landlord and broker for the past 15 years, I have had the great opportunity to watch the miraculous “coming out” of a borough that spawned the term “urban flight” in the 1960’s. Recognized as the largest brand coming out of NYC, Brooklyn has quickly become a world-class destination in its own right. Why Brooklyn? The answer comes down to fundamentals.

The most populous borough with 2.8 million residents, Brooklyn itself would stand alone as the 4th largest city in the U.S. It is also the 4th largest economic center in the country. Back when Brooklyn was on the brink of becoming what it is today, you used to have to trick cabbies to take that trip. Nowadays, tourists and residents alike continue to shuttle between destinations such as the new Barclay’s Center and arguably one of the best parks in New York City, Prospect Park. Brooklyn is the home of the most talked-about restaurants downtown, as well as several noted dance, music and theater venues, all of which have come to the area because they too want to experience what the borough has to offer. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Three of a Kind: Tasteful Townhouses

05 June, 2014 posted by: CORE

New York’s iconic townhomes continue to draw potential homebuyers to the City and surrounding boroughs at record numbers. Offering quintessentially New York living, complemented by their highly coveted and spacious layouts, these three CORE townhouse listings offer a taste of some of New York City and Brooklyn’s finest homes.

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Where: 241 West 17th Street
Size: 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Asking: $11,500,000
Listed by: Shaun Osher

Welcome to 241 West 17th Street, a modern oasis conveniently located in the heart of Chelsea. This architecturally unique five-story, 25-foot wide townhouse offers four to six bedrooms as well as three full and two half baths with a private garage, elevator, and 20-foot glass paneled facade. The gracious design incorporates a modern aesthetic design with sleek finishes and transom windows, while keeping the beautiful original exposed brick and charm. The first floor showcases a grand living and entertaining space with soaring 22-foot ceilings, Juliette balcony, a 20-foot wall of windows, and a wood-burning fireplace. The second floor boasts an open chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, top-of-the-line Sub-Zero and Viking appliances, an island breakfast bar, all open to the formal dining area with skylight. This level also features a formal sitting area that leads to a floating mezzanine level. The third floor of the home includes three bedrooms, one of which opens to a large private deck and another boasting a wood-burning fireplace, along with a full Italian-designed bathroom. The master suite occupies the entire fourth floor of the townhouse with 12-foot ceilings, fireplace, and a windowed Italian-style bathroom with double sinks, spa tub for two, shower, bidet, and a skylight. This home also includes has an outdoor private, bi-level cedar roof deck for summer entertaining. Additionally, there is a separate entrance with two sizable rooms, a full bath and kitchenette, and a basement with recreation room and laundry center. Only moments from Chelsea’s famed art galleries, fashionable boutiques, and chic restaurants.

Please note: showing on Wednesdays between 12:00pm – 5:00PM. Co-exclusive. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Photo of the Week: Beauty in the Heart of Millionaire’s Row

11 April, 2014 posted by: CORE

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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.



 

CORE in the News

07 April, 2014 posted by: CORE

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.



 

CORE in the News

17 March, 2014 posted by: CORE

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.



 

CORE in the News

17 February, 2014 posted by: CORE

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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