Manhattan Real Estate was as Big a Star as the Celebrities Buying it in 2013

30 December, 2013 posted by: Adrian Noriega

adrianHot celebrity scandals on and off-screen will have to turn up the heat if they intend to approach the sizzling temperature generated by the Manhattan real estate market over the past year. Turning the heads of jaded New Yorkers is nearly impossible to do, even for A-list celebs and this may be a reason why so many of them have been snapping up properties in the Big Apple.  With the properties themselves every bit as glamorous as the buyers they’re attracting, the Gotham celebrity real estate gossip is as tantalizing as the stories on Page Six or TMZ.  Here’s a breakdown of the hottest whispers in celebrity NYC real estate from 2013.

The NoMad (North of Madison) neighborhood must’ve rolled out the red carpet, judging by the influx of celebrities from football players, supermodels, world leader’s offspring, and race car drivers buying into the neighborhood’s developments. Hunky footballer Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen snapped up a $14 million love shack.  Around the same time, Chelsea Clinton moved into The Whitman with husband Mark Mezvinksy, who sold his Flatiron place for $4.75 million. The former First Daughter scored a sweet $1.25 million discount on the full-floor unit that stretches across an entire city block; that million dollar savings should subsidize quite a soiree for all her famous neighbors, which now includes NASCAR heartthrob Jeff Gordon, who sold his 15 Central Park West 3-bedroom home for $30 million. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Tis The Season

20 December, 2013 posted by: CORE


With the holiday season underway, New Yorkers are gearing up to celebrate this festive time of year in a variety of ways. Whether Christmas shopping for loved ones, visiting iconic city landmarks, taking in a Broadway play, or enjoying dinner at a local favorite restaurant, the possibilities for finding something to do in the city are endless. For advice on the city’s best hot spots during the holidays, who better to ask than the people who know the ins and outs of Manhattan best? Below, several CORE agents provide insight on what’s happening this holiday season. Read the rest of this entry »


Adie Kriegstein on Townhouse Investing

18 December, 2013 posted by: Adie Kriegstein


There seems to be a growing return to the chic, gilded lifestyle that used to go hand in hand with owning a private home in the City.  Recently, as apartment prices have skyrocketed, especially in condo pricing, many people are starting to consider owning a townhouse.  The New York Times even reported on this trend recently writing, “Welcome to the new Gilded Age. As more families choose to stay in New York City to raise their children, much of the urban fabric has transformed into scenes more closely resembling suburbia. For the truly wealthy, this is translating into a clamor to live in gigantic private homes. And when the record for the most expensive house ever sold in New York City is just $53 million, the nearly $100 million that many new luxury condominiums are asking makes these mansions seem like a relative bargain. The demand for stand-alone mansions is also being driven by the rare opportunity they offer buyers for complete privacy and autonomy.”

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What’s New: Upper East Side Elegance

17 December, 2013 posted by: CORE


Where: 21 East 66th Street, 7E/7W
Size: 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
Asking: $9,250,000
Listed by: Reba Miller

This sprawling Upper East Side home offers a discerning buyer the perfect opportunity to create their dream home. Located in a full-service, boutique condominium, the 3,600-square-foot, full-floor home is currently laid out among 11 rooms in total, with a proposed floor plan offering offers 4-5 bedrooms, private service quarters with a separate entrance off the service elevator hallway, library, a formal dining room, living room with wood-burning fireplace and a master bedroom with a second fireplace. With great natural light, 10-foot ceilings, several windows throughout with exposures from all four directions and a view of Central Park, this spacious home presents several fantastic options


CORE in the News

16 December, 2013 posted by: CORE

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


Living Large
Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon take Emily Smith and the CBS2 crew on a tour of Michael Feinstein‘s Upper East Side townhouse listing. Currently listed at $17.9 million, this elegant townhouse has hosted the likes of several noted celebrity figures, including Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim and Tyne Daly, among others.

The Marketing Mavens of Real Estate
The Native Society
Shaun Osher is featured in this real estate professional Q&A. Discussing the importance of innovation and technology in CORE’s brand philosophy, Shaun says, “I founded CORE on the belief that the real estate industry could be modernized, which is why we value technology so much. We’ve made innovation one of our key marketing tenets from the beginning and, as a result, CORE continues to be a leader in the digital space.”

Owned for 1 Week, Walker Tower 2BR Now Wants $2.9M More
As the first resale listing at Walker Tower, this two-bedroom home makes headlines after seeking a $2.9 million dollar profit after closing last week. Listed by Reba Miller, Susan Rubell and Julia Cole, this home is currently on the market for $7,900,000.


Photo of the Week: The View from Above

13 December, 2013 posted by: CORE


Taken from the rooftop of the Upper East Side’s One Museum Mile, today’s “Photo of the Week” shows a stunning view of Central Park and the iconic Manhattan skyline. Ben Jacobs captured this gorgeous photo, which highlights the natural beauty of one of the nation’s most renowned public parks. One Museum Mile, designed by legendary architect Robert A.M. Stern is the perfect synthesis of all things quintessentially New York — a world-class address, sweeping Central Park vistas and an exceptional design. Comprising 116 units, this building offers a 24-hour doorman/concierge, gym, children’s play room, teen game room, live-in super, parking, roof deck and swimming pool, making New York living that much more special.


What’s New: Beaux-Arts Beauty

12 December, 2013 posted by: CORE


Where: 141 Fifth Avenue, 7C
Size: 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom
Asking: $4,600,000
Listed by: Emily Beare and Christian Rogers

This 2-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is located in one of Manhattan’s premier new development projects, 141 Fifth Avenue. Designed with a more traditional approach with the highest level of finishes, complementing the fully restored ornate 1897 terra cotta detailing, copper cupola and curved plate glass storefronts on the exterior of the building, unit 7C is a highly detailed home perfect for a sophisticated palate. This residence features 10.5-foot ceilings, oversized windows, English-style handpainted custom kitchens with walnut and marble island and handturned balusters, 6 burner Wolf range, glass door Sub-Zero, Miele coffee system, Waterworks freestanding tub, fixtures and fittings, custom mosaic bathroom floors and wood framed fluted glass doors.


Living Large on the Upper East Side

11 December, 2013 posted by: CORE

Last night, Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon‘s townhouse listing at 143 East 63rd Street was featured in CBS2s evening segment of “Living Large,” hosted by Emily Smith. Home to the musically renowned Michael Feinstein, Tom and Mickey took the cameras on a tour of this 18-room manse, complete with two kitchens, a grand foyer, antique chandeliers throughout, six bedrooms, a meditation terrace, private gym and a gorgeous outdoor pagoda area. Currently listed at $17.9 million, this elegant townhouse has hosted the likes of several noted celebrity figures, including Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim and Tyne Daly, among others.


Adie Kriegstein on Real Estate And Hunting For Adventure

10 December, 2013 posted by: Shaun Osher

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 in the hot seat.

Adie Kriegstein may be one of the few for whom real estate wasn’t a fall back career. After graduating Colgate University, she quickly made a name for herself as a rock star rookie broker. Her first sale was a 2-bedroom condo on the Upper East Side for over $1 million and since then, Adie hasn’t slowed down, recently closing on her first townhouse on the Upper West Side for $5.2 million. During her eight years in the business, Adie has already accrued over $141 million in sales. Here are Adie’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?

I jumped right into real estate directly after finishing college at Colgate University, where I majored in Geology and minored in Geography.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?  Adie Kriegstein TEN

About 1 year into the business, when I was working at another firm, Patrick Lilly, the firm’s top agent approached me and asked if I wanted to work with him as an agent on his team.  It was a wonderful opportunity and I have been with him for about 7 years now.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?

Finding out how to best balance my time between my personal life and my professional life, which I feel in this industry is a constant challenge.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I hope to be a top-producing agent living and working in Manhattan with a firmly established business.

5. Where do you find inspiration?

As an agent, I get the greatest satisfaction from knowing I have truly helped someone navigate the very complicated NYC Real Estate Market.  For many people, the purchase of a home is one of the biggest and most important decisions they will make in their lives.  Knowing I have, in some manner, assisted them in achieving this goal spurs me towards continuing to do more.  In a way, I see it as a job well done on my part; a way for me to help others.  I see myself as a ‘giver in life’, and have been told by customers and friends alike that this is my nature.  My job as a real estate agent is an extension of me and so I strive to do all that I can, whenever possible, for my customers, friends and family.

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