King & Sullivan: New Development in Red Hook

23 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Tim Crowley, CORE’s Managing Director of Innovation and Design, shares his neighborhood trend spotting experience and the value he sees in Red Hook.

New York City has long been a city of urban reinvention, with an ever migrating sense of “the next big thing.” Applying that context to new residential districts and expanding boundaries of existing neighborhoods is a key factor in our city’s dynamism. I vividly recall moving to New York City in 2001 and getting to know the Meatpacking District and the far West Village (west of Greenwich) as a somewhat seedy area with a ton of potential. The potential was realized in spades and now those neighborhoods have some of the most expensive real estate in the United States.

Fast forward a decade and a half, and the same market maturation has happened in Soho and NolitaBoerum Hill and Carroll Gardens and Dumbo and Williamsburg. Red Hook is on absolutely the same trajectory, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with developers who have taken the challenge head-on. Typically, as a neighborhood becomes more residential, you see modest attempts at introducing luxury housing. In the case of King & Sullivan and Red Hook, Sanba has thrown out that play book and built some of the best real estate in the market – city-wide. I do not exaggerate. I have been doing this for a bit and can assure that these homes are well-considered, well-planned, built like tanks and finished with a craftsman’s touch. I encourage you to come and explore Red Hook, explore King & Sullivan and see for yourself how Red Hook is building a brand that has the West Village’s waterfront, Dumbo’s industrial pedigree and Clinton Hill’s sense of scale. If you fall in love out there, don’t blame us, we warned you.


Hot Topic: South Bronx Investors

22 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Looking for the lowdown on the current state of the Bronx market? Earlier this week, CORE’s Sebastian Oppenheim was featured offering his expertise on options for buyers on the hunt for real estate in the much-discussed South Bronx market. According to Sebastian, now is a smart time to make moves to invest, before even more investors flood into the borough.

Click here to read the full article: What are the real options for a regular buyer in the Bronx right now?


Walker Tower: Downtown Luxury Redefined

20 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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CORE’s new development team was presented the challenge of turning Ralph Thomas Walker’s Verizon Building into an uber-luxury condominium in Chelsea. The building was built in 1929 as the center of telecommunications. So, transforming this building into a residential condominium with layouts that appealed to buyers was no easy task.

In order to accomplish their goal, the new development team put their creative minds together and created a “destination” building by educating buyers about the building’s stature and pedigree, reviving the legacy of the great Ralph Walker and collaborating with CetraRuddy to create generous layouts with luxurious finishes and amenities.

CORE’s efforts resulted in a record-breaking average per square foot of $3,500 at Walker Tower, the highest ever downtown and $10,000 per square foot for the penthouse. Finally, CORE created the Ralph Walker brand and in doing so, redefined downtown luxury.


House Call: 137 Franklin Street

17 March, 2017 posted by: CORE


137 Franklin Street, 4/3FL

Tony Sargent
Lic. Assoc. Real Estate Broker
Licensed as Antony Sargent

Offered at $7,495,000, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, located in the heart of Tribeca, boasts two full floors and ultra-quiet casement windows, providing natural light throughout, as well as an unmatched sense of urban serenity.  Stop in this Sunday for an open house tour of this stunning loft home!

Sun, March 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Hot Topic: An Art Deco Masterpiece

15 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Did you catch One Wall Street on The New York Times last week? Macklowe Properties tapped CORE to market the condominiums at its $1.5 billion residential conversion last year. The New York Times featured a behind-the-scenes look at one of Manhattan’s lesser known Art Deco masterpieces, particularly the landmark building’s lobby, the Red Room. Check out the link below to see more of this downtown development!

Click here to watch the full video: Tour an Art Deco Masterpiece

Photo credit: DBOX


CORE 10: Limor Nesher

14 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, agent Limor Nesher!

Who is the living person you most admire? My husband and best friend, Eran. As for his family, he’d go through wind and fire to get everyone safe on board again.

Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know?  Lucia Kaiser. I ran into her by a funny coincidence and we became “Broadway pals ” for a little while and stayed connected. Her story and character are very interesting, from the Johnny Carson show to her love story and marriage to the German Kaiser. She’s a truly unique character and strong woman.

What is your earliest New York memory? I was a little girl visiting New York City with my dad in the ’80s and it was early morning, but at one point around 8 or 8:30AM, the streets became flooded with people walking up and down in a seemingly 80s amazing order – all wearing suits and big hair. It looked like a big factory.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? As a little girl, I was once told by a friend of my parents that “I shouldn’t be so worried – as much as I am growing my problems will grow too” so “have some perspective.”

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? Buying our first apartment in New York City, then selling it with great profit.

What are your three most treasured possessions? My talents, skills and knowledge.

Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The book “Sophie’s World,” opened a whole new world for me as a young adult to the mystical, philosophic and spiritual side of life.

What’s your greatest extravagance? My participation in one of New York’s Fashion Week’s events with my newly formed fashion brand, Inspired New York.

What’s your secret talent? I write songs, compose music, sing and play music with my husband.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Really?”


True Gotham: Why I Live in New York City

13 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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Reporting from the front lines, Douglas Heddings brings us “True Gotham” – your source for NYC real estate tips, advice, anecdotes and general market insights that aim to inform and enlighten.

My wife makes me! That is all. No, seriously, my wife was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and made it clear to me that she wouldn’t likely ever have the desire to leave Manhattan. I migrated to the Big Apple in 1989 from the suburbs of Baltimore. Prior to my move, I had never even visited “the city” as the natives refer to her and I met my wife in 1992 so the rest is history. Many of my friends and family are baffled by our residence in New York and frequently ask questions like, “how is it raising children in the city?,” “isn’t it noisy/dirty/scary?,” “how do you afford it?”

The parents of the girls on my daughter’s soccer team will tell you that I frequently dream of living in a big house in Montclair, New Jersey with some grass and maybe even a pool. But the reality is that every time I begin to get swept away in the day dream, I realize how incredible the last 28 years have been for me as a resident of “the city.”

• The food and restaurant scenes are unparalleled and on a practical level, there just aren’t too many places where the daughter can have Chinese, the wife sushi, the son Mexican and I Indian all at the same dinner table. And given that my wife cooks about 4 days a week, she is able to shop on her way home from work for the freshest ingredients straight from some of the best markets in the world.  Most of those markets deliver too!

• According to a quick Google search, there are upwards of 100 museums in New York City. My daughter and her grandfather are in the process of visiting them one at a time whenever he’s in town from Santa Cruz.

• Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are just a short 30-40 blocks from our home. My wife and daughter have seen Wicked twice and we were even blessed this year to score 2 face value tickets to Hamilton so that our son and daughter could attend together. Kate and I also scored 2 face value tickets separately and wow, what a show!

• My almost 16-year-old son has been traveling by subway to and from school since he was 9 (full disclosure, we followed him for the first couple of weeks until he proved he was ready.)

• Our kids have MANY friends from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures and they don’t feel the need to discuss those backgrounds. They are just simply friends.

• My 13-year-old daughter does not go to the same school as her older brother because they are very different people. Both schools are well suited for each of them. That choice is invaluable!

• The city truly NEVER sleeps! If you want a hamburger at 5AM, the diner or corner deli will happily oblige.

• The infrastructure is incredible. This city is never paralyzed by weather and rarely are people rushing out to buy bread and milk before a blizzard. You can likely have it delivered in the middle of a blizzard.

• Yes, it is expensive but you can also earn a very handsome living here.

Basically, the availability and convenience of just about everything makes me appreciate the life that I have here with my family and serves to wake me from the day dreams of suburban bliss that so often permeate my mind. The grass is not always greener.


House Call: 874 Broadway, 307

10 March, 2017 posted by: CORE

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874 Broadway, 307

Win Brown
Lic. Real Estate Salesperson
Licensed as Donald Winchester Brown

Ivana Nikolic
Lic. Assoc. Real Estate Broker

Steven Markowicz
Lic. Real Estate Salesperson

Offered at $1,350,000, this two-bedroom loft at the MacIntyre Building includes exposed brick, natural hardwood floors throughout and oversized windows. The home was recently renovated and features an open floor plan that is great for entertaining. One block above Union Square, with the farmers market, tons of great restaurants and shopping nearby, this listing is a must to stop in for an open house tour on Sunday!

Sunday, March 12, 11:30am – 1:30pm


Hot Topic: Loft conversion in SoHo

08 March, 2017 posted by: CORE


Did you catch Todd Lewin and Michael Rubin‘s listing at 284 Lafayette Street, 4D on The Wall Street Journal last week? This stunning Soho loft, originally built in 1892, features a captivating 65-foot-long wall of windows. Check out the link below to read about the top to bottom renovation at this 3,000-square foot home!

Click here to read the full article: A ‘Blank Space’ in Soho Becomes a Family Home


Best Apartment I Ever Sold: Adie Kriegstein

07 March, 2017 posted by: CORE


Best Apartment I Ever Sold invites our agents to share the unique story of their best selling experience to date. This week, learn why Adie Kriegstein‘s sale at 17 Minetta Street is her best one yet.

It’s not easy to pick the “best apartment I ever sold” as each apartment I’ve sold truly holds a special place in my heart and has its own unique story as to why it’s also a candidate.  I pride myself more than anything on amazing customer service and looking beyond the paycheck to the relationship I have formed with my clients.  When my clients enjoy working with me, it ends up being not just one transaction but many. I often am introduced to their family and friends too, so I have many clients with whom I have sold everyone in their family homes. With that said, if I had to pick one particular listing as the “best apartment I ever sold” it would be the townhouse at 17 Minetta Street.

To be honest, I wasn’t even aware there was a Minetta Lane in the city but low and behold, like many hidden gems in the city, it’s something I had walked by more times than I could count.  It’s a charming meandering lane right at the edge of Greenwich Village and the cusp of the West Village. In fact, some walking tours stroll down the lane.

When I received the listing, the sellers, who were referred to me by another client, put their entire trust into me, to get the home ready to sell. They had bought the townhouse a year prior and knew they would lose money, so there was already an emotional component to this transaction for them. The sellers moved out and I brought in a team of painters to repaint the interior entirely white and a top stager to furnish the entire house including the roof as well as a team of landscapers to revamp the garden and roof deck terrace.

There was a lot of interest in this townhouse and eventually it went for highest and best to a direct buyer.  A family came in and I immediately hit it off with the wife, an artist. We ended up talking for 45 minutes without realizing so much time had passed – it’s safe to say we are kindred spirits. I’ve since attended one of her shows.  As such, once they were in contract on 17 Minetta Street, they enrolled me to help sell their stunning corner loft at 54 Bleecker Street.

Truly nothing pleases me more than making long-lasting relationships with my clients and often deep friendships.  Putting so much trust in another person’s hands isn’t easy and I see that as the largest compliment and my proudest achievement.  Since then the wife has introduced me to her neighbors who are selling their home – it goes to show you never know who you’ll meet out there!

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