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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.



 

Walker Tower: Redefining Downtown Luxury

28 November, 2016 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, 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.



 

Life in 10011

18 September, 2015 posted by: CORE

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One of Manhattan’s best qualities is its unique and varied neighborhoods. ‘Life in’ provides a taste of New York City’s distinct sub-cultures to help you find the perfect place to call home.

Comprised of some of Manhattan’s vibrant and youthful west side neighborhoods, life in 10011 is nothing short of a fun-time junction. Anchored by The High Line to the west, Flatiron to the east, Chelsea to the north and the West Village to the south, 10011 has been known to keep the party going until the early hours of dawn.

A coveted location to reside, the area booms with many luxury new developments including the extremely desirable Walker Tower, 520 West Chelsea, 305W16 and The Cammeyer. CORE’s Chelsea and Flatiron offices also call this zip code home. And with so many great options to live, we understand why nobody wants to leave.

Spanning a considerable portion of the Hudson River, it only makes sense to kick off the day with a serene run or bike ride along the West Side Highway or The High Line. If synchronized sports are more your speed, get your heart rate up in less than 60 seconds at City Row, 305 Fitness or Barry’s Bootcamp. Cool down at local brunch favorites Spoon or Cookshop. And then enjoy a coffee to-go at Cafe Grumpy, Birch or Think Coffee.

The seemingly central location of this westside zip code makes it a breeze for the nine-to-fivers to move about the city easily. Those lucky enough to make their own schedules – and rules for that matter – can be found zip-lining or playing just about any outdoorsy activity at the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex or enjoying a round of golf at The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers. For those days when you want to shop until you drop and market yourself into a food coma, take a lap, or two, or three around Chelsea Market for the ultimate retail and food extravaganza. And if that’s not enough to hook you, enjoy an endless stream of art galleries on 10th and 11th Avenues.

Make dinner an international delight at Morimoto, Buddakan, or Del Posto. But if American fare is more your taste, enjoy Colicchio & Sons. Just make sure you leave room for desert in the form of cocktails and late night dancing at the Dream Downtown or 1 Oak.

In the last decade 10011 has made a 360-degree transformation with the renovation of The High Line and many CORE new development projects. And what once was the zip code to watch is now the zip code to see and be seen. Have you taken a look yet?



 

What’s New: Luxe Chelsea Living

27 May, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Where: 212 West 18th Street, 17D
Size: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
Asking: $12,250,000
Listed by: Christian Rogers and Emily Beare

A building without peer, Walker Tower has redefined the market and raised the bar for luxury living Downtown. A rarity in the building, apartment 17D is the only high-floor simplex three-bedroom layout with coveted North and East exposures. Sweeping 180-degree views of Midtown are framed through grand scale, floor-to-ceiling tilt-and-turn windows located in every main room. Exceptional craftsmanship and unprecedented attention to detail combine to showcase 2,507 square feet of grandeur.

Enter through an elegant gallery with French herringbone oak flooring and 12-foot ceilings, adding opulence to each architecturally envisioned room. A custom-designed Smallbone kitchen with marble and limestone countertops and Dornbracht fixtures is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances including an induction cooktop, wall oven and warming drawer by Viking, wine cooler, under-counter refrigerator/freezer drawers by Sub-Zero, speed oven and built-in coffee maker by Miele and a Franke Water Filtration System. Retire to the corner master suite boasting spectacular views and his and hers walk-in closets. The lavish Master bath delivers a freestanding cast iron bathtub, a steam shower with body sprays and rain, handheld and standard showerheads, and heated towel racks all by Waterworks. Each splendid bedroom has an en suite bathroom with custom marble details. This residence embodies absolute comfort and luxury featuring radiant floor heating, endless closet space, Crestron Home Automation System and is fully pre-wired.

Built in 1929, this Ralph Thomas Walker creation has been converted into a luxury condominium. Walker Tower honors and includes original design details including the building’s fully-restored elaborate brick facade. The comprehensive amenities package offers a 24-hour doorman, concierge, library lounge with pantry and bar, refrigerated storage for deliveries, children’s playroom, bike storage, fitness center with yoga room, sauna and landscaped common roof deck with dining area, sun lawn, observation area and covered cabana room.



 

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.”



 

Reba Miller Team Represents Walker Tower’s First Resale Deal

12 February, 2014 posted by: CORE

Reba Miller 2Since Walker Tower‘s recent buzz after closing on the property’s staggering $50 million dollar penthouse, CORE made headlines this week following another notable deal at the noted Chelsea building. This past Friday, Reba Miller, Julia Cole and Susan Rubell‘s listing at 212 West 18th Street was featured in The New York Times, after being on the market for less than one month. After purchasing and closing on the home for $5,027,609, the home’s seller re-listed the apartment approximately two weeks later for $7.9 million. Eventually selling for $7.775 million, the home’s almost $3 million profit is a true testament to the surge of residential activity and exuberance being experienced throughout the Manhattan real estate market.

For more details on this deal, take a look at the full article here.



 

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 »



 

CORE in the News

16 December, 2013 posted by: CORE

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

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Living Large
CBS2
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
Curbed
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.



 

CORE in the News

01 April, 2013 posted by: CORE

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Downtown Nudges Out Uptown as Priciest Destination for Luxury Buyers

The Real Deal

For the first time in a decade, the asking prices for luxury Downtown apartments have outpaced those in Midtown and Uptown. Walker Tower is highlighted as one of Chelsea’s most desirable developments.

Wallabout Refloats Next to the Navy Yard

The Wall Street Journal

The Wallabout neighborhood in Brooklyn is featured in last week’s Wall Street Journal. Doug Bowen gives insight into the revival of this area, spurred by bolstered activity in the nearby Navy yard, thriving businesses, and the development of a new mixed-use complex.

Go for Brooke

New York Post

Sofia Vergara visited Jeff Smith’s 301 East 52nd Street penthouse listing.



 

Video: Walker Tower’s Past Uncovered

17 December, 2012 posted by: CORE

The tributes keep pouring in for Ralph Walker, the late trailblazing architect who is back in the news thanks to Walker Tower, the 50-unit luxury condominium developed by JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group. Walker Tower is being fashioned from one of Walker’s signature pre-war Art Deco skyscrapers in Chelsea, built at 212 West 18th Street in the late 1920s. Already the subject of an architectural exhibition held at Walker Tower last spring and a career-spanning biography published in September by Rizzoli, Ralph Walker is now receiving the documentary treatment. The short film above provides a great summary of Walker’s greatest works and his impact on the New York skyline, while also providing a guided glimpse inside Walker Tower.

The film is a great companion to last week’s Wall Street Journal feature story by Josh Barbanel, headlined “In Manhattan, Downtown Looks Up,” in which Walker Tower is held up as a shining example of what wealthy buyers are looking for in today’s real estate market: Spacious and meticulously finished Manhattan homes that blend traditional Uptown sensibility with a trendy Downtown location. Ralph Walker’s pioneering Art Deco style is an important part of that appeal.



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