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David Anthony: Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, CORE Group Marketing

The Native SocietyJuly 22, 2015

What's Your NativeAdVantage: Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at CORE Group Marketing

 

Bio:

 

Securing local and international clientele with his charismatic personality, superior level of professionalism and passionate approach, David Anthony has established himself as a key player in the New York City real estate market. As a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at CORE, he works tirelessly to
 educate each of his clients in order to achieve their lifestyle and financial needs. Offering almost a decade of client services, he is well versed on the nuances of working with both buyers and sellers throughout several of Manhattan’s most popular neighborhoods. David currently holds a designation as a Certified Buyer Representative (CBR®).

 

Before entering the real estate industry, David moved to New York City to study Fashion Advertising and Marketing Communications at New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology. As a result, he has held coveted positions in both sales and public relations for some of the world's top luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci. “I am an advertising and marketing specialist that just so happens to work with amazing properties everyday.” For that reason, David believes his professional experiences have provided him with the key characteristics and traits that help him successfully navigate his clientele through Manhattan’s housing market. When David is not working, he is out discovering new and exciting places to eat throughout the city and admiring the architectural designs of many of Manhattan’s most iconic buildings. In addition, when able, he commits several hours to volunteering with various organizations through New York 
Cares.

 

What do you do best?

 

I am best at being me!!! There is only one David Anthony and I didn’t get into real estate to be average. Stay tuned!

 

What makes you the best?

 

I think overall I have an amazing personality with a lot of confidence (can’t you tell) and that helps make me the best. The ability to connect with my clients, listen to them and understand them is something that is not easy for many to do effectively. Throughout my professional career thus far, I can honestly say that 95% of my clientele has crossed over to become more than just a client. They are individuals that I have developed great friendships with. The other 5% must have lost me number some how. Here is another little insight I will share about what makes me the best. HAVING FUN!! There is a time and place for everything, but don’t forget to enjoy this journey called LIFE.

 

How will you stay the best?

 

My formula for staying the best is very simple: faith, belief, confidence and hard work.

 

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

 

Personal: My personal aspiration is to be an overall better person than I was yesterday. Each new day I want to grow more, learn more, help more, do more and most importantly enjoy life more. I would love to one-day start a family.

 

Business: My business aspiration would be to grow and expand my brand as a real estate broker and ranked among the top-producing agents of New York City. Many of my CORE colleagues have been ranked , so I am in a great environment to learn. I also want to fulfill my longtime dream of developing a luxury-clothing brand, focusing on men’s suiting.

 

What fascinates you?

 

Hearing the success stories of others truly fascinates me. Their successes motivate and inspire me to work even harder. It helps me to never give up on my dreams. It reminds me that if they did it, I can do it too!

 

Favorite Motto?

 

LIVE life to the fullest, LAUGH often and LOVE what you do! Everything else will fall into place.

 

Favorite People?

 

My favorite people are the individuals in my life that genuinely and wholeheartedly believe in me. They motivate me to be the absolute best at any and everything I do. I am grateful to have my mother and father as my #1 supporters. I love you mom and dad!!! Although she is technically not a person, I have to include my Italian Greyhound, L’Oréal. She is the most sweetest, loving, adorable dog in the world. She loves me unconditionally and brightens up my day. (You have to be a dog owner to fully understand)

 

Favorite Places?

 

I need to get a few more stamps in my passport before I can answer this question. There are so many places I have yet to explore. Send me some suggestions!

 

Favorite Products?

 

For some reason when I think about my favorite product(s), skin care products first come to mind. So, we’ll go with that. My favorite skin care product is a mint julep masque. Twice a week you can find me at home with this green masque on my face for hours while I watch TV and clean around my apartment.

 

Current Passions?

 

I am very passionate about my career to the point that I probably could be clinically diagnosed as being a workaholic. When I am in work mode, I tend to work very long hours. It’s very common to find me up at 3am researching properties for a client or just keeping myself familiar as new listings and buildings hit the market. However, on the flip side, I absolutely love what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work to me. Even when I am watching TV the channel stays either on the HGTV or DIY network. When I do manage to pull myself away from work. I am also passionate about spending quality time with my amazing family and friends who I have neglected because I am a workaholic. LOL

Michael Lessner: Real Estate Salesperson, CORE

The Native SocietyJuly 22, 2015

What's Your NativeAdVantage:

 

Bio:

 

Michael Lessner joins CORE as an experienced real estate salesperson. Teamed with top-producing Associate Broker Maggie Kent, Michael supports and expands on all business endeavors. He is considered a consummate professional, always keeping his clients best interest at heart. His personable approach, trustworthiness and ability to creatively problem solve in any situation is what sets him apart in the industry. Prior to CORE, he worked in both digital analytics and sports marketing for two of the largest companies’ in their respective fields. These unique experiences enable Michael to strategically research, evaluate and market for his sellers and buyers and address their specific needs. Michael is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Emerging Markets.

 

What do you do best?

 

I enjoy connecting with people. If you don’t understand someone’s goals and motivations, it’s very hard to deliver results. People are smart, they can tell when someone isn’t looking out for their best interests.

 

What makes you the best?

 

Never becoming satisfied with being the best. There is always better. Reaching and then exceeding goals and expectations is the fun of it.

 

How will you stay the best?

 

Embracing how much more there is to learn, surrounding myself with people much smarter than me and constantly moving forward.

 

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

 

Personal: Enjoy life, travel, try new things

 

Business: Continue to grow my business the right way. Never be satisfied. Never lose why I got in the business.

 

What fascinates you?

 

Studying the paths of successful businesspeople.

 

Favorite Motto?

 

Work like there is always someone working twice as hard.

 

Favorite People?

 

Family

 

Favorite Places?

 

Elberon, NJ

 

Favorite Products?

 

Apple

 

Current Passions?

 

Family, friends, sports, good food

Mapping ODA's Dozens of New Boxy Buildings In NYC

CurbedJuly 21, 2015

It seems like every week, plans for a new building are filed by the architecture firm ODA. Over the last two years, we've written about nearly three dozen different projects by ODA, ranging from towers on the Brooklyn waterfront to small boutique buildings on the Upper West Side. The firm has clearly become a go-to for developers big—TF Cornerstone tapped ODA for phase two of Hunters Point South—and small, and the firm has solidified its position as the experts of Jenga-tecture, i.e. buildings that look like stacked boxes. To track this proliferation of Lego-like structures, we mapped 34 of ODA's most recent commissions—some of which think outside the box.

Lisa Graham | CORE, Museum Tower

Modern NYCJuly 20, 2015

$8,390,000

 

One-of-a-kind, 4-bedroom corner residence boasts breathtaking Central Park and skyline views at the award-winning and world-renowned Museum Tower. This triple mint condition home is the result of two adjoining units being meticulously renovated and combined to form an expansive 3,454-square-foot residence of extraordinary scale and light in the most desirable line in this iconic building.

 

Upon entering this impressive residence, you are drawn to the grand living and dining room featuring high ceilings and oversized windows that frame awe inspiring northeast views, with the famed Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Sculpture Garden below.

 

Exceptional details and custom finishes are featured throughout, including an immaculate Poggenpohl windowed kitchen with top-of-the-line Miele appliances. Wide plank solid oak flooring and the finest custom oak millwork have been installed throughout the home. The luxurious bathrooms feature custom Poggenpohl cabinetry and wall paneling and rainforest glass showers. This gracious abode also features two Miele washer/dryers, electronically controlled window treatments and custom lighting, a built-in sound system, and fitted closets throughout. All bedrooms are generously proportioned and a very large master suite and walk-in closet have been created as result of the combination of the two units.

 

The Museum Tower Condominium is part of the prestigious MoMA complex and is located in the heart of Midtown, among Manhattan's finest shopping and restaurants. The incomparable white glove building has an attentive staff of 52, and offers optional maid, laundry, and valet services. A spacious, well-appointed fitness center with a sauna is on the premises (nominal fee), as well as media, conference and wine tasting/storage rooms, and a beautiful landscaped roof terrace overlooking the MOMA garden.

David LaChapelle Net Worth: Surrealist Photographer Selling New York Pad

Realty TodayJuly 17, 2015

David LaChapelle placed his apartment at 427 West 21st Street, Chelsea, New York City in the market for $2.469 million, as reported by an article on Curbed.

 

In an article from 6Sqft, the 19th century apartment has one-bedroom and one-bathroom and has 12-foot high ceilings with hand-carved crown molding. It also has French doors, a bay window, floor-to-ceiling windows, three wood-burning fireplaces, etched glass door inlays, stained oak floors and medallion-wrapped light fixtures. The article added that the house has 8-by-14-foot terrace and a modern chef's kitchen.

 

In addition, as stated in a listing from Street Easy, the front entrance of the apartment has a grand dining room that can be divided into a formal space by sliding wood doors or changed into a living room. The dining room is near the master bedroom. The listing added that the kitchen is adjacent to a living room and a private terrace overlooking the clock tower of General Theological Seminary across the street. The landmark can also be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

The one story apartment has four rooms, a center dressing area that includes four closets with built-in shelving and hanging storage, a closet in a bedroom, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and a basement, as a listing from Zillow described. The listing added that the townhouse has a magnificent landing area with crystal chandelier and original wood banisters. Also, washer and dryer are in the basement. Pets are also allowed but case by case.

 

In addition to the report from Curbed, the photographer bought the house last 2011 for $1.74 million.

 

Pictures of the house can be seen in Curbed, Core NYC, 6Sqft, and Zillow.

 

In the meantime, David LaChapelle, a photographer and director has a net worth estimated at $5 million, as reported from Celebrity Net Worth. In the article from 6Sqft, the photographer is known for shooting Madonna, Michael Jackson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Lady Gaga, and other celebrities in some weird situations. 

Famed Photographer David LaChapelle Lists His Stunning Chelsea Home for $2.5M

6sqftJuly 16, 2015

Photographer David La Chapelle, best known for shooting everyone from Madonna to Michael Jackson to Leonardo Dicaprio and Lady Gaga in some seriously weird situations, has just listed his West Chelsea co-op at 427 West 21st Street for $2.469 million. Surprisingly, unlike the photog’s audacious pop-surreal works, his apartment is far more subdued, sporting a very classic look with simple pops of color and patterns selectively emerging throughout the home.

 

The one-bedroom, one-bathroom home is a massive bright beauty situated along one of Chelsea’s prettiest streets, the neighborhood’s Seminary Block. Inside the floor-through 19th century parlor residence you’ll find 12-foot high ceilings, hand-carved crown molding, French doors, a bay window, floor-to-ceiling windows, three wood-burning fireplaces, etched glass door inlays, stained oak floors and medallion-wrapped light fixtures.

 

There’s also a very large 8-by-14-foot terrace to complement the home’s generous proportions and its modern chef’s kitchen; the “ideal space for indoor-outdoor entertaining,” says the listing.

 

LaChapelle originally purchased the home back in 2011 for $1,739,500. He also has a home in Los Angeles, and briefly quit the business a several years ago to live off the land in Maui.

Surrealist Photographer David LaChapelle Selling Subdued Pad

CurbedJuly 16, 2015

For a man who dreams up such surreal photos, David LaChapelle's Chelsea apartment is surprisingly subdued. When the Post reported that the veteran photographer would be putting his parlor level apartment at 427 West 21st Street on the market for $2.469 million, the announcement stirred all kinds of images of a home awash in LaChapelle's familiar green neon light. But nope. The listing, which went live today, shows a more standard, albeit lovely, one-bedroom apartment with a little porch and three fireplaces. LaChapelle has owned the apartment since 2011, when he bought it for $1.74 million.

Manhattan's 10 Most Expensive Condo Towers Had More Than $2.7 Billion In Sales Last Year

Business InsiderJuly 15, 2015

Manhattan’s 10 highest-grossing high-rise condominiums racked up total sales of more than $2.7 billion over the past year, according to a new ranking by The Real Deal.

 

Leading the pack was Extell Development’s One57, which sold product worth a total of $1.1 billion in the one-year period ending June 2015.

 

That’s $700 million more than its next closest competitor.

 

One57’s perch atop the rankings comes as no surprise, given that a single penthouse there sold to a mystery buyer in January for $100.5 million, the priciest apartment sale in New York City history.

 

In total, 36 units were sold in the skyscraper over the past 12 months. The tower is the subject of a new report from the Independent Budget Office that looksat its 421a abatements.

 

Tribeca Associates and Starwood Capital Group’s Baccarat Hotel and Residences, which did total sales of $302.7 million across 32 apartments, came in second on The Real Deal’s ranking of top-selling condo high-rises. The luxury building launched sales in March 2013 and is now over 75 percent sold, according to Kelly Kennedy Mack, president of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, which is handling sales.

 

The Baccarat “has earned its place among New York’s most coveted ultra-luxury properties,” Mack said. “There’s been an incredible amount of global attention on the opening of the hotel, but the real excitement for the real estate community is taking place on the floors above.”

 

In April, a four-bedroom apartment in the building closed for $19.8 million. The building’s duplex penthouse is listed for $60 million.

 

Ranking third for the year was Related Cos. and HFZ Capital Group’s One Madison, the CetraRuddy-designed tower on the south side of Madison Square Park. The building, which launched sales in 2013, sold 34 units totaling $210 million in the last year.

 

At this point, one sponsor unit remains, and the closings in the past year were a mix of sponsor sales and resales, according to Tim Crowley, director of new development at CORE Marketing, the firm handling sponsor sales. Earlier this year, Rupert Murdoch listed his triplex penthouse there for $72 million, though he plans to keep a smaller apartment in the building. He bought the pair for $57.3 million in February 2014.

 

Crowley said One Madison sold out at a healthy rate, remarking that “at no point did it feel like it was selling slowly or feel like it was absolutely flying off the shelves.” The tower’s height and its corresponding lofty views helped it stand out in a mostly mid-rise neighborhood and helped sales, he said.

 

Of the vast gap between One57 and other high-rises in terms of dollar sales volume, Crowley said apartments in Extell’s building tend to be much larger on average.

 

“I would be absolutely floored if their total dollar was not a result of the aggregate square footage that makes up,” he said.

 

Fourth in the ranking was Zeckendorf Development’s limestone classic, 15 Central Park West, with $194.3 million in resales across just 14 units.

 

Taking fifth place was Macklowe Properties and CIM Group’s 737 Park Avenue, an Upper East Side prewar conversion that after numerous legal battles, launched sales in 2013. The building saw $192.6 million in sales across 18 units — a combination of resales and sponsor sales. Earlier this year, the penthouse sold for $32 million.

 

Total sales volume for all high-rise — defined as being 10 stories or more — condo buildings in Manhattan was $12.4 billion.

 

In June, The Real Deal reported on concerns over dwindling demand for uber-luxury New York City condos.

Picture Perfect

New York PostJuly 15, 2015

Artist/photographer David LaChapelle is listing his Chelsea apartment inside a townhouse at 427 W. 21st St., where he has owned for four years, for $2.46 million.

 

The one-bedroom, one-bathroom, parlor-level pad boasts details like hand-carved plaster moldings, wood trim, 12-foot ceilings, custom cabinetry and three marble fireplaces.

 

The home is smart wired and well planned for entertaining with a chef’s kitchen and private terrace surrounded by “century old trees,” says a prior listing.

 

The listing brokers are Heather McDonough and Henry Hershkowitz, of CORE.

Here are Manhattan’s Top High-Rise Condos by Sales Volume

The Real DealJuly 15, 2015

One57 banked over three times more than nearest rivals in the past year.

 

Manhattan’s 10 highest-grossing high-rise condominiums racked up total sales of more than $2.7 billion over the past year, according to a new ranking by The Real Deal. Leading the pack was Extell Development’s One57, which sold product worth a total of $1.1 billion in the one-year period ending June 2015. That’s $700 million more than its next closest competitor.

 

One57’s perch atop the rankings comes as no surprise, given that a single penthouse there sold to a mystery buyer in January for $100.5 million, the priciest apartment sale in New York City history. In total, 36 units were sold in the skyscraper over the past 12 months. The tower is the subject of a new report from the Independent Budget Office that looks at its 421a abatements.

 

Tribeca Associates and Starwood Capital Group’s Baccarat Hotel and Residences, which did total sales of $302.7 million across 32 apartments, came in second on The Real Deal’s ranking of top-selling condo high-rises. The luxury building launched sales in March 2013 and is now over 75 percent sold, according to Kelly Kennedy Mack, president of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, which is handling sales.

 

The Baccarat “has earned its place among New York’s most coveted ultra-luxury properties,” Mack said. “There’s been an incredible amount of global attention on the opening of the hotel, but the real excitement for the real estate community is taking place on the floors above.”

 

In April, a four-bedroom apartment in the building closed for $19.8 million. The building’s duplex penthouse is listed for $60 million.

 

Ranking third for the year was Related Cos. and HFZ Capital Group’s One Madison, the CetraRuddy-designed tower on the south side of Madison Square Park. The building, which launched sales in 2013, sold 34 units totaling $210 million in the last year.

 

At this point, one sponsor unit remains, and the closings in the past year were a mix of sponsor sales and resales, according to Tim Crowley, director of new development at CORE Marketing, the firm handling sponsor sales. Earlier this year, Rupert Murdoch listed his triplex penthouse there for $72 million, though he plans to keep a smaller apartment in the building. He bought the pair for $57.3 million in February 2014.

 

Crowley said One Madison sold out at a healthy rate, remarking that “at no point did it feel like it was selling slowly or feel like it was absolutely flying off the shelves.” The tower’s height and its corresponding lofty views helped it stand out in a mostly mid-rise neighborhood and helped sales, he said.

 

Of the vast gap between One57 and other high-rises in terms of dollar sales volume, Crowley said apartments in Extell’s building tend to be much larger on average.

 

“I would be absolutely floored if their total dollar was not a result of the aggregate square footage that makes up,” he said. Fourth in the ranking was Zeckendorf Development’s limestone classic, 15 Central Park West, with $194.3 million in resales across just 14 units.

 

Taking fifth place was Macklowe Properties and CIM Group’s 737 Park Avenue, an Upper East Side prewar conversion that after numerous legal battles, launched sales in 2013. The building saw $192.6 million in sales across 18 units — a combination of resales and sponsor sales. Earlier this year, the penthouse sold for $32 million.

 

Total sales volume for all high-rise — defined as being 10 stories or more — condo buildings in Manhattan was $12.4 billion.

 

In June, The Real Deal reported on concerns over dwindling demand for uber-luxury New York City condos. 

 

Brokers Weekly Gallery

Real Estate WeeklyJuly 15, 2015

CORE's 93 Worth Penthouse Cocktail was featured in this week's Brokers Weekly Gallery.

 

Ben Jacobs: Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, CORE

The Native SocietyJuly 14, 2015

What's Your NativeAdVantage: I moved quite a bit when I was younger. I was born in Burlington, Vermont and moved to Miami Beach, Florida when I was 9 years old. We kept our house in Vermont which I frequent often. Before Miami, when I was 7, my family and I lived in South East Asia for 1.5 years (Thailand and Vietnam). Having to restart a new life has its challenges and benefits. The benefits certainly outweigh the challenges. I think living and interacting in several different places with different cultures and identities has enabled me to be very open minded. I love the thrill of meeting new people and having new adventures. I find that most people are afraid of change simply because it can be discomforting. But if you can get over the discomfort, you will be surprised with how much you learned from that process. My advantage is my ability to welcome change as an opportunity to see and experience something new. You can put me in a room full of strangers and I’ll leave with a handful of friends. Real Estate has certainly quenched that need for adventure because you never know what is passed that front door.

 

Bio:

 

Ben Jacobs is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with CORE. Ben has been instrumental in the sale of over $40 million in residential transactions. From conducting property searches, managing showings and open houses, and analyzing property and industry trends, he is well-versed in overseeing sales and rental processes on behalf of both buyers/tenants and sellers/landlords. Ben has a tremendous skill set including the creation of marketing collateral and convoluted board packages for both condominiums and cooperatives. Ben’s outstanding social and communication skills further assure clients that they are making an informed decision at every stage of the transaction process. He is a graduate of Skidmore College and in his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, playing tennis, fishing, exploring, and traveling. Ben currently lives in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

 

What do you do best?

 

Connect with people. I am very honest and open. I find that my open demeanor makes people feel very comfortable around me.

 

What makes you the best?

 

I come from a family of hard workers. My mother and father started from nothing but because of their dedication and hard work, we managed to persevereand succeed. Over 40 years ago, my father began buying and managing commercial and residential property in Vermont. My brother, Jesse, runs the company now and has grown the business since. Without a doubt, real estate has always been the dominate topic of conversation at the kitchen table. I have been around the business my entire life. My parents instilled in me and my brother the value of hard work which I truly think is what makes me the best at what I do. My dad always reminds me “the harder you work, the luckier you get.” I was always taught that nothing comes easy, no one thinks you’re special, and that you have to earn your keep.

 

How will you stay the best?

 

I think focusing on yourself and not worrying about what is on other peoples “plates” is the best way to get through your day. There is always going to be that person down the hall who makes more money than you and who has more connections than you. But the reality is none of that is important. What matters is how you feel at the end of the day. If you can go home and look at yourself in the mirror and confirm that today you did your absolute best then I think you’re winning the uphill battle of this game called life. I become the best by focusing on myself and focusing on getting better at my job. At the end of the day, I am the only one who can control that, no one else.

 

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

 

Personal: To keep learning. Sometimes I feel that I get so caught up in the mundane “work routine” that I feel like I am missing out on something else. Reading, exploring, having new experiences keeps the mind fresh and builds character. I sometimes lose sight of that.

 

Business: I want to expand my business and continue to service clients in buying/selling their homes and/or investments. Simultaneously, I plan on getting involved with my family business. But I will always stay with the brokerage side of real estate. I love working and connecting with people on the customer service side of the business. Besides, looking for real estate in NYC is a thrill in itself. You never know what you’re going to find or who you’re going to meet.

 

What fascinates you?

 

People.

 

Favorite Motto?

 

I'm not sure about a Motto but my favorite quote is about “Persistence” by Calvin Coolidge. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. “

 

Favorite People?

 

My Parents and Brother. We are very close.

 

Favorite Places?

 

Burma. I travelled around the country for 40 days 10 years ago. I have still yet to experience a place nearly as interesting.

 

Favorite Products?

 

Good question.

 

Current Passions?

 

Watching movies, reading, writing, and traveling. My favorite movie is True Romance. My new favorite book is “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. The next place I hope to visit is Buzios, Brazil.

NYC's Premier Properties

Luxury Listings NYCJuly 14, 2015

Heather McDonough and Henry Hershkowitz's listing at 211 East 13th Street is featured in the July/August issue of Luxury Listings NYC.

Spaces with Vibrant Pops of Color

New York SpacesJuly 13, 2015

What is more fun than looking at real estate listings? CORE has some listings showcasing vibrant pops of color and interesting details—everything from a custom graphic mural to a beautiful garden and a space designed by a world-renowned architect.

 

 

32 West 18th St, 7A – Listed at $5,395,000, this 3-bedroom, 3-bath is located in Flatiron. The apartment was designed by world-renowned architect, Rafael de Cardenas and boasts a custom graphic mural in the dining area by muralist, James Conran.

22 Contracts Signed at $22M and Above Last Week

The Real DealJuly 13, 2015

UPDATED, July 13, 3:15 p.m.: The first full week of July saw 22 contracts signed in at $4 million and above in Manhattan, with the top deal being a $24 million West Village townhouse, according to Olshan Realty’s latest market report. The 26-foot-wide Greek Revival-style mansion at 10 West 10th Street was owned by Andrea Soros Colombel, daughter of billionaire George Soros, and her husband Eric Colombel. The price was reduced to $24 million after originally being listed for $29.5 million in October 2012. The couple purchased the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom home for $11.5 million in 2006. The second priciest deal was for an $18.5 million penthouse at 91 Central Park West, originally listed in November 2014 for $23 million. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom pad features a 1,600-square-foot terrace. 

 

Of the 22 sales over $4 million, fifteen were condos, five were co-ops and two were townhouses. The average asking price for listings over $4 million was $7.1 million. The previous week, 23 contracts over $4 million were signed. 

Open House Agenda: 3 Co-ops Under $550K to See This Weekend

DNA InfoJuly 10, 2015

NEW YORK CITY — These three new-to-market co-ops — in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens — are all recently renovated and roughly near the $500,000 mark.

 

226 E. 12th St., Apt. 3F, East Village
1 Bedroom/1 Bath
Co-op
Approximately 450 square feet
$485,000
Maintenance: $928 per month
Open House: Sunday, July 12, 3-4:30 p.m.

 

Lowdown: Though small for a one-bedroom, this pre-war, East Village co-op is in an excellent location and the owner, who has lived there for three years, painted and renovated, including outfitting the kitchen with custom cabinets, resurfacing the parquet floors and installing thick, soundproof doors.

 

“It’s on a great block, it’s quiet and it doesn’t need any work at all,” said Scott Stryker of Town.

 

His firm analyzed the monthly costs of owning this unit compared to what it would cost as a rental in the current market and found, "given the current mortgage rates, it’s cheaper to buy than to rent," Stryker said.

 

The unit doesn’t get direct sunlight, however there is “plenty of indirect light” and it “feels bright.” The western exposure helps.

 

The closet space is built up and has shelving for storage.

 

The pet-friendly building has “really good reserves." Amenities include bike storage (for $10 per month), two elevators, a recently upgraded laundry room and additional storage.

 

Location: The building sits between the Second and Third avenues. In addition to all that the East Village has to offer — including anew "postmodern Polynesian" bar — Union Square is a few short blocks away and SoHo, the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village are within easy walking distance. The closest train is the L station at Third Avenue and 14th Street, but it's not much farther to Union Square's 4/5/6 and N/Q/R trains.

 

Why put it on your open house calendar?  "It’s a turnkey ready apartment in a great location that you don’t have to put any additional money into. It’s ideal for a first-time buyer or a second-time buyer looking to change locations," Stryker said. Also, the seller had a designer friend decorate, and he’s willing to sell the furnishings to go with the apartment, he noted.

 

35-25 78th St., Apt. 31, Jackson Heights
2 Bedrooms/1 Bath
Co-op
Approximately 1,025 square feet
$520,000
Maintenance: $653 per month
Open House: Sunday, July 12, noon to 1:30 p.m.

 

Lowdown: Pre-war details and moldings, 9-foot ceilings, original hardwood floors and oversized windows are but a few reasons this Jackson Heights third-floor walk-up is worth checking out, said Barbara Lombardo of Core.

 

“The light is really quite beautiful,” Lombardo said, adding that the unit has both east and west exposures. “And the building’s garden is almost a block long.”

 

A full-sized dining room — that could also be used as an office or another bedroom, with a bit of remodeling — is another plus.

 

The sellers have lived there for eight years. They fully renovated the kitchen a little over a year ago, adding Caesarstone counters, cabinets (some of which are custom), new floors and walls, and stainless steel appliances, Lombardo said. Prior updates include a new bathroom vanity and fixtures.

 

The living room, dining room and master bedroom (which is currently a kids’ room) overlook 78th Street. The kitchen, bath and second bedroom face the large garden that has a path around it and seating. “It’s like your own park right outside your door,” Lombardo said.

 

The Hampton Court complex comprises four landmark buildings designed by George H. Wells and built between 1919 and 1921 that are within the Jackson Heights Historic District. This building has 15 units, an on-site super, laundry in the basement and a storage bin that comes at no additional charge. Pets are not allowed.

 

Location: Supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and additional stores, including a Starbucks, are down the block at 37th Avenue, a main shopping street. In the other direction at 34th Avenue and 78th Street is a year-round greenmarket on Sundays.

 

The subway hub of the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue and 74th Street-Broadway stations — with the 7/E/F/M/R trains — is less than half a mile away. The Q70 express bus to LaGuardia is also at Roosevelt and 75th Street.

 

Why put it on your open house calendar? With rents on the rise in the neighborhood, it’s an opportunity to own a large unit in an historic building that also has low maintenance.

 

“It’s an amazing space, is close to Manhattan with five train lines [nearby] and has a great green space outside the door,” Lombardo said. “It’s a very special apartment.”

 

315 Saint Johns Place, Apt. 1D, Prospect Heights
1 Bedroom/1 Bath
Co-op
Approximately 775 square feet
$549,900
Maintenance: $604 per month
Open House: Sunday, July 12, 1-3 p.m.

 

Lowdown: This “quiet” apartment is on the first floor, however it is raised about 6 feet off the lobby, said Mark Jovanovic of Compass. “It faces the garden and gets great light, especially in the afternoon, since there are no high rises around [the building].”

 

The efficient layout coupled with the 9-foot, 4-inch ceilings makes it “feel big and spacious.” The living room is large enough for the current sellers to have their nursery in its 10-foot by 10-foot alcove near the hallway to the washer/dryer and bathroom.

 

The sellers fully renovated it about three years ago, Jovanovic said, gut renovating the kitchen and bathroom, installing recessed lights and building out the closets. “It’s in move-in condition,” he said.

 

The building has “very low maintenance, especially for a part-time doorman building," Jovanovic said, noting that similar buildings normally run closer to $1,000 per month in maintenance.

 

In addition to the part-time doorman, the building has a common garden, a live-in super and is pet friendly.

 

Location: The building is on a block that extends out from Grand Army Plaza, which includes an entrance to the 2/3 trains. The B/Q are two blocks farther down Flatbush Avenue at Seventh Avenue. 

 

Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Library, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum are steps away, as are plenty of shops and restaurants in Prospect Heights, and nearby Crown Heights and Park Slope.

 

 

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s a lot of space for the price, it’s renovated, it feels good, is in a great location and has a low maintenance,” Jovanovic said. “We’re getting incredible web traffic and requests, and we think it will go quickly.”

Bryan Baltimore: Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, CORE

The Native SocietyJuly 09, 2015

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Bio:

Bryan Baltimore is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at CORE, working alongside industry veteran Michael Rubin. As Michael’s assistant, he ensures that deals and transactions run smoothly from start to finish while overseeing marketing initiatives. First joining CORE as a New Development Associate, he is well-versed in researching relevant market trends, synthesizing data and keeping a pulse on New York City’s pipeline of residential projects. He boasts a highly unique portfolio of real estate experience in both the resale and new development sectors, complimented by his thorough approach to customer service. Bryan finds great joy in knowing that his clients are completely satisfied with the service that he provides. His outgoing personality, ability to solve problems and attention to detail are just a few of the qualities that make him a great asset to CORE. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he received a Bachelor’s in Economics with a minor in Business Administration.

 

What do you do best?

 

I am great at making people feel comfortable and gaining trust among others. I am very transparent and I’m always looking to make the lives of those around me better. When you look me in my eyes you know I am fully engaged. I genuinely care.

 

What makes you the best?

 

I have a strong faith in who I am and what I am doing. I believe in myself. That paired with a resilient mindset and an absurd willingness to succeed places me among the finest.

 

How will you become the best?

 

Day in and day out work ethic. There are no shortcuts. Real estate is a grind but each day is an opportunity to improve. It is important for me to learn something new, meet someone new and perfect my craft every day. I’m in this business for the long haul.

 

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

 

Personal: To build wealth for future generations. To become fluent in Portuguese and own property in Brazil. To learn to play the guitar. To live life with purpose and meaning.

 

Business: Ultimately, to be the best in what I do and how I do it while giving back and inspiring others. All profits, growth and gain follow these ideals.

 

What fascinates you?

 

I find great interest in diversification. I enjoy learning about cultures, ways of life and the evolution of people

 

Favorite Motto?

 

Be comfortable being uncomfortable.

 

Favorite People?

 

Family, friends and new people. I think that covers pretty much everyone.

 

Favorite Places?

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Montauk, New York and anywhere up real high or on the water. Clean air. Clear mindset. Renewed perspective.

 

Favorite Products?

 

A nice skeleton watch, tailor-fitted suit, a perfectly aged rib-eye steak and a really good glass of Pinot Noir…I’m a classic man.

 

Current Passions?

 

To see the world and rediscover myself over and over again in the process.

Bruce Mosler, Rodrigo Nino to Speak at TRD's Shanghai Showcase

The Real DealJuly 09, 2015

Bruce Mosler of Cushman & Wakefield and Rodrigo Nino of Prodigy Network have added their names to the group of panelists assembled for The Real Deal’s U.S. Real Estate Showcase & Forum in Shanghai.

 

Other new additions to the panels include Stan Gale of Gale International, Shaun Osher of CORE, Rotem Rosen of Sapir and Neal Sroka of Douglas Elliman.

 

The full list of panelists in alphabetical order includes: Scott Alper, Witkoff; Alicia Cervera, Cervera Real Estate; Tony Cho, Metro 1; Fredrik Eklund, Douglas Elliman; Nikki Field, Sotheby’s International Realty; Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica; Stan Gale, Gale International; Vanessa Grout, CMC Real Estate; Andrew Heiberger, Town Residential; Shahab Karmeli, KAR Properties; Stephen Kliegerman, Halstead; Daniel Kodsi, Royal Palm Communities; Nicholas Mastroianni II, U.S. Immigration Fund; Bruce Mosler, Cushman & Wakefield; Miki Naftali, Naftali Group; Rodrigo Nino, Prodigy; Shaun Osher, CORE; Eran Polack, HAP Investments; Dan Riordan, Turnberry; Rotem Rosen, Sapir; Philip Spiegelman, International Sales Group; Eliot Spitzer, Spitzer Enterprises; and Neal Sroka of Douglas Elliman.

 

The show will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai from September 10-12. It will feature networking events, breakout workshops and a showcase of 100 developments, as well as panels.

Summer Cocktails at 93 Worth Penthouse

Real Estate WeeklyJuly 08, 2015

City brokers gathered for sunset cocktails at 93 Worth’s Penthouse 7  – the largest of the seven penthouses in the building, developed by IGI-USA. Currently on the market for $9.9 million, the penthouse terrace offers views of the midtown skyline and World Trade Center. 93 Worth is  over 95 percent sold and was one of the first buildings along the Broadway corridor of Tribeca.  Head of sales is Core’s Doron Zwickel.

Behind the Curtain with Tony Sargent, CORE

InmanJuly 06, 2015

Tony Sargent: ‘Clients demand information and service quickly’

Customer service, client needs and keeping up with technology

 

Tony Sargent of CORE on why hiring more people helps his business, how websites started his real estate obsession and why improving the customer experience is core.

Daughter of Billionaire Financier George Soros Finds Buyer for $24M W. Village Townhouse

Daily NewsJuly 06, 2015

A classic brick Greek Revival townhouse owned by the daughter of billionaire hedge fund titan George Soros has gone into contract, last priced at $23.95 million.

 

Andrea Soros Colombel and her husband Eric Colombel first listed the property for sale in 2012 with a price-tag of $29.5 million, nearly three times the $11.5 million they paid for it in 2006.

 

Listings brokers Shaun Osher and Emily Beare of residential brokerage Core did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the sale.

 

The 26-foot-wide townhouse, at 10 W. 10th St., was built in 1844 and has a whopping 21 rooms, including seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It has a grand formal living room with wood-burning fireplaces, a library with a wet bar, a fitness center with a ballet barre, a sauna and steam shower and a private 26-by-13-foot planted terrace on the top floor.

 

Soros Colombel is following in her father’s philanthropic footsteps. She’s best known as the founder and president of the Trace Foundation, which supports Tibetan culture and development among Tibetans in China.

 

She’s likely pocketing a pretty penny from the sale but not quite as much as her step mom, Susan Weber Soros, George’s ex, who sold her Upper East Side townhouse for $31 million last year.

Real Estae Listings: New York Apartments that Cost as Much as Luxurious Storage Spaces

Realty ToayJuly 03, 2015

In recent statistics, it was found that some towers and super luxury buildings offer storage spaces that have the same price as many New York starter homes. Bloomberg listed different storage spaces that are way pricey to live in. These storage units are reportedly used by billionaires to pile up their belongings in. Some of these storage units can be even more expensive than some listed apartments in the city.

 

First on the list is the stage place offered in 56 Leonard St., which has a price of $300,000 or $1,500 per square feet. According to New York Curbed, for this price, one can already buy a one-bedroom apartment in a newly redeveloped building in Elmhurst, Queens. 

 

At 157 West 57th St., the storage place of a $100M apartment costs $216,000 or about $4,000 per square feet. In Brooklyn, one can already find a 500-square-foot one-bedroom apartment in Fort Hamilton for this price. The place reportedly has a beautiful balcony and only asks for $220,000.

 

The storage units in 432 Park Ave have prices around $190,000 or $2,500 per square feet. There is a studio that is listed for the same price on East 63rd Street and Second Avenue.

 

For less than $160,000, there is also a spacious renovated studio in Forest Hills. There is also a brand-new looking studio located in Spuyten Duyvil near Manhattan with an asking price of $109,500. This is almost the same price as the storage units offered at 252 East 57th Street.

 

The cheapest storage unit offered on the list is at 93 Worth Street in a Tribeca building which opened back in 2013. For $65,000, one can already have their own storage unit. Apartments this cheap can be seen in the Bronx that is listed for $64,500. 

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