Charming SoHo Co-op

CurbedOctober 27, 2016

Welcome back to The Six Digit Club, in which we take a look at a newish-to-market listing priced under $1 million, because nice things sometimes come in small packages. Send nominations to the tipline.


The brokerbabble promises this West Soho co-op is “the embodiment of downtown charm and character,” and honestly, that appears to be a rather apt description. The place is loaded with pre-war details—hardwood floors, exposed brick (so much exposed brick), and an enormous arched window in the bedroom. There’s also a relative abundance of closets, which is to say that there are two (one walk-in.)


Listed at $625,000, the apartment is not what one would call palatial. The kitchen is adorable, but tiny—so tiny that it’s currently equipped with what looks to be a mini-fridge (the listing, for what it’s worth, makes no mention of appliances at all). The bathroom isn’t pictured either, but the floor plan suggests it does indeed exist.


Maintenance for the place is $833 a month, and the building is friendly to both pets and pied-à-terres.

Legend and Teigen Sell

ForbesOctober 27, 2016

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen just sold their one-bedroom Manhattan loft for $3.9 million.


The new parents just upgraded to a more family-friendly home this past January—a $14.1 million five-bedroom Beverly Hills house purchased three months before the birth of their first child, Luna.


Their New York residence, in the Nolita neighborhood, boasts 2,000 square feet, even though it only has one bedroom and one bathroom. The spacious living areas feature cast-iron columns and exposed brick.


The singer and supermodel first bought the apartment in 2012 for $2.495 million, extensively renovating and personalizing it.


Legend carved out an alcove for his piano, and he reportedly kept his Grammy awards on the fireplace mantle.

Space Race

New York PostOctober 27, 2016

As residential buildings continue to replace parking lots and garages around New York City, finding permanent space for your car has never been harder.


But drivers looking to buy their own space now have a reason for hope.


The Parking Club, a renovated 130-space parking garage at 185-187 Pacific St. in Cobble Hill, has just launched sales with pricing from $185,000 per spot, The Post can reveal.


It’s not the city’s first parking garage “condo” — defined as a garage whose spaces sell as deeded condominiums — but it’s the first to pair those spaces with Beverly Hills-style valet service for buyers.


Thanks to a partnership with parking and valet app Luxe, space owners get pick-ups and drop-offs anywhere in the company’s Manhattan and Brooklyn service areas. In Manhattan, coverage runs up to 125th Street and, in Brooklyn, across a swath that includes Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill.


Valet service also includes gas fills, car washes, monthly maintenance and yearly registration inspections. Should owners want to pick up their rides themselves, the 20,000-square-foot facility also sports a lounge with newspapers and coffee, where they can wait until their wheels are delivered.


“As parking continues to disappear, I think it’s an opportunity for developers going forward to build parking developments,” says Jamie Anthony of Lonicera Partners, which developed The Parking Club. “Demand is going to continue to go up … it’s going to become more of a valuable commodity.”


It sounds profitable for developers, and buyers get quite a deal themselves. Just like a condominium apartment, space owners pay common charges ($140 per month) and taxes ($200-$230 per quarter). Most of all, a number of new residential developments, like 565 Broome Soho and 42 Crosby, include parking in their plans, but they’re reserved for homebuyers. At the latter, spaces cost a cool $1 million apiece, so The Parking Club’s costs come at a much greater value for folks unwilling (or unable) to shell out for seven-figure parking spots.


Sales are being handled by Compass.


Tom and Giesele are Moving

New York PostOctober 26, 2016

When supermodel Gisele Bündchen and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady move into their new $20 million digs at the Robert A.M. Stern-designed 70 Vestry, they’ll be towing along two chic children and three A-list pooches.


Fortunately the brood — including kids Vivian Lake (3) and Benjamin (6), plus Lua (their pitbull mix), Scooby (their beagle) and Fluffy (their recently rescued puppy) — will have 5,000 square feet and five bedrooms to roam in the posh Tribeca pad.


If the moving stress is too much for the furballs, they can check into the building’s Dog City pet spa, whose services include day care, grooming and boarding.


The family’s former home — a sprawling apartment in One Madison that they bought for $14 million in 2013 — is now on the market (through Core’s Jim St. André and Stephanie McDonough) for $17.25 million.


That 3,310-square-foot unit has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms — no word on the number of doggie doors.

John & Chrissy Sell Condo

CurbedOctober 22, 2016

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen unloaded their Nolita one-bedroom for $3.9 million, just less than $100,000 shy of their asking price of $3.995 million, reports the Wall Street Journal. The new owners of the lovely home are an undisclosed South African couple.


After a little more than a year, the lovely Nolita apartment owned by singer John Legend and supermodel Chrissy Teigen is off the market According to the Observer, the nearly 2,000-square-foot loft in Nolita's Brewster Carriage House was snatched up by an undisclosed buyer, though we won't know the final sale price for some time. But it was last listed for $3.995 million, a slight decrease from the original asking price of $4.5 million.


The stunning space was designed by Don Stewart and Winka Dubbeldam before gracing the cover of Architectural Digest in February 2015. The huge one-bedroom has the ability to be converted into a two-bedroom and features lots of exposed brick, a gas fireplace, extra-large windows, an en-suite master bathroom, a small alcove (where Legend stored a piano, apparently). There's also a chef’s kitchen that's made plenty of appearances on Teigen's Instagram—not surprising since she released a cookbook earlier this year. Kudos to the lucky buyer who landed this stylish pad.

Simple and Sweet

6sqftOctober 21, 2016

It’s hard to find any complaints about this uncomplicated one-bedroom co-op at 57 Thompson Street asking $625,000. The coveted Downtown location east of 6th Avenue where Soho meets Tribeca is prime. While cozy, it’s not a studio; there are decent-sized rooms, generous closets and even an entry foyer. Pre-war charm is present and accounted for, and windows and paint keep it bright and cheerful.


6sqft previously featured a unit on the same floor, a tad bigger and a bit more renovated, but asking almost $100,000 more. Like its neighbor, this unit features that big arched window, high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. If your budget’s bigger and you’re looking for a nice-sized dream pad, buy ’em both and combine.


When to Subtract a Home Addition

The Wall Street JournalOctober 21, 2016

Jim St. André was featured in The Wall Street Journal providing advice on less-is-more home renovations.

Legend and Teigen Sell Loft

The Wall Street JournalOctober 21, 2016

New parents John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have sold their one-bedroom Manhattan loft for $3.9 million, according to listing agent Jason Walker of CORE.


The Grammy-winning musician and his model wife put the renovated Nolita condo on the market in June of 2015. Their daughter, Luna, was born in April of this year. The asking price started at $4.495 million but was later reduced to $3.995 million, and the apartment went into contract in July. Mr. Walker declined to identify the buyers, but said they are a South African couple who now live primarily in New York City.


With cast-iron columns and exposed brick giving it a “downtown industrial feel,” Mr. Walker said, the apartment measures about 2,000 square feet. An alcove held Mr. Legend’s grand piano. Ms. Teigen is the author of the cookbook “Cravings,” and the kitchen has a custom-made mosaic tile backsplash and a bronze-clad island.


Mr. Legend and Ms. Teigen bought the apartment for $2,494,712 in 2012, according to public records. “They really upgraded the property,” Mr. Walker said. He added that he had anticipated that the property would take some time to sell because it was “a very healthy price for a one-bedroom.”


In January, Mr. Legend and Ms. Teigen paid $14.1 million for a five-bedroom house in the Beverly Hills Post Office area of Los Angeles, according to public records. They had previously owned a three-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills, which they listed in 2014 for $1.995 million and sold a few months later for $2 million. “We’re ready to expand a little bit,” Mr. Legend told the Journal at the time.


Mr. Legend’s new album, Darkness & Light, is expected to be released this year.

Subtract a Home Addition

The Wall Street JournalOctober 20, 2016

Real estate agent Jim St. André with CORE, who wasn't involved in the sale of Mr. Hirsh’s home, says reductions that sacrifice floor space for light and volume are reviving the market for brownstones, which sometimes lack natural light. “It was a groundbreaking moment for people who hadn’t considered townhouses before,” he said. One of the most expensive sales in the neighborhood, an $18.96 million townhouse sale in 2012, sold after a similar reconfiguration, he said.

Stairs with Flare

MetroOctober 19, 2016

Michael Rubin and Cameron Culver's listing at 228 West 21st Street, 8 and Shaun Osher and Emily Beare's listing at 27 Harrison Street were featured in Metro for their unique staircases.

Move On Up

MetroOctober 19, 2016

New Yorkers normally hear the word stairs and think walk-up.


There’s a reason that five-floor walk-ups are cheaper — between groceries, strollers and just being tired at the end of the workday — most city dwellers would prefer to live in an elevator building and join a gym for their daily exercise.


But in these three NYC homes, the stairs could actually draw in buyers.


228 W. 21st St., 8



The staircase in this Chelsea duplex leads to a third en-suite bedroom with a large walk-in closet and access to front and back terraces. But it’s the actual stairs that may get buyers’ attention. The contemporary spiral staircase is currently painted red on the outside with black stairs that are a bright contrast to the downstairs' white walls and Eastern White Pine floors.


27 Harrison St.



This Tribeca townhouse offers four levels in 3,700 square feet, plus a large private garden. The three-bedroom, three-bath house has a modern feel that is apparent right away in its open plan kitchen and living room. But the custom staircase anchors this contemporary feel with its design that matches the kitchen's light wood and stainless steel details.


Sunny Alcove Studio

CurbedOctober 17, 2016

Before condos occupied the building at 120 East 87th Street, a Gimbels Department Store, the once-popular department store (and Macy’s rival) stood in place, nearly two decades ago. Now, on the building’s 16th floor lies a sunny and fairly spacious studio that’s asking $700,000.


The condo is complete with 14-foot ceilings, oversized windows, built-in shelving, a sunken living room, and a separate sleeping space—allowing it to feel more like a one-bedroom . Though small, the galley kitchen offers full-sized (but dated appliances) and two closets within the expansive bathroom as well as overhead storage space in the sleep alcove offer plenty of places to keep all your essentials.


Aside from the apartment itself, the location isn’t too bad either. Central Park is just two blocks away, as is many stores and subway stations. Common charges are $619 per month—not terrible.

New Crop of Condos

Brick UndergroundOctober 13, 2016

There’s no shortage of inventory in this development-hungry city. And as these newest additions to the real estate stockpile prove: Developers are eager to offer something for everyone in the amenity department. Health takes center stage, of course, with virtually all buildings offering fitness facilities, but some still take the cake with such over-the-top features as golf simulators and private saltwater pools.


42 Crosby


A seven-story building with ten units comprised of nine three-bedroom apartments and one five-bedroom penthouse. The building will have on-site private parking with a car elevator and electric car charging port, private storage rooms, electronic key-card security system, porte-cochere, cold storage, and a package room.

Address: 42 Crosby Street

Sales: Launching now, with occupancy slated for January 2017

Pricing: Starts at $8.25 million

Developer: Atlas Capital Group and Square Mile Capital

Marketing and sales: CORE


With Mother Earth In Mind

MetroOctober 12, 2016

It’s not easy being green, but in these environmentally-friendly apartments it’s not too difficult.


With energy-efficient features and reclaimed materials, it’s also never been so simple to save money while not skimping on high-end design. And these homes prove it.


121 West 20th St., PH5D


This Chelsea loft, listed for $2,825,000, boasts ambience with two French door Juliette balconies, a fireplace and 864-square-foot outdoor space. But the two bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom centers around the master suite, especially the bathroom. Featuring a freestanding tub, steam shower, dressing area and five large closets, the wash room is environmentally-friendly with bamboo floors, a double flush toilet, low voltage lighting and energy efficient washer/dryer.

Co-op with Modern Updates

CurbedOctober 05, 2016

Welcome back to The Six Digit Club, in which we take a look at a newish-to-market listing priced under $1 million, because nice things sometimes come in small packages. Send nominations to the tipline.


Soho is full of apartments that have been revamped to incorporate vintage details with amenities that are up to snuff with 21st-century desires, and this one-bedroom co-op is no different. Located in a pre-war building on Thompson Street, the tiny pad has some of the apartment's original details—exposed brick, arched windows—along with more modern updates. That exposed brick, for example, has been painted white (as has most of the apartment); the kitchen, meanwhile, has modern appliances, and the bathroom is brand new.


Caveats: The bedroom is small, as is the apartment as a whole; and though this is a six-digit listing, it’s a bit on the higher end. The asking price $730,000 with an additional monthly maintenance fee of $1,220.

Cozy but Charming Co-op

6sqftOctober 05, 2016

This very cute one-bedroom co-op at the Soho building 57 Thompson Street has hit the market at a price of $730,000. Besides the good location, just east of 6th Avenue, it’s got nice details like painted exposed brick, arched windows and some newer finishes in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s a small pad, sure, but it packs in enough charm to impress.


Through a long foyer you enter a living room with an open kitchen to your left. The living area doesn’t look large enough to hold a dining table, but the kitchen boasts a reclaimed wood breakfast bar that provides some extra counter space and seating.


The bedroom’s small, too, but at least its got a big window and some painted, exposed brick character.


The bathroom was renovated with marble tiles, while the kitchen got new stainless steel appliances.


57 Thompson Street is a six-story co-op that was built in 1931. It holds 32 apartments, mostly studios, one- and two-bedrooms. Perks include an elevator, live-in super, laundry room and common storage area. But we’re especially digging the central SoHo location of the building, right between Broome and Spring streets.


CORE Teams Up With JLL

The Real DealSeptember 30, 2016

Boutique residential brokerage CORE and JLL have formed an exclusive partnership to market CORE’s new development projects to the pan-Asian market, CORE CEO Shaun Osher told The Real Deal.


Inside Look: Flatiron Lofts

MetroSeptember 29, 2016

Apartment windows in New York City can look out onto everything from the city skyline to a brick wall to the ocean waves. But for any NYC apartment large windows with a view can make the difference between a must-have place and just a place to crash.


Here are two places — both located on East 22nd Street in Manhattan’s Flatiron area, that not only have large windows with a view, but reflect the character of what’s going on inside and out.


21 E. 22nd St., 2F



This Flatiron loft is described as having a “dash of steampunk,” but what really stands out in this one bedroom, one bath is its original brushed steel casement windows. Featuring industrial hinges, the windows fit well with the loft’s high ceilings.


"I had never seen casement windows quite like these before, said Cassie D'Agata, licensed real estate salesperson with CORE. “Most units in the building have had them replaced or painted over but these still have the original brushed steel frames; vintage architectural pieces that preserve a century of history. They are at least 8 feet tall and rather than lift from the bottom, the top panes hinge and open by pulling the chain and hitching it to a front latch. After a bit of research I found they are sometimes referred to as awning windows because they swing outward and project like an awning.”


29 E. 22nd St., 12S



This three-bedroom, two-bath loft, located on the top floor of a pre-war co-op, has 11-foot ceilings and seven large arched windows. The windows in this industrial/modern-style home feature wood trim and extend from the living room into the adjacent master bedroom.


Lofts With Huge Windows

MetroSeptember 28, 2016

Cassie D'Agata and Patrick Lilly's listing at 21 East 22nd Street, 2F and Michael Rubin and Cameron Culver's listing at 29 East 22nd Street, 12S were featured in Metro for their huge industrial-style windows. The views from both make these properties must-have homes.

Neighbors Join Forces

CurbedSeptember 28, 2016

They say that there’s strength in numbers, so we’re guessing that is why Fraiser actor Kelsey Grammer has joined forces with his neighbor, software supplier CEO Larry Mueller, to get their respective apartments sold as one.


After no luck selling his 3,076 square foot apartment within Jean Nouvel’s 100 Eleventh Avenue, listed for $9.75 million, Grammer and Mueller, who has been trying to sell his space for $9.85 million since April, are offering the two apartments as a full-floor combination apartment asking $19.6 million, reports Luxury Listing.


The new listing amounts to four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms spread across a sweeping total of 5,750 square feet of space with 11-foot ceilings, en-suite baths, gas-burning fireplaces, and engulfing floor-to-ceiling windows. And for the views, well, whoever lands this unit will find themselves enjoying 360-degree views of almost every major New York City landmark one would wish to see including the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, the High Line, Hudson River, and more. Talk about lucky.

Redefined 'Bachelor Pads'

Gotham MagazineSeptember 28, 2016

Bachelor pads don’t necessarily mean the man caves you rented straight out of college. Don’t believe us? These tastefully-designed homes are among the most in-demand properties in Manhattan and make an idyllic address for the single man, whether he’s a sophisticated, professional urban dweller or one who loves to entertain friends. Take a look:


87 Leonard, Maisonette B


This TriBeCa loft, designed by the hip firm GRADE, combines homey touches with the neighborhood’s industrial vibes. The downtown bachelor will find expansive entertaining spaces flanked by Corinthian columns, handsome, original wood beams indoors, and an equally impressive outdoor space. Perhaps the winning touch is the room filled with video game machines and a foosball table.


Kelsey Grammer Teams Up

Luxury Listings NYCSeptember 27, 2016

What do you do when you can’t sell your apartment? If you’re Kelsey Grammer, you team up with your next door neighbor, tech CEO Larry Mueller, to try to sell your condos together. The pair listed a combination apartment at the Jean Nouvel-designed building at 100 Eleventh Avenue yesterday for a grand total of $19.6 million.


Grammer listed his individual apartment for $9.75 million back in July, while Mueller’s apartment has been on the market since April for $9.85 million (originally $10.6 million). Both men bought their pads in 2010, Grammer for $6.4 million and Mueller for $5.74 million.


Combined, their apartments encompass the entire 19th floor of the building for a total of 5,750 square feet, with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. It comes with terrazzo floors, motorized window shades and 11-foot ceilings.


Mueller made headlines in 2010 when he sold an apartment he paid $6.1 million for at Robert A.M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West for $13.73 million. When he bought the Nouvel pad, he told the Observer, “I think it will be a great investment.” He does not seem to be having the same real estate luck he once did, but maybe all he needs is a famous friend with an equally fabulous apartment.


Biggest Contract of the Week

The Real DealSeptember 26, 2016

The penthouse at 42 Crosby Street went into contract last week with an asking price of $25 million, making it the biggest residential contract of the week.

42 Crosby’s Penthouse Already In Contract

CurbedSeptember 26, 2016

The überluxe condo development at 42 Crosby Street just launched sales last week, and the over-the-top penthouse is already in contract for $25 million, according to The Real Deal. The Olshan Report, which tracks luxury developments, named it the biggest deal of last week.


Images of the 5,852-square-foot urban palace are somewhat limited, but available glimpses suggest it is indeed quite nice. The highlight: Every single room in the apartment is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, which open out onto a 4,024-square-foot wrap-around private terrace.


Should you prefer to stay indoors, the starchitect-designed residence is equipped with 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, custom stainless steel Boffi kitchens (yes, plural — there’s a kitchen and a kitchenette), and Tarrazzo flooring that apparently complements the rest of the ash-planked wood floors. The listing also makes note of a "private entry foyer with direct elevator access"—one would expect no less—and an automated exterior window shading system, among other features.

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