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New Renderings For 70 Vestry Street, Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ TriBeCa Condos

New York YIMBYApril 08, 2016

In February, public records revealed that Related expects to rake in $700 million from selling condos at 70 Vestry Street, the 14-story building under construction next to the West Side Highway in TriBeCa. Now, we have a slew of new renderings for the limestone-clad development.

 

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the building will offer 46 condos and 153,000 square feet of residential space. Apartments will range from two- to seven-bedrooms, and vary in size from 1,700 square feet to 7,000 square feet.

 

The building will have a laundry list of upscale amenities, including a swimming pool, squash court, exercise room, storage, billiards room, and library, as well as an automated garage for nine cars.

 

These new images give us a better look at the facade and entrances, which will be clad in French Baumaniere limestone. The stepped structure will have a dramatic impact on the Lower Manhattan skyline, striking a balance between Stern’s more conservative work, like 15 Central Park West, and TriBeCa’s aging brick warehouses.

 

Related picked up the site from Ponte Equities for $115 million two years ago. It occupies 24,360 square feet between Debrosses, Vestry, Washington, and West streets.

Inside Look: 7 Manhattan Poolside Homes to Get You Ready for Warmer Weather

MetroApril 07, 2016

Pools are a rare and costly amenity in Manhattan — even in the city's newer buildings.

 

StreetEasy data demonstrates just how rare the amenity is in the city’s new residential buildings.

 

Though the real estate site doesn’t have numbers on the amount of private pools, it did pull stats on the number of pools in new buildings.

 

There were more than 2,000 buildings with amenity information on StreetEasy that were built between 2010-2015, and 43 buildings had a pool (or 2.1 percent). Twenty-four were in Manhattan, 15 in Brooklyn and four in Queens.

 

StreetEasy also found that “buildings with pools typically sell for far more in comparison to inventory at large.”

 

Manhattan units in buildings that sold over the 2010-2015 time frame sold for a median of $5.1 million, while borough-wide the median sale price was much lower — $850,000. A similar price gap can also be seen in Brooklyn and Queens.

 

Whether you are among the lucky few who can afford a poolside abode in the city, or just need to look at photos of beautiful water settings as you await the warmer weather, here are seven pool-adjacent units that are on the market.

 

BUILDINGS WITH POOLS

 

One Madison

Located near Madison Square Park, this luxury building counts among its amenities “an indoor pool set within sensational marble-clad walls,” according to StreetEasy. A full-floor residence with private terrace, three bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room, and keyed elevator entrance is currently on the market for $12.5 million. The wraparound terrace offers views of both rivers.

Broker's Weekly

Real Estate WeeklyApril 07, 2016

On the morning of March 11th, Alfa Development and luxury real estate group CORE, welcomed brokers and real estate executives for a lively breakfast and panel discussion titled, "The Future of Boutique Condominiums." Topics included the projects that now epitomize the city, the ever evolving real estate market and what's next for New York's neighborhoods.

 

The panel featured some of the leading names in New York's boutique condominiums including Shawn Katz of KUB Capital, Jon Kully of FLANK and Roy Stillman of Stillman Development. The discussion was moderated by Tim Crowley, Director of New Development with CORE. 

 

The event was held in Residences 2, one of the final remaining homes at Alfa Development's 199 Mott Street, an 11-unit boutique condominium located in the heart of NoLita, and hosted by Emily Beare, a top-producing agent with CORE, who Alfa recently tapped to exclusively sell the home. It is currently listed at $7,775,000. 199 Mott is the fourth building in Alfa's Green Collection of sustainable residential developments and features various locally-sourced and sustainable materials. 

Bernstein Real Estate Plans 19-Story Chelsea Rental Building

The Real DealApril 07, 2016

Developer Alex Bernstein is planning a 19-story rental building around the corner from a mixed-use building he owns in Chelsea, according to a permit application filed with the Department of Buildings Wednesday.

 

CORE’s Doron Zwickel will be handling marketing and rentals for the building, which is slated for completion in the summer of 2018.

Photo Gallery: The Future of Boutique Condominiums

Real Estate WeeklyApril 06, 2016

On the morning of March 11th, Alfa Development and luxury real estate group CORE, welcome brokers and real estate executives for a lively breakfast and panel discussion titled, "The Future of Boutique Condominiums." Topics included the projects that now epitomize the city, the ever evolving real estate market and what's next for New York's neighborhoods.

Which NYC Neighborhoods Buyers Should Invest In – and Which Ones to Skip – Right Now

Brick UndergroundApril 05, 2016

The New York City market can often feel like it’s moving and shifting at a breakneck pace, except for one rather unsettling constant: Everything is getting more expensive by the day. In search of a little guidance for new buyers looking to dive into the market (and maybe even find a deal), we rounded up wisdom from in-the-know real estate minds all over the city. Here's what they told us:

 

WHERE TO POUNCE

 

“I think that the ideal spots for first time buyers would be in Murray Hill, Kips Bay or the Lower East Side. There is a pricing value there that can help a financially sensitive buyer stretch their money a bit and often times buy something for less than their current rent.  All three areas have had steady appreciation over the past 5 years of around 3 percent and that trend looks like it should continue." — Steve Snider, CORE

 

“Both the Financial District and the Upper East Side are home-runs in terms of investment. If your able to get in early on a new condo project with full service amenities and a relatively low price per foot you’ve done well. Typically, in these neighborhoods you’ll find more space for the cash." — Brett Caspi, CORE

 

“I recommend the Upper East Side, especially to the East of 2nd Avenue.  The non-doorman co-ops are more relaxed which makes it easier for first-time buyers.  Plus there should be a nice upside after the 2nd Avenue subway opens at the end of the year." — Cassie D’Agata, CORE

 

"The East Village and the Lower East Side continuously standout as two great neighborhoods to invest in.  With an old New York feel and collection of boutique stores, restaurants and galleries, these two neighborhoods offer a first time buyer the opportunity to purchase while the development of these neighborhoods is still fairly in its early stages. Recent infrastructure and city planning projects in the East Village and the Lower East side further delineate signs that both neighborhoods are quickly transforming and real estate is on the rise." — McKenzie Foster, CORE

 

WHERE TO PASS

 

"I would never advise a first-time buyer to pursue a search in the West Village, Greenwich Village, Soho or even Tribeca.  They are the most desirable and popular areas of the city and you will pay a lot for a very very small amount of space." — Adie Kriegstein, CORE

Tribeca Condo with Two Voyeuristic Glass-Enclosed Bedrooms Asks $4.75M

6sqftApril 05, 2016

This Tribeca condo at 195 Hudson Street is officially listed as a one-bedroom apartment, but the current owners have fully taken advantage of the 2,325-square-foot space and added a glass-enclosed sleeping area. It doesn’t have a window—or much privacy—but feels anything from dark and cramped due to those see-through walls. The windowed bedroom, too, is separated from the apartment by nothing more than floor-to-ceiling glass. Who needs privacy, anyway, when the apartment looks this nice?

 

All that glass, while creating separate spaces within the apartment, makes it feel completely open. 11-foot ceilings help, too. 195 Hudson was built in 1929, originally the headquarters of the U.S. Rubber Company, and when it was converted to condo in 1999 the units were delivered by the sponsor as raw space. (This apartment was purchased back then for $588K. It last sold in 2015 for $3.4 million.) Its unique interior, then, is very much a product of the building.

 

The dining area is part of the open living room, and currently set up right across from the kitchen. The area boasts a built-in bar, while the kitchen is outfitted with slate floors and stone countertops.

 

Lots of glass in both bedrooms. There’s even a third glass-enclosed space that could be set up as another bedroom, but is currently used as an office space. The second bedroom has a circular ceiling cut-out, which holds a chandelier, and the office has its own custom book shelves.

 

The master suite has a renovated en-suite bedroom as well as a custom, built-in dressing room. This is the type of closet New Yorkers drool over—good thing it’s covered by actual walls, so we know privacy isn’t an impossible thing to find in this apartment.

Nolita's Church-to-Condo Conversion Finally Unveils Its Listings

CurbedApril 04, 2016

The high-profile conversion of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral School into seven (expensive) condos accompanied by two townhouses has reached yet another milestone. Sales launched this morning, bringing the condos onto the market from a not-insubstantial $7.74 million. The launch doesn't bring any new renderings—those showed up in early March—but does reveal the full pricing spectrum of the development, where nearly each condo has a unique floorplan and is asking between $7.74 million for the 3BR/3BA 3A to $13.1 million for the 4BR/4.5BA penthouse. The townhouses have yet to hit the market, but will ask $25 million when they do.

 

The listings for The Residences at Prince don't come with an exhaustive list of finishes, but they do come with floorplans.

 

The least pricey of the development's condos is this 2,700-square-foot condo asking $7.74 million.

 

There's no word on when the townhouses will hit the market (our guess is soon), but here's a look at them in the meantime. 

The Pros and Cons of Renting in a Brand-New Building

Brick UndergroundMarch 30, 2016

Renting in a hot-off-the-presses, buzzed-about new building seems like nice work if you can get it. Who wouldn't want the bragging rights to a shiny new apartment with fancy amenities?

 

But even if you can afford to rent in new construction, being one of the first-ever residents in a building has its pros and its cons. Below, potential pluses and minuses to consider before you splash out on a flashy new building:

 

THE UPSIDES:

 

The novelty factor: One of the biggest selling points of new construction apartments tends to be that everything in the building is, well, new. "Usually you have the 'wow' factor of having something new," says CORE NYC agent Adie Kriegstein. "Everything is new and spotless, and it looks amazing. Often, the ceilings are higher, windows span from floor to ceiling, and the apartment has top-of-the-line appliances and fixtures." (Crucially, this usually includes an all-important washer and dryer combo, as well as a dishwasher.)

 

"Everything tends to be much more top-of-the-line and much more modern, with all the latest technology," adds Compass agent Scott Sobol, who himself rents in a new construction building. And for some, there are other upsides to being the first person to reside in an apartment. "I love knowing that no one has used [the apartment's] bathroom before," says Sobol.

 

Expect extra amenities: In order to generate buzz (and justify their sky-high prices), new buildings tend to go all-out when it comes to amenities, from the basics like gyms and package rooms to fun extras like social events and lavish outdoor common spaces. "There's a sense of one-upsmanship," says Platinum Properties agent Jade Min. "What can a new development offer to differentiate themselves?" Right now, expect lots of event programming and other social perks, and in higher-end buildings, extras like restaurants and on-site spas. (The better to make your friends jealous when they come over.)

 

Staff that's eager to please: While you'd always hope for a friendly doorman or super, in a building that's just launched, the staff are often friendlier, and very willing to go the extra mile. "Because it's a newer building, the staff tends to be a little more attentive," says Sobol. "They're just starting out, and want to go above and beyond. Our building's employees care about the building more than in previous places I've lived." Kriegstein concurs: "[New building staff] have just been hired, and want to do their best so it reflects on them well."

 

Lots of concessions: Though concessions aren't always all they're cracked up to be, in a new building that's looking to fill its apartments with renters ASAP, you can expect lots of extras like waived broker fees, and a free month (or two) of rent, among other perks. "Buildings want to entice as many residents as possible, so they offer creative concessions," says Min, citing the new building 70 Pine, which is waiving amenities for current residents, meaning they can use the gym for free while the rest of the building's amenity complex is under construction.

 

THE DOWNSIDES:

 

Technical difficulties: Even in buildings that are well-constructed (not always a given), there are likely to be some hiccups as things get up and running, and you, as one of the first-ever tenants, will bear the brunt of them. "All new construction tends to have issues in the first year," says Platinum's Kyle Scholz, citing common problems like burst or leaky water pipes, issues with electrical work, and glitchy new appliances that haven't been used prior to your move-in. "And if the building isn't finished yet, you may have to deal with issues like that along with continuing construction (noise, dust/dirt, etc.)," he adds.

 

"[The problems] usually aren't major things, but you are going to kind of be the guinea pig, getting all the wrinkles ironed out for the developer and the landlord," says Andrew Sacks of Citi Habitats.

 

A long schlep from the subway: This one isn't a given, but with so many waterfront areas being newly developed (think Hudson Yards, Greenpoint Landing, etc.) and prime lots already taken and built over, oftentimes, new headline-grabbing projects are a significant distance from the nearest subway. (Hence, the recent popularity of commuter shuttles as an amenity.) "A lot of these buildings are on the outskirts and have attractive river views, but this can be a con, too, because they're more difficult to get to," says Sacks.

 

Missing out on the amenities: While developers might give you a break on amenity fees (as mentioned above), it may be because the perks aren't exactly ready for prime time yet. "There's no guarantee that certain highly desirable amenities will be completed on the date when they're expected," Min explains.

 

Sobol has experienced this issue firsthand. "We had our roof deck shut down towards the end of the summer because of leaks," he says. "And now they're telling us it won't be ready to use until mid-June." A first-world problem, sure, but something worth considering if you're moving into a small studio on the assumption you'll be spending lots of your leisure time on your building's roof deck or lounging poolside.

 

Don't expect a spacious spread: And speaking of a small studio, with space in this city at more of a premium than ever before, most new development apartments are surprisingly small in spite of the rest of the building's grandure. "You're not really going to get the prewar charm or size," says Sacks. "Developers have very savvy computer programs that can help them squeeze the maximum number of apartments into new buildings, so they're generally on the smaller side." But don't expect a price chop to come along with your downsize. "They're also pretty expensive," Sacks adds. "You do pay for everything being brand new, and you pay for the amenities."

LLC Buyers Not Missing a Beat Despite Treasury Crackdown

The Real DealMarch 30, 2016

In a town where buyers pay a premium for privacy, the U.S. Treasury’s plan to start tracing anonymous purchases of Manhattan real estate begged an immediate question: Would buyers tap the brakes?

46 New Construction Projects and Conversions Coming to a Manhattan Neighborhood Near You

Brick UndergroundMarch 30, 2016

Of course, New York City has always been a real estate developer’s playground, but it seems we’re truly in a building boom now, with hundreds of new apartments entering the market this year alone. Below, a selection of new construction and conversions ready (or soon to be) for renters and buyers on the hunt:

 

70 Vestry

Tribeca waterfront condo with 46 two- to five-bedrooms ranging from 1,900 to 7,000 square feet.
Address: 70 Vestry Street
Pricing: TBA
Opening: Spring 2016
Building opens: TBA
Developer/brokerage: Related Companies

 

The Residences at Prince

Nine units (seven condos, two townhouses). The building features a fitness area with internet-connected equipment, private yoga room, refrigerated storage for food and flower deliveries, a landscaped, private common garden, climate-controlled wine cellar, dry cleaning, and on-site bike storage, as well as a 24-hour attended lobby.
Address: 34 Prince Street
Opening: March/April 2016
Pricing: Starting at $7.74 million
Developer: Time Equities Inc. and Hamlin Ventures


 

42 Crosby 

A luxury residential condo (with a retail component) that will be designed by renowned architect Annabelle Selldorf.
Pricing: $8.25 million  to $10.45 million; the penthouse is $25 million
Opening: Fall 2016
Developer/brokerage: Atlas Capital Group, CORE

 

 

The Flynn

Thirty condo apartments, ranging from ground-floor garden residences to rooftop penthouses. Building features include a gym with a dry sauna, a common roof deck, a bicycle room as well as optional storage.
Address: 115 West 18th Street
Pricing: $1.35 million to $4.3 million
Opening: Closings expected summer 2016
Developer/brokerage: Izaki Group, CORE

Reine Okuliar: Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, CORE

The Native SocietyMarch 30, 2016

Reine Okuliar joins CORE as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Before entering real estate, Reine co-founded Galerie E.G.P, a contemporary art gallery based in her native city Paris. Under her watch, Galerie E.G.P opened offices in London that Reine transferred to New York in September 2014.

 

A qualified lawyer in France and England, Reine’s keen understanding of clients’ needs and helping them navigate the modern and contemporary art market at an international level has helped her develop a great sense of living environments best suited for each client. Her proven taste for everything art and design matched with her keen negotiation skills, makes her the ideal person to find the perfect home for her clients.

 

Reine spends her spare time with her husband and two children. An art collector herself she has also been closely involved with non-profit organizations in New York. She is a member of the Children’s Aid Society Benefit Committee and a member of the Watermill Center Byrds Committee.

 

What do you do best?

Looking. My background is in contemporary art that I also eagerly collect. I have therefore developed a great ability to determine the potential of a space, the interior design features that would be best suited for it the same way I would with an artwork.

 

What makes you the best?

I am a native Parisian and I lived in London for six years before moving to New York. These international experiences and changes in cultures have made me very adaptable and capable of understanding the needs of all clients. Coupled with my legal background (I'm a qualified lawyer in France and in the United Kingdom, and studied at Columbia Law School), I can make the process of buying or selling extraordinarily smooth.

 

What are your aspirations?

Professionally, I want to continue helping people find not just a place to live but a home they love. Co-founding an art gallery is an incredibly helpful experience in this respect having helped people for years find personalized art for their living space.

 

Biggest Success?

To have found the right balance between being a mother and an active professional with a demanding job. How do I weigh this success? When my son tells me "Je t'aime Maman" when I tuck him in at night. 

 

Most Challenging Moment?

I've been through lots of transitions all linked to my expatriations. Each of these transitions is quite challenging because you know what you're leaving behind but have no idea of what's truly coming next. Yet it is also exciting and has proved tremendously rewarding.

 

Favorite Motto?

Wherever you go, there you are.

 

Favorite People?

My family.

 

Favorite Places?

Being from Paris, having lived in London and now in New York I have three amazing cities that I can legitimately call home. Aside from these wonderful places, my husband and I love traveling so I have been to a great number of wonderful places including New Zealand, Bora Bora or Tanzania. But if I could tele-transport myself to a place right now it would either be my favorite pub, the Wells Tavern, in my London neighborhood of Hampstead or at Cip's by the Grand Canal in Venice.

 

In New York City, I love going to see the art galleries in Chelsea and the Lower East Side and I love getting my bread at Eric Kayser for a little taste of home at home.

 

Favorite Products?

I am a big fan of all things stationery so one of my favorite products are notebooks. I particularly like the ones by Smythson.

 

Current Passions?

Contemporary art is my all-time passion that evolves with the various encounters that I make and the perpetual discoveries. My latest obsession was the Fountain Archives by Saâdane Afif and the ones we acquired for our collection are now going to be part of his museum exhibition in Berlin.

The Week in Luxury: A Map of NYC’s Priciest Apartment Sales

The Real DealMarch 28, 2016

An interactive look at where the biggest deals were struck, plus total overall sales and average prices for the week. This week, CORE's new development at 15 Renwick made the cut for listing #704. 

Tim Crowley: Director of New Development, CORE

The Native SocietyMarch 28, 2016

Tim Crowley is Director of New Development with CORE, where he oversees project management, research and sales teams. From pre-development to sellout, his team provides developers with market expertise and strategic direction on design and sales to maximize investment of each project. In this role, he also manages the incoming new development pipeline for CORE.

 

Most recently, he was managing director at Flank and founder of Flank Brokerage, the former a design and development firm and the latter a full-service real estate brokerage platform employing a wide range of expertise to create a custom experience for buyers, sellers and developers of high-value real estate assets. In this and previous roles, he worked in on-site sales, marketing and project management for a number of notable new developments in New York City and Florida.

 

Having worked at several top brokerages in NYC in new residential development, Tim brings over 13 years of industry experience to CORE. He attended the University of South Carolina where he studied History and Real Estate Finance.

Walls of Windows in Chelsea

Luxury Listings NYCMarch 25, 2016

Emily Beare's penthouse listing at 456 West 19th Street was included in the March/April 2016 issue of Luxury Listings NYC.

New NYC Apartments Hitting the Market: Spring 2016

CurbedMarch 23, 2016

The weather is turning warmer and flowers are finally in bloom, which can only mean one thing: spring has arrived. And that can only mean one thing: it's time to look at the many, many, many apartments—both rentals and condos—that will be hitting New York's real estate market in the next few months. Across more than 40 developments, there are starchitect-designed condos (your Selldorfs, Sterns, and Pianos among them) and super-pricey, family-friendly apartments, along with under-the-radar outer-borough rentals and apartments that are deemed "affordable luxury." It's a lot to take in, and as always, if we missed anything, the tipline is right this way. 

 

Check out three of CORE's new developments featured below including 70 Vestry, The Residences at Prince and 42 Crosby.

 

70 Vestry

 

There are very few details still on this Robert A.M. Stern-designed building, but what we do know so far is that it will stand 14-stories tall and have 46 condos. The Related Companies-developed project is expected to be ready for move-ins sometime in 2018.

 

The Residences at Prince

 

The condo conversion at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral School has been teasing itself out for a while now, but will finally hit the market within the next month. The Residences at Prince are comprised of seven condos and two townhouses asking from $7.74 million. Word has it one of the townhouses will ask a whopping $25 million. Time Equities Inc. and Hamlin Ventures teamed up with Marvel Architects to remake the Nolita corner, and have thought of everything. Each of the seven townhouses will have unique floor plans, and all residents will have amenities like a gym with web-equipped machines, private common garden, climate-controlled wine cellar, dry cleaning, on-site bike storage, and refrigerated storage for flowers and grocery deliveries.

 

42 Crosby

 

A Soho parking lot has given way to Annabelle Selldorf's latest downtown project, a seven-story building with a facade of steel developed by Atlas Capital Group. The Landmarks-approved building will include 10 apartments ranging in size from two-bedrooms to penthouse units. Although pricing has yet to be formally announced—previous estimates pegged units at asking between $8.7 and $25 million—42 Crosby has made the news for its million dollar parking spots. Other building amenities include a porte cochère, a courtyard, and a lobby with terrariums and sculptures by artist Paula Hayes. Expect listings in early May.

Decked Out: How to Redo Your Outdoor Space on a Budget

Brick UndergroundMarch 22, 2016

If you’re looking out your window right now and can’t believe how neglected your deck, terrace, or garden looks, you’re not alone. I’m lucky enough to have a slice of outdoor space and, while I’ve worked hard to keep my 15-foot-by-30-foot outdoor space looking as cheery as possible all winter long, I’ve got a long to-do list of things that need perking up now that the winter is behind us. To help you—and me—get the job done, we reached out to a bunch of experts for five budget-friendly tips to get your al fresco space shipshape. Hey, it’s almost BBQ time!

 

Learn the elements. 

You may be limited in terms of what you can put on your terrace—both in terms of greenery and furnishings—depending on how exposed your space is. “A lot of times city people don’t realize how windy an outdoor space might be,” says Philip Mercedes, owner of Flowers By Philip on the Upper East Side. “Your outdoor space might also be right next door to a tall building that’s completely blocking the sun. You need to know what takes place during the day, light-wise, before you can plant.” Another pro tip: You also need to know how windy it is before you invest in furniture that might be too lightweight—you don’t want it flying off your terrace in stormy weather.

 

Visit the flower district.

Once you’ve figured out what you can plant and have purchased your containers—visit windowbox.com for options in a dizzying number of materials and styles—head over to the Flower District in Chelsea. Though it’s technically a commercial market, certain vendors will be happy to supply you with hearty plants (flowering or not) for your outdoor space (if it’s slow, they may even advise you about the best plants for your space so bring photos), and may even deliver to your apartment if you have a big enough order.

 

Think vertically.

If you have a narrow space, consider a vertical approach to decor, suggests Todd Haiman, a landscape designer in New York City. “Create wall coverings by attaching a lattice and having the plants grow up,” he says. “Just like inside your apartment, you want to create focal points so consider installing a little recirculating fountain if your landlord is okay with it.”

 

Create outdoor architecture.

Depending on how big your space is, think of ways you can sketch out distinct living areas within the space. “For example, perhaps you can create a little entrance area when you walk out into the space just like there’s a foyer in your apartment,” Haiman says. “Consider using planters as space separators to create a little lounging area, and another for your outdoor eating area set up with a table and chairs.”

 

Add pops of color.

If your outdoor space looks bland, think beyond colorful throw pillows, suggests Reginald Grayson, a real estate broker at CORE, a real estate brokerage firm in New York City. “I used to own a condo in Harlem that had a private 10x14 terrace—larger than a standard balcony, but not huge,” he says. “Pillows are nice, but you want to add things like glazed ceramic flower pots that come in brilliant hues of blue, red and green that can be left outside.”

 

Remember, too, that those pillows will need a place to live inside your apartment during inclement weather. “That’s another reason to limit the number of items like this, especially if indoor space is tight.” A quick fix? String outdoor lights or add lanterns to quickly warm up a space.

28 Contracts Inked for $4M and Up: Olshan

The Real DealMarch 21, 2016

The Manhattan residential luxury market saw 28 contracts signed for pads asking $4 million or more, according to Olshan Realty’s weekly luxury market report. CORE's listing at 23 East 22nd Street was included in the mix.

Gabrielle Wuhl: Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at CORE

The Native SocietyMarch 21, 2016

My NativeAdVantage:

Gabrielle Wuhl joins top producing broker Emily Beare as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson to support her sales and marketing initiatives. Responsible for creating and executing one-of-a-kind marketing strategies, Gabrielle’s creative skills and innate understanding of one’s needs ensures each client and property is uniquely approached.

 

Inspired from an early age by the ever-evolving culture of each New York City neighborhood, her passion for real estate came naturally. Gabrielle graduated Cum Laude from New York University and has since remained a Downtown New Yorker. She currently resides in Nolita, where in her free time she may often be found in the Elizabeth Street Garden with her rescue dog, Toby.

 

What do you do best?

I’d like to think I’m best at keeping track of the little tasks and nuances, but also sight of the bigger picture.

 

What makes you the best?

When it comes to marketing, I offer fresh perspectives and ideas and a “yes” attitude. As for sales, I know New York City like the back of my hand so not only can I speak to a building, but also the neighborhood culture, offerings and character. I probably even know the coffee shop and dog run around the corner.

 

What are your aspirations?

I hope to be known as a loyal co-worker, professional, friend, daughter and sister. My aspirations are always changing, but my character remains the same.

 

Biggest Success?

The best is yet to come.

 

Most Challenging Moment?

There are never enough hours in the day!

 

Favorite Motto?

Your personality is your business card and how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you is your trademark.

 

Favorite People?

Anyone who is different than me. I’m always intrigued by those who have lived and thought differently – whether across the world or in my backyard.

 

Favorite Places?

Off the beaten path, wherever the locals are. Otherwise, Prince Street here in New York and Rue du Bac in Paris.

 

Favorite Products?

Reformation clothing, Catbird jewelry, Outdoor Voices active wear, Glossier skincare and diptyque scents.

 

Current Passions?

Meeting new people and growing closer to the old, The Sunday New York Times, Hamilton, Adam Platt food reviews in New York Magazine, Derek Blasberg culture reviews in Vanity Fair and hard work.

Roxana Rafatjah Kessler: Real Estate Salesperson at CORE & Founder of ROXIontheROX.com

The Native SocietyMarch 21, 2016

My NativeAdVantage:

 

Whether seeking, surveying or selling property is the goal, Roxana Rafatjah Kessler applies her understanding of consumer behavior, partnerships, negotiation and marketing strategies to connect buyers and sellers for successful transactions. Roxana is also the founder and president of ROXIontheROX, LLC, a marketing, events and branding consultancy. Residential, commercial and investment properties are each treated uniquely with a customized approach by Roxana and her abilities to effectively attract the right buyers and best offers. As a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with CORE, Roxana is dedicated to sharing her passion for New York City, where she has lived for 10+ years, building strong networks in various industries including real estate investments.

 

Roxana has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston University, with a minor in Economics, and has also completed Digital Marketing coursework at NYU and a summer program at FIT. A humanitarian at heart, Roxana is on the leadership council for the Resolution Project, is an animal lover and avid gym-addict.

 

What do you do best?

I’m a problem-solver. Whether that means finding a client an investment property, selling a home, striking up a mutually beneficial brand partnership, or producing a flawless event, I like to fill gaps and connect opportunities. It comes naturally to me, so I always enjoy it.

 

What makes you the best?

I’m genuine. And I don’t necessarily mean that others may not be genuine. But I can be proud of everything I say and do when I’m connecting people and creating opportunities because I strive to always be authentic to my own intentions and the intentions of my clients.

 

What are your aspirations?

Personal: Owning and investing in properties nationwide and maybe internationally

Business: Building businesses so successful and widespread that they impact the world in some great way.

 

Biggest Success?

My biggest success always lies ahead of me!

 

Most Challenging Moment?

Making the decision to work for myself. But this has also been the most rewarding experience.

 

Favorite Motto?

Go big or go home.

 

Favorite People?

What an odd question! I appreciate everyone in my life for all sorts of different reasons! If I had to pick one -- my 7-pound shorkie, Bibi.

 

Favorite Places?

In NYC, anything in the West Village. I love trying out new places. On the west coast, I love Santa Barbara for relaxing and the most delicious Mexican food in the country. Internationally, I have fallen in love with Rome, Paris, and the most peaceful place on earth, the Chapung Sebali in Ubud, Bali.

 

Favorite Products?

Vinylux nail polish – it lasts chip-free for 2 full weeks! And you can take it off with regular nail polish remover, unlike gel. You’re welcome ladies. Coconut oil – for cooking, and for moisturizing - Double whammy! My TimePassages app – for astrological charts… Gotta time those successful deals! 

 

Current Passions?

I’ve always been passionate about real estate. Before I ever had a real estate license, I would help friends find their apartments just for fun. Now, this passion has just grown and expanded. And baby animals. I’m pretty obsessed with baby animals.    

Lisa Graham: Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at CORE

The Native SocietyMarch 21, 2016

My NativeAdVantage:

 

As a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with a decade of experience in residential sales, Lisa Graham brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and authenticity to CORE. Lisa specializes in the luxury market representing a wide range of clientele, including first time buyers, foreign investors and real estate developers. Her strong referral business and loyal client base are solidified by her attention to detail, keen discretion, integrity as well as her attentive and intuitive nature. In addition to being a native New Yorker, she is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), and has appeared on several episodes of the HGTV series Selling New York.

 

Having an athletic edge, Lisa was an NCAA Division I scholar athlete for the Radford University women’s soccer team and graduated with a B.S. degree in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising. She received her certification as a holistic health counselor while studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and traveled to India to further her studies in Ayurvedic healing. Lisa enjoys a health-conscious lifestyle and merges her passions for real estate and wellness to her clientele who are open to the idea of creating a healthy home environment.

 

What do you do best?

I am best at going above and beyond, and getting the job done whether it’s finding the perfect home for my buyer, selling my clients home or representing a landlord to rent out their investment property. My strength is listening, communicating with a collaborative approach and maintaining my composure in challenging situations.

 

What makes you the best?

My unwavering work ethic and the ability to intuitively understand and respond to the needs of my clients.  

 

Biggest success?

Having built solid and authentic relationships and a very loyal client and referral base.

 

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To finish writing my first book which is about healing autoimmune disease naturally with alternative healing therapies.

Business: To double my real estate business in the next couple of years, continue to stay inspired, positive and grateful. Always play to my strengths and follow my passions. 

 

Most challenging moment?

The downturn of the market in 2008.

 

Favorite Mottos?

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. - Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

Favorite People?

My seventeen month old daughter and my husband, family and friends.

 

Favorite Places?

Some of my favorite places are Amalfi Coast, Turks & Caicos, Paris, and South Africa although, I always love coming home to NYC.

 

Favorite Products?

Pratima skincare from the Ayurvedic Spa located in Soho and DoTerra essential oils for wellness and diffusing in the home.

 

Current Passions?

Motherhood, health and wellness and clearing clutter. 

Alfa Development And CORE Present “The Future Of Boutique Condominiums” At 199 Mott

citybizlistMarch 21, 2016

On the morning of March 11th, Alfa Development and luxury real estate group CORE,welcomed brokers and real estate executives for a lively breakfast and panel discussion titled, “The Future of Boutique Condominiums.” Topics included the projects that now epitomize the city, the ever evolving real estate market and what’s next for New York’s neighborhoods.

 

The panel featured some of the leading names in New York’s boutique condominiums including Shawn Katz of KUB Capital, Jon Kully of FLANK, and Roy Stillman of Stillman Development. The discussion was moderated by Tim Crowley, Director of New Development with CORE.

 

The event was held in Residence 2, one of the final remaining homes at Alfa Development’s 199 Mott Street, an 11-unit boutique condominium located in the heart of NoLita, and hosted by Emily Beare, a top-producing agent with CORE, who Alfa recently tapped to exclusively sell the home. It is currently listed at $7,775,000. 199 Mott is the fourth building in Alfa’s Green Collection of sustainable residential developments and features various locally-sourced and sustainable materials.

Cute Seafoam Apartment Offers Two Bedrooms in Harlem for $699K

6sqftMarch 18, 2016

Located just across from the northern edge of Central Park, the Park Lane Condominium is a prewar building in Harlem that’s been turned into a boutique condo development. This two-bedroom unit has been renovated nicely — it retains that spacious prewar feel (the foyer is large enough to house two harps!) but has been upgraded with a new kitchen and bathroom. The apartment last sold in 2011, likely before the renovation, for $435,000 and now it’s priced for a profit, asking $699,000.

 

In the foyer, you have a washer/dryer and a spacious closet to your left. It’s a nice flow from here into the open living and dining area, and it looks like the space is large enough to store some very large musical instruments. There’s oak hardwood floors throughout the apartment.

 

The kitchen is completely open, lining one wall of the living room. There’s not enough room for a breakfast bar, which means a buyer will have to use some creativity when it comes to sitting down to eat. The kitchen was upgraded with white cabinets and countertops, as well as chrome appliances.

 

The bedrooms are located across from the kitchen, on the other side of the living room. The second bedroom isn’t huge and looks like it’d work best as a nursery or office space. The master bedroom, of course, offers a lot more space to spread out.

 

118 West 112th Street is a beautiful, red brick building and it’s location across from Central Park makes it even lovelier. Other perks that come with this so-called boutique condo? A renovated lobby, package room, fitness room, bike storage and a common courtyard for residents.

Restaurateur Serving Up $1.2M Chelsea Pad

New York PostMarch 17, 2016

Restaurateur Julie Taras Wallach, owner of the Tipsy Parson eatery, is selling her apartment at 219 W. 14th St. The fifth-floor unit is asking $1.2 million.

 

It was designed by her brother, the architect Jeffrey Taras.

 

The best part of the one-bedroom, one-bathroom, 636-square-foot apartment — beyond its private rooftop — might be its chef’s kitchen.

 

We can just imagine her restaurant’s chef, “Top Chef” star Ty-Lor Boring, dropping in to make his signature shrimp with grits and buttermilk biscuits.

 

The apartment features ceilings more than 11 feet high and a wood-burning fireplace.

 

A pocket door leads from the living room to the bedroom, with custom floor-to-ceiling closets and a built-in counter/desk.

 

There’s also a spiral staircase that leads to that 450-square-foot private, landscaped roof deck with city views.

 

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

Suburban Sprawl

New York ObserverMarch 16, 2016

Jim St. Andre's combined two-unit listing at 101 Warren Street was featured in the New York Observer's "Opener" section.

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