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Seen & Heard: New Restaurant Plans for Lispenard

Tribeca CitizenJune 25, 2013
Last we heard about 15 Renwick, the big plot on the small street that runs between Canal and Spring, Izaki Group Investments USA had taken over, a new design was in the works, and Core was handling the sales of the condos. Well, last week, as I was walking home from Giorgione, I noticed a sign for ODA Architecture on the plywood—it’s a reunion of sorts, since Izaki is working with both ODA and Core on the 93 Worth.

Hotels Week 2013

CurbedJune 25, 2013
A small update from the slow resurrection of Soho's 15 Renwick Street: it looks like ODA will be architect on the project. ODA also worked with the site's owner, an investment group, on Tribeca's 93 Worth, so the gang's all here. Good thing, too, because 15 Renwick needs all the help it can get.

Musician David Sanborn Lists NYC Townhouse for $12 Million

HGTV Front DoorJune 24, 2013
Musician David Sanborn is selling his Upper West Side townhouse for $12 million, and it comes with a bona fide soundproof room that passed a firecracker test. (More on that below.)

Sanborn, a Grammy-winning saxophonist who's worked with everyone from David Bowie to Paul Simon, has lived in the house since 1989. He converted the building, originally a multi-unit residence, back to a single-family home and restored many of the original details you can see in the photos. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse has a clean, modern vibe but also retains an authentic classic charm — thanks to the coffered ceilings, beautiful wood carpentry, four wood-burning fireplaces and distinct hardwood inlaid floors throughout.

The home comes with a private garden and terrace off the master bedroom, but our favorite amenity is the recording studio on the top floor. The fully-equipped studio was soundproofed with Sheetrock, according to CORE agent Mickey Conlon, who shares the listing with Shaun Osher and Tom Postilio. "To confirm that there would be no disturbances to the neighboring houses, firecrackers were set off in the space to test its noise-insulating capabilities," Conlon tells us. "Nobody heard a thing." You could have some fun with a tried-and-true soundproof room. State-of-the-art home theater? Ultimate man cave? Sensory deprivation tank? The possibilities are endless.

Here’s the Apartment; Now Let’s Go Hang Gliding

The New York TimesJune 24, 2013
When Dan Critchett, a real estate agent, meets a buyer at an open house, a potential client he hopes to woo, he shakes the buyer’s hand and offers two business cards. The first is fairly standard, a red rectangle that identifies him as an agent with Stribling & Associates, who can help you buy or sell a home. The second offers something else.

“Your introduction to Modern Hang Gliding,” it reads, next to a photograph of two enthusiastic looking people suspended high above the ground. “Sane Affordable Fun.”

Sane? Perhaps. But memorable? Quite likely. One thing is for certain, however: Hang gliding has nothing to do with real estate. And that Mr. Critchett says, is precisely the point.

“Buyer loyalty is one of the most difficult things to obtain,” said Mr. Critchett, who is a certified hang gliding instructor. “You’ve got to have a gimmick.”

There are more than 52,000 licensed real estate agents and brokers in New York City, and nearly 28,000 in Manhattan alone. So for those who making a living in this frantic field, one of the greatest challenges is distinguishing themselves from a large and aggressive pack. Some agents and brokers say that most effective one way to do this is by skipping the usual client lunches and meetings over drinks, and instead finding unusual ways of spending time together.

Beth Benalloul, a Corcoran Group broker and former personal trainer, has often “hyperventilated” with clients in exercise classes. Michael Mansfield of Citi Habitats has gone kayaking in the Hudson River, and Michael Rubin of CORE has tried turkey hunting. Ann Cutbill Lenane of Douglas Elliman arranges a giant scavenger hunt every other year. And Brian M. Giambalvo, an agent at Corcoran, has picked up several clients in his bright blue Honda sport utility vehicle and taken them to Costco to stock up on 30-packs of toilet paper, vats of hummus, and enormous boxes of bandages. And while he’s there, he stocks up, too.

In the hope that their clients will not wander over to the competition, ever circling with arms outspread, these brokers and agents try to nudge their professional relationships out of the traditional bounds of business suits and open houses, and toward activities normally reserved for actual friends.

“I love playing beer pong with clients,” said Kendrick Reinsch, a 25-year-old agent at Citi Habitats. “Which sounds crazy.”

Mr. Reinsch’s pong-destination of choice is a pirate-themed bar on Bleecker Street in Manhattan called Wicked Willy’s, draped with fake palm trees, faux driftwood, black flags and pirate ships. There, he stands next to his clients and tries to toss table-tennis balls into plastic cups filled with beer at the far end of a long table. Mr. Reinsch, who was in a fraternity as a New York University theater major, is quite good.
“You really have to fight the fun not to enjoy this,” he said, plastic cup of Miller Lite in hand. “They’re going to have a good time, and they’re going to remember me.”

He sometimes plays video games with clients, as well. And this, he said, helps him drum up more business.

“When people get to know you as a friend, they’re more likely to refer their friends,” he said.

While beer pong (also called Beirut) has served him well with many clients, Mr. Reinsch emphasized that Wicked Willy’s may not be a good fit for everyone. It could send the wrong message to a high-end buyer, say, or perhaps an older couple with children, so he approaches potential partners with discretion. Usually, he invites renters who are about his own age.

But in the case of Sarah Rose Katz, a Citi Habitats agent who is also 25, client bonding arose specifically because of an age difference: Her client, Doina Stoiana, 73, who owns a small rental building on the Upper East Side, received an iPhone and iPad as gifts, and it was Ms. Katz who taught her how to use them.

“It must have been 100 hours,” Ms. Katz said of their technology tutorials. “I spent a ridiculous amount of time there. But then we became very close.”

Ms. Katz is now the exclusive rental agent for Ms. Stoiana’s building, and when Ms. Stoiana and her husband, Mike, bought an apartment this year, Ms. Katz represented them as their agent. Ms. Katz and Ms. Stoiana say they have since gone on other excursions, including trips to the Botanic Gardens, and they now communicate almost daily.

“When I tell people in my office,” Ms. Katz said, “they say, ‘I’ve never heard of that before. That’s insane.'”

Maureen Johnson, a Corcoran broker in East Hampton, says that holding meetings outside of a standard business setting helps to humanize both buyer and broker, so she asks clients to come on joint dog walks. She brings along Max, a Silky Terrier, Bella, a Schnauzer-Yorkie mix.

“You see each other as real people, not as ‘you work for me,'” Ms. Johnson said. “And I don’t see you as dollar signs.”

Square Feet: Inside a State-of-the-Art French Manor House

LXTVJune 23, 2013
Open House takes a glimpse inside one of Saddle River, New Jersey’s most lavish homes. The home features seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a large central hall, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, private library/office, an indoor pool, and a private tennis court. For more information on 105 Chestnut Ridge Rd., please contact Michael Graves of Core NYC at 212-932-2222.

How an Architect Couple Designed Their $399K Harlem Studio

CurbedJune 20, 2013
Yet another baller husband-and-wife design duo, architect couple Kayt Brumder Pereira and Jorge Pereira (at Samuel Anderson Architects and Foster + Partners, respectively, with stints at SOM and DS+R between them, so you know they're good) bought their studio apartment in East Harlem back in 2005 for $290,612, when the Roosevelt Lane Condos first opened. During renovations in 2007, they added an unobtrusive lofted bed over an office space built for two, plus incorporated discarded furniture from a former employer and some drawers found on the street—all of which made their small, impeccably decorated space worthy fodder for a profile in New York Times' home section. Now the 571-square-foot unit at 277 East 111th Street, which comes with a north-facing 60-square-foot balcony, is on the market for $399,0000. It all begs the question: If non-architects moved in, or even a couple that was half-architect, would it still look so freakin' lovely? Good thing the Pereiras did the grunt work already.

Mapping the Condos and Hotels That Are Transforming NoMad

CurbedJune 20, 2013
It took awhile, but NoMad—the neighborhood and the neighborhood name—is here. The transformation from a nameless, WTF-is-there "brown zone" on the map to a trendy, desirable neighborhood slowly began in the mid-aughts after the revitalization of Madison Square Park, and over the last few years, development in NoMad has charged full speed ahead. The Ace Hotel and early condo conversions like the Grand Madison paved the way, and now the small area, roughly between 25th and 30th Streets and Lexington and Sixth Avenues, is welcoming new boutique hotels and residential buildings all the time. For our latest Microhood Map, we tracked buildings and hotels that opened within the last three years and those currently in the works. See one that we missed? Leave a comment or hit up the tipline and we'll gladly add it.

NoMad Condo Earns Star Among World’s Most Famous Neighbors

Real Estate WeeklyJune 19, 2013
In the mid-1800s as New York City grew northward, each new frontier neighborhood was soon followed by a surge of wealthy families wishing to escape the crowds, grime and crime of streets further downtown.

By 1850, the well-to-do had staked out the area around Madison Square Park to build their mansions. New upscale hotels and theaters soon followed, with one eventually becoming known as the “World’s Most Famous Arena.”

The turn of the century brought large offices towers built in classical revival or beaux-arts styles and the south of the square was blessed with the Flatiron Building. Financial businesses then moved into those spaces, along with the musical publishing industry.

But by the 1960s, the area, like much of New York City, was in decline. While never becoming as dangerous as Times Square or as drug-filled as Union Square, the streets around Madison Square became known as a real estate “no-mans land,” the sidewalks filling up only with the city’s independent vendors seeking wholesale deals.

Sandwiched between the Village and Midtown, Madison Square would naturally seem like an investment no-brainer, but landmarking of the area has made new development difficult to achieve.

Enter 241 Fifth Avenue, one of the only new developments to go up within the Madison Square North Historic District.

“241 Fifth is currently the only true NoMad new construction project,” said Doron Zwickel, an executive vice president of CORE and the director of sales for the building. “[That] allowed us to create very efficient layouts with minimal loss of space. It will be ready for occupancy within a couple of months, which is really appealing to many buyers who don’t want to wait with uncertainty for completion in 12 to 24 months.”

With 46 bright and airy units, the building — developed by Victor Homes, a division of the M. Shuster Group — doesn’t feel like a new pioneer or an architectural outsider, just a new luxury residence on a stretch of Fifth Avenue that is returning to its former glory.

“The building was approved by landmarks a number of years ago,” said Ran Korolik, Vice president USA of Victor Homes. “The [former] developer who got it approved got into a bit of trouble, so we bought the note and had a friendly foreclosure with the guy.

“[We] demolished the four-story building and built according to the landmarks plan, which was the envelope of the building, and we did whatever we wanted to do inside.” Designed by ODA-Architecture, the exterior of the 20-story, 75,000 s/f building blends seamlessly enough into the existing neighborhood that it can be confused for a rehabbed structure.

But once you enter the ground-up project, the newness becomes apparent. Designed by Eran Chen at ODA, the loft-style, semi-wrap-around apartments have a modern minimalist lean with a natural color scheme throughout. White Zucchetti-Kos Faraway finishes are made to compliment the stained white oak floors.

Floor-to-ceiling windows make some apartments on upper floors so bright that lamps are not necessary, except during the short days of winter. Penthouse 15, a 2,706 s/f, three bedroom, 3-bath unit on the 15th floor with a 887 s/f terrace with views of Midtown, is a perfect example of maximizing natural light. The $6.9 million unit, which is still available, was so bright at seven o’clock in the evening that not a lamp needed to be turned on, even in the back of the apartment. The other penthouse, located on the 20th floor, has a 958 s/f terrace and 3,080 s/f of interior space. That three bedroom, 3.5 bathroom is listed at $7.9 million.

All apartments feature Miele appliances, including a washer and dryer. Bathrooms have soaking tubs, glass enclosed showers and natural style lighting that gives them a sunshine-based brightness that makes you forget that they don’t have windows.

Amenities include a rooftop terrace for all residents. A gym, residents lounge and what is being described as a “private wellness treatment room” intended to offer tenants a quiet space to have massage therapy.

The building is already over 70 percent sold, with only 12 units left not incontract. The lowest priced, apartment 13C, a 593 s/f one bedroom is $1.2 million. Two bedrooms start at $2 million and three bedrooms begin at $2.5 million.

Although it is one of the few residential projects in the Madison Square Park area, the developers don’t feel that the area should be described as “up and coming”, because it is already here.

“I think we already got into an area that was [going] up,” said Korolik. “When we bought [the site], it was not as established as it is now, but the Ace Hotel was already here, One Madison was already around and is now making a comeback. The area is kind of built up.”

Sneak Peeks: 15 Central Park West

CurbedJune 18, 2013
Steel magnate Leroy Schecter's full-floor 15 Central Park West pad has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a floorplan that basically exemplifies floorplan porn. He's dropped the asking price to $85 million, and is also considering renting it out for $120K/month. But despite some stellar views included in the CORE listing, we hadn't seen any interior shots of this blockbuster—until today, when New York Magazine's real estate scion J. Johanna Robledo took us inside. It's unfurnished, but there are lots of big windows, built-in shelving, and elegant light fixtures. The glass-walled shower with a view looks particularly suh-weet.

New York's Newest Neighborhood – NoMad

Huffington PostJune 18, 2013
In the ever-changing New York City real estate market, it appears that East Williamsburg is no longer the city's newest "neighborhood." The rise of Long Island City, NoHo/The Bowery, and now NoMad are all reshaping the commercial fabric of the lost neighborhoods that were once nothing more than a breeding ground for squatters, foreclosed buildings, and maybe a few starving artists. Land in New York has not always been expensive, new New Yorker's have a hard time grabbing onto that fact. The longer one lives here, the more you realize just how fast the city is really changing.

These real estate changes reflect the city's growing popularity. In 2012, New York City welcomed over 52 million visitors and grew in population almost 10 percent in the past decade. This reversal in 1980s urban decay, represents a larger shift in urban desirability. We are living in a time where cities are cool again. People are ditching their over-sized suburban lifestyle and moving into urban cores, finally reinventing the United States in a more European, city center-based, lifestyle.

The epicenter of this cultural shift has and most likely will always be New York City. The growth of urban centers is seen in New York with massive influxes in domestic and foreign capital. Capital that is literally pouring into the city's real estate market, creating one of the largest housing booms not seen in the last century. Over 1,000 city-owned buildings (in Harlem alone) are being snatched up as quickly as they are put on the auctioning block If the higher end of the market catches your attention, the penthouse at 432 Park Avenue, the city's newest "it" building, is currently in contract for $95 million. This comes just months after One57, Gary Barnett's Central Park South tower recently announced a buyer for his $90-plus million penthouse. These listings are just a couple of several $20-plus million listings that now sprinkle the market. While the ultra-high end market catches the attention of Page 6 readers, other changes are happening to the market that are a little more discreet.

The Ace Hotel, a high-end boutique chain headquartered in Portland with other locations in Seattle and Palm Springs, opened in 2010 in what many thought was a terrible piece of real estate. The pawn shop-riddled stretched of Broadway that connects Herald Square and Madison Square left little to be desired. Yet, one way or another, the Ace was able to change all of that. The hotel has hosted Alexander Wang's Fashion's Night Out Party, houses the ever-trendy Opening Ceremony and Stumptown Coffee, and has a beautiful lobby space dedicated to the artistically geared, upwardly mobile 20-something crowd. An area that was once a dumping ground for knock off perfumes and handbags appears to be turning around and selling true luxury.

North of Madison Square Park -- NoMad as real estate professionals now call it, is the latest spot for the movers and shakers. The Ace led the way, but now faces competition from the equally trendy NoMad hotel. Opening Ceremony is not accompanied by Kitsune Maison, while both Ace and NoMad hotels offer upscale dining to guests and residents alike. The blossoming hotel scene somewhat reminds me of the Bowery just a few years ago. Similar to the Bowery's transformation (led by the Bowery Hotel and then Cooper Square Hotel), restaurants and now housing projects appear to be popping up all over the place. Recently CORE started marketing its newest luxury property, 241 Fifth Avenue. Additional projects on the north side of Madison Square Park, along with ever-increasing demand, will make this area an interesting one to follow.

Clearly there is money to be made in the emergence of this new neighborhood. Ultimately, time will be the best factor in the overall success of an area many New Yorker's hardly know about. Real estate professionals across the board seem to have their eye on the high-ceilings, art-deco, and rather untapped market that is the area recently termed "NoMad" the is quickly cementing itself as the city's newest neighborhood, at least for the next couple of months.

Unveiled: The $85 Million Apartment at 15 Central Park West

New York MagazineJune 17, 2013
What does $85 million buy you at 15 Central Park West? Aside from the type of perks most New Yorkers don’t and won’t gain access to, including a private dining room, a library, and an indoor swimming pool, it’s this: 5,800 square feet – the entire floor of one tower – with views that could induce a serious case of the envies (or vertigo).

Apartment 35AB has been on and off the market since 2010 and used to be two separate apartments, but architect Vatche Simonian was called upon to reconfigure it as one. (Nick Stern, son of Robert A.M. Stern, who designed 15 CPW, was the contractor.) It’s also available for rent for $125,000 a month through broker Emily Beare of CORE, who’s repping the property. Word is that there are a number of interested parties circling for either deal, but nothing’s set yet.

What exactly will its future tenant be getting? Photos available online has been less than fulfilling; all that’s been posted on the web listing is a formidable floor plan and pretty shots of Central Park and the city. Are those the views you’d really have if you were the 15 CPW type? Yes – and then some. See for yourself with pics we took on a recent visit.

A Brief History of an $85 Million Penthouse in NYC

HGTV's FrontdoorJune 17, 2013
The 35th-floor penthouse at 15 Central Park West has been making news since last summer. Here's why.

The 35th-floor penthouse at 15 Central Park West, available for rent and for sale, offers unobstructed views of the Hudson River, downtown Manhattan and Central Park.

When it hit the market last summer for $95 million, the 35th-floor penthouse at 15 Central Park West attracted lots of attention — and the buzz has continued well into 2013. At $95 million, the combined condo would have been one of the priciest homes in the city. In April, however, steel magnate Leroy Schecter chopped the price to $85 million (which still gets a priciest-in-the-city award) and, soon after, removed it from the market entirely. (According to the Core listing broker, Schecter had decided to move in.) However, two weeks ago, the unit reappeared on the market as a rental, going for $125,000 a month. It's also back on sale for $85 million, with Emily Beare of CORE as the listing agent.

The condo is located in the prestigious building's west tower, a.k.a. the taller tower — which means views galore for a buyer or renter. The listing describes unobstructed views of Central Park, downtown Manhattan and the Hudson, with views available from virtually every room, including all the bedrooms. There are five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half-bathrooms and, curiously, two laundry rooms. The listing doesn't divulge much more, but NYmag.com just posted a juicy tour of the interior and we like what we see.

Will the condo find a new owner or will the saga continue through the summer? We're looking forward to the next chapter.

Buy a Jazz Legend's Upper West Side Townhouse for $12M

CurbedJune 14, 2013
Six-time Grammy winning saxophonist David Sanborn has put his very impressive West 69th Street townhouse on the market, not for the first time. As The Real Estalker points out, Sanborn first listed the house in September of 2010 for $9 million before chopping the price to $8.45 million and taking it off the market in August 2011. Now it's back, though, asking $12 million, and looking like it's got a real shot at getting something close to that. The five-story house has five beds, four baths, and a top floor recording studio in which Sanborn recorded six albums, and tested the soundproofing by setting off firecrackers. Also of note is the the original coffered ceiling in the living room, which was uncovered when Sanborn and his wife began the process of converting the house from a five-unit building to single-family home.

Priciest, Cheapest Units to Hit the Market

The Real DealJune 14, 2013
Cornelia Zagat Eland and Byron Anderson of Stribling & Associates have the priciest single-family listing to hit the Manhattan market this week, according to StreetEasy. Listed for $20.9 million, this 50 Central Park West co-op has four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. The renovated home features 10-foot ceilings, crown moldings and views of Central Park from the dining room and master bedroom. Other amenities include oak herringbone flooring, mahogany doors and a staircase with mahogany handrails.

The next priciest listing this week is for a single-family townhouse located at 135 West 69th Street. Shaun Osher, Tom Postilio, and Mickey Conlon of CORE have the listing, which asks $12 million for the five-bedroom property. The home has hardwood flooring, four wood-burning fireplaces and a private garden space.

Head over to 737 Park Avenue, where a 2,915-square-foot condo is the next most expensive listing. The asking price for the three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home is $11.3 million. Macklowe Properties is marketing the development. The unit has 42 feet along Park Avenue, solid oak flooring and marble flooring in the eat-in kitchen.

The week’s cheapest listing is located up in Hamilton Heights, specifically 505 West 148th Street. Cherry Thomas of Exit Realty Landmark has the listing with a $145,500 asking price. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op has hardwood floors throughout. Income restrictions apply.

Cedric Leake of Halstead Property has the next cheapest listing. Listed for $199,000, this co-op home has two bedrooms and one bathroom. It’s located in Central Harlem, at 17 East 131st Street.

The next cheapest listing is down in Yorkville, 321 East 89th Street, which is listed for $255,000. Yael Avi David and Aliza Gatan of Manhattan Flats have the listing for the unit, which is a studio co-op with one bathroom. –Zachary Kussin

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Jazz Legend David Sanborn Lists Upper West Side Townhouse for $12 Million

Realty TodayJune 14, 2013
David Sanborn, the legendary saxophonist who belted out some of the greatest jazz hits like "Try a little Tenderness", "Dream" and "Goodbye," has reportedly put his Upper East Side, New York City townhouse for sale with an asking price of $12 million.

According to the Real Estalker, Sanborn first listed the home sometime back in September 2010 for around $9 million. A few months later the price was chopped to $8.45 million and sometime in 2011, the home was taken off the market.

The listing reveals the townhouse to be more than 5500 square feet large with five bedrooms and three full and two half bathrooms. The floor plan shows that the townhouse has five floors and a basement.

The basement has two large storage rooms and one big hall. The first floor comprises of a bedroom, a modern kitchen, a dining room, two bathrooms, a patio and a large garden. The second floor has a sitting room, a large living room and a library. The third floor has two large bedrooms and an office. The fourth floor houses the master suite and an additional bedroom. The master suite has an open terrace too. The fifth floor has a recording studio and a recreation room.

According to the New York Daily News, this was the first residence of Sanborn's in New York City.

"Sanborn digs the area. It's the first place he moved when he arrived in New York City in the early 1970s. He hits jazz shows at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Time Warner Center, shops at Trader Joe's on 72nd St., and dines time-to-time at Ocean Grill. By Sanborn's count, he's friends with 30 of his neighbors," the feature reads.

Currently, Sanborn is on a world tour for his latest album, "Quartette Humaine" with pianist Bob James.

Saxophonist David Sanborn Lists Manhattan Townhouse

The Real EstalkerJune 13, 2013
SELLER: David Sanborn
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $12,000,000
SIZE: (approx.) 5,500 square feet*, 4-5 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama first saw the listing on the internet but the lightening fast property gossips at the Daily News were the first to chat up the New York City townhouse owned by five-time Grammy-winning alto saxophonist David Sanborn and (re-)listed this week with a $12,000,000 asking price.

This is not the first time Mister Sanborn and his missus, Sofia, have been to the real estate rodeo with their fully updated and upgraded turn of the 20th century townhouse located mid-block on a lovely, tree-canopied street just off busy-busy Broadway on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The legendary single reed woodwind blower and his educator wife listed the townhouse on the open market in September 2010 with a nine million dollar price tag. Several months later the price dropped to $8.45 million and in August 2011, for reasons Your Mama ain't privy, the well-maintained urban mini-manse was taken off the market.

We aren't exactly sure why the Sanborns and their team of moving and shaking real estate agents think the townhouse can now be sold for more than $3.5 million more than the reduced price it failed to sell for two years ago. Then again, children, business is quite brisk in the upper tiers of the property market in Manhattan and there is—some of y'all have surely heard it before—a certain school of converse real estate logic that suggests that if a high end house fails to sell at a certain price it sometimes and strangely becomes more desirable to deep pocketed buyers if the asking price is substantially increased. Don't scoff and pout and stomp your indignant feet, kittens. Believe it or not, this trick o' the trade isn't always effective but it works far more often than you might imagine or real estate agents would stop doing it. Anyhoo...

The 19-foot wide red brick and brownstone townhouse was originally built in (or around) 1900, according to current marketing materials, and was custom converted from a five unit multi-unit building to a single family residence by Mister and Missus Sanborn who bought it, according to the Daily News, more than 25 years for an unrevealed sum from an unidentified opera singer.

Current listing information shows the (unfortunately elevator-free) five-plus floor brownstone-type townhouse has a total of 13 rooms that include 4-5 bedrooms, depending on use, plus three full and two half bathrooms. Floor plans show half a dozen fireplaces (kitchen, parlor, living room, one guest bedroom, the master bedroom, and the music studio) although the listing description isn't specific about which of the four of them work.

A classic stoop that makes Your Mama ache at our very core with Big Apple nostalgia climbs to the parlor floor where the rehabbed interiors retain many original architectural details and features. There are intricate inlaid parquet floors, almost grand 11-foot-8-inch ceilings, meticulous mill work, and crown moldings. A narrow sitting room off the foyer overlooks the street while a larger living room at the rear of the residence benefits from a more serene garden view and an exquisite all-oak coffered ceiling that's original to the house. Mister Sanborn reportedly used the wee library beyond the living room as a meditation lounge.

The garden level kitchen has both wide-plank wood and stone tile flooring plus custom-crafted Shaker-style cabinets, some sort of stone or solid surface counter tops, a large center island with vegetable sink and snack counter, and high-quality commercial-style appliances. An adjoining breakfast room connects through to a 35-foot deep walled garden with foliage-ringed brick dining terrace. Also on the garden level are second, under the stoop entrance, a guest or staff bedroom that does not have a private bathroom and instead makes use of a nearby three-quarter hall bathroom off the laundry room. There's a full basement, which is fantastic for storage, but the floor plan shows it has but a 6'4" high ceiling height so it's not exactly the best spot for the next wildly wealthy owners to add a media room or fitness studio.

Two equally sized guest/family bedrooms on the third floor share a Jack 'n' Jill style bathroom. One of the bedrooms—listing photographs indicate Mister Sanborn uses it as a den—has a pocket door that slides open to reveal a cozy office/study. Both of the bedrooms have a shockingly stingy amount of closet space that would be barely adequate for weekend guests—never make 'em too comfortable, right?—but an out and out toy and clothing storage nightmare for a resident child or teenager. Think, puppies, about how many pairs of shoes and designer sunglasses a 16 year old New Yorker with wickedly rich parents is likely to have.

The master suite, a proper retreat that encompasses the entire fourth floor, has a comfortably-sized bedroom with a fireplace and direct access to a small, private terrace that peers through the trees over the the surrounding buildings' storage unit-sized backyards. A well-equipped (and windowless) galley-style bathroom connects the bedroom to an enviably spacious dressing room lined with built-in wardrobes.

Mister Sanborn old the peeps at the Daily News he'd recorded half a dozen albums in the 52-foot long, open-plan penthouse level recording studio that's painstakingly soundproofed so as not to disturb the neighbors. He said, in fact, that fire crackers we're set off in the space to test the heavy duty soundproofing. One end of the loft-like space has a fireplace and lounge area while the other has a jumbled plethora of musical instruments beneath a massive sky light. A half bathroom is convenient if not exactly as private as Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter might prefer.

Mister and Missus Sanborn plan to maintain a (smaller) residence in Manhattan but, according to the Daily News are also shopping for a house in the country.

*Listing information from 2010-11 show the townhouse has about 6,800 square feet, the Tax Man's records put it at 5,529 square feet and Your Mama calculates it comes in at around 4,700 square feet, give or take a couple hundred square feet.

Listing photos and floor plan: CORE

Jazz Legend David Sanborn Lists Upper West Side Brownstone

Zillow BlogJune 13, 2013
Out of the shadows he emerges, sax in hand, dark sunglasses shading his face. Not loud or intrusive, David Sanborn’s cool demeanor sets the tone for the smooth notes he’s about to play.

The six-time Grammy winner seems at home on a dimly lit stage, or in his 20th-century brownstone in Lincoln Square. Much like the music flowing from his saxophone, Sanborn’s home speaks for itself: modern yet classic, grand yet unassuming.

Located at 135 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023 on one of the Upper West Side’s handsomest row of townhouses, the place is now on the market for a cool $12 million. Measuring 19 feet wide, it looks modest from the street, but with 13 rooms, it’s anything but small.

The townhouse has been renovated with a well-appointed chef’s kitchen and spa-like baths. Its early 1900s character also remains with original millwork, coffered ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces and period-centric chandeliers in nearly every room.

But perhaps the most fitting room for the musician, who earned a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance with his single “All I Need Is You,” is the top-floor music studio. “We went to great lengths to build the soundproof studio,” Sandborn said in a NY Daily News report. “We blew off firecrackers to test it. No one heard a thing.”

According to reports, Sanborn has lived in the area since he moved to New York City in the early ’70s. In that time, he has played jazz shows at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Time Warner Center and been seen shopping and eating at local establishments.

Sanborn recently released a new album, “Quartette Humaine,” which he recorded with pianist Bob James. The listing is held by Tom Postilio, Mickey Conlon and Shaun Osher of CORE.

Jazz Legend David Sanborn Puts His Upper West Side Townhouse Up for Sale for $12 Million

New York Daily NewsJune 12, 2013
Saxophonist David Sanborn’s living room in his upper West Side brownstone has original coffered ceilings made of 100-year old oak. The house is on the market for $12 million.

Saxophonist David Sanborn’s home is as smooth as his jazz. The six-time Grammy winner put his upper West Side townhouse on the market for a cool $12 million.

With two outdoor spaces, original wood paneling, stained glass, coffered ceilings and leather and wood furniture, the $12 million house is understated and comfortable.

Sanborn, 67, uses the library as a meditation room. He recorded six albums in the 20-by-55-foot top-floor music studio with leaded soundproof sheetrock and oversized skylights. He and his wife, Sofia, a teacher, have lived in the house off Columbus Ave. and West 69th Street for almost 25 years.

“I’m in the hub of New York City near Lincoln Center, Central Park, and all these subways, but when I’m in the house it’s like a quiet refuge,” said Sanborn, who is on a world tour for his new album, Quartette Humaine, with pianist Bob James. “We went to great lengths to build the soundproof studio. We blew off firecrackers to test it. No one heard a thing.”

Sanborn digs the area. It’s the first place he moved when he arrived in New York City in the early 1970s. He hits jazz shows at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Time Warner Center, shops at Trader Joe’s on 72nd St., and dines time-to-time at Ocean Grill. By Sanborn’s count, he’s friends with 30 of his neighbors.

The musician converted the home across the tree-lined street from The Day School from a five-unit building owned by an opera singer to a single-family home. The coffered ceiling in the living room is original to the 1890s classic brownstone.

“When we stripped it down we found this 100 year-old golden oak that felt like butter,” said the Missouri-raised musician who has played with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, neighbor Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. “With all the light the house gets, the ceiling glows.”

A loyal friend, Sanborn gave the listing to Shaun Osher, the founder of CORE and a fellow alto saxophonist. Osher met Sanborn in a sax repair shop on 48th Street 20 years ago when he arrived in New York, penniless, from South Africa.

“He was my idol,” said Osher. “We talked, played a little, and went over his house. He’s the real deal. A truly good soul.”

The house, according to real estate executive, has a similar energy.

“It’s got this great comfortable vibe but at the same time some of the greatest musicians of all time climbed the stairs to that loft music studio,” said Osher. “You feel that when you’re there.”

Sanborn and his wife, who have Chihuahuas named Miles (after Davis) and Lucy, are looking for a house in the country.

“I’ll always keep a place in the city,” said Sanborn. “We don’t need this much house anymore.”

CORE super broker team of Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon share the listing. Stars of HGTV’s Selling New York, the two feel the magic in the house.

“It all begins and ends with the fact that David Sanborn is a jazz man,” said Postilio, an acclaimed cabaret singer. “That’s about as real as you can get.”

Gimme Shelter: Burstyn Out

New York PostJune 12, 2013
Ellen Burstyn is 80, but that hasn’t stopped her from scoping out real estate.

The Oscar/Tony-winning actress, who’s been in everything from “The Exorcist” to Broadway’s “Same Time, Next Year,” recently visited a two-bedroom, two-bathroom rental apartment at 515 W. 23rd St. that’s listed for $12,000 a month. The fourth-floor West Chelsea loft is 1,870 square feet and features a library/media area and a chef’s kitchen with a wine refrigerator. There’s also a “wet room” featuring a Boffi Swim bathtub and floor-to-ceiling glass with operable windows and shades for privacy.

Core listing brokers Susan Rubell and Reba Miller declined to comment.

Which Ottawa Jazz Festival Headliner is Selling his New York Townhouse for $12 million?

Ottawa CitizenJune 12, 2013
Why, it’s saxophonist David Sanborn, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday in this lavishly illustrated story.

The paper’s Jason Sheftell reports that Sanborn and his wife have lived at the townhouse off Columbus Avenue and West 69th Street for 25 years. Sanborn has achieved some fine work-life balancing there, having recorded six albums in his townhouse’s top-floor music studio.
My favourite line in the story: “Sanborn and his wife, who have Chihuahuas named Miles (after Davis) and Lucy, are looking for a house in the country.”

Sanborn plays in Confederation Park with a quartet that he co-leads with pianist Bob James on June 24 at 8:30 p.m.

10 Amazing Homes Under A Million

Domaine HomeJune 10, 2013
Bungalux founder Alex Brunkhorst shares her house-buying tips, and shows us what a million dollars will buy you in the nation’s style capitals.

When it comes to real estate, our go-to guru is LA-based agent and founder of our favorite vicarious house-hunting site Bungalux, Alex Brunkhorst. We asked Brunkhorst to share some of her wisdom, and use her keen eye to canvas the country for real estate gems that come in at under a million—which, yes, we know, is still a serious chunk of change. She delivered. Read on for her valuable tips, and her expert read on some seriously tempting listings. (We’re packing our bags for Savannah.)

Alex’s Dos and Don’ts of House Hunting

1. Real estate’s like dating: You have to know where you’re willing to compromise, and where you’re not. I ask my clients to write a list of their three-to-four “must-have” criteria (bedroom count, location) and allow the rest to be fair game for compromise.

2. Don’t buy the nicest house on the block. As far as advice goes, this is an oldie but goodie.

3. Do think resale value. If you have to sell your house relatively quickly in the future—because there’s a baby on the way, or a job transfer to Ohio in the works—the things you overlooked may be the things that others don’t. Some incurable defects that may affect resale: A busy location, split bedrooms, a poor school system, lack of a yard, and rundown houses next-door.

4. Try to bring your harshest critic to see the house before you purchase. That friend of yours who tells you that jeggings aren’t for you is also the one who will point out that your daughter could really use a bedroom. Real estate can be emotional, so it’s good to bring some objectivity into the mix.

5. Enjoy the process. Someday you’ll miss hanging out on Zillow and Trulia for days on end. Promise.

ARCHITECTURAL IN ECHO PARK
1874 MORTON AVENUE

Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California
Price: $749,000
Listing type: Single family
Beds/baths: 3/2
Year built: 1905
Bragging rights: Cool location close to Dodger Stadium.
Amazing amenity: Great outdoor entertaining area.
Professional opinion: Silver Lake and Echo Park have been much-buzzed-about for some time, but this neighborhood is only getting hotter.

SUNNY TRADITIONAL NEW JERSEY TUDOR
151 HIGHLAND AVENUE

Location: Montclair, New Jersey
Price: $995,000
Listing type: Single family
Beds/baths: 3/2
Year built: 1927
Bragging rights: Radiant heat in a marble bath is today’s ultimate luxury.
Amazing amenity: City views without city prices.
Professional opinion: The ‘burbs get a bad rap, but I like this one because there’s something very Revolutionary Road about it—in a not-depressing way, of course.

LOFT LIVING IN TRIBECA
93 WORTH STREET

Location: Tribeca, New York City, New York
Price: $800,000
Listing type: Condo
Beds/baths: 0/1
Year built:1924
Bragging rights: Tribeca, Tribeca, Tribeca. Enough said.
Amazing amenity: The location.
Professional opinion: Okay, so maybe it’s a little small. Though with Downtown at your doorstep, who wants to be indoors anyways?

BROWNSTONE ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE
204 WEST 78TH STREET, 3A

Location: Upper West Side, New York City, New York
Price: $750,000
Listing type: Co-op
Beds/baths: 2/1
Year built: 1910
Bragging rights: Close to Central Park.
Amazing amenity: The exposed brick walls.
Professional opinion: Manhattan brownstone prices are stratospheric, but this listing allows you to own part of a brownstone without the $10 million price tag.

TONY AND TRADITIONAL IN DALLAS
4402 RAWLINS STREET

Location: Dallas, Texas
Price: $719,000
Listing type: Single family
Beds/baths: 4/2
Year built: 1927
Bragging rights: Modern living that doesn’t compromise the historic feel.
Amazing amenity: Gorgeous flooring throughout.
Professional opinion: I know I’m supposed to love over-the-top in Dallas, but I still like things understated and this one reads very east coast to me.

TUDOR REVIVAL BRICK MANSE IN SAVANNAH
2909 ABERCORN STREET

Location: Savannah, Georgia
Price: $995,000
Listing type: Single family
Beds/baths: 5/4
Year built: 1937
Bragging rights: Prominent location in Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Historic District.
Amazing amenity: Clubroom with rooftop garden.
Professional opinion: Savannah is one of my favorite spots for house voyeurism. The real estate there is to-die-for, and this one’s no exception.

TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY PASADENA CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW
810 NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE

Location: Pasadena, California
Price: $795,000
Listing type: Single family
Beds/baths: 3/2
Year built: 1907
Bragging rights: Vintage classic with a basement—a rarity.
Amazing amenity: Updated bath with freestanding tub.
Professional opinion: Pasadena is a bastion for exceptional homes, from Craftsman bungalows to Spanish mansions, it has some of the best examples of architecture around.

ITALIANATE VICTORIAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
1235 GUERRERO STREET

Location: Noe Valley, San Francisco, California
Price: $899,000
Listing type: Condo
Beds/baths: 3/2
Year built: 1900
Bragging rights: Walking distance to atmospheric restaurants including Foreign Cinema, a must for visitors to SF.
Amazing amenity: Exquisite woodwork throughout.
Professional opinion: So very San Francisco: it reminds me of a dollhouse. And while Noe Valley sometimes gets overlooked in favor of Pacific Heights and other SF ‘hoods, it’s an awesome area.

STATE-OF-THE-ART BOSTONIAN BROWNSTONE
19 ALBEMARLE STREET #1

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Price: $995,000
Listing type: Duplex
Beds/baths: 2/2
Year built: 1891
Bragging rights: Tree-lined street on the border of the Back Bay and the South End.
Amazing amenity: Poggenpohl cabinets.
Professional opinion: I adore this. If it were in Los Angeles or San Francisco I’d scoop it up. So much charm.

WATER’S-EDGE HIGH-RISE IN SEATTLE
2000 1ST AVENUE #1204

Location: Seattle, Washington
Price: $975,000
Listing type: Condo
Beds/baths: 2/2
Year built: 1994
Bragging rights: Views of the mountains and Puget Sound and walking distance to Pike Market Place.
Amazing amenity: 24-hour concierge.
Professional opinion: Calling all bachelors with taste: we’ve found your love nest.

Selling New York S7 E1: Getting Back in the Game

CurbedJune 07, 2013
HGTV's Selling New York rides along with brokerages CORE, Kleier Residential, Warburg, and Halstead Property, as they try to sell fabulous properties fabulously. Here's our recap of how the NYC real estate industry is portrayed to the world, penned by Angela Bunt. Episode air date: 6/7/2013.

Weee'reee baaack! It seems like only four months ago we were saying our goodbyes and tearfully giving out Cackling Kleier ratings, as Season 6 of Selling New York came to a close. Actually, it was four months ago. Thankfully, the cold winter has passed and we're back and better than ever. Another round of everybody's favorite real estate show is here for the summer. This season HGTV has switched up the formatting by airing the episodes as part of daytime SNY marathons, so we'll be switching up our formatting, too, and sharing our minute-by-minute reactions. So grab your bowl of almonds, or kale chips, or whatever Paleo snack of your choosing, and enjoy.

1:00:The episode begins with everybody's favorite Warbug ball and chain, Deborah Lupard. She's heading out to the country as usual, to visit her never-ending supply of "friends," aka clients. I'm assuming that because the SNY camera crew is at the trio's lunch, that Deborah will indeed assist them in selling their gorgeous house in New Paltz. While she may not have the expertise (or desire) to sell the entire thing, she agrees to at least help them get it market ready. As Leslie and Woody say, "the sooner the better."

2:42: CORE's dream team is back! Tom Postillio, looking sharp as ever, but we still haven't gotten a good close up of Mickey Conlon's tie. Wait for it…

3:47: Boom! Red and white stripes? Fourth of July is still another month away, guy. This sharp-dressed duo are heading to Joan Collins' apartment in Midtown East to size it up and get it ready for listing. As Tom says, "the stakes are incredibly high" because they're the fourth brokerage firm to have the listing in just the past year. Talk about pressure from a picky client! The $2.35MM apartment is amazing, and was designed by Ms. Collins herself. Uh oh, do I smell a staging conflict in the near future?

4:52: It appears that Deborah is a woman of her word. She's clearly taken aback by Leslie and Woody's beautiful space – "I just want to live here and stay here...no, seriously guys, I can't stand the hustle and bustle of the city anymore. How much to take this off your hands?" – and who wouldn't be? The 3BR, 3BA is warm, inviting and humongous. Not to mention that backyard is killer.

6:00: As anybody who has ever watched SNY knows, the best way to generate foot traffic for a listing is to throw an awesome bash in an awesomely decorated apartment. While nobody knows how to party quite like Mama Kleier, Tom and Mickey are determined to take a crack at it. Mickey heads to the LIC (whatup Silvercup Studios?!) to get help from his interior designer friend, John Lyle. Hopefully Lyle can make an already dazzled property even more dazzling. By the way, isn't the expression "smash" success, not "smashing" success?

7:30: After "researching" aka she Googled it, Leslie discovers New Paltz real estate wiz Harris Safier. The power trio – Leslie, Woody and Lupard – head to Safier's digs to get a feel for his brokerage style. It seems he's the man for the job! Deborah is so clearly trying to pawn off these clients onto Harris. Just give the woman her referral money and get her out of New Paltz.

9:04: Mickey Conlin's life motto: Another day, another tie. Another coordinated jacket. I have to say, I respect a man who is unafraid to wear white pants.

10:44: THAT RUG MICKEY IS LOOKING AT COSTS MORE THAN MY COLLEGE TUITION. Like, a lot more. Are we still in a recession? I hear there's a great Kmart down in Astor Place with some cheap throws.

13:40: Mickey and Tom take Joan on a tour of her redesigned digs. Don't you think she kind of looks like a Madame Tosseau wax version of herself?

Wax figure or not, Joan seems to be loving the new furniture and photographs in the apartment. Save for the hand-beaded African chairs. Who's hand-beading those things, anyway? Hmm?

14:45:Deborah takes her NYC agents on a field trip to the New Paltz house—a house which they've priced at $1.1MM. In what will be our first celebrity doppelganger of the season: don't you think Harris looks just like Ed Begley, Jr.?

16:21: It's showtime! Mickey and Tom put the finishing touches on their Joan Collins-inspired party, and now it's time to work that room.

16:56: YESSSS, MAGGIE KENT! Woo woo woo! *Arsenio Hall fist pump*

18:45: How convenient! Woody and Leslie are in NYC for the day, and Deborah wants to show them an apartment similarly-priced to their home. Similarly priced, but about 1/4th of the size.

20:03: Deborah says that she just wants Leslie and Woody to be happy so they can move on to the next phase in their life, and that selling their home is "an inTEGral part of moving onto the next step. And I can honestly say I have never heard anybody pronounce the word "integral" that way. Unfortunately in real estate, integrity doesn't mean much, and three months later their New Paltz home is still on the market.

21:00: Mickey says the party was a "tremendous" success, and they even made the front page of the Daily News real estate section! (Looking a little shiny, Mickey.) He goes to meet Tom and they toast to a job well done. Four months after said toast, and a minor price drop, and Ms. Collins' apartment was sold.

Wow! Episode one down the hatch, and so is this entire green smoothie I had to drink for breakfast, which left me completely unsatiated. It's like, where's the food? Nevermind—no time for that now—episode two is about to start! How can you top a season premiere featuring Joan Collins? I guess we're about to find out.

Featured Listing: 26 East 63rd Street, 10AB

Modern New YorkJune 07, 2013
Now available for the first time is a one-of-a kind, loft unit with 100 feet on Madison Avenue and 63 feet on East 63rd. One block from Central Park, this 3-bedroom loft residence is unparalleled in the marketplace. The 1901 Beaux Arts condominium is one block from Central Park and in the center of the most exclusive shopping and dining New York City has to offer. This grand loft-style home is in triple mint condition. Accommodating a 47-foot living/dining room area, the home is perfect for entertaining or hosting one’s collection of art. With oversized windows that capture views of Central Park from every room, additional features include 11-foot ceilings, rich wood paneling throughout, central air conditioning and a top-of-the-line, windowed chef’s kitchen. A master suite with den and luxurious en suite marble bath completes the home. This full-service building, with approximately 60 residence, is perfect as a pied a terre or full-time residence. Two floorplans are available for viewing, with the second offering a proposed 3-bathroom configuration.
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