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Manhattan Sales and Rental Projects Hitting the Market in 2012

CurbedJanuary 04, 2012
Did everybody make some good New Year's Resolutions? Not too ambitious, right? Remember, you don't want to be filled with disappointment and self-loathing one week into 2012 when your insanely rigorous three-tier cooking/exercising/reading plan falls to pieces. The trick is to create manageable goals involving things you already know how to do and that way you'll slowly build up confidence and by the time 2013 rolls around you might just be ready to accomplish something. For instance, our New Year's Resolutions were as follows:
1) Make more maps.
2) Compile information about Manhattan sales and rental developments that are going to go on sale this year.
3) Put it all on the internet.
And look at this—four days into the year and we've knocked down all three of those birds with one well-aimed stone. Guess we can take it easy for the next 11 4/5 months. (See a sales or rental project we've missed with an on-sale date sometime this year? Let us know.)

Just Listed: 100 West 58th Street

Brokers WeeklyJanuary 04, 2012
MIDTOWN WEST
100 West 58th Street
$825,000

Steps away from the South entrance of Central Park. One-bedroom, 1-bath home in The Windsor Park, a newly converted pre-war condo originally designed in 1929 by Rosario Candela, with renovations by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates. Living room, kitchen equipped with Sub-Zero, Bosch and Viking applicanes, master suite with four-fixture bathroom. Full-Service building has fitness center and rooftop terrace. Apartment is available fully furnished. Listing agents: Tom Postilio, Mickey Conlon, CORE.

New Development Updates: 83 Franklin

The Real DealJanuary 04, 2012
Leasing Update
83 Franklin

83 Franklin Street Just two apartments remain at the 11-unit rental building, developed by Francis Moezinia and David Moussazadeh. The building’s homes range from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet, and have rented for $8,500 to $22,500 per month. Amenities include a common roof deck, gym, children’s playroom and bike room. Core is the agent. Contact: www.83franklin.com.

A 'Weill'-d Winter Market

The Real DealJanuary 04, 2012
The news that former Citigroup chairman Sanford Weill found a buyer for his 15 Central Park West penthouse — listed only three weeks earlier for $88 million — rocked the real estate community last month.

The buyer, a Russian fertilizer billionaire named Dmitry Rybolovlev, purchased the spread for his 22-year-old daughter, and an anonymous source told Forbes that she would be paying full price. If that’s true — when contacted by The Real Deal, a spokesperson for the family declined to say — the price would demolish previous records for the most expensive Manhattan residential sale. (For more on real estate records broken last year, see “For the record.”)

Though a lack of inventory has helped sales in the luxury market, brokers characterized the Weill deal as an outlier, rather than a sign that the market is back to any sort of boom-time climate. “A sample size of one isn’t necessarily enough” to indicate where the market is heading, cautioned Jeffrey Schleider, founder of Manhattan-based Miron Properties.In the fourth quarter of 2011, the median sale price for a Manhattan apartment was $855,000, up 1.2 percent from the same period of the previous year, according to a market report from Prudential Douglas Elliman. The number of sales dropped 12.4 percent over the previous year to 2,011, according to the report, written by Jonathan Miller, CEO of appraisal firm Miller Samuel.

Donna Olshan, president of luxury specialist Olshan Realty, said the Rybolovlev acquisition speaks to the trend of foreigners investing in U.S. assets under the belief that they are safer bets than those abroad.

“There [are] people around the world who want to move money into the United States,” Olshan said. “It might be a piece of real estate and it might be a sports team, but they need to move their money out of [their home countries].”

The Weill deal may be an outlier, but brokers did report an uncharacteristic burst of heat in the sales market last month. At press time, the number of signed sales contracts for Manhattan apartments in December was up 9.5 percent over the previous month, while November contract volume rose 7 percent over October levels, according to Jeffrey Jackson, chairman of appraisal firm Mitchell, Maxwell & Jackson.

According to UrbanDigs, a real estate analytics and consulting firm, Manhattan buyers signed an estimated 513 to 525 contracts in the first three weeks of December. At that pace,the total number of signed contracts was set to hit between 756 and 775 for the month — up from the 712 new deals signed last December.

Brokers said the increased activity could be caused by buyers finally returning to the market after being sidelined by uncertainty, or hoping to beat the competition associated with a January uptick. Other factors could play a role as well.

“When you see the rentals go this high, and the interest rates are low, and the prices are good prices, you know that it sets the stage for the sales market to move,” Olshan said.Miron’s Schleider offered another explanation: “The most common theory I hear floating around is that the tame weather has allowed people to stay involved in the market.”However, with experts predicting a lackluster bonus season on Wall Street, the usual January sales spike may not provide the same boost as in past years.

Diminished Wall Street compensation “may result in a slower first quarter than in years when there have been big bonuses on the horizon,” said Anne Young, a senior vice president at Brown Harris Stevens.

As a result, some brokers said they are turning their focus away from buyers in the finance sector to focus on new market segments, including creative workers and foreign buyers.John Gomes, an executive vice president at Prudential Douglas Elliman who specializes in new developments, said he plans to consider shifts in the local workforce — away from finance and towards technology start-ups — when allocating marketing budgets this spring.

“As we see the decline in jobs in the finance sector,” Gomes said, “I firmly believe this group of innovators will be the future millionaires that we’ll be selling real estate to in this city.”Mickey Conlon, a senior vice president at Core, said he is hoping to capture more business from foreign buyers to make up for less-active Wall Streeters. But smaller bonuses could be good news for the rental market.

Even if bonuses are not large enough to convince financiers to buy new homes, Bond New York Executive Director of Leasing Douglas Wagner hopes the payouts will at least spur them to upgrade rental accommodations.

“Our industry relies on a certain amount of discretionary movers throughout the city,” Wagner said. “Hopefully, bonuses will be large enough to give renters the confidence to improve their living conditions and move up, even if they might be prevented from buying this year.”

CORE to Appear in HGTV’S New "Selling" Special

December 28, 2011
CORE Agents to Reveal the "Best Property Ever Sold" in a One-Hour Special Premiering January 1st at 4PM ET/PT.

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 28, 2011) – CORE is pleased to announce that due to the overwhelming success of HGTV’s Selling franchise, the network will air a special: The Best Property I Ever Sold, premiering on New Year’s Day. The one-hour special, airing on the first of the year at 4 p.m. ET, will bring together agencies from both Selling New York and Selling LA.

For the past four seasons, HGTV’S Selling New York has provided a rare glimpse into Manhattan’s high-end real estate market. In the “Selling Special”, viewers are invited to tour the properties which series favorites Shaun Osher, Tom Postilio and Kirk Rundhaug consider their most stellar deals of all time, which include a stunning West Village townhome and a penthouse in the sky – all sold in the $12M+ price range.

About CORE
CORE is a real estate sales and marketing firm delivering the best in brokerage, communications and advisory services for the luxury residential segment. In addition, CORE’s elite group of highly experienced and successful professionals service developers who value efficient, no-nonsense results. CORE was founded by Shaun Osher as a full-service boutique firm with a strict adherence to the principles of integrity, efficiency and results. For more information visit www.corenyc.com.

About HGTV
HGTV, America’s leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and is one of cable’s top-rated networks. HGTV’s website, HGTV.com, is the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination, which attracts an average of more than 5 million unique visitors per month.

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Selling New York: The Retrospective; DeKalb Market Closing

CurbedDecember 28, 2011
Is a week too long to wait between episodes of Selling New York? If so, good news: there will be an SNY special, called "The Best Property I Ever Sold," airing on January 4 at 4 p.m. Eastern. What this special involves, according to a press release from the gang at CORE: "In the “Selling Special”, viewers are invited to tour the properties which series favorites Shaun Osher, Tom Postilio and Kirk Rundhaug consider their most stellar deals of all time, which include a stunning West Village townhome and a penthouse in the sky – all sold in the $12M+ price range." Happy new year, SNY obsessives.
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN—DoBro shipping container mall DeKalb Market will, a press release informs us, be closing December 31. There's no exact reopening date planned, but the market should reopen sometime in the spring.

Year in Review: Featured Story of December 2011 - RP Miller & Associates Acquired by CORE

Brokers WeeklyDecember 28, 2011
Brokers focused on mobile marketing as house-hunting apps proliferated. With the holiday season in full swing, brokers warned sellers to tone down the holiday decorations. And from lighting up Harlem to bringing toys to city kids, New York’s real estate community dug deep before the holidays. And CORE sales and marketing firm has acquired Reba Miller's R.P. Miller & Associates.

Just Sold: 8 South Oxford Street

The New York PostDecember 22, 2011
Brooklyn
FORT GREENE $730,000
8 South Oxford St.

One-bedroom, one-bath parlor-floor co-op in a brownstone, 830 square feet, with 12-foot restored plaster ceilings, kitchen with farm-style sink basin and Miele and Marvel appliances, woodburning fireplace, marble mantel, arched doors and sunroom with garden view. Maintenance $822, 40 percent tax-deductible. Asking price $849,000, on market 25 weeks. Brokers: Win Brown and Doug Bowen, Core and Danielle Kent, Charles Rutenberg Realty

Tri It On

New York PostDecember 22, 2011

Daniel Craig has been busy promoting “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which premiered at the Ziegfeld Theater last week, but he’s also been on a serious downtown apartment hunt.

 

As we previously reported, Craig and wife Rachel Weisz have been looking at multiple pricey TriBeCa lofts. And one unit they recently checked out is a $7.495 million, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom co-op at 427 Washington St.

 

The full-floor unit is 4,200 square feet. A key-locked elevator opens to a foyer that flows into a 54-foot-wide living room with large windows and Hudson River views. The residence also has lacquered beamed ceilings, walls with Venetian plaster and a kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances.

 

Craig is now working on his next James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” which is directed by Weisz’s old flame Sam Mendes.

 

Simpson Shops

 

A very pregnant Jessica Simpson has been shopping for pricey Monique L’Huillier wedding dresses in Los Angeles, but she’s still on a house hunt in NYC.

 

Simpson, who might be marrying her fiancé, former NFL tight end Eric Johnson, before the birth of their first child, was spotted looking at a $55,000-a-month apartment at 25 Bond St.

 

It’s a five-bedroom, 6 1/2-bathroom, 7,300-square-foot unit with two private terraces. The apartment, nestled in a boutique limestone building on a charming street that’s home to Ian Schrager’s 40 Bond condo complex and designer Daryl K’s boutique, includes four woodburning fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also an indoor parking spot with direct elevator access to the apartment, which helps keep those pesky paparazzi at bay.

 

Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Jason Walker declined to comment.

 

This is the same NoHo building where, as we revealed, Will Smith was renting with his family last year while his bigger-than-a-house movie trailer caught the ire of downtown residents and made the front page of The Post.

 

We hear . . .

 

That Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who just purchased the $88 million 15 Central Park West apartment where his 22-year-old, Harvard-attending equestrian daughter Ekaterina Rybolovleva will be staying, recently scooped up a St. Tropez mansion that once belonged to Jeffrey Steiner, the late takeover artist/Fairfield Corp. CEO . . . That Jon Hamm recently rented an apartment on West 67th Street . . . That a mystery businessman paid $185,000 on charitybuzz.com for lifetime memberships in all of Donald Trump’s 10 golf clubs and all of Trump’s future clubs. Three other people have since offered to match that number, says Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump. The money will benefit the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

 

Selling in SoHo

 

Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Wilbur Gonzalez has put his own apartment at 40 Mercer St. on the market for $4.5 million. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,649-square-foot SoHo condo is in a star-studded Jean Nouvel-designed building where Meg Ryan has been renting, Daniel Radcliffe owns and Marc Jacobs rented before moving into his Superior Ink townhouse.

 

Gonzalez, who is now officially bicoastal, recently bought a home with killer views and a pool on Hollywood Boulevard in LA’s exclusive Hollywood Hills neighborhood for around $2 million.

 

He owns another New York apartment at 255 Hudson St. that is also on the market. That residence is a three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom, 1,684-square-foot condo that is listed for $1.995 million. We hear that Gonzalez is looking to unload one apartment and keep the other.

 

Gonzalez declined to comment.

 

Fit for a King

 

We know what Oprah Winfrey bestie Gayle King is doing next summer. King has already rented a house on Old Farm Road in Bridgehampton, at a price of $70,000 for Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion, built in 1994, includes a pool, pool house, hot tub and outdoor shower.

 

In other East End news, Marsha Soffer’s East Hampton mansion on Lee Avenue, listed at $24.5 million, is in contract after being on the market less than a month and receiving multiple bids. The 11-bedroom, 12-bathroom house comes with a pool on its 2.2 acres.

 

Sighting

 

Ryan Philippe picking up Christmas packages from his doorman at his downtown building, around Broadway and Eighth Street.

New Listings: 150 Sullivan Street

Brokers WeeklyDecember 21, 2011
Soho
150 Sullivan St. #34
$325,000

Studio in A-plus location. Top floor walk-up with high ceilings, updated kitchen, exposed brick and recently re-stained dark walnut floors. Liberal board allows pieds-a-terre, guarantors, parents buying for children and subletting. Investors welcome. Listing agents: Evan Greenberg & Patrick Mills, CORE.

New Listings: 343 4th Avenue

Brokers WeeklyDecember 21, 2011
ParkSlope
343 4th Ave. #4E
The Novo
$570,000

Two bedroom corner apartment overlooking JJ Byrne Park. Living room has south facing covered balcony. Modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Laundry closet with exterior vented gas washer/dryer. Modern bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub, travertine tiles and rain dome shower. Full-service condo offers 24- hour concierge, gym, yoga studio, play room, residents lounge and an attended parking garage. Building has a 25-year tax abatement. Listing agents: Ivana Nikolic & Win Brown, CORE.

Done Deals: 305 W18th Street - 2011-12-21

Brokers WeeklyDecember 21, 2011
Chelsea
305 W18th St. #2B
$755,000

One-bedroom renovated home. Modern kitchen with Quartzite counter-tops and top of the line appliances. The kitchen and living/dining area includes slate flooring and built-in bookcases. Bathroom with glass-tile shower, stainless steel ceiling, and glass sink. Custom closets, storage locker, washer/dryer.Elevator building, full time super, bike room, laundry, courtyard. Pet friendly. Asking price: $765,000; 19 weeks on the market. Broker: Reyn Rossington, CORE

HGTV’s, ‘Selling New York’ Recap: Shaun Osher and Francis Moezinia haggle over $500

GatherDecember 17, 2011
This week on HGTV's Selling New York, Shaun Osher, CEO of CORE, meets with Francis Moezinia, President of Rex Properties, a developer for a project in Tribeca. There are only 11 units to rent and they are just completed. CORE is brought in to move these high-end, 2,000 sq ft properties. What should the rental price be?

Meanwhile, Warburg meets with the developers of the Carriage House in Chelsea. There are 24 condos for sale. John Sacks and Eamon Roche are the developers for Broad Mill Development Group.

One tremendous advantage of the Carriage House is underground parking, a real premium for New York. Joel Moss, Associate Broker of Warburg powwows with his teammates Herbert Chow and Jocelyn Turken in order to make a plan to show and sell these condos. The sales prices range from $695 thousand to $1.2 million.

The open house is set just one week out. When the three amigos get to the Carriage House they find out that the penthouse is still under construction. This spot is going to one of the main staging spots for the open house. Will it be ready?

CORE agent, Doron Zwickel, goes on a comparison-scouting trip to find other high-end apartments for rent in the area. He finds properties renting from $6k - $11k a month. They believe that the Franklin Lofts should be listed at $8,500/month. Francis Moezinia doesn't believe the price is right and he would like to see $9,000. Shaun tells him to list them at $8,500 and if they go too fast they can raise the price.

Within one month nine of the eleven Tribeca units are rented out, all for above the original rental price. Francis was right on the pricing. It should have been $9,000. However, he is pleased with CORE and is looking forward to working with Shaun again.

Finally at the Carriage House, 250 brokers and potential buyers show up for the open house. After eight weeks, over twenty offers came in and five units were sold. Negotiations are still being made for additional units.

Over all HGTV's Selling New York scored this week. Real estate is still moving in the Big Apple.

Selling New York airs on HGTV Thursday's at 10:30p/9:30C.

Lifestyle Guru, Colin Cowie, Featured on CORE Talks

December 16, 2011
Event Planning, Holiday Entertaining Must-Haves and Real Estate with the Lifestyle Expert

New York, N.Y. (December 16, 2011) – With the holiday season upon us, CORE is pleased to announce the latest CORE Talks subject: celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie. In the latest version of the web series, Cowie is interviewed by his personal broker, Emily Beare, in his New York City headquarters. In the episode, Cowie and Beare discuss the art of throwing a successful event, New York City entertaining essentials, local go-to food shopping spots and Cowie’s latest business venture. Cowie also talks about attributes that create a perfect living space – especially for a constant entertainer – and his custom-designed New York City home which Beare helped to find for him.

“Finding the ideal home in New York City is not an easy feat,” say Colin Cowie, “however, Emily found me exactly what I was looking for. I was able to purchase two top floors and the roof of a new condo in the Flatiron District and combine them to create my ideal apartment, which is the perfect place for me to entertain in.”

“In New York City, finding the perfect home to entertain in is not as easy as it may seem” says Emily Beare, Managing Director at CORE. “It only seemed natural to speak to Colin so he could share his specifics on what he looked for during his personal home buying search and, of course, get his insights on the art of throwing a flawless party, whether planned or at a moment’s notice.”

This interview is in advance of an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Selling New York” which will feature Cowie throwing one of his signature parties in a multi-million dollar listing currently on the market with Beare. “Selling New York” is HGTV’s second highest-rated program and offers viewers a rare glimpse inside the high stakes world of buying and selling luxury Manhattan properties.

About CORE Talks Interviews

CORE Talks aims to influence the people, events and trends that affect the real estate market. The guests featured on this web series are visionaries, not only within real estate but within New York City and in the business, economics and artistic world beyond.

About Colin Cowie

Respected around the world as an arbiter of style, Colin Cowie is widely known for throwing the most spectacular celebrations across the globe. Colin Cowie is an authority on living with style; an author of 8 books, a celebrated television personality, a designer, and a world-renown event designer. Some of the most celebrated events designed and produced by Cowie and his A-list client roster includes Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jordan and many others. Cowie is also the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Colin Cowie Enterprises, LLC, a group of branded businesses consisting of innovative media properties, design, licensing and product development across three divisions: Colin Cowie Weddings, Colin Cowie Life & Style and Colin Cowie Hospitality. www.colincowie.com.

About Emily Beare

Emily Beare serves as a Managing Director at CORE, a New York City–based real estate firm offering a comprehensive array of brokerage and marketing services for both residential and commercial properties. Emily’s expertise spans from re-sales and high-end rentals to new construction, in exclusive enclaves from Central Park to Chelsea and beyond. She has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other media outlets, for her work on the City's ultimate trophy properties including 15 Central Park West.

About CORE

CORE is a real estate sales and marketing firm delivering the best in brokerage, communications and advisory services for the luxury residential segment. In addition, CORE’s elite group of highly experienced and successful professionals service developers who value efficient, no-nonsense results. CORE was founded by Shaun Osher as a full-service boutique firm with a strict adherence to the principles of integrity, efficiency and results. For more information visit www.corenyc.com.

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Selling New York S4E9: Market Fresh

CurbedDecember 16, 2011
Ooohwee, there's nothing like a brand-new building for a broker to bite into! The desired taste? A little cha followed by a lot of ching (fact: cha isn't as delicious as ching). If you've been desperate to be enveloped in developments, then last night's Selling New York will blanket your square-footage-seeking soul. A Tribeca tally-up tale is told when a developer seeks guidance from his brokers on how to price the rental units in his prized project. Then, a group of agents is charged with staging a still-under-construction Chelsea condo building into an open-house ready hotspot. Will tempers get wild or will everyone just be really reasonable and mild? Discover the deep, dark secrets of developmental delays and dire dollar designations in today's DUM DUM DUM...dramatic recap. The drama always starts with...research? >>

CRISIS #1: AGENT MUST DO A LITTLE RESEARCH TO FIND RIGHT PRICE RANGE FOR DEVELOPER'S TRIBECA RENTALS

CORE prez Shaun Osher and CORE agent Doron Zwickel are doing a walk through developer's Francis Moezinia's latest loft conversion at 83 Franklin in Tribeca. The pre-war building is almost done being divvied up into eleven luxe rentals—each one around 2,000 square feet and loaded with high-end furnishings as well as access to the building's amenities.

Care for a 700-square-foot terrace?

Don't mind if I do! Francis says he remodeled the building "as if he were building it for myself" AKA "well, aren't I tasteful!"

Sure, the skylight is nice...

But I'm not seeing any built-in nacho bars.

Anynachosaremylifeways, Franciepants needs CORE's help to determine how many dollars a month he can get for the rentals. Shaun explains pricing "is more of an art than a science" and sends Doron out on a worldwide (if the world = a few Tribeca blocks) tour of comparable rentals to feel out market capability.

Doron embarks on his exploration at 6 Murray to size up this $6,000/month loft sporting 1,700 square feet:

Yael Dunsky—the pad's broker—reveals to Doron that this unit was recently rented and that she didn't have to lower the price one penny.

Perhaps this positive news is the result of a secret "I hope this unit went for asking price" wish Doron made moments before on the magically-timed oven clock?

The mystical art of pricing continues when Doron world-tours around the corner to 45 White Street. There, brokerNeil Nerich shows this $11k/month giant duplex loft:

After seeing this 2,700 square foot fiefdom, Doron feels confident with coming up with a pricing structure. Then, ShaunDo (agent hybrid alert!) catch up with Francis at 83 Franklin to share their artistic findings. Shaun exclaims that with pricing, it's the brokers job to "be the voice of reason" since "the owner of the building thinks their building is always the best."

Shaun asks Francis to release one unit at $8,500/month, which surprises Francis. He wants closer to $9,000. Doron explains he looked at a bunch of other somewhat comparable places and thinks $8500 is a good place to start. Hey...isn't $8,500 the average of the featured Place #1 ($6000) and Place 2 ($11,000)? Phooey "the art of pricing"...smells like solid science to me!

Francis relents to $8,500 when ShaunDo tell him that it's better to start lower and gauge the market. If there's interest at that price, they can always pump up the monthly lump sums on the other units. Finally, it's time for the soft launch party and to take a look at a finished unit:

The party was a success as the update informs that a month later nine of the units were rented—all above the original price. And as of now, 83 Franklin has a blinking no vacancy sign. Tribeca, you so fancy!

CRISIS #2: BROKERS MUST TRANSFORM CHELSEA CONDOS FROM CONSTRUCTION ZONE TO COZY FOR HIGH-PRESSURE DEBUT

Warburg agent Jocelyn Turk is meeting with a trio of developers from Broad Mill to discuss marketing plans for 159 West 24th Street—The Carriage House. Seems that their lender lawsuits have been cleared up, and now it's time to hit the sell button on this former parking garage!

The developers want Joc to throw a kickin' open house where peeps actually want to stay. Paying homage to the garage, Broad Mill created an eight-car indoor lot that stashes four of the cars underground. Press the magic mechanical lift lever and zap your ride up!

Though not every vehicle likes to be hidden:

The developers say "the garage needs to be a focal point" to the "coming out party", so Joc suggests stocking it with sophisticated wheels. Joc also says she'll form a team to tackle staging the second floor. The time frame? Une semaine! ¡Una Semana! 1 week! Joc is feeling the pressure to furnish the footage and raise the roof. Like that Eminem song even my mom's heard of (no she hasn't), she's only got one shot. Game. On!

Next, Joc assembles her Warburgtastic team comprised of fellow agents Joél Moss and Herbert Chou. Joél's the brains behind the decor and Herb's got the hook-up to haute connections. At San Rocco Restaurant, they discuss strategy while maintaining 2 out of 3 team member smiles:

So jovial! Herb's going to market Chelsea as "the center of Manhattan" and Joél's going to make the space look buyable. Go team JoHeJo! JoHeJo journeys to Carriage House to see the still-under-construction property.

Ruh-roh! Is there time to turn this (hardly a) mess into a masterpiece?

Looks like JoHeJo's got a couple screws loose in their party planning:

Next JoJo go to an antique store to scoop up stuff for staging. There, they check in on Herb, who's burnin' up the phone lines with invites to movers and shakers.

Herb's land line looks like a phone version of KIT from Knight Rider, ryeeet? Also lovin' his old-school pencil eraser tops:

Can Herb star in his own series, Knight Broker? Thanks in advance TV people for making that happen. It's pre-party time and JoHeJo gather at Carriage House for some last minute team efforting: Joél's not that pleased with how the penthouse staging went but takes some deep yoga breaths and lets it go. Let's get to this poppin' party already...and see some makeover magic! And sexy sports cars. So much awaits:

JoHeJo finds the response "overwhelmingly positive" and the developers seem hesitantly hopeful it will translate into $ales.

Champagne + rifling through pocketbook = DRUNK BUYING! (it's like drunk dialing except you booty call the owner with a monetary offer) :

The woman was probs just looking for a mint, but I like to dream big. Was the open house a hit? Um, that's like asking if Team JoHeJo is super sweet and works well together. Turns out that eight weeks after the party, more than two dozen offers came in and five signed contracts! Eminem would be proud. Episode grade: Hard-working agents brought their A-game, the money came, and the developers weren't insane! These tag team tales earn 4 out of 5 Happy Holiday cackling Kleiers.

Best Place of the Week: 220 Riverside Boulevard

NY Daily NewsDecember 16, 2011
This nearly 3,000-square-foot condo in Trump Place has river views from every room.

“There is a wonderful foyer you walk down and then the element of surprise — suddenly you turn the corner and in front of you are these walls of windows overlooking the Hudson,” said CORE’s Emily Beare, who has the listing. “You see the George Washington Bridge to the right, and you can see through the kitchen and see a beautiful view to the left. Wherever you are in the apartment, you see amazing views.”

Just Sold! : 330 Spring Street

The New York PostDecember 15, 2011
Manhattan
SOHO $1,635,000
330 Spring St.

Two-bedroom, two-bath loft condo, 1,489 square feet, with open kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, bath with soaking tub and separate shower, washer/dryer and floor-to-ceiling windows; building features doorman and gym. Common charges $2,006, taxes $403. Asking price $1,675,000, on market 14 weeks. Brokers: Adrian Noriega, Core and Jackie Kurtz, Warburg Realty.

House of the Day: 246 West 17th Street, 1-C

The Wall Street JournalDecember 15, 2011
Chelsea, Storage, Space
Price: $2,575,000 Location: Manhattan, NY

“The owners of this two-bedroom home in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood added a 'hiding space' behind the kitchen, as well as ample storage to accommodate their growing family.” - Sushil Cheema

Gimme Shelter: 233 West 20th Street

The New York PostDecember 15, 2011
Jim Carrey’s downtown bachelor-pad hunt continues. As we previously reported, the funnyman had been looking for apartments in the $5 million to $8 million range — and now he’s visiting even bigger, more lavish residences.

He recently checked out a $13.65 million townhouse at 233 W. 20th St. The Chelsea townhouse, built in 1824 and completely renovated, is 7,000 square feet, with six bedrooms and six-plus bathrooms. The home includes a grand entrance foyer, an elevator, two chef’s kitchens and a solarium flanked by two terraces.

Listing brokers Tom Postilio and Natalie Rakowski of Core could not be reached for comment.

A Unique Perspective: A Look at Some Unique Residential Amenities and Services

Resident MediaDecember 15, 2011
Show us a luxury residential building or townhouse that doesn’t offer what has become basic amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, in-house concierge or even bicycle storage - they are easy to come by. Marble counter tops are always expected along with common area party or gathering spaces and billiard/entertainment communal areas. As we searched around for properties we came across some surprising amenities that offer that “dare-to-be-different” twist to NYC living.

According to Maggie Kent a top producing agent with CORE a brokerage here in Manhattan, special features and unique amenities can appeal to a wide range of people but, for one townhouse she is currently selling, she believes that it will take a very specific buyer. Located in Chelsea, this 5,000 sq ft property features an 8ft deep 26 ft long in ground swimming pool that opens into a 16-foot high solarium sanctuary. Amenities are so important today to buyers whether they are looking at some of the newer luxury buildings that have been built or re-constructed recently to townhouses that beg to be the recipient of upgrades. “One townhouse I am currently marketing at 232 West 15th Street in Chelsea has so many unique features from the in ground swimming pool to the solarium to the back garden and roof deck it is going to appeal to a very particular buyer which could be a celebrity or an athlete - I can even see one of the Google Executives really enjoying this property especially since it is about a block and a half from their NYC headquarters” says Kent.

If swimming in your own townhouse isn’t your thing then maybe another very unique townhouse listed by Paula Del Nunzio with Brown Harris Stevens is. At 170 East 80th Street Paula is marketing a townhouse that features the tallest indoor waterfall in New York City. The townhouse has been renovated over the last three years into an exquisite 13,000-squarefoot mansion by Kate Shin, president of WEmi:t LLC, the developer of the property. The home includes a one-of-a-kind 20-foot wide and 22-foot high indoor cascading waterfall and pond. It also features an art gallery on the main floor for private or commercial use, a 2,300-squarefoot private spa lounge with a Jacuzzi and sauna, and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar. The five-floor mansion boasts eight rooms, eight bathrooms, an elevator, and a roof sky garden with real green grass. Both of these townhouses are truly one of a kind properties that exude opulence from the entrance to the intimate details. Although not a new amenity or special perk we still have to include the Ian Schrager designed 50 Gramercy Park North in our library of high regards. Not only do residents of some of the properties surrounding Gramercy Park have the ability of obtaining a key that allows them access to the park but, at 50 Gramercy they can as well enjoy 24 hour room service from the Gramercy Park Hotel. Accordingto Wassim Serhan an agent with TOWN, a residential brokerage in Manhattan his listing at 50 Gramercy Park North #10A provides these amenities plus direct park views and a full private floor. “This is a rare find for the discerning buyer waiting to own at the coveted 50 Gramercy Park North” he said. Wassim added, “housekeeping, room service, butler service, valet service, event planning/ catering, personal shopping, delivery and car wash service, even access to the state of the art fitness center and spa at the Gramercy Park Hotel is available”.

Luxury buildings such as MiMA which is a 63-story glass tower at 450 West 42nd St. between 9th and 10th Avenues offer tenants all the joys of amenity heaven. Named after its location in the middle of Manhattan, MiMA features M Club, a sprawling 44,000 square foot health, recreation and entertainment amenities. In addition to the city’s first resident-only, on site Equinox fitness club, the building offers a full court basketball court and a 60-foot glass enclosed lap pool. Another first is Dog City, a full service grooming and day care center for pets. The residents-only professionally staffed pet spa with indoor and outdoor play areas offers grooming and training facilities, in-home feeding, walking services, scheduled play dates, and more. In all there are three lushly landscaped outdoor terraces with private dining pods and barbecue facilities encompassing over 14,000 square feet of outdoor space, two party rooms and catering kitchens, outdoor and indoor screening rooms, and an Internet café and business center equipped with iMac computers and a coffee bar. In addition, there is a club room and residents’ lounge with a cozy island fireplace, a fully equipped game room with billiards and card tables and electronic gaming.

One other luxury building that needs to be mentioned is The Aldyn a 40 story condo building developed by Extell Development Company over in the Riverside South neighborhood. Residents have access to one of New York City’s largest residential fitness and activity centers, with over 40,000-squarefeet. The unrivaled amenities, powered by LA PALESTRA, offer a state-of-the-art fitness center with both cardio and weight training and separate studios for yoga, Pilates, and Kinesis. The building has a 75-foot swimming pool, two-level rock climbing wall, full size basketball and squash courts, and a golf driving range simulator. Spa facilities include private treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms and men’s and women’s locker rooms.

A community environment is further fostered thanks to a game room, bowling alley, café, entertainment room and a Kidville USA indoor playground. Yes, we came across some unique additions to make one really think about what they would want in a luxury rental or condo or in townhouse ownership. With construction renovations slowly ramping up and many buildings planned, we wonder what the next luxury amenity will be to attract buyers and renters and to stay competitive in a challenging NYC real estate market.
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