Category Archives: Real estate

520 Park avenue

From the same team that brought 15 CPW comes this 54 story building with ony 31 units. 520 Park avenueZeckendorf development together with the starchitect of starchitects, Robert A.M. Stern bring this 54 story limestone building to life on Park avenue. Well, the building is on the side street but the address thanks to air rights bought from the church gained the address 520 Park avenue.

View from the 54 story limestone condo on the Upper East side
View from the 54 story limestone condo on the Upper East side

Prices start around $16mm for one floor and duplexes around $67mm according the CurbedNY. The penthouse is set to ask a cool $130mm. The building is trying to recreate the success the developer and architect had at 15 CPW which recorded sales over $2 billion and started this whole new construction with prewar exteriors.

Bathing in the sky
Bathing in the sky

The amenities are not that different than 432 Park avenue with a fitness center, garden, lap pool…

Sales are supposed to start this year. It will be interested to see if this building can recreate the success of 15 CPW. That was a different market and 2015 will be the year with much more competition for new luxury developments in Manhattan. 6500 units altogether are set to come to the market in all price points.








Pomander Walk UWS hidden gem

Pomander Walk imageCurbed NY took a tour inside one of the Upper West side’s best kept secrets: Pomander Walk. It’s a series of low rise, garden apartments that evoke a feeling of England. It is located on West 94 street between Broadway and West end avenue. The apartments are coops and according to the article the vetting process is rigorous in that they want to make sure that shareholders are going to be part of the community.

There are 61 units in this community with 4 available for sale right now from $375k for a studio to just under $2mm for a triplex. Click the link below to see a gallery of images.






100 West 93 street NY,NY 10025 Building profile

The Leader House sits at the corner of 93 street and Columbus avenue on the upper west side. It has 279 units and was converted in 2007. The amenities include an attended lobby, gym, and a 17,000 sqft landscaped terrace. Currently, there is an addition of new retail to the building’s ground floor. Offerings include studios, 1,2, and 3 bedroom apartments. Many of the apartments in this condo have terraces.

Currently, there are two 1 bedrooms in the market being offered in the 900’s. This postwar building is located 4 blocks from Whole Foods supermarket, 1 block to Central Park and also 3 blocks from the crosstown bus and the subway. See the link below for more info and a closer look at available listings.


335 east 27 street NY,NY 10016 Micro units debut this summer

The zoning laws in NYC only allow apartments to be constructed of apartments of a minimum of 400 sqft but thanks to an initiative started under Mayor Bloomberg and continued under the current Mayor we have units in this building coming to the market this summer in the size of 260 to 360 sqft. The rental price will be $2000-3000 per month. Continue reading 335 east 27 street NY,NY 10016 Micro units debut this summer

247 CPW closes for $25mm

One of the few townhouses on CPW has changed hands for $25mm. The 22 foot wide Queen Anne style townhouse near the corner of West 85 street on the Upper West side, was sold at less after chopping it’s initial asking price from $32.7mm to $27.75mm.

The townhouse features over 10k sqft and a 60 ft indoor lap pool. It was purchased in 2006 from Abigail Disney, a grandniece of Walt Disney for $15mm.


Is it time to buy a Manhattan apartment for investment?

With all of the talk of buying apartments to hide money, to shelter money or guard against currency devaluation or being expelled from your country because the Olympic ski jump was not finished on time, does it make sense to invest some of your capital in a Manhattan apartment? I think it pretty much always does given some factors. Continue reading Is it time to buy a Manhattan apartment for investment?

Should you buy a property that is tax abated?

Seems like a very silly question. The obvious answer is if the taxes are lower than  usual, you should it buy it, no? Well, the answer is not that simple. Recently, on a showing of a convertible 3bd condo on 5th avenue, I contemplated the question myself. There are 8 years left on the tax abatement for this building. So that means in this case the taxes will go up 20% every two years until they reach the market rate for taxes for the area. I think this is a point that not every buyer truly understands.

Continue reading Should you buy a property that is tax abated?

Tour Neil Patrick Harris’ Harlem Brownstone

Neil Patrick Harris has been busy and on February 22nd will host the Grammys. NPH gave a tour to Architectural Digest of his 5th avenue Brownstone which he purchased for $3.6mm. Click on the link below to see the article and video to see some of the below items.

  • How they managed two 4 year olds and a yearlong renovation
  • NPH’s secret office
  • Design of the townhouse to integrate new with classic details.