Ariana Grande and fiance Pete Davidson purchase luxury apartment in West Chelsea

Ariana Grande and her fiance SNL’s Pete Davidson have purchased in the Zaha Hadid building in West Chelsea. The building is full of amenities including a private Imax Theater and skylit pool. There are 39 units in the building with 5 showing as active on listings site Streeteasy. Prices range from just over $5mm to over $13 mm for the available units.

This swimming pool in 520 West 28th street where Sting and Trudy Styler might run into their new neighbors Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson.
This is the gym in the Zaha Hadid West Chelsea new development

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Sting rented an apartment in the same building

Manhattan rental market continues to be driven by concessions

In May, rental prices for both 3 bedrooms and 2 bedrooms dropped, 6% and 4.6% respectively. Concessions are up 12.5% year over year and have been steadily rising for the last 3 years.

This is consistent with the rentals that I have listed of late which need to be either priced very aggressively or offered with concessions to be rented. Along the same lines, landlords are negotiating with existing tenants to keep them.

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New condo building launching sales soon in Central Harlem

BRP Companies is getting set to launch sales at The Rennie on the site of the former Renaissance Ballroom at Adam Clayton Powell and 137th street need Harlem’s Striver’s Row. Prices will be approximately $530k to $1,700,000. The building will feature a tax abatement obtained under the former framework of the 421a program. 20% of the 130 units will be affordable. Amenities include children’s playroom, gym, rooftop deck, resident’s lounge, garden and 24 hour doorman.

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33 Luxury contracts signed last week Record breaking week

33 Luxury Manhattan apartments priced at $4 million and up went to contract last week marking the best late June week since records were kept by Olshan Realty. Could this be a turning point in the luxury market as the pipeline begins to dry up. There is still a lot of inventory out there that needs to be absorbed but market conditions in favor of buyers do not usually last long in Manhattan.

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Only 7 new Harlem townhouse listings for sale so far this month

With only 1 week left in the month, only 7 new listings for Central Harlem and Hamilton Heights townhouses have been brought to the market in June, so far. Two of those listings were for under $2 million.

The most expensive June listings are two Hamilton Heights homes which have the same price tag of $4 million each. This is in stark contrast to the months of April and May where there were nearly 20 new listings each month and very few contracts. Full report coming next week.

May Harlem townhouse market report

Lincoln Square AMC Movie theater evacuated Friday night

Last night, the Lincoln Square AMC on Manhattan’s upper west side evacuated at about 7:30pm. As we entered the Imax on the top floor at about 6:30pm, there was a smell of smoke but the ticket taker seemed confused when we pointed it out to her and thought it was the food concession.

About 45 minutes into the movie, there was a voice that asked everyone to calmly leave the theater. On the way out there was smoke coming from that concession. We went down the stairs and left. Numerous fire trucks arrived quickly on the scene and one firefighter climbed up the ladder towards the terrace facing Broadway, that is one floor the Imax theater.

 

Manhattan inventory increasing

According to the latest report from listings site Streeteasy, Manhattan inventory rose 16% year over year with the largest uptick in inventory being the Upper East side. On the Upper East side, the inventory increased 20.2%. According to their analysis which is consistent with what I am observing in the field, 16% of the homes on the market received discounts which is an increase year over year of 3.6%.

Recently, I showed a client a couple of townhouses in Harlem and one had an original ask of $2.99 and now is down to $2.3 million and another started at $2.75 million and now is down to $2.25 million.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

 

 

2 South end avenue apt 9B sold

A 3 bedroom/2 bath Battery Park City apartment in the full service Cove Club building, has now sold. The apartment featured beautiful park and harbor views, concrete floors, a large eat in kitchen, museum finishes and was wired for sound. The monthly common charges were $6250.

The apartment was purchased cash.

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Lower East side Co-op turns down $54 million for air rights

The Seward Park Cooperative on Manhattan’s Lower East side turned down $54 million from a developer in exchange for 162,000 of air rights. After a long negotiation process, the proposal was put to a vote but did not get the necessary amount of shareholder support to pass. The developer will still build adjacent to Seward Park,  but will build two towers of 17 and 20 stories instead of 20 and 33 stories.

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The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Harlem townhouses price reductions becoming more frequent

According to the latest data, there are 85 active listings in the market on the listings website streeteasy in Central Harlem and Hamilton Heights. 36 of these listings have at one point or another been reduced from their original asking prices and some more than once. This data shows that seller’s expectations were not in line with the current market and as a result, adjustments have been made to price sometimes not once but twice. In this market, buyers are even more hesitant to get involved with buildings that have issues or are expecting more of a discount to do so.

Between April and May we saw approximately 40 new townhouse listings and few contracts. Halfway through June, only 4 Harlem townhouses have been brought to the market.

Harlem townhouse May report

Harlem townhouse April report

 

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

News about the NYC real estate residential and commercial markets provided and interpreted by an industry veteran licensed since 1999. Brian Silvestry of BSRG Inc. Licensed real estate broker