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400 Central Park west apt 12M Sold

A 1 bedroom, sponsor renovated unit was sold at the 400 Central Park west condo. The apartment featured a top of the line renovation by the contractor of the Sponsor and had southern views of Central Park. The sales price was $1,325,000 negotiated down from the ask of $1,345,000.  The listing broker was Douglas Elliman and the selling broker was BSRG Inc/ Brian Silvestry.

The 400 Central Park west condominium is a 400 plus unit full service building with resident’s lounge, private gardens, parking, storage, live-in-super and on-site management.

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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.

372 Central Park west 17U sold and closed

A studio apartment was sold in the 372 Central Park west condo, a full service building with concierge, gym, laundry, parking and storage. The asking price for the south facing estate condition apartment was $799,000 and we were able to negotiate the price down to $740,000 for our client, an investor. It’s rare to find a high floor studio, facing south in the Vaux condominium.

Current availability in the condo located at the corner of West 97th street and Central Park west, includes 4 apartments for sale and 3 apartments for rent.

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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.

 

467 Central Park West building profile

467 Central Park west aka The Warner, is a prewar condo which makes it a rarity but even more rare in that it is on Central Park west. The 99 unit pet friendly building at the corner of West 107th street and CPW, has a live-in-super, a bike room, laundry room and storage room.  Availability is the problem. Currently, there are only 2 apartments for sale! There is a 1 bedroom asking $700,000 and a studio asking $595,000. 

467 Central Park west is a 17 story condo with 99 units and low monthly charges. Unfortunately, there are only 2 units for sale and 1 sold in the last year.

Many of the apartments in the building have Central Park views. The most recent sale was apartment 12D, a 736 sqft 1 bedroom that sold for $930,000 in October of last year. So if you are thinking of buying in 467 Central Park west, patience will be key.

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.

400 Central Park west 19P rented

A 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment in the Upper West side condominium 400 Central Park west, was rented for $5,200, in as is condition. The apartment features an extraordinary view of Central Park as it has two exposures, one facing south and one facing east directly into the park.

The building features a 24 hour concierge, bike room, storage, parking, live-in-super, on site management, laundry room in basement and resident’s lounge. The building also has private gardens and a superior location adjacent to central park, close to Whole Foods and many train and subway lines.

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.

Thinking of selling your Manhattan property-Should you paint?

If you are going to be selling your Manhattan property and it’s been a number of years since you painted, and/or you had chosen a dark color, a paint job can really help to spruce things up. Choosing a light color like a designer white can help to brighten up a room or rooms and help to bring out the spaciousness of your offering. If you live in a building, it might be more frugal to have one of the handymen or super do it on his off time. But you will probably see a more favorable reaction from potential buyers with a fresh coat of paint.

Should you stage your apartment?

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.

Is a renovation necessary to sell your Manhattan property?

Many times, prospective sellers ask if a full or partial renovation will help them to sell their Manhattan apartment? It really depends on several factors.

1-What is the competition like at your price point,neighborhood and building?

2-What is the age of your kitchen, bathrooms and flooring.

3-How long will the renovation take?

4- How much will the reno cost?

5- What is your current market value completely as is?

Let’s look at each one by one.

Competition- If there are several properties for sale that are similar to yours and many of them are renovated, you might have no choice but to do some work in your Manhattan pad before selling. However, if there is a shortage as can be the case for 2 bedroom/2 baths under $2 million for example,  the prospective buyer probably will be willing to do the work themselves.

Age of kitchens and bathrooms. If it’s been 30 or more years since the last renovation, you probably will benefit by doing the renovation. If it’s only been about 10 years then the answer is not as clear. Talk to your real estate broker to get an idea of how the apartment will be perceived by a prospective buyer given the age of the renovations.

Length of time for renovation to be completed-If it’s going to be a one year process due to building approval and contractor availability, it might be wise to forego it or scale it down a bit so that it can be completed in less time. Also, timing is an issue here. If the renovation completion date puts you right in the middle of the December holiday season, it might not be the best time to start marketing.

Cost of renovation- If you decide to complete a 6 figure renovation, it might or might not lead to a dollar for dollar return. It most cases it does not. For example if you have a studio apartment of 600 square feet with a value of around $800,000, a renovation of the kitchen, bathroom and flooring of around $50,000 may return dollar for dollar and also lead to a quicker sale. However, a $100,000 reno on the same apartment probably will lead to a quicker sale but not return dollar for dollar.

Sell as is? When you sell as is, you do not complete any renovation and just sell what you have. What you see is what you get and in some cases this might even be the best strategy depending on the above factors and your personal situation. Consult with your real estate broker.  Normally, they can recommend a good contractor to do work if that is needed as well as advise you as to what will yield a return and what will not.

If you examine your current market value as is, then you can see if it makes sense to do a renovation, knowing the cost and time involved. For example if the current market value is $2,500,000 and you want to do a $500,000 renovation that will lead to a $3 million sale, it obviously does not make sense. But also consider the time of the year now, market conditions and the time of the year when the renovation has been completed. The purpose of any renovation, large or small prior to selling your Manhattan property is to widen the buyer pool, and make it easier to sell and this has to lead to at least a dollar for dollar return, otherwise save your money and sell as is.

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 9B Battery Park City in contract

2 south end avenue 9B in Battery Park City’s Cove Club is now in contract. The 3 bedroom/2 bath condo is a corner unit with Harbor views, two exposures, poured concrete floors, a huge kitchen and built in sound system. The last asking price was $1,200,000 and the monthly carrying charges are $6250.

 

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.

372 Central Park west Building profile

by  Brian Silvestry

This 19 story Upper west side condo sits at the corner of 97 street and Central Park west and originally featured studios to 2 bedroom apartments. Some combination apartments are even larger. One of the main reasons that buyers choose the Vaux condo is because of the low monthly charges which are approximately $1 per square foot. Additionally, the building features a concierge, live-in-super, on site management, gym, childrens’ playroom, plenty of outdoor seating areas and parking! Parking is on waitlist which is currently about 3 years.

The Vaux condo as seen from Central Park west. Corner apartments are 2bd/2ba with terrace
The Vaux condo as seen from Central Park west. Corner apartments are 2bd/2ba with terrace
Currently there is one studio for sale in the 400 plus unit for sale at just under $700k. A combination unit needing work 11XY which was asking $2.195mm is in contract. It is a combination of a large 1 bedroom and a large studio apt.
Currently there is one 1 bedroom available for $1,350,000. Two other properties are in contract.

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