[World Journal/世界日报] 豪華公寓轉型 吸引華人買家

上西城(Upper West Side)地理條件優越,不僅擁有久負盛名的博物館、音樂廳,更毗鄰常春藤名校哥倫比亞大學,擁有頂級私校三一學校(Trinity School),被視為紐約市最具文化氣息的區域。據房地產公司Zillow最新地產報告顯示,上西城房產市場的售價中位數為179萬5000元,讓多數人望洋興嘆,但相比上西城輝煌的房市歷史而言,市場正在慢慢轉型,年代久遠的豪華公寓逐漸收起傲氣,反而為華人買家提供機會。

上西城的居民區多為豪華共有公寓(condo)、合作公寓(co-op)以及連棟屋(townhouse),據房地產網站Zillow日前的分析顯示,上西區正在銷售的房產價格中位數為179萬5000元,從2010年起呈逐年上升趨勢,但在2016年開始下滑,房產銷售價格中位數為每平方呎1860元,而出租價格中位數是3500元,比紐約市出租價格中位數2950元高出不少。

●銷售樓盤 40%以上降價

根據彭博社(Bloomberg)近日的研究報告顯示,由於全新豪華開發案增多、轉售價降壓低,曼哈頓各社區的買家開始有更多與賣家談判的權利。激增的租賃市場也使得房東拋出更低的房租,租戶也因此更有底氣延遲購買屬於自己的房產,或爭取更大的折扣。不少曼哈頓社區正面臨40%以上銷售樓盤降價的現狀,其中上西區有42%正在銷售的房屋正在打折,上東區也有45%的銷售房屋打折出售。

「紐約市房地產市場正在調整,將為華人買家帶來大量機會。」紐約房地產經紀公司柯可蘭集團(Corcoran Group)旗下的Sara Gelbard-Paul Kolbusz Team資深房產經紀人Paul Kolbusz表示,上西區的房價的確有所下降,賣方近年來變得更現實。柯可蘭集團報告顯示,2016年第4季度,集團在西區銷量同比下降31%,交房量為493。存量比2015年第4季度增長7%至872個住宅單元。銷量下滑與存量增長共同導致了6%的供應月數增長,達3.5個月,但依然保持供應不足態勢,待售天數攀升8%至90天。但西區新開發項目定價大幅上漲,中位數價格比去年增加45%,達到325.3萬元,均價上漲28%至347萬元。

房產經紀人洪正陽表示,上西城有大量二戰前建築和合作公寓,新開發項目較少,但也有如哈德遜河邊斥資23億元的三幢連體豪宅Waterline Square等項目,為上西城房產市場增添活力。由於高價共有公寓目前正在轉型,One57大樓等豪華公寓採取減價銷售,其他樓房也提出有賣方支付成交費用(closing cost)等優惠,對華人買家而言是好機會。

●不是投資首選 但宜居

蘇富比國際地產行的房產經紀陳怡指出,上西區越靠近中央公園價格越高,其中60街至70街區域房價最高,「上西城新房子少,不是投資的首選地點,但居住環境非常好」,2000年初時上西區興起不少新建統艙(Studio),此後隨著民眾購買能力的提升,買房的民眾傾向於一室一廳或更大的新房子。知名房地產公司(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)的房產經紀人孫國義也說,上西城的交通便捷,適合民眾自己居住,加上華人買新樓的意識,新房源開出就有不少華人買家蜂擁而上。

[The Real Deal]Is Rob Speyer “Developer 2” in Skelos case?

Description of unnamed developer in federal case against Senate leader matches a top RE player

By Rich Bockmann

From left: Rob Speyer, Preet Bharara and Dean Skelos

From left: Rob Speyer, Preet Bharara and Dean Skelos

 Tishman Speyer President Robert Speyer — the chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, the city’s most powerful industry lobby — appears to be the unnamed “Developer 2” in the criminal complaint filed yesterday in the case against Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

The complaint, which was filed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, seems to use the high-profile Tishman Speyer executive as an example of how Skelos and his son, who were both arrested Monday, allegedly leveraged their power for personal gain.

Neither “Developer 1,” which has already been publicly reported as Leonard Litwin’s Glenwood Management, nor “Developer 2” has been charged with any wrongdoing.

According to the complaint, Adam Skelos, 32, allegedly used his father’s powerful state position to win business for the East Coast Abstract Group, a Long Island-based title insurance agency where he serves as vice president.

The 43-page complaint points to a January 2011 email between Adam Skelos and his supervisor discussing an upcoming lunch meeting he had scheduled with “the president of a major commercial real estate developer based in New York, New York” that owned the Chrysler Building complex.

In 2011 Tishman Speyer, the largest family-owned firm in New York City, controlled both the land under the Chrysler Building and a 10 percent stake in the complex after the Abu Dhabi government bought a 90 percent stake in the complex in 2008 for $720 million.

The lunch meeting, page nine of the complaint says, was on Dean Skelos’ calendar as well and was scheduled to take place at Developer 2’s office on February 10.

The younger Skelos emailed his supervisor to say the developer “wants to start giving me his work,” according to the complaint. A month later, the managing director from Developer 2’s firm wrote to Adam Skelos asking him to generate a title report for a $250 million mortgage on the Chrysler Building complex.

The federal prosecutor’s office cited the back-and-forth as one of several examples of how the younger Skelos allegedly sought to monetize his father’s position.

“Adam Skelos, with the awareness and support of Dean Skelos, has relied heavily on his father and his father’s official position to generate sales income, including by making implicit and explicit references to Dean Skelos’s position and powers,” the complaint read.

It’s unclear what came of the title report request, if anything.

A spokesperson for Tishman said, “We have been contacted by the US Attorney’s office with regard to its investigation and are happy to continue to answer any questions they may have.”

In addition to acting as president and co-CEO of his family firm — a position he shares with his father Jerry — Speyer is also chairman of REBNY. REBNY did not immediately to a request for comment.

One of Glenwood’s top executives, senior vice president Charles Dorego, is reportedly helping the federal authorities build their case against the Skelos duo, Capital New York reported.

Adam and Dean Skelos, who deny any wrongdoing, were charged yesterday with six counts of extortion, fraud and soliciting bribes from an environmental technology company and what appears to be Glenwood Management. Litwin and Glenwood are also widely considered to be “Developer 1” in the corruption case against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was charged in January with taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Bharara’s office declined to comment, but toldThe Real Deal that “Developer 2” in the Silver case is not necessarily Developer 2 in this case.


[New York Observer] Home for the Holidays: De Niros Nab West Village Penthouse for $2.852M

It seems odd that the De Niros—as in Robert—would rent. Mr. De Niro generally makes the impression of a practical, no-nonsense fellow who wouldn’t deign to throw away cash—even if he’s got plenty to burn. (He is, after all, engaged in a bitter dispute with an upstate town over a property assessment he considers too steep.) But then again, he and his wife, Grace Hightower, had good reason for checking into a $125,000 per month floor-through at 15 Central Park West in the fall, what with the fire at the Brentmore that ravaged their triplex, necessitating a gut renovation. We can’t have him living on the street, after all! And as city records have it, his adoptive daughter, Drena De Niro, has been renting, too—albeit something considerably more modest, a two bedroom in Tribeca that goes for less than $7,000 a month.

Fortunately for young Ms. De Niro, it looks like pops has decided to give her a hand; the two appear as buyers on the deed for a penthouse at 32 Morton Street, which they closed on for $2.852 million.

The listing for the West Village co-op held by Corcoran’s Paul Kolbusz and Sara Gelbard shows a bright, airy loft with “panoramic city and Hudson River views through industrial sized metal casement windows.” There are 13-foot beamed ceilings and blonde hardwood floors. The kitchen appears to be no more than a narrow dead-end alley with sleek dark cabinetry, but then, we don’t expect that Ms. De Niro, an actress and producer, will be doing such a tremendous lot of cooking.

Nonetheless, appliances are “top of the line,” obviously, and the living room features a wood burning fireplace with a marble hearth, plus a wet bar—fun for the whole family.

Among Ms. De Niro’s most recent roles was a turn in the French-American Welcome to New York, a thinly veiled telling of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal that drew mixed reviews and threats of legal action from Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who alleged slander. But having played an executive assistant in the film, Ms. De Niro is unlikely to suffer in the courts. And certainly, her continued stay in the city ought to be a good deal more pleasant than the protagonist’s.

 

[The Daily News] Robert De Niro’s adopted daughter Drena scores $2.85M pad in the West Village

By: Katherine Clarke

                                                                                                                                                                                         Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP         Robert De Niro poses with his daughter Drena De Niro, left, and wife Grace 

                                                                                                                                                                                         Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP        

Robert De Niro poses with his daughter Drena De Niro, left, and wife Grace 

 

It looks like celeb spawn Drena De Niro has a brand new pad in the West Village.

Her dad, Oscar winner Robert De Niro, has bought a $2.85 million penthouse apartment for his adopted daughter at 32 Morton St., records show. Drena is De Niro’s ex-wife Diahnne Abbott’s daughter from a previous marriage.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad has views of the city and the Hudson River and a stunning modern fireplace with a marble hearth.

De Niro paid nearly $100,000 over asking for the property, which was listed by Paul Kolbusz and Sara Gelbard of the Corcoran Group.

The penthouse is just around the corner from the actor’s old digs at 14 St. Luke’s Pl. but he’s since moved uptown to 15 Central Park West. The star is reportedly renting steel magnate Leroy Schecter's 35th-floor apartment at the exclusive super luxe building.

Drena isn’t the only celeb kid in the market for a new home.

Tatiana Von Furstenberg, daughter of Diane Von Furstenberg and her late husband Prince Egon, is likely on the hunt for a new place having just sold her Gramercy apartment, at an historic old brownstone at 1 Gramercy Park, for $4.24 million.

 

 

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real...

[The Real Deal] WeLive: Adam Neumann buys Greenwich Village townhouse

January 06, 2014 03:50PM 
By Zachary Kussin


Images of 41 West 11th Street and Adam Neumann

Images of 41 West 11th Street and Adam Neumann

Adam Neumann, the founder of collaborative workspace provider WeWork, has a new transaction to add to his repertoire, but this time it’s not for office space. Neumann, along with his actress and filmmaker wife Rebekah Paltrow Neumann (a cousin of Gwyneth), bought a townhouse at 41 West 11th Street for $10.5 million, according to city records filed today.

The home is located between Fifth and Sixth avenues in the Greenwich Village. Sara Gelbard, Paul Kolbuzs and Christopher Infante of the Corcoran Group had the listing for the nearly 23-foot-wide property. The home first hit the market in December 2012 for $11.995 million and underwent some price cuts until reaching its final ask of $10.9 million this past July, according to StreetEasy.

The sale entered contract in early August and transferred in late November, according to the deed.

The home was built in 1847 in the Greek Revival style, according to the listing. It boasts seven wood-burning fireplaces and original hardwood flooring. The parlor alone has full-height windows and plaster rosettes. There are six bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and the home is configured as an owners’ triplex topped with a guest suite.

“It’s a beautiful house with lots of details,” Kolbuzs told The Real Deal.

Infante declined comment. Gelbard did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for Neumann did not immediately respond to a request seeking confirmation and comment.

Israeli native Neumann has had quite the year with WeWork. The company’s on track to become the city’s fifth-largest office tenant, as previously reported.

His company is also looking to add a 500,000-square-foot space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and, as of November, was in advanced talks to take all 300,000 square feet of Rudin Management’s 110 Wall Street. In September, the company inked an 86,000-square-foot lease at 25 Broadway, as The Real Deal reported. In March, WeWork took over 120,000 square feet at 222 Broadway in a deal that was valued at roughly $75.7 million, as The Real Deal also reported.

And in 2012, Neumann acquired the rights to buy the top 25 floors of the iconic Woolworth Building for $68 million.

The seller is listed as Rick Bierman, a real estate attorney, who bought the townhouse in September of 1987 and raised his family there. With his kids grown, he said it’s time for he and his wife Kathy to downsize.

“I’m very happy that the Neumanns are buying and let me tell you why: They’re a family,” he said.

[New York Magazine] Live Where They Lived

by New York Magazine, Sept 2013

(Photo: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection Smithsonian American Art Museum)

(Photo: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Charles Webster Hawthorne
Where: 280 West 4th Street.
What: A townhouse with three one-bedroom apartments plus a triplex with a greenhouse and rooftop terrace.
Asking price: $9.995 million.
Agent: Paul Kolbusz and Sara Gelbard, the Corcoran Group.

This building’s new owners will land not only a stately townhome but potentially the painting hanging above the fireplace of a brown-haired girl in a white-lapeled blue smock, dubbed “Girl in Blue.” The sellers, who searched a year for the painting, say it belongs to the house. (The painting is not included in the price, but the owners are willing to negotiate.) Portraitist Charles Webster Hawthorne, who founded the Cape Cod School of Art and mentored Norman Rockwell, called this building home from 1919 to 1930 and might have painted “Girl in Blue” in the top-floor studio. While the room has been renovated, sheets of light still pour from the large windows and skylight. Painter Albert Pinkham Ryder was a former resident, too.

Source: http://nymag.com/realestate/features/celeb...

[The Real Deal] Manhattan’s Top Listing Agents

With more eight- and even nine-figure listings hitting the market, Manhattan’s top brokers aren’t feeling the inventory squeeze as much as their colleagues in other segments of the residential industry. While nearly all of Manhattan’s top 10 brokers have fewer properties on the market than last year, most have a higher dollar value of listings, according to The Real Deal’s annual ranking of Manhattan’s top 75 listing agents.

[Wall Street Journal] Light, Layout, History Pluses

Featuring Sara Gelbard and Paul Kolbusz' townhouse at 280 West 4th Street, West Village, Manhattan.

 

By JACKIE BISCHOF

Working at home can have challenges, but people in the arts sometimes can draw work inspiration from what is also their living space. Here, the owners of three listed homes—two in Manhattan and one in upstate New York—describe how the light, layout and history of their properties helped their creative projects.

Actor and director Matthew Modine, who has appeared in films such as "Full Metal Jacket" and "The Dark Knight Rises," purchased a garden duplex apartment in Chelsea with his wife Caridad in 2008 for $1.7 million.

They were the first owners of the approximately 1,700-square-foot apartment in Loft 25, a building a few blocks from the High Line.

Mr. Modine says he wrote several short films in the space and worked on a screenplay he is currently producing in Los Angeles. The home's 17-foot ceilings "allow your mind to open up to creative thoughts," says Mr. Modine, and the two-level space allowed him to "wander" while working on his screenplays and films.

"There are lots of spaces to escape to," he says. The home, with open-plan kitchen, is listed with Halstead Property for $2.175 million.

Photographer Brittany Beiersdorf used her studio space in the West Village to display her photographs and work on an accessory and clothing line called "Descendants of the Dragon." The light-filled studio is part of a triplex with living accommodations and access to a roof deck.

The triplex is one of four units in a townhouse purchased by Ms. Beiersdorf's father, Lloyd Ross, in 2005 for slightly under $7 million. Mr. Ross is the founder and retired chief executive of a discount retail company. The space was renovated over the course of two years, with some original details, such as moldings, being retained.

The home was occupied by painter Charles Webster Hawthorne from 1921 to 1930, according to records from the National Academy of Design. A painting by Mr. Hawthorne, who also was an art teacher. hangs in a living room in the home.

For Ms. Beiersdorf, who has since moved to Virginia, the home's history made it "an honor to use the studio." Her father calls it "an absolutely ideal, wonderful place for artists," citing the amount of space provided by the studio triplex and its exposure to light.

The brick townhouse is listed with Corcoran Group for $10.5 million.

The upstate towns of Beacon and Cold Spring are situated on the banks of the Hudson River and set against the mountains. They have attracted a host of artists who work and exhibit in the area, and the art gallery Dia:Beacon is a popular destination for day visitors to the area.

In 1994, Maryann Syrek and her husband Richard visited a 10-acre property on a hill in Cold Spring. After having a picnic and a bottle of wine, they promptly fell asleep, a sign for them that they "felt at home with the land." They purchased the property for $195,000.

Ms. Syrek is an interior designer, painter and sketcher as well as a representative for Eastern European artists.

She designed the home that the couple built on the land and shares a workspace with Mr. Syrek, a data analyst, on the second floor. A layer of rubber protects the floor from paint spills and a deck provides views of a tree-filled landscape and the Hudson River.

"When Maryann designed it, it was fun in a way," says Mr. Syrek of the home. "The way it looked was Maryann, the way it worked was me…Every piece of this house is a part of us."

The 3,800-square-foot home with four bedrooms was listed by with Houlihan Lawrence for $1.825 million and recently entered into contract.

"The minute I stepped on to this property, I knew this was it," says Mr. Syrek. "You can feel something that works."

 

 

[New York Times] Big Ticket | Sold for $11.5 Million

By ROBIN FINN

 A well-preserved brick town house in the West Village that was built for a sea captain in 1842 and had been owned since 1987 by the publishing magnate Timothy C. Forbes, a son of Malcolm S. Forbes, sold for $11.5 million and was the most expensive sale of the week, according to city records.

The four-story town house at 60 West 11th Street and its equally antique, though not identical, twin next door were built by Andrew Lockwood in the prevailing Federal style with piquant Greek Revival flourishes. It has five bedrooms, six fireplaces, three and a half bathrooms, and a serene south-facing garden with a fountain as a centerpiece.

There are roses indoors (old-fashioned plaster roses adorn the ceilings) and out (the real things bloom in the garden). The meticulously restored and impeccably maintained house has double parlors, pilastered windows and mahogany doors, spread over 4,680 square feet of space including the attic and a staff room. But not all of it is designated a 19th-century time capsule.

Mr. Forbes, the president and chief operating officer of the Forbes publishing empire, also added some modern touches, like a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, an entertainment room, sound and security systems, and expansive glass doors that open from the living room into the garden.

The house was listed at $12.5 million in June through Chris Infante, Paul Kolbusz and Sara Gelbard of the Corcoran Group. Deborah Grubman of Corcoran represented the buyer, who was shielded by a limited-liability company, 60 West 11th Street.

Running a close second to the Forbes sale at $11.3 million, but its opposite in décor, locale and length of time on the market, was the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath co-op at 995 Fifth Avenue, a k a the Stanhope, owned and outrageously decorated by Daphne Guinness, the brewing company heiress and style-setter. The unit, No. 11N, at the 1926 Rosario Candela-designed building enjoys sweeping views of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features a Smallbone chef’s kitchen, and has a heady monthly maintenance charge of $17,950.

Dan Neiditch, the president of River2River Realty, took on the languishing listing last spring and gradually reduced the price to $11.5 million from $14 million; the buyers, also represented by Mr. Neiditch, are Matthew McLennan, a portfolio manager at First Eagle Funds, and his wife, Monika. Ms. Guinness, whose chronically overflowing bathtub provoked a lawsuit from her downstairs neighbors in 2010 after the leaks damaged their bedroom, took a small loss on the co-op, which she had acquired in 2008 for $11.7 million to use as her New York pied-à-terre.

Big Ticket includes closed sales from the previous week, ending Wednesday.

A version of this article appears in print on 12/16/2012, on page RE2 of the NewYork edition with the headline: $11,500,000.

[New York Magazine] Reasons to Love New York

By: Jon Gluck

On October 4, Michele Farinet, the parent coordinator at P.S. 41, the grade school my daughter attends in the Village, sent an e-mail to the school’s parents. The message wasn’t about fourth-grade state-test preparation, a PTA meeting, or a bake sale. It was about a teddy bear.

There is a brownstone on West 11th Street, Farinet wrote, that was once occupied by the Weathermen—it’s the building in which the group accidentally set off a bomb in 1970. For decades, the subsequent owners kept a stuffed Paddington Bear in the window, dressed in holiday outfits. Farinet, it’s worth noting, is no sentimentalist; she’s normally a pit-bull advocate for the neighborhood and school. But at the start of each year, she wrote, her daughter’s first-day jitters were calmed by walking down 11th Street and seeing the bear in a P.S. 41 T-shirt. “I know it’s a small thing,” she said. “But over the years it becomes tradition.” Now the owner of the brownstone had died, and the building had been sold. The bear was gone. “I just thought someone should say good-bye,” Farinet wrote. “I’ll miss you. Thanks for making me and all other 41 families feel good.” You could practically hear the silence among the thousands of parents who received the e-mail, many of whose children must have walked past the teddy bear, too. My wife, and I know she wasn’t the only one, cried. And then, the next day, Farinet sent a second message. The building’s new owner had contacted her. Because of the outpouring from the community, the bear would be returning.

The other day I found myself walking down 11th Street, and there was Paddington. I had to fight back the impulse to wave.

[New York Post] Dream Homes

Greenwich Village $29.5 million 

This Greek-revival-style townhouse on West 10th Street was originally built in 1844 and a mere century-and-a-half later still “exemplifies the elegance and refinement” one expects on the “Gold Coast.” The “triple-mint” house’s four floors — don’t worry, there’s an elevator — includes seven bedrooms and seven-plus bathrooms (with a master suite occupying the entire second floor), while the garden level offers a “chef’s kitchen” and an “informal family suite” with a “large living/dining room” is up on the fourth level. Underneath it all is a “fully finished” cellar with a gym, steam shower and sauna, and atop it all is a roof deck with a study and meditation room.

Agents: Sara Gelbard and Paul Kolbusz, The Corcoran Group, 212-242-9941 and 212-500-7026

[New York Post] Gimme Shelter: Soros winner

By: Jennifer Gould Keil

Here’s a big opportunity to live like a billionaire heiress.

Andrea Soros Colombel and her husband, Eric Colombel, have put their Greenwich Village townhouse at 10 W. 10th St. on the market for $29.5 million. The fully renovated, seven-bedroom home is a four-story Greek revival-style townhouse that dates back to 1844. It comes with an elevator, three wood-burning fireplaces and a state-of-the-art sound system.

Andrea, daughter of George Soros, also has a sprawling house on 60 acres in Rhinebeck where Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have stayed. Her real estate holdings also include a three-story residential building on West Fourth Street that partially collapsed last January. There were no reports of injuries.

[New York Post] Dream Homes

Chelsea

$5.45 million

What does it say about Manhattan real estate that even when it comes to a “spectacular” and “expansive” 4,000-plus-square-foot condo like this one on West 17th Street, one of the true highlights is “its very own private parking space”? As for the prewar residence itself, it features a “loft-like” layout, “soaring” 14-foot beamed ceilings, two “huge” living rooms with “floor-to-ceiling” windows and a private terrace. Also nice: the “separation and privacy” between the living areas and four en-suite bedrooms. Agents: Paul Kolbusz and Sara Gelbard, The Corcoran Group, 212-500-7026 and 212-242-9941