Julie Park

Julie Park

Priding herself on professionalism, honesty and a solid knowledge of the Manhattan luxury real estate market, Julie works tirelessly for her clients. With a successful decade-long track record as a New York City real estate professional and Top Agent at Level Group, Julie has garnered a sterling reputation for her market savvy, keen listening abilities and tough negotiation skills. She enjoys a diverse and international client base ranging from overseas investors, first-time home buyers, relocations and re-sales in both condos and co-ops. Helping people navigate the competitive and fast-paced world of New York City real estate is her expertise and passion.

Julie is a native of upstate New York and received her bachelor's degree from Yale University where she was a member of the women's soccer team. Upon graduation, she established a successful career as an investment banker at top tier firms Morgan Stanley, UBS and Barclays. Leveraging professional relationships and personal contacts gained over her Wall Street years, Julie decided to make the industry switch to luxury real estate.

In addition to being an avid golfer and soccer player, Julie is a proud NYC property owner and dog-lover.

The Cooperator

Published 04/18/2017 - By 2017 Market Review & Forecast


By all accounts, the New York City co-op and condo market is continuing its healthy, active trend of the past few years (although the frantic activity of the immediate post-Recession years seems to have eased somewhat—particularly at the uppermost end of spectrum), and there’s every indication that this trend will continue during the coming year.

An Overview

“This past year saw an easing in the overall market, with the high-end luxury segment bearing the brunt of it,” said Julie Park, a real estate agent from the Level Group based in Manhattan. “Frenzied bidding wars were less common, and buyers gained leverage, but at the lower price points, inventory still remained tight and it remained an active market.”

Similarly, Richard Grossman, president of Halstead Property, which has locations in New York and New Jersey,  says, “Firstly, I think for many properties, especially those at the higher end of whatever market you are in throughout the tri-state area, we have seen some retreat in selling and asking prices over the past 12, 16 months; somewhere between three and eight percent.

“Secondly, now that the election has been decided, buyers are regaining confidence and we are starting to see normalcy in all segments of the market,” Grossman continues. “I have already seen several properties go to contract above $10 million, $20 million and even $30 million within days of the election, and other buyers submitting bids in that range. That said, the contract prices were made with negotiation.”

In general, Grossman says, “Sellers want last year’s prices, and the buyers want next year’s. The deals that are happening now are in the middle of that equation.”

What was more popular last year – co-ops or condos? While as a rule new co-ops haven’t been built here for years, there are still more co-op units overall than condos in New York City.

Michael Slattery, senior vice president of research for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), reports that there were approximately 14,900 co-op sales and 10,200 condo sales recorded in 2016, even though the majority of newly-built apartments for sale are condos. Park says that while some buyers have gravitated toward co-ops when they realized they couldn’t afford a condo, in general, the two types of housing appeal to different types of buyers: “Co-ops appeal to buyers looking for a long-term primary residence, while investors and buyers looking for flexibility opt for condos.” 

“There are more condo sales than co-ops,” says Kirk Henckels, director of the New York City-based Stribling Private Brokerage, “even though there are more co-ops than condos.”

Look at the Numbers

In general, comparing the market with what it was 10 years ago and again what it was five years ago, experts agree that a decade ago, it was very strong, but the burst of the housing bubble was only a year or two away. Five years ago, we were emerging from the downturn with a strong market, and that positive trend has continued.

Looking at the numbers, REBNY’s  fourth-quarter 2016 report shows a moderate quarter, but one that still finished out a year of historic highs. The average sales price of a home, whether a co-op, a condo or a one-to –three-family dwelling in the city, rose 10 percent over the same period of last year. According to the report, “The increase was driven by high-end condominium sales, which brought the average sales price of a Manhattan condo unit to a peak of $2,963,000 this quarter. The average sales price for a condo in Brooklyn increased 12 percent, to $983,000.”

In addition, the average sales price for a Queens condo unit was $535,000 – a two percent increase over last year’s fourth quarter average.

As far as co-ops are concerned, the average price of units in Manhattan and Brooklyn decreased five percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 to $1,170,000 and $465,000, respectively. The average sales price of a co-op in Queens rose seven percent to $276,000, according to the report, while the average sales price of a Bronx co-op decreased 2 percent to $239,000.

De Blasio and the 2nd Avenue Subway

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been in City Hall for several years, and despite the initial fears of some, he seems to have established a good relationship with many important players in the real estate industry. As some will recall, in early 2014, soon after he was elected, he met with REBNY representatives in a closed-door meeting, and afterward several members praised him and his proposals.

The mayor’s proposal for a streetcar line linking several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens—backed by some key Brooklyn developers—is controversial, but it remains a future possibility. As far as ‘facts on the ground’ are concerned,  the biggest recent development in New York City transit is certainly the opening of the first section of the long-awaited Second Avenue subway, which made its first run on New Year’s Day. The line’s three new stations, at 72nd, 86th and 96th streets, serve the eastern part of the Upper East Side known traditionally as Yorkville.

“The eastern Upper East Side has always been a suppressed market, a value market,” says  Henckels. Now, he says, the area “is a good place to buy,” and “you will see a re-gentrification of that area.”

Others active in the industry concur. Grossman says that the subway has made a huge difference in the area, and that Halstead has had buyers asking about Yorkville specifically because of the new subway access. 

Park, of the Level Group, believes that although the subway stations will definitely increase real estate values near East 72nd and 86th Streets, “I think the biggest impact will be near the 96th Street stop. With access to a subway, people who would have never considered living so far north may reconsider for the right price, and knowing they can hop on the subway and get across or downtown in no time.” 

It will be interesting to see whether the next phase of the subway, reaching into East Harlem, will have the same effect, although it almost certainly will take years to complete, just as the first phase did.

Luxurious Amenities and ‘Hot’ Neighborhoods

As always, buyers—particularly those at the upper end of the pricing scale – want more amenities. Henckels says that millennials in particular want “ease of life.” “We used to think of New York as being made up of many little neighborhoods. Now, they want their neighborhood in their own building,” he says, meaning that apartment-seekers in that age demographic want a variety of services all under one roof.

Park says she’s seen a greater emphasis on “amenities that cater to families, pets and ultra-modern-day conveniences—over-the-top children’s playrooms, stroller parking, pet spas or indoor dog runs, wine-tasting rooms and squash courts. The developers have really had to step it up a notch to entice buyers and tenants.” 

Gary Malin, president of the brokerage firm Citi Habitats, echoes Park’s assessment. “Many of today’s buildings offer residents a complete lifestyle. Lavish pools, fitness facilities and spas, plus screening rooms, playrooms, art studios and even golf simulators have become (no pun intended) par for the course.” He added that many high-end buyers are requesting units with “art walls,” meaning large, uninterrupted stretches of blank wall on which they can showcase their art collections.

What neighborhoods are considered hot today? Once again, the REBNY report gives us a clue. For example, in the fourth quarter, the average sales price of a condo in Midtown East increased by more than three times to $6,266,000 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. This uptick, the report says, was largely driven by sales at 432 Park Ave., where there were 15 sales in the quarter.

Similarly, in Brooklyn, the average sales price of a Williamsburg condo increased 18 percent to $1,193,000. As in Manhattan, closings at one development—429 Kent Ave. – accounted for a large percentage of these sales, a whopping 72 units

And in Queens, Flushing saw the most condo activity, with 68 sales – an increase of 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015. The neighborhood with the most co-op unit sales was Rego Park/Forest Hills/Kew Gardens, which had 323 unit sales, a five percent increase from the fourth quarter of last year.

Maintaining Value

As far as value areas are concerned – areas where prospective buyers should be looking if they want to get the most of their money and retain high selling value down the road – the professionals interviewed for this story mentioned a variety of neighborhoods. These include the area near the Second Avenue subway, the East 50s near the East River, the old Fur District in the upper West 20s and lower West 30s in Manhattan, Greenpoint and Bushwick in Brooklyn, and Long Island City, Queens.

Grossman of Halstead Properties says the biggest value in the market today is not a particular neighborhood, but rather a type of apartment – co-op apartments. “[Cooperatives] are often in established neighborhoods, the apartment layouts are typically generous, and the monthly carrying costs can be very favorable. Compared to condominiums, they are very well-priced.”

He also has an interesting answer to the question of what constitutes a bargain in New York real estate: “A bargain,” he says, “is finding a home that you love living in.”


Going forward, industry insiders see the year 2017 as continuing the basic upbeat trend of 2016, with some stipulations.

Park believes that buyers will enjoy “a bit more breathing room, and the less frenzied pace of the market.” The ultra-luxury market, she says, will continue to see easing, but the market for properties at $2 million and under “will still remain busy because of the limited inventory, and perhaps a little pressure from rising interest rates.” Grossman says that “Buyers are definitely back in the market – but they are not overpaying, and they are looking for value.”

All in all, New York City will still be seen as one of the most attractive places to live in the country, if not the entire world. For 30 or more years, young professionals who were brought up in the suburbs have been moving back to the city, and there’s no indication that this trend has any intention of slowing down. In addition to young professionals and families, Baby Boomers often see living in the city as an attractive alternative to moving to Florida or Arizona. The city’s cultural attractions and high-profile industries are always a selling point, as is its 24-hour entertainment scene. And let’s not forget that, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, New York is still the safest big city in America.          

Ranaan Geberer is a freelance writer and reporter, and a frequent contributor to The Cooperator. 


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Published 07/29/2016 - By 5 Financial Downfalls of Buying a Starter Home


5 Financial Downfalls of Buying a Starter Home

Don't let a starter home finish you off.

Couple standing in front of their new house.

Buying a starter home isn't for everyone. (GETTY IMAGES)

The traditional way of buying a house has always been to purchase a starter home – buy something small, and once your family gets too big for it, sell it and find a new, bigger house. It's a perfectly good plan, assuming everything goes to plan. But because a house involves so many financial factors, there's no guarantee that everything will work out as you'd hoped.

So before you purchase a starter home, keep these tips in mind.

Look for the loan, then the house. When you look for a house before looking for a loan, it's very easy to assume you can afford a bigger starter home than you can, fall in love with a place and then get disappointed when you can't swing it.

But even if you can afford it, it's simply smart to have your financing in place first, says Ori Zohar, co-founder of Sindeo, a mortgage brokerage and lender.

"Many deals fall apart because of delays in securing your home loan," Zohar says.

Rushing through a loan can also mean overpaying, Zohar adds.

It just makes sense, especially if this is your first home, to go through the process slowly. "For most of us, buying a home is the biggest financial decision of our lives," Zohar says.

Make sure you have a plan for selling the home. You're buying a starter home, which means you plan to move out at some point. Which also means you should be thinking about moving out even when you're moving in, according to Kylee Della Volpe, a writer and editor for Mortgages.com, a consumer website with information on mortgages, and buying and selling homes.

"One of the biggest mistakes we see people making with their starter homes is not having a long-term plan," Volpe says. "If it's truly a starter home, they should go into it with a plan for how long they want to be in the home and whether they'll sell it eventually or keep it as a rental."


After all, if you aren't paying attention, you could buy a starter house and have bad luck with your money situation, like getting into too much debt or having the primary earner lose his or her job. Either situation could bring down your credit score and make it harder to move out.

You also want to think about whether other people will find your home and neighborhood as charming as you do, if you're not planning to stay forever, Volpe advises.

"Be strategic about buying in an area that has the potential to grow over the time," she says.

Don't ignore the inspector's report. Many people get that report, notice a problem and then they shrug their shoulders and purchase the home anyway, according to Teisha Powell, a real estate attorney and agent in Miami, Florida.

Powell says she almost isn't even sure why first-time homebuyers, in particular, bother with getting a home inspector's report, given how many of them ignore the reports.

"For example, the report might say that the air conditioner is on its last leg. The first-time homebuyer will still end up purchasing the home," Powell says.

And why would they do that?

"They are so in love with the home and the idea of purchasing a home, that it won't matter what the inspection says," Powell says.

Then, later, when the air-conditioner actually breaks, homeowners get upset, Powell says.

She adds that if there are potential expenses that will come up sooner rather than later, you should negotiate the price further down to make up for the fact that you'll soon be replacing something or making improvements; if the seller isn't willing to negotiate, you should walk away.


Don't overlook the other financials. There's a lot more to buying a house than getting approval from a financial lender.

"One common theme I see among first-time homebuyers is underestimating closing costs and other additional expenses aside from the purchase price of the property," says Julie Park, a real estate agent with Level Group, a New York City real estate brokerage firm. "People need to consider moving expenses, potential repairs or renovations and the creep factor involved as things end up over budget."

She points out that your utilities or property tax might be far more than you expected. "These are all things that can make the difference between filet mignon or ramen noodles for dinner," she says.

Buying too big of a starter home. Some people buy the best starter home their money can buy – which brings trouble later, Powell says.

Going a little bigger than you should may not be a big deal if you love your starter home so much that you don't really care if you stay there for good. But if you want it to truly be a starter home, you need to think small. You also need to buy something very affordable.

"They buy as much home as they can, but this is not the home they want," Powell says of some first-time home buyers, explaining that if you go that route, your finances and credit can suffer because you're always cash poor. If you're always cash poor, you may see yourcredit score drop, and future lenders might see you as a risk for another, bigger home loan.

Or you may find that you over-invest in your starter home, making so many improvements that you feel like you can't justifiably sell it, or can't sell it for a profit. Before long, that starter home? It becomes a permanent home. 

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Published 06/19/2016 - By Cash Is Increasingly King When It Comes to Buying New York City Apartments

Cash Is Increasingly King When It Comes to Buying New York City Apartments

When showing an apartment at 585 Park Ave. in Manhattan recently, Vickey Barron, a licensed associate real estate broker for Douglas Elliman, mentioned the building only allows buyers to finance 30% of the purchase.

“We’re paying cash, so it doesn’t matter,” the buyer told her.

Many New York City brokers are having similar conversations with their clients. The percentage of condo sales in Manhattan that were all-cash in in April 2015 was 55%, according to appraisal firm Miller Samuels.

There are many reasons buyers prefer to pay cash for New York City real estate. The main one is to get an edge on competitors who are bidding on the same proprieties, say brokers. “It’s considered a seller’s market,” said Julie Park, a real estate agent with Level Group in Manhattan. “If they have a cash offer as opposed to a financing offer, 100% of the time they will go with the cash offer.”

The trend is sweeping all price points, from ultra-luxury apartments to deals under $1 million, brokers say. Sandy Edry, a licensed real estate salesperson at Keller Williams NYC in New York City, said he is seeing more cash deals than at any point in the past 10 years. At a condo conversion his team is selling at 69 Bennett Ave. in the Washington Heights area, at 184th Street, he said, about five of the 15 units that are closing are all cash.

“In the last year, where so many people were losing out on bidding wars, cash just became so important that I think a lot of people did whatever they could to pull the money together,” said Edry. “I’ve seen instances where people have borrowed the money from family,” he said. After they closed on the apartment, they obtained financing to pay back the loan, he said.

There are strategic financial reasons buyers want to pay cash, as well. Some don’t want to pay interest on a mortgage, for instance. Barron’s client who viewed the Park Avenue apartment is among them. “He is a Harvard graduate from the Upper East Side,” said Barron. “He does not invest in stocks. He has the money sitting in the bank. Why would he pay even 3% interest if he doesn’t have to?”

Barron has other clients who don’t want to deal with the reams of paperwork involved in getting a mortgage. “Some say, `I don’t want the hassle to apply for a mortgage. I’m too busy. I’m running my own company,’” said Barron.

Some buyers want to avoid the steep mortgage-recording tax in Manhattan by not getting a mortgage, said James Cox Jr., an associate broker at Cox and Co., his group at Compass, who sells properties in the Upper West Side, Tribeca and in Brooklyn Heights. The tax is about 1.8% of the closing price for loans under $500,000, and 1.925% of deals above that. On a $3 million purchase, for instance, the tax would be $57,750.

“It’s a big consideration for some people,” said Cox. “Certainly, your closing costs can become substantially less.”  

Foreign buyers are another key group of cash buyers. It can be difficult for them to get a mortgage.

Two years ago, Edry sold a 90-unit project in Flushing, Queens, where he estimates that 80% of buyers paid cash. Most were Chinese. “I think it’s indicative of the fact that a lot of folks are trying to get their money out of China into investments,” Edry said.

Many of the buyers from China who are paying cash today are not ultra-wealthy, he said. “This is upper middle-class money,” he said. “The billionaires have already moved their money out of China for the most part.”

Of course, there can be nefarious reasons international buyers want to pay cash, too, particularly at the very high end of the market. The U.S. Treasury Department announced early this year that it would require real estate companies to provide the names of foreign buyers of properties in Manhattan and Miami who use shell companies such as LLCs to purchase them, in an anti-money laundering effort. The move is designed to prevent buyers from using money earned in illicit activities from buying real estate with it.

And even when cash deals are on the up-and-up, not all brokers relish them.

“My experience is that all-cash, quick-to-close deals rarely translate into exactly that,” said Cox, whose cash buyers have ranged from an NFL quarterback to a couple buying a $1.5 million home. “They can be more of a pain-in-the-neck than another deal that’s financed. At least when there is financing, there is a process. They have an appraisal, a period of time when they have to get their documentation in, a commitment letter and then you close.”

Cox has recently been working on an all-cash deal that he says has become “utterly frustrating.”

“I just sent a letter to the broker: You promised an all-cash, quick-close deal. A financed deal would have been closed by now,” he said. “I think the cash buyer feels once they have the contract they have a lot of extra power and can jerk you around.”

Ultimately, though, cash buyers have a powerful incentive to close, he adds. Buyers and sellers can only push the closing date by 30 days in New York. “The only thing I can tell my seller is that we’ll close by July 2 or they will forego their $320,000 deposit,” said Cox. “We’ll close. I’m sure of it.”


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Real Estate Weekly

Aerial view of the 2nd Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City. Tilt-shift effect applied

New subway line already impacting home prices along Second Avenue

The Second Avenue Subway line, long derided as fantasy by New Yorkers who had seen plans for construction stall and linger for decades, finally has an end date in sight — and it’s poised to shake things up for the Upper East Side.

Areas of the neighborhood became affordable again in the past few years, as more and more people left for sought-after enclaves further downtown and in Brooklyn and Queens.

Perhaps the most affordable area is Yorkville, between 3rd Avenue and FDR Drive, and bounded on the North by 97th Street and on the South side by 79th Street.

The T train, as the new light blue subway line will be named, along with an extended Q train line, will cut right through Yorkville along Second Avenue, providing much-needed relief for straphangers who take the 4,5 and 6 lines – some of the most overcrowded trains in the subway system.

View from inside the Second Avenue Subway tunnel in May 2014. Photo by Holly Dutton


While some brokers are split on whether transportation can make or break a neighborhood, they agree that it can be an important influence.

“The Second Avenue construction has been a nightmare,” said Ana Weisberger, an agent with Citi Habitats who has done much of her business on the Upper East Side in the past four years.

Despite the headaches, she has seen residential prices rising in the last two years, including properties on Second Avenue. She’s seen a roughly 20 percent increase in prices among high-end properties, and a 12-15 percent increase in buildings further East from Second Avenue.

“That’s huge in my opinion, because construction is not even done yet,” she said.

Weisberger recalled a couple who bought an apartment on 82nd Street between First and Second Avenues for $499,000 in 2014. Similar apartments at the building are now being listed at $530,000 to $550,000.
The couple wanted to sell the apartment, but she talked them out of it.

Ana Weisberger


“If you want to buy there, I think you should hold off at least until the subway is done,” she said.
She pointed to condo building The Knickerbocker on 72nd Street and Second Avenue, where average price per square foot rose from 1,000 to 1,300 p/s/f in just a two year period, as a barometer of what’s going on the neighborhood.

Weisberger, who lives in the Hudson Yards area, is looking to buy in Yorkville herself this year.

“The Upper East Side has been a dream,” she said. “I wanted quiet, like East End Avenue and York Avenue, and the subway is just a plus. But I do want to get in before it’s finished.”

According to the MTA, Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway — an extension of the Q train up to 96th Street — is slated to begin this December, while Phase 2 is being fast-tracked by MTA officials, who are have been trying to secure funding for it.

While the subway has been under construction, traffic and scaffolding along the avenue has been a constant fixture. Once that is gone, the benefit for retailers who have been hidden will add another layer to the real estate scene.

And developers are paying attention, too.

Daniel Minkowitz, head of Mink Development, is building a luxury condo building on East 96th Street and Second Avenue. His firm purchased the site, previously a parking garage, in 2014, for $24 million. They are knocking down the parking garage to construct a 75,000 s/f property that will have 48 units.

“This project fills a huge gap in an underserved market with affordable luxury,” said Minkowitz in a statement. “We had vision. The Second Avenue subway is now becoming a reality and the low price we purchased the land for, in retrospect, now makes it a phenomenal deal.”

Julie Park, an agent with Level Group, has lived on the Upper East Side for more than 15 years. She lives at the Saratoga, a condo building at 75th Street and First Avenue, and has had a front row seat to the changes in the neighborhood.

Julie Park


She first moved there in 2000, and the Second Avenue construction began at the same time she moved from a career in banking to one in residential real estate.

“It was at the height of the downturn, unfortunately, when they started the construction,” she told Broker’s Weekly. “It seemed that amid all the blasting and dust, I couldn’t give away an apartment along 2nd Avenue.”

She recalled a friend at the time who had to chop the price of her home almost 30 percent to unload it, and lost money in the deal.

“Now, anything in that same area is seeing premium built into the price, especially closer to the main hubs of transit,” said Park.

She’s seen prices accelerate rapidly in the past year — including the price of one bedrooms, which went from averaging in the mid-$700,000’s, to averaging in at $900,000.

“We are in a very strong market, with low inventory, so I think part of it is that the far Upper East Side has been undervalued over the past decade or two and people are starting to feel the lack of inventory downtown, and a lot of people are expanding their search criteria to include the Upper East Side, because you can still get value in the neighborhood,” she said.

According to Streeteasy, average price per square foot in Yorkville is $1,750, one of the lowest on the Upper East Side compared to Lenox Hill ($2,841), Carnegie Hill ($2,471) and the Upper East Side as a whole ($2,496). Only Upper Carnegie Hill, a 10-block geographic area between 98th and 110th Street along Central Park, had a lower average price per square foot ($1,628).

“I think there’s only room to go up,” said Park. “The worst is over, the blasting and major construction is completed, and people and sellers who have already lived through that can only benefit from the price increases we’ll see going forward.”

But it’s not just the addition of the new subway line that changed people’s minds – the popularity of apps like Uber and Lyft have made living in areas further from the subway seem not so isolating, said Park.

Thomas Guss


That sentiment is echoed by New York Residence, Inc. founder Thomas Guss, who has been in NYC real estate since 2003. A native of Vienna, Austria, he primarily works with international clients, many of whom seek apartments on the Upper East Side.

“The subway alone doesn’t make or break an area,” said Guss. “The Lower East Side didn’t have a subway for a long time, but a lot of people decided it’s a cool place to live. As a result, the area became interesting. A lot of that might happen in Yorkville.”

Young people looking for affordable options in Manhattan have been finding luck on the far Upper East Side in the past couple of years, and the retail scene responds to that, he said.

While it’s clear that real estate prices are quickly rising and the subway is already bringing a renewed interest in the neighborhood, it remains to be seen just how much things will change.

“Now comes the subway, now you can get there faster than before, but the equation becomes, do you want to go there? You have to have a reason,” said Guss. “So now it’s interesting to see you have more restaurants coming up and more shops set up there, and of course the subway has some element to that, but I don’t think it’s the only driving force. I think young people want to find an area where they can do things to make the area their own.”

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Published 02/20/2015 - By Tribeca Developments: What’s New, What’s Next

30 Park Place - Four Seasons Private Residences Downtown, New York Duplex Living Room_credit_ArchpartnersWith the long-robust home prices in Tribeca, one would have thought that all of the former factories were turned into condos ages ago. But the still-transitioning bookbinderies and coffee warehouses are a boon to the bankers and foreign buyers angling for a foothold in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods.

“The word ‘loft’ triggers a buying frenzy in people,” said Julie Park, an agent with The Level Group who specializes in Tribeca. “I don’t know what it is. Everyone in New York wants more space and the word ‘loft’ appeals to people.”

Part of the reason for Tribeca’s high prices is its historically short supply of homes to buy. “There’s been a pent-up demand because not a lot of new product has entered the market in the last few years,” said appraiser Jonathan Miller, CEO of Miller Samuel Inc. In 2015 and 2016, new condos and conversions will add hundreds of units to the mix. And what properties they are, featuring sprawling layouts and perks like white-tiled parking garages, spas inspired by Turkish hammams and price tags to match. They exceed $60 million on these pages, which preview some of the more interesting projects in the pipeline.

Buyer beware—of other buyers. “Bankers are getting their bonuses, if not now, in the next month,” said Ms. Park. “One of my Hong Kong buyers tried to put an offer on a $5 million three-bedroom and we couldn’t even get into a showing to see the place. For anything under $10 million is a seller’s market.”

Even she concedes: “The prices are really outrageous.”

30 Park Place - Four Seasons Private Residences Downtown, New York Crown_credit_Archpartners30 PARK PLACE
Project: Silverstein Properties has just topped out the tallest residential building downtown, an 82-story giantess with 157 condos atop a 189-room Four Seasons Hotel. The off-the-beaten-path property that Larry Silverstein vows will be “the top hotel and condominium building in Tribeca” was designed by Robert A.M. Stern and features one- to six-bedroom residences with bay windows, nearly 14-foot ceilings and the inimitable Stern touch: Architecture that feels fresh but like it’s been there forever.
Amenities: Aside from access to the full suite of Four Seasons hotel perks (room service, spa, 75-foot swimming pool), condo dwellers have their own hangout on the 38th floor. It has a fitness center with yoga studio, conservatory with baby grand, a kids’ playroom and a separate catering kitchen and dining room.
Percentage sold: 60 percent.
Available units: From 1,108 to 5,937 square feet, $3.1M to more than $60M.
Web: thirtyparkplace.com

443 GreenwichDuplex
Project: Metro Loft Developers and CetraRuddy architects are currently transforming a Tribeca bookbindery into 53 units (45 lofts and eight penthouses) that mix elegantly aged beams, arched windows and contemporary accents. Anticipated move-in: Spring 2016.
Amenities: A 5,000-square-foot interior garden with sassafras and red maple canopy trees and an enticing “meadow of spring flowers” designed by landscape architect Hank White. Also: A dinner-party-worthy, 15-spot parking garage with white-tiled ceilings, a terra cotta-tiled floor and electric charging station for each car. To avoid elevator gridlock, the building has nine lifts that open directly into each spot.
Percentage sold: 40 percent.
Available units: From 2,414 to 8,600 square feet, $7M to $51M.
Web: 443greenwich.com

11 Beach St. renderings by: Williams New York11 Beach
Project: HFZ Capital Group is converting a 10-story, L-shaped loft building built in 1910 into 27 homes, ranging in size from three to five bedrooms, including lofts, penthouses and townhouses. Exterior renovations are by BKSK, while “Danish born, Downtown bred” cool purveyor Thomas Juul-Hansen is doing the interiors. Three townhouse triplexes feature private spas and 50-foot lap pools.
Amenities: An origami glass pyramid that invites sunlight into the gym and a terra cotta-clad inner courtyard. Also, a roof garden, fitness center and children’s playroom.
Percentage sold: 50 percent.
Available units: From 3,104 to 6,169 square feet, $6.5M to $22.5M.
Web: 11beachst.com

Cast Iron House, 67 Franklin St.
Project: Developed by Knightsbridge Properties and designed by architect Shigeru Ban, Cast Iron House converts a 19th-century, neoclassical James White building into 11 interior duplexes with two modern “floating” ones on top.PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Loof
Amenities: Fitness center, kids’ room, dance/yoga studio and a hydrotherapy spa inspired by a Turkish hammam.
Percentage sold: N/A.
Available units: From 2,850 to 4,897 square feet, $5.95M to $11.25M.
Web: castironhouse.com

15 Hubert
Project: Housed in a commercial building erected in 1867, 15 Hubert is a collection of 12 condo lofts with 11-foot ceilings, designed by CetraRuddy Architects and offering “everything people want in Tribeca living from industrial, contemporary design elements to large open floor plans and high ceilings,” says Louise Phillips Forbes, a broker with Living Room AHalstead Property.
Percentage sold: N/A.
Available units: From 2,300-plus to 2,800-plus square feet, $3.1M to $6M.
Web: 15Hubert.com

Sterling Mason, 71 Laight St.
Project: One half is a restored coffee-and-tea factory. The other is an exact twin clad in metal. While there are a lot of similar buildings around Tribeca, Morris Adjimi’s inventive replication takes industrial luxe to a new level.
Amenities: Private courtyard designed by Deborah Nevins & Associates; private garage with 12 parking spaces; four elevators; and a building-wide water filtration system.
Percentage sold: 88 percent (28 of 32).81538197 Tribeca Developments: Whats New, Whats Next
Available units: From 3,708 to 6,609 square feet, $9.65M to $24.5M.
Web: thesterlingmason.com

52 Lispenard
Project: Essex Development’s 52 Lispenard features only seven units—garden duplexes, full-floor lofts and a penthouse—in a restored 1867 cast-iron loft building. Units are smart-wired and feature gel-burning fireplaces.
Amenities: Part-time doorman, partial green roof.150130_EJ_52_lispenard_0043
Percentage sold: N/A.
Available units: From 2,500 to 4,700 square feet, $6.65M to $11M.
Web: 52lispenard.com

The Woolworth Tower
Project: One of the most anticipated Manhattan addresses to debut in years stretches the boundaries of Tribeca, but who are we to argue? Opening in fall 2016, the neo-Gothic Woolworth Tower, developed by Alchemy Properties and designed by Thierry Despont, will feature 34 residences starting on the 29th floor. The building verily drips with historical import, starting in a lobby with coffered ceilings imported from five-and-dime magnate Frank Woolworth’s offices.
Amenities: A residents-only pool, sauna and hot tub; fitness studio; wine cellar and tasting room; infinite supply of cachet.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Percentage sold: N/A.
Available units: $4.6M to $28.8 M (square footage not available).
Web: thewoolworthtower.com



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Published 02/10/2015 - By 6 Ways Real Estate Brokers Know Whether Couples Will Break Up

MANHATTAN — Two yoga instructors planning to move in together bickered when viewing the $3,500 a month two-bedroom in the East Village real estate agent Eydie Saleh showed them.

Saleh knew they wouldn't last.

"It was clear they didn't get along," said Saleh, of Mirador Real Estate. "He was kind of condescending the way he talked to her. I could see she was getting more frustrated."

Agents are privy to a lot of personal information when they work with house hunters. Besides peering into their financial lives, brokers often are unwitting observers of how couples make big and intimate decisions. Because of that, many feel they've become adept at predicting whether a couple will make it.

Saleh's assessment was spot on.

The yoga teachers split a few days after beginning their joint apartment search. Then Saleh found the woman a small studio nearby for $1,375 a month.

"She was happy," Saleh said.

Here's what brokers look for when determining whether a couple's foundation is weak or strong:

1. Is the couple looking for a studio?

Two people confined to a tiny space? It won't work, said Jennifer Restivo Evans, of Mirador Real Estate. Such an arrangement "can try the patience of any couple."

"You're adults," Evans said. "Get real."

On the flip side, Evans worked with a woman recently who moved out of the apartment she shared with her long-time boyfriend. She got her own studio for "some more alone time" since she had never lived on her own and thought the experience would help strengthen their relationship. The couple plan to tie the knot and were so optimistic about the experiment that the boyfriend acted as the woman's guarantor on the apartment, Evans noted.

2. Are they being supportive?

Some moments of kindness between couples have warmed brokers' hearts.

Karen Talbott, of Corcoran, was showing homes in Brooklyn Heights to a couple that had been married nine months. When the wife was momentarily out of earshot, the husband whispered to Talbott, "Whatever she likes, we will buy. If you see her light up, let me know."

When the husband stepped away, the wife asked Talbott, "Do you think he likes anything? I just want him to be happy."

A few weeks later, they both responded positively to a newly-built condo overlooking the water and made a "seamless deal," Talbott said.

3. Do they both really want to be in New York?

It's very telling when one person in the couple is committed to being in New York and the other is unhappy about the move.

Warning signs were apparent when Cecil Weeks, an agent with Miron Properties, helped find an rental for a British couple in Frank Gehry's swanky 8 Spruce Street.

The man was transferring here for work; the woman was leaving her career, friends and family in London and "was clearly not happy about it even though they were being shown some 'stellar properties.'"

They were among the first occupants in the new tower and one night, when her husband was traveling for work, the doorman joked with the woman that she was the only person sleeping in the 77-story building.

"She was alone in an empty super tower in a city she didn't really want to be in," Weeks said.

They split up about 18 months later and she returned to London. The man worked with Weeks again to find another apartment when his lease was up.

4. How does one half of the couple feel about the other half's pet?

If there's a pet involved and one member of the couple isn't into the other's Fido or Fluffy, odds are the relationship is doomed, several brokers said.

This goes the other way, too. When the non-pet owning half of the couple embraces the other's animal, it's often a sign of a strong union.

Julie Park, of the Level Group, recounted a story about one particularly solid couple she worked with. The husband, looking for a home while his wife was at Harvard law school, found the TriBeCa loft of his "dreams." He thought his wife would love it, too, so he put in an offer, which was accepted.

There were no signs of cats at the showing, but the wife, who has a serious cat allergy, felt their presence when she visited for the inspection.

"We had to rush her into the stairwell and almost give her an EpiPen," Park said. "You could tell by her reaction that even doing a remediation wouldn't cut it, and the husband knew it."

He readily let go of the $1.6 million apartment to make his wife happy. They later found something more suitable in NoMad, Park noted.

5. Are they going to showings together and compromising effectively?

When someone in a couple is looking at the space on their own, that's sometimes a red flag, some brokers said.

"When your client's 'loved one' is never present during apartment showings, including the lease signing — talk about being 'unavailable,'" said Mirador's Aramis Arjona.

Then there are the couples that collaborate well, brokers said.

One couple, for instance, who looked at more than 20 properties in one day was able to make a speedy compromise even though the man wanted to live Downtown and the woman wanted the Upper East Side, Kateryna Rybka, of Miron Properties, said.

"Instead of being annoyed or anxious, they talked it out and made a quick decision together to move Downtown just hours after seeing one of the properties," she said.

6. Are they living above their means?

Housing is expensive in New York City. Economists tend to consider rent a burden if it's more than a third of a household's income, and when some couples sign leases for something that stretches them thin, it can be a stressor on their relationship, brokers said.

Park helped a married couple find a high-end rental about a year ago. Though a reach for them financially, the husband didn't make a "peep," deferring to the wife, who was "the boss," Park said.

"They signed a two-year lease, moved in their very expensive furniture and even hung a chandelier in the unit," Park said. "But after the first year, almost to the day, both of them emailed me simultaneously and unbeknownst to each other about breaking the lease."

The months-long dual correspondence was stressful for Park who had to play a "bit of therapist" and then "referee toward the end" when they fought over the security deposit.

"Some people are committed to a certain lifestyle and will do anything to maintain it, even if it stretches them thin financially," Park said. "My mom calls it 'champagne taste but a beer wallet.'"

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