On a family trip to Miami when Pamela Liebman was 4, what interested her the most were not the white sand beaches or the clear blue water, but the buildings. “What are those?” asked the future chief executive of the Corcoran Group, Manhattan’s top real estate brokerage firm.
“That’s a condominium,” her mother replied. She said she spent the rest of the trip rolling the word “condominium” off her tongue.
“I think I was predestined to go into real estate,” she said. Years later, when visiting her realtor aunt in Beverly Hills, she said the interest still hadn’t flagged. All the other kids wanted to swim the pool. “I just wanted to go look at the houses,” she said.
Here Come the Stories of the Hurricane
Notifications of more cancellations for open houses on Sunday have trickled in as brokers seem to be facing the logistical reality that a city in total shut-down mode will not be able to utilize various mediums of conveyance—or cabs for that matter—to get to showings around the five boroughs.
Earlier today Curbed reported soccer superstar Thierry Henry’s tremendous $9 million penthouse purchase at 39 Crosby Street; however, city records reveal that the Red Bulls’ striker isn’t the only fast-footed World Cup alum to likely start spending more time in downtown Manhattan.
Russian supermodel Irina Shayk (listed on the deed with her Read More
The Devil’s Casino scribe and Vanity Fair staple Vicky Ward is trying to sell the townhouse she owns with now ex-husband Matthew Doull, and it looks like the Bleecker Street abode may have become the Devil’s den since the couple–who currently have restraining orders against each other–are now offering the four-story for Read More
NYC’s Wine & Food Festival is aiming this year to “Celebrate the charm of the Meatpacking District,” which we’re not quite sure it has, and promised that a new event to be held there over Columbus Day weekend will crown New York’s “Sandwich King.”
All told, 40 of the events in the annual chowdown’s four-day Read More
In early May, sometime around Mother’s Day, while the rest of New York City flocked to farmers’ markets for the season’s first peonies, real estate nerds and professionals were glued to their computer screens hung up on a certain Corcoran listing which mysteriously changed from “On the Market” to the nebulous “No Longer Available” on Read More
In a 1994 Friends episode, Monica, Rachel and Phoebe, in their realistically rent-controlled, balconied Village apartment, receive G. Stephanopoulos‘ pizza order—mushroom, green pepper and onion—instead of their own low-fat crust, lots of cheese. Monica eagerly asks the frightened delivery boy if the mistaken orderer from across the street is a “small Mediterranean guy with curiously Read More
When David Bizer paid a cool $5.3 million for his apartment at acclaim-famed 15 Central Park West in December of 2007, he worked for Lehman Brothers, because, well, it still existed. Now, more than two years and one fallen former employer later, Mr. Bizer has sold his high-floor two-bedroom for $7.1 million (he now works Read More
Astronomical asking prices are nothing new to the world of Manhattan luxury real estate. Indeed, the island boasts some of the highest prices per foot of any locale worldwide. And, yet, people often get what they ask for.
So, what makes some sales prices silly and others legitimate? Who knows? What is agreed upon, however, Read More
On April Fool’s Day, Corcoran power broker and Rolls Royce rider Sharon Baum listed the late Jerry and Emily Spiegel‘s art-studded, full-floor abode at 2 East 88th Street for $17.5 million. But Ms. Baum is nobody’s fool: According to the Web site Streeteasy, 13 days after going on the market, the Read More