You’d think that a broker with a $12 million listing would be slightly neurotic about selling it in this epically uneasy month, especially if that broker’s family happened to own the apartment. But Deborah Kern, a Corcoran broker who put her eight-room Majestic co-op on the market for $12 million last week, sounds calm.
“I’m not anxious,” she said Tuesday, reached at her office. “Honest to God, I’m not anxious.”
According to city records, she and her husband, James Kern, a former senior managing director at Bear Stearns, paid just $5.2 million in 2005 for the place, plus $160,000 for a maid’s room on the first floor of the twin-towered building. “I bought it at a very good time, and I just think it’s worth it,” she offered. “I put a lot of money into it.”
Her listing says the renovated apartment is caked in “natural woods,” like the walnut custom cabinetry in the eat-in kitchen, or something called “white rift oak flushed curve doors,” or an oak-and-glass sliding doorway between the library and living room, or the mirrored cabinetry outlined with sycamore in the master suite.
It isn’t the only $12 million listing she’s trying to sell. As The Observer reported in September, Mark Goldstein, who became the co-head of Bear Stearns’ European investment banking last year, is listing his sprawl at 1000 Park Avenue with Ms. Kern, asking slightly more than twice the $5,275,000 he paid in 2006.
“I’m not expecting something overnight,” Ms. Kern said about her Central Park West apartment. (More brightly, the first thing she offered about the co-op during an interview was, “Someone’s going to walk in and say, ‘I want it.’ There’s nothing to do. Nothing. It’s an absolutely immaculate renovation.”)
Even though her husband has reportedly become a managing director at JPMorgan, did they put the co-op on the market because of the financial crisis? “No,” she said.
Her reasons, then, for marketing the place: “Looking at townhouses; looking at other things; looking at other opportunities.” In the meantime, there won’t be open houses. “If somebody wants to see it,” she offered, “they can call me.”