Q: Tell me about the different neighborhoods that you represent in Manhattan.
A: We are a unique team in that we cover all of Manhattan and much of Brooklyn. We have a small but nimble group with a vast level of experience in all neighborhoods. We have brokers who specialize in different parts of the city, though we pride ourselves on all being very knowledgeable everywhere.
Q: Where are families gravitating to? What about young couples/singles?
A: Families will always focus on neighborhoods that are home to top schools and parks. Historically, that meant uptown but now that we see the strengthening of schools in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, families have more options and are really going all over the city. Chelsea, Flatiron, Gramercy, Tribeca, and the Village all are very appealing to people with children. Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carrol Gardens are also very appealing. For younger couples and singles, SoHo, Noho, Nolita, East Village, and Meatpacking remain a draw, as well as portions of the Upper East Side, where there are better values for first-time buyers and seemingly more “action.”
Q: What are people looking for most in a property today?
A: Since we are now in a buyer’s market, purchasers want everything just right—they want mint/move-in conditions and they also want a price that reflects the new order. Buyers also want something special—they want to feel like they’re making the right choice and getting something unique.
Q: Tell me about a coveted listing.
A: We are selling a $30 million townhouse in Greenwich Village, which is simply the nicest home we have ever stepped foot in. The taste is impeccable, the quality is unsurpassable, and the location is highly coveted. The house is perfect.