Manhattan-based brokerage Nest Seekers kicked off the opening of the firm’s first California office in Beverly Hills Wednesday night. [more]
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Two mixed-use downtown buildings have hit the market for a combined $24 million, the properties’ exclusive listing broker told The Real Deal.
The buildings, at 287 Bleecker Street and 184 Prince Street, have been owned by the same family, the Launis, for decades, property records show. The family owns the buildings under the company name GTA Realty. The buildings are listed by Elio Gerbi of Nest Seekers International, a recent recruit to the brokerage from Italy. [more]
A self-proclaimed sugar daddy, frequenter of “hook-up sites” and Nest Seekers broker has been arrested on a first-degree rape charge, according to the New York Post. Lakhinder Vohra, 47, who also went by the online handle “Daddy Loves Arm Candy,” was arrested after being accused of attacking a woman he met on SeekingArrangement.com — which pairs young women, or “sugar babies,” with deep-pocketed and often much older men — in his luxury Financial District apartment. [more]
A high-profile Hamptons broker team lead by Laura Nigro has decamped for Nest Seekers International, following nearly a decade with Douglas Elliman’s Bridgehampton and Southampton offices, The Real Deal has learned. The team, consisting of Nigro, her brother Carl Nigro, and his wife Lucie Safonov, will open a new Nest Seekers office in Bridgehampton, Nigro said. [more]
From the October issue: Eddie Shapiro prefers to remain an enigma. On a recent summer afternoon, the founder of residential brokerage Nest Seekers International is clad in his own version of business casual: a slim-fitting white suit and black loafers, his longish brown hair slicked back, his goatee clipped, his burgundy tie dotted with tiny skulls.
“To an extent, I like to keep a lot of things in our [firm’s] business a mystery,” Shapiro said. Then he quoted a line from the 1997 film “The Devil’s Advocate”: “No matter how good you are, don’t ever let them see you coming.” [more]
A U.K.-based CEO of a conglomerate of companies has purchased three units at the Laureate in a bulk deal, Nest Seekers’ Nick Jabbour, the broker who represented the buyer in the deal, confirmed today.
The executive purchased a penthouse and two lower-floor units at the property in a deal valued at a total $21.88 million, Jabbour said. The penthouse at 2150 Broadway, and West 75th Street, traded for $11.55 million, while a five-bedroom spread on the 14th floor closed for $8.8 million and a one-bedroom unit on the 11th floor sold for $1.53 million, public records show. The latter two units closed for less than their asking prices, which were $10.5 million and $1.82 million respectively. [more]
Rado Varchola, a top broker at Citi Habitats, joined Nest Seekers International today, The Real Deal has learned. Citi Habitats named Varchola the Top Individual of the year by overall production and Top Individual of the year in sales in 2011.
Varchola, whose business is focused on Manhattan sales, said he was attracted to Nest Seekers for the brokerage’s emphasis on sales, rather than rentals, as well as its “high quality” marketing materials and advertising campaigns. [more]
Katherine GaleKatherine Gale joined the Long Island brokerage Daniel Gale Sotheby’s last month — making her the fourth generation in her family to work at the firm, which her great-grandfather founded in 1922. Her grandfather Kent still serves as the company’s chairman and her father, Stan, started there before launching the development firm Gale International in 1999.
Prior to joining the firm, Katherine, 26, who holds an MBA, spent a year as an agent in Nest Seekers’ Midtown Manhattan office…. [more]
A penthouse at the View in Long Island City has hit the market with an asking price of $3.25 million, listing broker Silvette Julian of Nestseekers confirmed to The Real Deal today. If the duplex sold for that price, that would make the unit the most expensive condominium ever sold in Queens.
The three-bedroom, four-bathroom unit is one of nine penthouses at the 18-story luxury building overlooking the East River. The corner, west-facing duplex is being sold by the buyer who originally purchased it from the sponsor, for $2.65 million in 2008, Julian said. [more]
A new technology may give fresh meaning to the term ‘window shopper.’ Launched last week, Live Open House Vision turns storefront listings into virtual open houses.
Here’s how it works: Whereas many brokerage firms line their windows with listings printed on letter-size paper, LOH Vision transforms that concept into an interactive experience. A touchscreen the size of a large television, installed to appear in the storefront window, features local listings, which prospective customers can personalize according to their preferences. Firms that use the technology can choose to add a news ticker, featuring breaking real estate news — including coverage from The Real Deal. [more]
Riding on the recent success of “Million Dollar Listing New York,” TV star and NestSeekers International broker Ryan Serhant has been tapped by his firm to head its newest office at 156 Reade Street in Tribeca, he told The Real Deal yesterday.
The 2,000-square-foot Tribeca storefront, NestSeekers’ 10th, will house 40 agents over two floors, Serhant said. The official Serhant team, which currently includes seven NestSeekers employees and is housed at 415 Madison Avenue, is slated to expand to 17 to occupy the space in the coming months, he said. The executive vice president is aggressively recruiting outside the firm. Other NestSeekers agents will relocate from other office to fill the remainder of the space. [more]
A 9,200-square-foot single-family Brooklyn home at 2134 Ocean Parkway has come on the market today, making it the largest freestanding residence currently for sale in the borough. The property, which has been owned by the same family since 1992, has an asking price of $14 million, $4 million more than Brooklyn’s second most expensive independent residence, a renovated townhouse at 36 Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights, which is asking $10 million. [more]
A 2,292-square-foot unit at the exclusive Park Imperial building at 230 West 56th Street, which came on the market in December asking a 100 percent mark-up from the owner’s original purchase price in 2005, has closed for just under $500,000 below ask, according to public records filed with the city today. The sale of the three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom unit, which was bought by Los Angeles finance exec David Lasaee for $4.1 million and was listed for $8.3 million, closed for $7.85 million, records show. [more]
Noted Hamptons agent Joseph DeCristofaro, who abruptly left Nest Seekers International in November and then sued the firm, has launched his own residential brokerage that will focus on rentals and sales in New York and the Hamptons.
Named the Global Group, as reported by the New York Post earlier this month, the firm launched Dec. 21 and will cater to buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords. DeCristofaro also started LeaseHamptons.com, a separate Hamptons rental listings website. [more]
Renowned celebrity photographer Ken Nahoum has finally found a buyer for his 1,800-square-foot duplex penthouse at 95 Greene Street, sources told The Real Deal today, marking the beginning of the end of a long legal battle with the building’s condominium board, which sued Nahoum in connection with $40,000 in unpaid common charges last year.
A buyer by the name of Richard Abrizi purchased the condo unit, Penthouse C, yesterday. The final closing price was $3.15 million, the sources said. [more]
From top left: Nest Seekers CEO Eddie Shapiro, managing directors Melvin Caro and Alex Dietrich, and a rendering of the new Williamsburg office at 578 Driggs Avenue
Come next Wednesday, Nest Seekers International will have a brick-and-mortar Williamsburg presence with a new office at 578 Driggs Avenue.
It’s a duplex office in a storefront location at the corner of North 6th Street, said Eddie Shapiro, the company’s president and CEO. He wouldn’t disclose the terms of the lease, but said the space clocks in at just shy of 2,000 square feet.
Nest Seekers, which has five offices in New York City (one of which is under construction), four on the East End and one in Miami, was “getting pressure” from agents and customers to open an office there, Shapiro said, and he wanted to expand the reach of his firm. … [more]
Carol Friedman, senior vice president at Nest Seekers, and 36 Gramercy Park EastAs the last of the 25 available units enter contract at Mann Realty’s condominium conversion of 36 Gramercy Park East, more units are being prepared to hit the market, according to Nest Seekers International, which is marketing the building.
Sales launched at the 51-unit former rental building, between 20th and 21st streets, in 2010, even as Mann continued to do interior renovation work on the circa 1908 building. Buyers paid about $2,200 to $2,400 per square foot for unrenovated two- and three-bedroom apartments facing Gramercy Park, and then commissioned custom renovations. The buyers of renovated one- and two-bedroom apartments that don’t face the park paid an average of $1,806 and $1,930 per foot, respectively, Carol Friedman, senior vice president of Nest Seekers and marketing agent at the building, said. – Adam Fusfeld… [more]
Clockwise from top left: The View condominium, Modern Spaces CEO Eric Benaim, Scott Walsh, director of market research for TF Cornerstone and the view from Penthouse 9 at sunset
Brokers and potential buyers gathered last night at TF Cornerstone’s Long Island
City condominium the View to check out the staged penthouses, and, quite
frankly, the views.
The Real Deal arrived just in time to see the sun set over the Manhattan skyline
directly across the river from the condo. The sight was breathtaking, even for
Scott Walsh, TF Cornerstone’s director of market research, who sees it every
day from his ground-floor apartment in the building.
Walsh said he eschewed the penthouses — which have been on the market since 2009 and range from $1.485 million
for a 1,495-square-foot two-bedroom unit to $1.785 for a 1,763-square-foot
three-bedroom after recent price cuts — for his unit because of his private large outdoor
This fall, a one block stretch of Riverside Boulevard will suddenly become crowded
with real estate offices. First, Blu Realty Group plans a real estate office
and cafe on the boulevard, now Nest Seekers International is bringing an
office designed by Andres Escobar & Associates to Lincoln Square. The residential
brokerage said it commissioned the high-end designer to transform the raw
commercial condominium it bought at the base of the Avery into its newest office.
Escobar is known for designing the Duvet nightclub in Gramercy and the
92 Greene Street condo in Soho, among other high-profile projects.
Nest Seekers closed on the $1.4 million, approximately 1,500-square-foot space at
100 Riverside Boulevard last month and will open the office, its fourth in Manhattan,
in 30 to 60 days. The West Side office is the firm’s 10th overall; in addition to the
Manhattan locations it has one office in Long Island City, four on the East End, and one in Miami…. [more]
From left: 36 Gramercy Park East, Jim Parsons of “Big Bang Theory” and Nest Seekers’ Ryan Serhant and Carol Friedman
“Big Bang” actor Jim Parsons purchased a $1.82 million apartment at 36 Gramercy Park East, the New York Observer reported. Carol Friedman and Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers, the building’s exclusive marketing firm, brokered the deal.
The building is among the few condominiums along the private park, as it was converted from a rental in 2009 by Mann Realty Associates, with average asking prices of about $2,248 per square foot. Parsons came away with his 911-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment for $2,000 per foot…. [more]