The Real Deal New York

Residential deals

June 01, 2014
By Sasha von Oldershausen

23 Downing Street

23 Downing Street

Greenwich Village

$8.1 million
23 Downing Street

Four-bedroom, five-bath, five-story, 3,700-square-foot single-family townhouse; building features 900 square feet of exterior space, including a private garden and rooftop terrace; fully renovated building features modern amenities and radiant floors. Taxes $18,123 annually. Asking price $8.995 million; seven months on the market. (Brokers: Emily Beare and David Beare, CORE; Janice Chang, Douglas Elliman)

“This was a multi-family house that was then renovated into a single-family home. They kept the façade, but then the rest of the house was a complete gut renovation. They completely recreated the space. They built in a skylight and then they put in a beautiful open staircase that looks like a work of art in the middle of the house. The light just flows down throughout the entire house. The workmanship was beautiful, as well as the materials used. Everything was very organic; it just felt very natural. And even though it was very modern, it had a very warm feel to it. It was a nice juxtaposition of having this old façade with a modern feel. I think that was a unique balance to achieve. Sometimes, in the West Village, you have these small houses that tend to be dark. But here, you walk in, and the space is completely filled with light. It was absolutely beautiful — a lot of light and air.” – Emily Beare, Core NYC

Park Slope

$3 million
367 7th Avenue

Four-bedroom, three-bath, 3,360-square-foot pre-war building built in 1921; building features two apartments upstairs, a commercial space at ground level and two-car garage; taxes $8,200 annually; asking price $3.299 million; four months on the market. (Brokers: Dari Litchman and Erik Serras, Ideal Properties Group)

“The building itself has a really interesting history. It belonged to a very well known artist – Leo Bates – and his wife. The artist passed, and his wife was selling the property. The building contains a commercial space that hadn’t been occupied as such in almost 40 years. The reason was because it was being used as a studio and storage facility by the artist. But it became sort of a legendary building in the neighborhood, and people wondered why the gates were always down. Also, the building has a large two-car garage in the back that was used as a wood shop by a woodworker, who was good friends with the artist. The buyer was a private investor from the neighborhood who wanted to rent out the building.” – Erik Serras, Ideal Properties Group

Upper West Side

$2.25 million
200 Riverside Blvd, Apt. 46D

Two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,220-square-foot unit in a condominium building, Trump Place. Apartment has panoramic protected views of Central Park, Manhattan skyline and Hudson River; building features a fitness center, 50-foot pool, on-site garage, children’s playroom, bike storage, valet service, 24-hour doorman and concierge. Common charges $1,191 per month, taxes $2,005 per month. Asking price $2.35 million; 15 weeks on the market. (Broker: Victoria Rong Kennedy of Citi Habitats represented both the buyer and the seller.)

“The seller bought the property in 2000, and since then, they never renovated anything, so the interior is very outdated. It’s Trump Place, so it’s got that style of the white marble kitchen with white cabinets. But the view is very dramatic — it has that ‘wow’ factor. We have western, southern and eastern exposure, so you can see Central Park, and in the southwest corner, you can see downtown, the Freedom Tower and Hudson River. The buyer is a doctor who works in Long Island. He saw the unit in the first week that we listed it. He liked it for the view but didn’t think it was right for him because he works long hours at the hospital and didn’t think he would have time to renovate. But four months later, after seeing everything else, he realized that the view was really special, so he went for it.” – Victoria Rong Kennedy, Citi Habitats

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