Michael Shvo, one of the highest-flying Manhattan brokers during the real estate boom who then disappeared from the market, is making a comeback as a developer, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Shvo, with developer Victor Homes, beat out competitors to acquire 239 Tenth Avenue, a gas station site at Tenth Avenue and West 24th Street overlooking the High Line.The property was listed for $18.95 million, but the partnership ended up paying $23.5 million – or a record-setting $800 per buildable square foot – Victor’s Ran Korolik told the Journal. The partnership is also in talks to secure additional air rights, he added.
Shvo is looking to turn the site into an art-themed, mixed-use condominium and retail development that would connect to galleries nearby, he told the Journal.
Developers called the purchase price exorbitant, but Shvo described it as a bargain, given the location.
“The vision for this property relies on the game-changing real estate mindset that I believed in and acted on previously,” he added.
As a broker, Shvo was widely credited with bringing new marketing ideas and practices to the industry, but was often criticized for being petulant and difficult to work with. [WSJ] – Hiten Samtani