From Luxury Listings NYC: Ryan Serhant, Nest Seekers International executive senior vice president and star of “Million Dollar Listing New York,” doesn’t own a home and doesn’t want to — at least not right now.
If that seems contrary to reason for a real estate broker and coincidental reality TV star, it is. And Serhant admits he should pony up for an apartment and quit paying those exorbitant Manhattan rents.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” he confided during a tour of his new digs in West Chelsea. “If you have the money for a down payment, everyone should buy.”
But Serhant, who acted in college, just can’t force himself to follow his own advice. At this stage of his life, the 29-year-old Boston native needs the flexibility and convenience of a lease.
At the beginning of the year, Serhant moved into his West 25th Street one-bedroom, two-bath pad for what he considers two very good reasons: The price for the large space dropped from $6,450 to $6,000 a month — a (relative) deal by New York City standards — and the location is a short hop to where he works in Tribeca.
West Chelsea is one in a long line of neighborhoods where Serhant has hung his hat at one time or another. The others, so far: the Upper East Side, Midtown and the Financial District.
“I want to move around the city as much as possible,” he said. “Because I sell real estate, I want to be able to know the product and live in the product.”
Serhant is so busy, though, that he spends most of his time at the office.
Still, Serhant is effusive about what he considers his “ideal space.”
“When I come here,” he said, “I can just pass out.”
The airy living room is ideal for entertaining and has lots of windows that let guests take in the High Line, the abandoned rail line transformed into a park.
Serhant has settled on sleek, modern furnishings, from Danish manufacturer BoConcept, and has decorated the walls with artwork by friends, flyers from college productions and ads from his two years as a hand model.
Right now, Serhant isn’t sure where his next stop will be — he has another 15 months or so on his lease — but it won’t be outside of Manhattan: “I don’t know how to get to Brooklyn.”