The Real Deal New York

Residential deals

September 01, 2013 07:00AM
250 East 53rd Street, Apt. 1702

250 East 53rd Street, Apt. 1702

Midtown East

$2.17 million

250 East 53rd Street, Apt. 1702

Two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,339-square-foot unit in a new construction condo, the Veneto; apartment has laundry and eat-in kitchen; building has concierge, children’s playroom, private storage and on-site garage; common charges $1,246 per month; taxes $313 per month; asking price $2.2 million; three weeks on the market. (Brokers: Eric Hantman, Prime Real Estate New York City; David Cooper, Douglas Elliman)

“I met the sellers years back — we have mutual friends. They were selling the unit because they were moving to the suburbs. Originally it was being sold as part of a combination with two other units, but an offer came in for this specific unit individually. It is a beautiful corner unit and was kept in immaculate condition. The buyer was attracted by the condition of the apartment, and added touches such as electronic blinds and built-in speakers. It was a cash deal.” Eric Hantman, Prime

Lenox Hill

$1.5 million

333 East 69th Street, Apt. TH10

Two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath, 1,300-square-foot duplex in a postwar co-op building, the Premier; unit has central air, marble baths and terrace; building has 24-hour doorman, concierge, roof deck, storage facilities and live-in super; maintenance $2,941 per month; asking price $1.5 million; four weeks on the market. (Brokers: Gillian Friedman; Sotheby’s International Realty; Kay Moon, Bond New York)

“My buyers [were] browsing the market for six months. They were looking to purchase a home in Manhattan and retire. The wife wanted something unique and different, perhaps with some outdoor space. She saw over 100 properties and didn’t find anything she liked! But they became very serious once they found a buyer for their house in Long Island. I took them out twice and they made an offer on a property, but they lost [the deal] because their offer was just a little too late. As soon as this listing came on the market I knew it was going to be their new home. They loved it and I encouraged them to make an offer at full asking price. It was accepted, but the seller’s broker insisted that they [agree to no mortgage contingency.] The buyers considered it, but ultimately decided they couldn’t accept the terms. After some back and forth, the seller finally agreed to our terms and it became clear that the request had been made on behalf of the listing broker’s firm, not the sellers themselves. My buyers were so happy when it finally closed. They were ready to celebrate the summer in the city.” Kay Moon, Bond

Upper East Side

$8.1 million

255 East 74th Street, Apt. 28A

Five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath, 3,495-square-foot unit in a new construction condo; Casa 74; apartment has Central Park views, floor-to-ceiling windows, eat-in kitchen and soaking tub; building has doorman, concierge, children’s playroom and outdoor garden; common charges $4,012 per month; taxes $624 per month; asking price $8.9 million, 29 weeks on the market. (Brokers: Victoria Schtainer, Douglas Elliman; Asher Alcobi and Meirav Gavrielov, Peter Ashe Real Estate)

“I had been working with the buyers off and on for years. They had been looking for a three-bedroom, and then when the family grew, they needed a four-bedroom. They originally wanted to be on Park, Madison or Fifth Avenue, but they eventually broadened the search. [This apartment] was a little bit out of the area that they had in mind, but once I convinced them to see it, they liked the layout and the views. It had been available for a few months when we put an offer in, but sellers always think their apartment is the best in the world, so it was difficult to convince them they had to come down to the market price. They [also] had seller’s remorse — they were just reluctant to release the place because they loved it so much. But persistence pays. [We just had] to keep following up.” Asher Alcobi, Peter Ashe