Brown Harris Stevens

Brown Harris Stevens

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Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, LLC is a luxury residential real estate firm based in New York City with offices in the Hamptons, Palm Beach, and Miami.

Headquarters: 445 Park Avenue New York City

Founded in: 1873 

Founded by: Charles Stelle Brown

Brown Harris Stevens Q&A

Where does Brown Harris Stevens operate?
Brown Harris Stevens has offices in New York City, The Hamptons, Palm Beach, and Miami.
What is Brown Harris Stevens known for?
Brown Harris Stevens is known for brokering high-end residential properties in New York City. It has brokered a number of high-profile sales, including the sale of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' 14-room co-op to billionaire David Koch, and David Rockefeller's Upper East Side townhouse. As with many major brokerages, BHS has made news as it changed hands over the years. It was purchased by real estate investor Harry Helmsley in 1965 and sold by Leona Helmsley in 1995 to Arthur and William Zeckendorf and Kent Swig. This group went on to form Terra Holdings, of which BHS is a subsidiary. Under their leadership the firm purchased Halstead Properties in 2001 and several boutique firms since.
Who runs Brown Harris Stevens?
The firm is led by CEO Bess Freedman and president Hall Willkie. It is a subsidiary of Terra Holdings, whose principals include David A. Burris, Kent Swig, Arthur and William Zeckendorf, and the principals of Allied Partners.
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Brown Harris Stevens Top Stories

August 1, 2019Fresh off a $370 million funding round, Compass has hired Brown Harris Stevens’ top Downtown broker.
July 11, 2019Brown Harris Stevens’ chief technology officer and head of communications are out amid an internal shakeup at the luxury brokerage.
May 16, 2019Brown Harris Stevens agents woke up Thursday to an explosive email from the firm's top brass: Ignore the rumors. Your brokerage is not for sale.
February 19, 2019BHS names Pablo Marvel as CMO
February 19, 2019The Closing: Bess Freedman

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BHS names Pablo Marvel as CMO

BHS names Pablo Marvel as CMO

UPDATE, Feb. 19, 2019, 5:30 p.m.: Three months after being named CEO of Brown Harris Stevens, Bess Freedman is shaking up the 146-year-old firm’s marketing — again. The luxury brokerage has tapped Pablo Marvel,...

BHS names Pablo Marvel as CMO
The Closing: Bess Freedman

The Closing: Bess Freedman

Bess Freedman is the CEO of Brown Harris Stevens, the 146-year-old brokerage known for its luxury niche. Freedman was named co-president of the firm alongside Hall Willkie in December 2017 and was appointed the...

The Closing: Bess Freedman
Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Dick Cavett’s Montauk estate seeks $34M after price cut, Riverhead building height restrictions opposed … & more

Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Dick Cavett’s Montauk estate seeks $34M after price cut, Riverhead building height restrictions opposed … & more

Dick Cavett slashes Montauk home’s price by nearly $15M The celebrated talk show host Dick Cavett has reduced the price of his iconic oceanfront...

Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Dick Cavett’s Montauk estate seeks $34M after price cut, Riverhead building height restrictions opposed … & more
Shonda Rhimes buys Lenox Hill penthouse for $11.75M

Shonda Rhimes buys Lenox Hill penthouse for $11.75M

Shonda Rhimes, the powerhouse showrunner behind TV hits like “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy,”...

Shonda Rhimes buys Lenox Hill penthouse for $11.75M
Benjamin Benalloul jumps to Halstead, Brown Harris Development Marketing

Benjamin Benalloul jumps to Halstead, Brown Harris Development Marketing

Real estate scion and broker to the ultra-wealthy Benjamin Benalloul is on the move. Benalloul has joined Terra Development...

Benjamin Benalloul jumps to Halstead, Brown Harris Development Marketing
BHS names Bess Freedman as first CEO

BHS names Bess Freedman as first CEO

Less than a year after being named co-president of Brown Harris Stevens, Bess Freedman has been tapped as the luxury brokerage’s first chief executive. As CEO, Freedman will oversee operations in New York City,...

BHS names Bess Freedman as first CEO
Wendy Maitland launches her own brokerage after BHS exit

Wendy Maitland launches her own brokerage after BHS exit

Wendy Maitland is starting her own brokerage business. The broker launched a new residential and commercial real estate firm...

Wendy Maitland launches her own brokerage after BHS exit
Corcoran and Brown Harris Stevens are changing office spaces in Southampton

Corcoran and Brown Harris Stevens are changing office spaces in Southampton

In an office space shuffle, the Corcoran Group and Brown Harris Stevens are shifting locations of their Southampton outposts....

Corcoran and Brown Harris Stevens are changing office spaces in Southampton
Wendy Maitland out at Brown Harris Stevens after two years

Wendy Maitland out at Brown Harris Stevens after two years

Wendy Maitland is out at Brown Harris Stevens, ending a two-year tenure for the broker in which she attempted...

Wendy Maitland out at Brown Harris Stevens after two years
Roger Tuckerman, former president of Brown Harris Stevens, dies at 81

Roger Tuckerman, former president of Brown Harris Stevens, dies at 81

Roger Tuckerman, formerly president of Brown Harris Stevens, died last month. He was 81. Tuckerman died of complications following...

Roger Tuckerman, former president of Brown Harris Stevens, dies at 81
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