Steven Ganz and Jonathan Isaacs were named top residential agents of the week by The Real Deal magazine. Click here to view the full article: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/01/25/top-residential-agents-of-the-week-107/
At the prewar Beaux Arts 50 Bond Street — set on an “architecturally significant” block — this full-floor loft has been “beautifully renovated,” with the original details overlaid with “spectacular, contemporary finishes.” There are white-oak floors, custom sliding doors and new oversized windows — all complementing the “extensive” brickwork and “rich” cast-iron columns. In the condo’s 3,000 square feet are three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms and a large open space that can easily house a formal seating area, a dining area and a family/TV area. There’s also a “chef-grade” kitchen, plus a 125-square-foot balcony. Agents: Steven Ganz and Jonathan Isaacs, Aligned Real Estate, 212-487-5051 and 212-487-5052
Flatiron District and Gramercy Park
The Flatiron District has undergone some serious changes in recent years, with additions like Mario Batali’s Eataly food complex, the renaissance of Madison Square Park and new developments like 15 Union Square West and the Cammeyer bringing condo dwellers to the area. When it comes to Gramercy Park, however, the luxury sales are clustered around that exclusive stretch of green that gives the neighborhood its name.
In February of last year, Corcoran senior vice president Tim Cass sold a duplex penthouse at 50 Gramercy Park North belonging to the Icelandic retail tycoon Jon Asgeir Johannesson for $22 million. Now, the Icelandic LLC–like entity that bought the apartment appears to be attempting to flip it, looking to Cass again to help. Johannesson listed the unit in June for $21.4 million. It was then taken off the market, and then relisted in January after a 12 percent price cut. Cass declined to discuss the transaction.
Meanwhile, Aligned Real Estate founders Jonathan Isaacs and Steven Ganz, formerly of Core, handled the $14.6 million sale of the 10,000-square-foot duplex penthouse at 31 West 21st Street featured in the film “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” The seller was financier Richard Weissman, who paid $1.4 million for the pad in 2003. While the unit’s star turn garnered some attention, it didn’t bump up the price, Isaacs explained. “Somebody at that price point isn’t buying based on the movie,” he said.
Speaking of star power, at least when it comes to real estate, Lisa Simonsen got her fair share of attention last year for brokering the apparently off-market $48 million sale of a combination unit at the Plaza acquired by Igor Krutoy, the founder of Russian MTV, touted as the most expensive condo sale in New York’s history (see above). But it was a smaller deal at 50 Gramercy Park North that put her on the ranking in this neighborhood.
Simonsen sold a three-bedroom unit for money manager Thomas Marsico, who was twice named to Forbes’ list of the 400 Richest Americans, for $7 million. The buyer was an LLC, but news reports indicated that actor Jennifer Aniston was behind the purchase. She had toured an apartment in the building in the summer.
Like Johannesson’s former home, the residence sits atop the Gramercy Park Hotel, the posh conversion backed by Ian Schrager and designed by John Pawson that bestows upon owners a key to the private park. Simonsen, who touts her “highly discreet” service on her firm profile, did not return a request for comment.
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This full-floor loft in the Flatiron area is the epitome of ‘kid friendly’ with a large playroom that houses an indoor swing, a climbing wall in one of the bedrooms and lots of open space. —Corrie Driebusch
When Stephen Maharam and his wife first saw the full-floor Flatiron co-op, he said they liked the ‘bones’ but wanted to put on their own signature. The couple purchased the loft in 2007 for $5.325 million, according to property records, and spent the next seven months renovating.
Mr. Maharam said he and his wife, both of whom have backgrounds in interior design, had a quick sense of what they wanted to do with the space. He said they replaced or revamped about two-thirds of the apartment, from redoing nearly all the finishes to adding built-in furniture.
The children’s rooms are all painted white on the walls, but each child was allowed to select their own color accent for the ceiling.
The couple installed a colorful climbing wall in their son’s bedroom, inspired by a rock-climbing class Mr. Maharam and his son took at Chelsea Piers. A toy car track around one of his daughter’s rooms, shown here, remained from the previous owner.
A big part of the renovation was adding in built-in shelving units, Mr. Maharam said. ‘They established a great amount of storage and also show off elements we’ve collected over time,’ he said.
The entry way had been simply two white walls. ‘We didn’t want it to feel like a dead area when you walked in, so we put in a black and white photo wall,’ Mr. Maharam said. Bookshelves are on the other wall.
‘There’s an amazing moment of solitude, watching the world come to life outside the window,’ Mr. Maharam said of seeing the sun rise in his home. ‘You see big apartments but for whatever reasons they’re only lit on both ends. This expanse is filled with light.’
The apartment occupies the entire floor and it gets light from all sides, including above: There is a skylight in the playroom, shown here.
As part of the renovation, Mr. Maharam and his wife put in new flooring for the roof deck, a gazebo and barbecue. ‘It’s fantastic up here to have dinner at night and look at the Empire State Building,’ he said.
Mr. Maharam said he and his wife have inflated an eight-foot circular pool on the roof. His children have also used their tricycles and two-wheel scooters on the deck. ‘To see the kids be able to run around is one of the biggest luxuries of all,’ Mr. Maharam said.
The office off of the dining room can be transformed into a guest bedroom thanks to a Murphy bed.
There is an extra office area off of the playroom.
Despite loving the 4,500-square-foot apartment, Mr. Maharam said he and his wife are ready to dive into a new ‘project’. They plan to remain in Manhattan.
The five-bedroom, four-bathroom apartment at 109 West 26th St. was listed in January by Jonathan Isaacs and Steven Ganz at Aligned Real Estate for $7.895 million.
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109 West 26th Street Penthouse
Being a kid in a Manhattan apartment can make you want to climb the walls – but this expansive Chelsea loft actually gives the little ones a place to do it. This kids’ wonderland has a climbing wall, chalkboard walls and even a playroom with a rubber floor and swing.
The 50-foot-long living room is so spacious that Aligned Real Estate broker Jonathan Isaacs, who shares the listing with Steven Ganz, said that the current owners’ children can ride their bikes in the space.
Don’t think the space isn’t also sophisticated. The chef’s kitchen is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances and there’s custom millwork throughout the 4,500-square-foot penthouse space. On top is a 1,500-square-foot terrace with a gazebo. It’s listed for $7.895 million.