Finding FiDi….

Trinity Church- at Broadway and Wall Street

Trinity Church- at Broadway and Wall Street

 

Amongst the many wonderful things about New York, is that despite being a global metropolitan city, and contrary to popular opinion, there are definitely neighborhoods. Each with its own distinct style and flavor. Some, if not many neighborhoods, evolve over the years. There are of course advantages and disadvantages to this.

Over the last few weeks this has come up in conversations, whether  sitting over cocktails at the W in Union Square musing about the Brooklyn boom, and thoughts about Sunset Park, to someone marveling about moving  after many years in one neighborhood to a somewhat adjacent one and discovering the many conveniences that came with it…to musing  on my way to meeting with a condo owner about the Financial District that I remember as compared to the Financial District we see today, and the Financial District of the future-it feels as if each time there’s something to rediscover.

The Financial District I remember as part of my daily professional life (pre-real estate) was a weekday business hours area. Besides a few people that I knew who were typically temporarily living in the neighborhood (usually my out of town colleagues staying in a hotel or corporate housing) I don’t really recall anyone who lived in the area.  I remember when the Jubilee Market opened,I was with a startup at the time directly across John Street. and the reactions amongst colleagues-glad to have someplace else to pick up a quick lunch,but wondering who would be shopping in this new 24 hour market-when you considered how the business hour bustle slowed to nary a trickle after 5 or 6 most days. At that time,I remember the first office buildings being converted for residential use,and thinking,will people choose to live here (As a personal note,every time I walk through the neighborhood-especially along Wall Street  it fascinates me to see how many buildings where I either worked or spent a lot of time in meeting  with clients, as residential residences!)

Walking around in the Financial District  today is a very different experience. People on their way home-living in the various condo and rental buildings throughout the neighborhood. Restaurants, a real buzz at the bars, so to speak-from people for whom it’s their “neighborhood watering hole”. Shopping options that include some retailers previously seen only on Fifth or Madison Avenues on the Upper East Side (Tiffany’s , Thomas Pink, Hermes). Great restaurants, both old and new (Delmonico’s , The Capital Grille-Downtown, The Bailey Pub & Brasserie, Ulysses’ Folk House). And many more signs of a vibrant neighborhood that might take forever to name…

In the end, no matter the neighborhood, finding a place to live is an intensely personal decision. As you weigh the factors that matter most to you ,communicate this to your agent of choice. As the weather continues to improve,take the time to explore-particularly if you are considering a new neighborhood you’re unfamiliar with. In an ideal partnership, there’s bi-directional communication between team members that helps make what can be a stressful process, less so, efficient, and possibly even enjoyable. So that together you will happen upon (and in some cases battle for) the perfect place to call home.

 

Destinations

Tweet   Around this time,every year,I find myself explaining,why I’m going away for the weekend and …heading to Binghamton. It is part of an annual ritual of a sort. An unusual destination,a bit of a break from the usual break neck pace of the New York City real estate world (particularly this year,whilst preparing to…

I see NYC all the time but during ICNY I saw many of you….

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Tweet It’s been a really hectic couple of weeks. What I expected to be a quiet period ,just before Christmas ,turned into a more boisterous time,in the weeks leading up to Inman Connect New York. Between being elected to the board the FIABCI-USA Northeast Council ,Inman 100,and a former listing in the New York Times,…

Random rumination a on a holiday morning….to connect or not connect…

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Tweet Sitting here (and here today isn’t Maui….or Los Angeles…or my normative here my beloved New York City but Reading,PA) on Christmas morning ,ruminating once again. Many thoughts swirl around in my head at any given time,but,some themes persist. I think the theme today for me centers around being genuine and true gratitude. And as…

How technology can impact an experience….or not….

Tweet Interestingly enough,the last few weeks,I have been pondering a lot about experience. Along with experience,optimal positioning to lead to the ideal experience. How does this look,as a planned approach,in my everyday work as a real estate agent in Manhattan,or in my volunteer work,or even in my life. A few weeks ago, I got an…

By the numbers….2012 Recap of Web Stats for WarburgRealty.com

Tweet   Some of the stats that matter from the past year : In 2012 there were over 106,000,000 hits on the website with an average of 291,000 per day or 12,00 per hour. With more than 1,475,000 hits in 2012,the blog consistently ranked among the top entry pages to the site. Our New York…

NICOLE BEAUCHAMP RECEIVES NEW “CERTIFIED NEGOTIATION EXPERT (CNE®)” DESIGNATION

Tweet Professional negotiation skills are a must for all real estate agents helping home buyers and sellers, especially in the current market Nicole Beauchamp has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) designation by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI). The CNE® is earned by real estate professionals after successfully completing formal negotiation training from…

On 3rd…the power of relationships beyond the screen..

Tweet I admit two things among many a) I love people b) I love technology and these two things are not mutually exclusive. There is a lot to be said for how we choose to utilize technology in our lives,to both connect,and disconnect to people. There was an article in the New York Times several…

Manhattan Market Monday : Manhattan Moments…in brief

Tweet Now, I’ve been meaning to write this post,maybe since last week-but inevitably life and business can derail even the most determined.A few weeks ago I wrote about how it might be an opportunity to buy ,if that’s the right choice for you- between increasing rents,continued low vacancy rates,and interest rates being low (Is Opportunity…

Bonjour Paris…wait…I’m still on the Upper East Side !

Tweet A few weeks ago,I got a message from a friend  (who also happens to be an Upper East Side resident and broker) telling me one of my favorite local places had shut down. How did she know to mention ? Well,I tend to check in on Foursquare when I stop in for drinks or…