America’s largest and busiest city attracts the world’s wealthiest and most high-profile individuals. And of all of New York City’s five boroughs, it is the island of Manhattan – home to some of the greatest cultural, education, and economic institutions in the world – which dominates the luxury real estate field. With just under 23 square miles, the real estate game here is competitive and requires the best real agents to navigate. In the high-stakes world of Manhattan real estate, the ten brokers or Realtor teams below have consistently proven to be the best.
Luxury real estate in New York City generally falls into two categories – glitzy new condominiums in high rises designed by world-class architects and resale units, including some of the city’s historic townhouses that rarely go on the market. And although the luxury market has traditionally been dominated by resales, new developments are quickly taking up a bigger piece of the pie as tons of multi-million dollar condominiums in new luxury buildings have hit the Manhattan market.
Luxury real estate agents in New York City are no longer just selling homes, they are selling a lifestyle. The leaders in the industry must be branding experts if they want to excel, and the brokers on this list have perfected innovative marketing strategies.
The agents on this list have dominated the top of The Real Deal’s annual rankings year after year – not only for the city, but often country-wide. Whether they are selling penthouse condominiums, townhouse mansions, or high-end co-ops, these agents have demonstrated consistent success, sold some of New York City’s most iconic homes, and most have over $100 million in active listings. They have networks of high-profile buyers and sellers around the globe and are trusted to handle real estate transactions for celebrity actors, entertainment executives, leaders of Fortune 500 companies, partners at major investment banks, and foreign billionaires.
10) Alexa Lambert
Website | 212.452.4408 | Company: Stribling & Associates
Lambert has consistently been one of the Stribling & Associates highest producers and is considered one of the top brokers in the city. The Wall Street Journal ranked Lambert as the number three Realtor in the county and the number one in New York City for 2017, with over $598 in transaction volume. Her client list includes celebrities and entertainment executives, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, partners from most of the major investment banks, real estate executives, and wealthy foreigners.
Lambert has been a broker at Stribling & Associates since 1990 and is a member of the company’s Chairman’s Circle. Her expertise extends across all neighborhoods and property types, including condominiums, townhouses, and co-ops. Lambert is known for her ability to present clients with specific information on varied areas as well as accurate, real-time market overviews. And she has an impressive network of brokers around the world.
Lambert’s success has been recognized by The Real Estate Board of New York and she willingly shares her expertise and knowledge with other city brokers. She has taught multiple sessions of their highest-level class, offered only to top residential brokers in the city. Lambert grew up in New York City and attended the Spence School and Brown University.
Lambert sold Julia Robert’s Manhattan’s stylish West Village and, with Merrill Curtis and Marc Achille, she sold celebrity chef Ina Garten’s co-op at 71 East 77th Street. And although she is active in the resale market, she was also responsible for overseeing the Stribling team selling the Private Residences at the Plaza, a project whose total sell out exceeded $1 billion. She personally negotiated the significant deals at the Plaza, including three of the highest dollar deals in the history of Manhattan.
And she has the listing, with Alison Black, for Penthouse B on the iconic curved southwest corner of The Shephard for $24.5 million. Located at 275 West 10th Street, Penthouse B has a total of 4,763 interior square feet and three unique terraces totally 1,475 square feet. One terrace has an outdoor kitchen, and a spectacular roof deck offers 360-degree views of the river and city. A highlight of the home is its gorgeous library with a fireplace and a wonderful curved and turret with a large skylight. High-end features include extremely large windows, barrel vaulted ceilings, entrance foyers, and gallery spaces and special nooks to accommodate bookshelves or art. The Shepard has been thoughtfully renovated into one of the finest and most special residential buildings in all of Manhattan.
Lambert also has the $31 million listing for 807 Park Avenue – a roughly 24,000 square foot, 12-story building. Currently configured as three units, each with its own private elevator, these townhouse-like residences offer the opportunity to create the ultimate family compound or grand single-family home in the heart of Lenox Hill. And she has the largest penthouse at The Shephard under contract for $29.5 million and the wonderful Penthouse at 221 West 77th under contract for $22.5 million.
9) Fredrik Eklund & John Gomes
Website | 212.891.7676 | Company: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
The Eklund|Gomes Team are the “go-to team” for new development in New York City. They are the top brokers of luxury new residential development for Douglas Elliman, the biggest real-estate firm in New York City. Made of Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes, the team consistently ranks among the top teams in the nation. In 2017, the Wall Street Journal ranked the duo the 3rd team in the country and 1st in New York, with an impressive $721,331,559 in transactions.
Most of the listings and sales for the Eklund|Gomes Team come from new development listings in Manhattan. Eklund and Gomes moved to Elliman from Core in 2010. They work with buyers, sellers, and developers. They are known for selling multi-million dollar condominiums to high-profile clients and many of their listings are outrageously appointed penthouse at the top of new towers designed by world-class architects.
Although Gomes has only been in the industry for seven years, he has quickly cultivated a unique niche market. He is highly regarded in the industry and is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Real Deal, and the New York Post as well as in notable television programs.
Eklund is perhaps best known for his appearance on Bravo’s reality real estate TV show “Million Dollar Listing New York.” He is frequently covered by the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, New York Times, New York Post and New York Observer as a real estate expert. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and is involved in several charities, including ‘My Big Day’ with the Princess of Sweden and ‘Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children.’
The pair is also selling the amazing Penthouse A at Madison Square Park Tower in the Flatiron District for $48 million. The building is by world-renowned architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and is the tallest residential tower overlooking Madison Square Park. Located in 45 East 22nd St, this exceptional 7,028 square foot duplex is elevated 777 feet in the sky and offers world-class views through its double height walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. In addition to the Penthouse, this listing includes two separate studio apartments for staff or guests.
And the Eklund|Gomes Team is selling a 6,000 square foot penthouse at One Morton Square in Greenwich Village for $25 million. Highlights of the home include its own private elevator, a wood burning fireplace with a mantel imported from France, and a sculptural glass wine refrigerator that holds up to 1,000 bottles and floats between the living room and the kitchen.
Previously, the team’s resale portfolio included the $42.5 million, 54th-story apartment at the Time Warner Center, which was featured on ABC’s “Nightline.” And they sold a meticulously renovated townhouse in the West Village for $21 million. At 79 Horatio, this historic 6-bedroom home has ample outdoor space, including a two-tiered patio with an outdoor kitchen and a paved roof deck that offered unobstructed views of some of the most iconic landmarks, including the Empire State Building and 1 World Trade Center.
8) Kyle W. Blackmon
Website | 646.798.8898 | Company: Compass
Kyle W. Blackmon has the distinction of being one of the most accomplished and successful brokers in the Manhattan real estate industry Focusing on new developments, Blackmon was ranked 22nd in the country out of 2 million agents in 2017 by the Wall Street Journal and 5th in New York City with $204,512,048 in transactions. In 2014, Blackmon ranked an impressive 12th in the nation, with a sales volume of $302 million. He has sold over of $1.6 billion in property since 2003, of which $515 million was in the new development 15 Central Park West.
Blackmon is Head of Luxury Sales at Compass, one of the most innovative real estate brokerages in the country. He is known for his immense commitment to his clients and has earned a reputation for his integrity, discretion, and careful research. He has a proven track record of delivering results for sellers and a strong referral network of global and domestic ultra high net worth clients. Prior to joining Compass, Blackmon worked at Brown Harris Stevens, where he was recognized as the #1 broker in 2012.
Blackmon was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management from the University of South Carolina. In addition to his work in real estate, Blackmon is a patron of Asia Society, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Harlem Village Academies, Carnegie Hall, and The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.
Blackmon is currently selling a gracious, full-floor penthouse atop Walker Tower for $38 million. Walker Tower was built in 1929 and designed in the Art Deco style by the renowned Ralph Thomas Walker and was reimagined in 2012 by the distinguished Cetra Ruddy into impeccable residences with an exclusive array of amenities. With nearly 7,000 square feet of interior space, the penthouse has 360-degree views of Manhattan framed by floor-to-ceiling windows and is a triumph of architectural pedigree, contemporary design, and extraordinary craftsmanship. The penthouse has every 21st-century luxury with a seamlessly modern layout complemented by two private terraces and three wood-burning fireplaces. No expense was spared in the pristine master suite, which includes a white quartzite wood-burning fireplace, private terrace, and an expansive bathroom. A separate guest wing with optional private entry houses additional ensuite bedrooms and a kitchenette. The penthouse is also outfitted with top-of-the-line home technology.
And Blackmon recently had the contract signed on the $31.5 million grand, 4-bedroom corner home in Manhattan’s most sought-after building – 15 Central Park West, designed by the globally acclaimed architect Robert A.M. Stern.
In 2014, Blackmon sold closed on a $48 million duplex at 15 Central Park West, which had been listed at $62.5 million. He also sold a seven-room apartment on the 33rd floor of the famed Robert A.M. Stern building listed for $31 million.
7) Lauren Muss
Website | 212.350.8000 | Company: Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Lauren Muss is consistently one of New York City’s top-performing brokers and is Douglas Elliman’s number 1 broker. She is regularly recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Top 100” Agents in the nation and “Top 10” in NYC since 2007. In the 2017 rankings, Muss was 21st in the nation and 6th in New York City based on transaction value. She was awarded Top Individual Broker in 2016, 2013 and 2010 and received the “Deal of the Year” award in 2007. Impressively, her closed new development deals last year totaled $320 million.
Muss has spent over 24 years in the real estate business, during which time she has earned a reputation for professionalism, creative and strategic marketing, and for her superior market knowledge. A true professional, Muss is known for having a results-oriented reputation among clients and peers. Coming from a family of builders, developers, and property owners, Muss has a unique and valuable insight into the real estate industry. She is a lifetime Manhattan residence, who combines her own expertise with the outstanding resources offered by Elliman. She has impressive neighborhood insight and up-to-date market knowledge, and can quickly identify a property’s potential. Muss has built an impressive client base upon personal referrals from satisfied buyers and sellers.
Prior to entering the real estate industry, Muss ran her own high-end accessory company, marketing and selling products nationally. She takes this business, financial, and sales experience and puts it towards selling luxury New York City properties and negotiating the best deal possible.
Muss previously sold The Pierre penthouse, listed at $44 million. This magnificent apartment is a French chateau with a mansard roof atop the landmark Pierre Hotel. It is an iconic part of the New York City skyline, has 360-degree views, including all of Central Park, and significantly, it is the highest prewar cooperative apartment in Manhattan. The Pierre boasts the hotel’s original ballroom with a 23-foot ceiling, cozy sitting rooms, a paneled library, terraces on all four corners of the building, five fireplaces, and an interior elevator.
And she sold the 10,000-square-foot Atterbury Mansion for $42 million to Russian billionaire Alexei Kuzmichev. Muss also sold the duplex penthouse at the new Baccarat Hotel & Residences for nearly $42 million.
Muss is selling Penthouse One in one of Manhattan’s most distinctive and acclaimed residential buildings in the heart of the Upper East Side for $39 million. The building has the perfect balance of historic architecture and the ultimate in modern, luxury living. Located at 33 East 74th Street, just one block from Central Park, the home offers unparalleled indoor and outdoor living experience with over 5,577 square feet of indoor living space and a massive 2,440 square foot private wrap around terrace. It is designed for grand living and stylish entertaining. Elegant ebonized mahogany double-leaf entrance doors lead to a grand 17-foot high foyer decked in vein-cut Osso Travertine with pinstriped limestone inlay. The home features soaring 10 foot stepped ceilings, solid oak flooring, oversized windows, custom molding and millwork and striking fixtures with bespoke finishes.
6) David Kornmeier
Website | 212.588.5642 | Company: Brown Harris Stevens
David Kornmeier is a constant top producer and has ranked multiple times as one of Manhattan’s top 10 brokers and multiple times as one of the top 50 agents in the nation. The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends ranked Kornmeier 51st in the country and 9th in New York City for volume transactions in their 2017 rankings. In the past, he has ranked as high as the #6 agent in all of Manhattan. Kornmeier was the #3 Agent in all of Brown Harris Stevens in 2016 and 2015.
David Kornmeier has over 14 years of experience at Brown Harris Stevens. He works with buyers and sellers, who appreciate his value-added approach. Kornmeier is known for his comprehensive knowledge of and ability to use zoning regulations, landmark policy, violations, landlord/tenant laws, estate matters and renovation/layout choices, in order to help his clients reach an empowered and informed decision. A majority of Kornmeier’s business comes from repeat clients and referrals and he has an impressive network of top individuals around the globe.
Kornmeier is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York. He is a proud alum of the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. and Carleton College in Minnesota.
Kornmeier has tons of notable sale and record-breaking deals. He sold a $32 million Greenwich Village townhouse, which represented the all-time highest price for a townhome in downtown Manhattan. And he sold a $25 million West Village townhouse that set an all-time price-per-foot record of $4,821 per foot for a townhouse in downtown Manhattan and is the 2nd highest price-per-foot ever achieved for a townhouse in all of New York City. He also set a record for the highest priced Upper West Side townhouse that was not on a Central Park block at $14.5 million.
Kornmeier is currently selling a magnificent, 55-foot wide renovated single-family mansion just off Fifth Avenue for $59 million. Along the “Gold Coast” of Greenwich Village, 11-13 West 10th Street is a wonderful penthouse with approximately 16,560 square feet of indoor living. The home also boasts an additional approximately 5,690 square feet of extraordinary outdoor space throughout the expansive and well-manicured gardens, terrace, and sunny roof deck with an enclosed greenhouse and decked terrace. The home features soaring 21-foot ceilings, an elevator that provides easy access to all levels from the cellar to the fifth floor, and smart home technology.
And he has the listings for 50-54 East 81st Street for $53.445 million, offering the unique opportunity for a 60-foot wide mansion in one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods on the Upper Eastside. This three parcel combination would provide approximately 21,516 square feet of interior space for a magnificent single-family home on the south side of a picturesque and tree-lined street in a primate Manhattan location.
Kornmeier also has the nearly $43 million listing for 52 -54 East 81st Street and the $35 million listing for the townhouse at 36 -38 East 74th Street.
5) Paula Del Nunzio
Website | 212.906.9207 | Company: Brown Harris Stevens
Broker Paula Del Nunzio is known as the ‘townhouse queen’ – having sold 111 in her career and represented the sellers of 10 of the 14 highest broker-assisted townhouse sales in New York. Along with luxury condominiums and cooperatives, she has brokered sales in excess of $2 billion in volume. Del Nunzio has been listed in the New York Observer’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Real Estate and frequently appears in the press on the subject of luxury real estate, including in The New York Times, New York Magazine, the New York Observer and in television segments for CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox, and the BBC.
She joined Brown Harris Stevens in 1995 and has been ranked as the number 1, 2, and 3 ranked broker within the company over multiple years. Within BHS, she was awarded the Broker of the Year in 2008, was recognized in 2014 as Townhouse Broker of the Year. For over 25 years, she has become known for her encyclopedic knowledge of the market. Her 14-year background in advertising has helped her develop creative, successful marketing campaigns – resulting in her achieving sales with an average of 94% of asking price.
Del Nunzio previously lived in Los Angeles, London, and Hamburg and has studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian. She is a member of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Vassar Club, American Irish Society, and is on the Board of Trustees of The Kaufman Center. Del Nunzio is also a preservationist, with a country home in Millbrook.
Del Nunzio has made many record-setting townhouse sales. She sold the Harkness Mansion for $53 million – making it the highest price paid for a family New York City townhouse. In 2013, she set the record for the highest price paid for a 20-foot-wide townhouse, representing the seller in the sale of 21 Beekman Place for $34.35 million. And in the first quarter of 2017, she set a record in the new development condominium market representing the purchaser of the 83rd floor of 432 Park Avenue selling for $65,163,580.
Del Nunzio also sold Fifth Avenue’s Duke-Semans Mansion twice, first for $40 million and five years later to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim for $44 million. Other notable sales include a Neo-Georgian, 30-foot wide townhouse at 115 East 70th Street for $51 million, the 22,000 square foot Milbank Mansion off Fifth Avenue for $49 million, and the Stanford White Mansion with original details for $42 million. And in 2014 she sold a massive 78th-floor penthouse at 25 Columbus Circle, which was listed at $68 million. Other sales include a triple-mint six-story 25 wide townhouse at 18 East 80th Street for $37.5 million, the John Duncan Mansion off Fifth Avenue for $35 million, and The Town Club, a 50 foot wide Delano & Aldrich masterpiece of 28,000 square feet.
She is currently selling an exquisitely renovated Upper East Side mansion for $36.5 million. The townhouse has it all – a Fifth to Madison Avenue location, 25 feet of frontage, and a classic limestone facade in the Beaux-Arts style. The 19-room home has a full-service elevator for easy access to its 8 bedrooms, 7 full baths and 3 half baths and grand entertaining spaces. The home features a parlor with over 12-foot ceilings, elegant private areas, staff quarters, a gym, 11 working fireplaces and even a wine cellar. The home also has outstanding exterior spaces, including a patio off the breakfast room, terrace off the library, and a landscaped roof that offers stunning views toward Central Park.
4) Serena Boardman
Website | 212.606.7611 | Company: Sotheby’s International Realty
Serena Boardman is the highest-producing Sotheby’s International Realty broker, where she has sold in excess of $2.6 billion of property. The Wall Street Journal has previously ranked her as the number #1 broker in the nation by sales volume. This year, she was ranked as the 5th broker in New York City based on sales volume and 19th in the entire country, with $225.4 million in transactions.
Boardman focused on the sale of top-tier properties and works primarily in the co-op, condominium and townhouse markets both on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Downtown. In addition to some of the priciest properties in the city, Boardman sells properties in a variety of price ranges. Most of her sales are in the $5 million to $15 million range, where the market is most active. She works with clients around the globe, including many high-profile figures in the financial, media, entertainment, and real estate worlds. Boardman has a reputation for her enthusiastic and hardworking approach to marketing properties and is well-known as a keen architectural devotee.
Before she began her career in real estate, Boardman worked at Sotheby’s Auction House in the European and English Furniture Departments and then at LuxuryFinder.com. She joined Sotheby’s International Realty in 2001. In addition to her real estate work, Boardman is committed to many local charitable institutions, including New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Boys and Girls Club of New York. She also serves on the Board of the Municipal Arts Society.
Boardman has had some truly impressive listings in the past and record-breaking sales. Back in 2014, she had the co-listing for a $95 million, three-floor penthouse atop the Pierre Hotel owned by the widow of former stock investor Martin Zweig. The same year, she set a sales record for a New York City cooperative apartment by selling the Penthouse at 960 Fifth Avenue for $70 million. She broke her own record two months later, representing the buyer and seller of an apartment at 740 Park Avenue for $71.3 million. Other records including representing the buyer and seller of an apartment at 834 Fifth Avenue for $77.5 million and achieving record price sales of $48 million and $33 million for Fifth Avenue pre-war cooperatives. And Boardman sold two amazing Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue penthouse apartments for $40 and $39 million without formally listing either on the market.
Boardman is currently selling a spectacular 14-room duplex apartment situated high atop the prestigious Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue for $70 million. The home features a meticulous triple mint renovation and boasts extraordinary 360-degree views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. The elegant, trophy residence has a sweeping collection of rooms for entertainment, an impressive library spanning 42 feet along Fifth Avenue, and two enormous master suites.
And she has the $65 million listing for the Stanhope Penthouse, a 5 bedroom duplex with spectacular terraces and phenomenal views. Located at 995 Fifth Avenue, this sun-drenched residence boasts 72 linear feet of frontage directly on Central Park. And the property features five garden-like, wraparound terraces by the brilliant landscape designer, Madison Cox.
3) Erin Boisson Aries
Website | 212.317.3680 | Company: Brown Harris Stevens
Erin Boisson Is widely recognized as an expert and visionary in the residential resale and new development sales sectors of the Manhattan real estate market. She was recently ranked by Real Trends as the 4th broker in the country based on transaction volume, and the 2nd highest in New York City. In 2016, she had an impressive $449,949,500 in transactions. She first appeared on TRD’s first-ever top agents ranking in 2010 at the 42nd spot in the nation. She consistently ranks as one of the top brokers at Brown Harris Stevens and has been named BHS’s ‘Downtown Broker of the Year’ and ‘Listing Broker of the Year’ in the past.
Aries has over 15 years of experience selling luxury real estate and high-end new development projects in Manhattan. She has represented many of New York City’s most exceptional lofts, apartments, landmark townhouses, and brownstones. In addition to her residential sales, Aries has also negotiated the same of numerous commercial properties.
Aries is known for her innovative sales approach and has a thorough understanding of market conditions and trends. She develops marketing and sales strategies based on each client and properties’ specific requirements and unique qualities. Her custom designed solutions allow for the best exposure, allowing her to achieve top-notch results in a rapidly changing property market. And she has an astute sense of understanding her client’s needs and recognizing the individual properties of different urban spaces – helping her locate the perfect homes for even the most discerning homebuyer. Aries credits, in part, her upbringing in North and South America and Europe for her refined vision and keen perspective. She is fluent in French and Italian and now lives in Greenwich Village.
Aries has been particularly active with new developments, working on projects designed by some of today’s most celebrated architects. She made extraordinary record-breaking pre-sales at the Norman Foster-designed 551 West 21st Street, a luxury residential tower. And she achieved a record price-per-square-foot on sales at the HL23 development, the first New York building to be designed by architect Neil Denari. She was also involved in pre-development sales at 100 Eleventh, which was designed by Jean Nouvel.
She recently had a contract signed on the extraordinary, $50 million uppermost penthouse at Foster + Partner’s 551 West 21st Street. Occupying the entire 20th floor, this dramatic 6,398 square foot mansion also has direct elevator access to a stunning, 4,579 square foot private rooftop garden. 250 feet above the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan, the home has breathtaking panoramic views in every direction. It is defined by unprecedented attention to detail, filled with exceptional craftsmanship, and features a classic layout akin to that of a bygone era. The penthouse has twelve-foot ceilings and white oak herringbone floor, a majestic 35-foot corner dining room off of a central library, a club room with a double-sided wood burning fireplace, and a thirty-three-foot long loggia off the living room facing the River. And the nearly 1,000 square foot, corner master suite has stately double door entry, a large private loggia with collapsible glass doors, a luxurious master bath, and custom dressing room, and direct terrace access.
2) Dolly Lenz
Website | 917.885.9169 | Company: Dolly Lenz Real Estate (DLRE) LLC
Dolly Lenz is known for her long history of brokering top-tier deals city-wide. The industry leader has sold more than $8.5 billion in properties during her career. This record has earned her the ultimate “Stratosphere Award” – a level of achievement of which she is the sole recipient. She has been trusted by first-rate clients to sell their apartments, including Rupert Murdoch and Leonardo DiCaprio. Lenz is regularly included on Real Trends’s top producer’s lists, including coming in 3rd in New York City in 2014, with $476.26 million in listings.
Lenz launched her own luxury real estate consulting, sales, and marketing firm in 2013 after 25 years in residential sales. In less than a year, she had signed up $560 million in exclusive listings – placing the firm fourth in the New York residential brokerage industry. Prior, she was a senior real estate executive with Sotheby’s International Realty and Douglas Elliman. She is known for her unique approach to selling luxury real estate and for her dedication to serving her clients.
Lenz was featured in a New York Post article about the 8 women driving the luxury real estate industry in the city and is a regular guest on CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” “Kudlow Report,” and “Fox News with Neil Cavuto,” is the host of CNBC’s real estate special series “Million Dollar Home” Challenge and is featured on CNBC’s “Secret Lives of the Super Rich.” Lenz has made appearances on MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and “The View.” She is sought for comment on current real estate issues for various media publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and Barrons.
Lenz has had some truly impressive listings and sales in the past. She previously had $140 million worth of listings for the new development Delos Living at 66 East 11th Street, and the listing for a West Village manse for $47.5 million and Dome Penthouse at the Plaza Hotel, which was on the market for $80 million. In 2007, Lenz closed the sale of the Setai Hotel site on Fifth Avenue for $200+ million. And she closed a deal on Rupert Murdoch’s penthouse at One Madison for $57.3 million. Lenz also handled the marketing of the New York Foundling’s 60-foot wide corner mansion in the West Village for $47.5 million. The proceeds of the sale benefited children and families in need. One of her first clients was music mogul Tommy Mottola. She rented him and Mariah Carey an apartment and later sold him in and out of many apartments. Lenz also sold Leonardo DiCaprio’s $10 million condo at the eco-cool Delos building.
Lenz currently has the $49.5 million listing of 134 Charles Street in New York’s coveted West Village. This 51-foot-wide, grand scale building offers limitless possibility. The historic building is being offered in its original, light-filled splendor. It offers the purchaser the opportunity to alter the property to fit their exact needs. Detailed architectural plans have been prepared by celebrated Architectural Digest 100 architect Leroy Street Studios to transform the property into one of the most significant private residences with unrivaled entertainment and recreation spaces, outdoor gardens, and incredible rooftop amenities with Hudson River views.
And she is selling a completely restored and renovated 25-foot wide mansion at 271 West 11th Street in an Idyllic Upper East Side location for $34.5 million.
1) John Burger
Website | 212.906.9274 | Company: Brown Harris Stevens
Burger has over 32 years of experience in the Manhattan premium residential market. Over the past 15 years, The Wall Street Journal has repeatedly recognized him as one of the highest producing brokers in New York City and placed him “in the top one percent of the top one percent of real estate professionals in America.” In multiple years, Burger earned the number one spot for the city and was named the #1 Individual Broker in the United States. He is consistently the #1 Top-Producing Broker at Brown Harris Stevens, New York’s oldest and most prestigious real estate firm and for the past 10 years, he has also been the firm’s #1 Listing Broker. He consistently breaks sales records, some of which he himself previously set.
Over the past 32 years, Burger has represented buyers and sellers in the most elite buildings on Fifth and Park Avenues, as well as Central Park West. He is known for his considerable expertise and market knowledge and for delivering the highest level of personalized attention. Burger has an encyclopedic knowledge of Manhattan’s finest apartments and townhouses, which has been proven to be tremendous assets in brokering over $7 billion of Manhattan real estate sales.
Burger was born in Manhattan and currently lives on the Upper East Side. He is fluent in English, Spanish and German and works extensively with international clients. Burger is a member of The New York Landmarks Conservancy as well as The Real Estate Board of New York, where he is a sought-after speaker and has been honored by his peers with an award.
Burger has an impressive portfolio of record-breaking deals and envy-worthy properties. He has achieved the five highest sales prices paid for a cooperative apartment on Central Park West. In 2005, he set a new record in the city representing the buyer of the highest price ever paid for a cooperative apartment – a magnificent 20 room penthouse triplex on Fifth Avenue for $44 million. He broke his own record again in 2008 and 2012, representing the seller, by achieving the two highest prices ever paid for a prewar cooperative, $46 million for 1060 Fifth Avenue and later $50 million for 944 Fifth Avenue. And in 2014, Burger achieved the highest price ever paid for a cooperative apartment in Manhattan history at over $71 million for a magnificent 18-room duplex at 740 Park Avenue. He shattered this record in 2015 with the sale of 834 Fifth Avenue for $77.5 million. In addition to these record-setting deals, Burger previously closed on a co-op at 944 Fifth Avenue reportedly owned by NorthStar Realty’s David Hamamoto for $50 million.
He is selling the largest existing original apartment on Fifth Avenue for $76 million. On the 7th and 8th floor of 834 Fifth Avenue, this magnificent front corner duplex boasts 20 rooms of unparalleled grandeur and scale with outstanding Central Park views. The large home has beautiful hardwood flooring, soaring ceilings, and classic original moldings. This spectacular 14-story limestone-clad building is considered one of the finest works by renowned Manhattan architect Rosario Candela and built in 1931.
And he shares the co-exclusive listing, with Boardman, on a spectacular duplex apartment atop the prestigious Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue for $70 million.