Two years and countless disappointments after Scott Fava started apartment hunting with his clients, he found them the ideal home.
And the two-bedroom Upper East Side unit came just in time for the arrival of the couple’s first child.
“There were a lot of ups and downs and lost bidding wars, but at the end of the day, this fit all of their check marks,ˮ said Fava, who conceded it can be tough maintaining a relationship through such a long search.
“A lot of times when the buyers are disappointed, they want to blame someone. Thankfully, my clients are very level-headed. They were tired of renting and wanted a home of their own,ˮ he said. “They also knew the state of the market and what had to be done when they saw this apartment.ˮ
Corcoran’s Rebecca Knaster had listed the two bedroom at 444 East 86th Street at a “modestˮ $879,000. Fava won out over several bids with his offer of $937,500 only after a deal for more fell apart.
“When I followed up with the listing agent she said the buyers had backed out. My clients were the next best offer and more than ready to sign the contract there and then.ˮ
Upper West Side
139 W85th St. #1
One bedroom, one bath, triplex co-op. The main living area has a beamed ceiling, exposed brick wall, plank wood floors and wood-burning fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Upper floor bedroom has arched window, 13 ft. ceiling, closet and storage space. Private lower level makes ideal office, studio or wine room. Built in 1898, the building features a residents’ laundry room and bike storage area. Asking Price: $695,000. CC: $715. Days on the Market: 4 weeks. Agents: Traci Kuther, Fenwick Keats and Betsy Buhler, Citi Habitats .
Upper East Side
1725 York, 333C
One bedroom apartment with balcony, river and city views, and 1.5 baths. Windowed kitchen, living room with separate dining area, powder room, and walls of windows. Master bedroom with en-suite bath. Five closets, including two walk-ins. W/D allowed. East River Tower is a full-service co-ops with full-time doorman and concierge, garage, gym, children’s playroom, and tennis courts. Pets allowed. CC: $1,970. Asking Price: $860,000. Time on the Market: 27 days. Agents: Donna Stockman, Sotheby’s; Debbie Baum, Corcoran Group.
529 W42nd Street
Three bedroom, 2-bath loft. 2,300 s/f with 14 ft. beamed ceilings and five oversized windows. The loft functions as a live/work space currently configured as an open artists loft with two dressing areas. The Armory is a Live/Work full service co-op with 24-hour doorman, live-in super and roofdeck. CC: $4,126. Time on market: 39 weeks. Asking price: $1,195,000. Agents: Frances Katzen, Douglas Elliman; Vince Rocco and Denise Rosner, BLU Realty.
350 E77th St.
1,300 s/f split two bedroom, 2-bath pre-war co-op with home office. Building is Art Deco and has elevator and part-time doorman. Apartment has formal dining room and eat-in kitchen. CC: $2,129. Asking price: $1,300,000. 15 weeks on the market. Brokers: Kate Simpson, Coldwell Banker Bellmarc; Ada Sabin, Douglas Elliman.
36 Sutton Place South
1,100 s/f home with large living room, two bedrooms, square foyer which serves as a dining room, retro kitchen featuring handmade tiles and stained glass doors, high ceilings, south facing windows, hardwood floors, cove moldings and built-in bookcases. Full-service building with doorman, concierge and live-in super, bicycle room, roof deck and meditation garden. CC: $1,389. Asking price: $539,500. Time on market: 11 week. Brokers: Julie Manis, Coldwell Banker Bellmarc; Ronald Webster, Tudor Realty.
1624 Hunterbrook Rd.
Grand architectural retreat on seven private acres. Three-story entry, formal living and dining rooms, family room with a fireplace and wood beams. Gourmet chef’s kitchen with state-of-the-art amenities and a breakfast area. Billiards room with gas fireplace and an office. The second floor has a Princess Suite, two bedrooms with Jack-n-Jill bath and a master bedroom suite with a fireplace, bathroom and walk-in closet. Walk-out basement, deck and patio. On the market 234 days. Taxes: $40,952. Asking price: $1,649,000 Agents: Shari Besterman, Houlihan Lawrence, Diane Ryan, Houlihan Lawrence.
280 North Clayton Road,
One-of-a-kind home on 0.77 acres. Built in 2006, this home includes a Deane kitchen with adjoining sunken family room. The 6,708 s/f house has six bedrooms, five baths and a powder room. There’s a pool and six-person hot tub. Extras include a media room, fitness room, 1000-bottle wine cellar, dramatic screened porch with vaulted ceiling, children’s wing with common room for study/play and much more. The home is light filled, comfortable and elegant. Last asking price: $3,100,000. Taxes: $63,851. On the market 273 days; Agents: Lynne Clark, Houlihan Lawrence ; Ruth Burger of Houlihan Lawrence.