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28 Laight Street 1-day loft sale looks like a whisper listing

Sep. 26, 2013
We can agree, I assume, that the public record behind the recent sale of the "2,705 sq ft" Manhattan loft #2D at 28 Laight Street in the Cobblestone Lofts cannot reflect an actual public marketing. StreetEasy has it as new to market on July 2 and in contr

funky loft at 55 White Street with funky history sells quickly in misleading fashion

Sep. 6, 2013
I am not saying that the full recent listing history of the “2,221 sq ft” triplex Manhattan loft #1C at 55 White Street is intentionally misleading, but the explicit part of the StreetEasy history shows a quick sale that was not, in fact, very quick.

diversion: an obituary featuring the most famous mutineer

Sep. 1, 2013
Who doesn't love a great obituary? I don't mean (merely) an obituary for a great (or famous) person, but a well written obituary that teaches you, or reminds you, about fascinating things. Tom Christian of Pitcairn's Island died in July, but his obituary

truly a fast sale, as 60 Beach Street loft cashes out 24 days after listing

Aug. 30, 2013
Some fascinating things about the recent sale of the “2,569 sq ft” Manhattan loft #3B at 60 Beach Street just to the left of the Holland Tunnel spillways in Tribeca: as in the headline, the whole darn thing took 24 days (to market on July 13, in contr

diversion is but more immersion in the muck

Aug. 10, 2013
Having gone off on insincere Ryan Braun not once, but twice (July 27, diversion: the baseball I told you so edition), I'd hate anyone to think that I am soft on #13 if I didn't have something (diverting?) to say about this Never A "True Yankee" fellow, Ju

does residential "loft" mean something different in California housing?

Aug. 8, 2013
Categorized in: what makes a loft a "loft"
In today’s Home and Garden section of the New York Times, a Great Homes and Destinations feature (Riding in Tandem), a California couple who built a brand new “empty nest” on a half acre on the outskirts of Mill Valley is profiled. (That it is “4,

New York Times explains "how to land a loft"

Aug. 3, 2013
The headline feels like Manhattan Loft Guy bait, at least to me: the latest Michelle Higgins Sunday real estate piece in the Old Grey Lady is How To Land A Loft (in tomorrow’s physical paper, on-line now of course). The thesis is that in a tight Manhatt

OYAToMLG the ruthless stagers, revisited

Jul. 28, 2013
I still haven’t gotten around to tweeting them, so only the most faithful of Manhattan Loft Guy readers checked out my two weeks worth of pre-scheduled vacation posts from the archives earlier this month. (Note to self ….) There’s good stuff, just a

memory lane: Real Estate Industrial Complex (kinda sorta) takes on schools and new developments

Jul. 14, 2013
In my July 14, 2010, Times article disconnect / why developers should build schools UPDATED, I looked at some serious questions about whether and how new real estate developments burden the local infrastructure, including public schools. I got a little di

memory lane: how well do buyers see? (the decor test at 32 West 18 Street)

Jul. 12, 2013
In my July 12, 2012, a tale of 2 lofts: did (removable) decor add $126/ft to value of one 32 West 18 Street loft?, I address one of the oddities about marketing lofts: the same bones and basic condition do not necessarily get the same market response. For

what do hang-gliding, beer pong, working out, tech tutorials or walking the dog have to do with Manhattan real estate?

Jun. 30, 2013
I was going to leave this The Appraisal piece from Liz Harris in Thursday’s New York Times (Agent to Client: Here’s the Apartment; Now Let’s Go Hang Gliding) alone, honest. But then I was reading the Times Sunday Real Estate section on-line last nig

not every buyer should panic: that scary New York Times article is right, to a degree

Jun. 2, 2013
Categorized in: Market Trends
If you are a buyer actively searching for a Manhattan coop or condo, chances are good that someone you know or love has already scared you with In A Seller’s Market, Every Minute Counts from the New York Times, perhaps even days before it appeared Sunda

diversion: do we need to see patterns where none exist?

May. 11, 2013
Data are information, not knowledge. The New York Times Well blog post this week (Are ‘Hot Hands’ in Sports a Real Thing) is based on a study of an entire season of free throws in the NBA and 50,000 games bowled in the Professional Bowlers Association

400 shoes that used to live in 12 East 12 Street loft need a new home, carry big profit

Apr. 22, 2013
If you are a fan of well designed small lofts and a reader of Manhattan Loft Guy, you will remember the post I did about the tiny (“840 sq ft”) renovated loft with lots of shoes at 12 East 12 Street (November 7, 2010, another loft in New York Times, a

Sunday diversion is about love (birds, bees and young people) and staying out late

Jan. 20, 2013
Through the miracle of the inter-tubes, and the confidence of the principals and the editors of the Old Grey Lady, we got home well after midnight to find that the wedding we had just come from made the New York Times weddings and celebrations, printed in

in which Manhattan Loft Guy bravely calls BS on the Market Trend Meme Of The Day

Jan. 4, 2013
Categorized in: Market Trends
Anyone who has any interest in the state of the overall Manhattan residential real estate market has already seen one or another of the articles from the Manhattan Media Division of the Real Estate Industrial Complex about the state of The Market at the e

a staging coup: did selling the kitchen of 42 West 13 Street loft work better than selling the terrace?

Dec. 11, 2012
This one is for all you folks who doubt that staging a loft for sale can be proven to lead to an increased value. The natural world rarely provides such a clean example as this: the “2,200 sq ft” Manhattan loft combo #3CD at 42 West 13 Street sold on

hard to believe we are talking again about coop boards' power to reject price as too low

Oct. 15, 2012
I will confess to a dropped jaw on seeing tha main article in this past Sunday’s New York Times Real Estate section: Board to Buyer: Nah. Not at That Price. Seriously. Again?? Reporter Michelle Higgins found 4 lawyers, a seller, a buyer, two agents, and

Sunday diversion / big day in sports

Oct. 7, 2012
It does not happen this way every Sunday, but for real fans today there are games to watch at noon, 3, 6 and 9, from the East Coast, to America’s so-called heartland, finishing on the West Coast. Sadly, I have too much work to watch it all, but hope to

"noted architect" will be disappointed that "incredible" 200 Mercer Street loft went for $939/ft

Sep. 12, 2012
Start with “an amazing combination of genuine loft style and a top of the line renovation using only the best of modern materials” (“[d]esigned by [a] noted architect”). Add in 11 foot ceilings, classic brick, and a 24 foot wide Long-and-Narrow fo

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Sandy Mattingly is Manhattan Loft Guy; now with The Corcoran Group (http://corcoran.com/ ; but see the disclaimer at the bottom of the page), he can be reached most easily at Sandy@ManhattanLoftGuy.com or 917.902.2491, and followed on Twitter @ManhattnLoftGuy (note "mis-spelling"). After 7+ years, the blog has moved. Links here on RealTown will work for the foreseeable future, but new posts (and all the old content) has migrated to ManhattanLoftGuy.com.


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