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diversion is more of a (small) rant about Manhattan real estate "penthouses"

Sep. 28, 2013
It's the weekend, but instead of the usual diversion having nothing to do with Manhattan lofts, I'd like to do a short riff on a pice in The Real Deal this week, When Is A Penthouse A Penthouse? TRD quotes some of the usual suspects (including The Miller,

memory lane: I don't think this anticipated market change ("end of uber-lofts?") happened

Jul. 17, 2013
In my July 17, 2007, end of uber-lofts? (uh ... no), I snarked on a Real Deal article that was long on anecdote, short on actual, you know, facts. (A common theme for the intersection of Manhattan Loft Guy and the Real Estate Industrial Complex, Manhattan

a forgotten OYAToMLG about agent doubletalk

Jun. 25, 2013
This was a perfect post for this past Sunday, but with a succession of open house visits and some social business (actual social business, face-to-face fashion; not social media business) that slipped through the calendar. Had I posted Sunday, it would ha

bidding war for 35 Vestry Street loft ends up only 5%

Jun. 21, 2013
There is a staggering amount of brick in the front room of the “1,561 sq ft” Manhattan loft on the 5th floor at 35 Vestry Street in northwest Tribeca that just zoomed through the market, and by “zoomed” I mean first showing at January 20 open hous

West 28 Street development site in the news (again)

Jun. 15, 2013
Of course I started thinking about the past Manhattan Loft Guy series about how developing neighborhoods (such as the typical Manhattan loft neighborhoods) develop, that is to say, change, when I saw this piece in the Commercial Observer about potential h

the baths get a little crowded, as another South Star loft at 80 John Street clears below sponsor sale

Jan. 8, 2013
When I tweeted yesterday (@ManhattnLoftGuy, of course) about The Real Deal’s article about a relatively new condo suing its developer, I knew I had recently looked at past sales data in that building and noticed an unfortunate trend. But (so many lofts

a troubling line potential sellers hear from agents all the time

Jun. 23, 2012
The Real Deal has a puff piece in the June issue that was featured on their web page last week, Doing deals in pajamas, that has a dog-bites-man ‘news’ quality about it that is perfectly captured in the sub-heading: “In today’s market, brokers say

testing a media meme in the Manhattan loft lab: low-balling and the too-low offer

Apr. 6, 2012
Categorized in: Market Data - reports
I don’t have time to find other examples, but I am pretty sure I have seen elsewhere in the Manhattan residential real estate media / blogosphere / twitterverse a comment to the effect that one of the ‘problems’ in the market is that too many buyers

real estate sales made easy: 88 Prince Street loft sells because (some say) it is correctly located

Mar. 21, 2012
Categorized in: Loft neighborhoods / SoHo
The February 16 sale of the “3,000 sq ft” loft #7C at 88 Prince Street (the oh-so-handsome the Little Singer Building) made the news yesterday because it had once been rented for 8 months a few years ago by one of the Fugees. Wait … that’s not qui

banging the View Diligence drum (again), for Glass Farmhouse loft views from 448 West 37 Street

Jan. 24, 2012
Categorized in: loft features / views
Do you see the light gray band that stretches from 37th Street to 36th Street in the middle of the block between 9th and 10th Avenues on this building map from locating that terrific Manhattan loft building at 448 West 37 Street, the Glass Farmhouse? The

development watch: West 28 Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues

Dec. 20, 2011
Some stories are perennials. For the Manhattan media wing of the Real Estate Industrial Complex it might be one merging trend (families move to suburbs for quiet!) or its opposite (families move back to city because suburbs are too quiet!). For someone wi

nominee for dumbest 'analysis' by the media of a Manhattan real estate sale

Oct. 7, 2011
I hope that regular Manhattan Loft Guy readers realize that I appreciate the coverage of the Manhattan real estate business in The Real Deal; they often cover things other local media do not and seem (to my eyes) not obviously beholden to the money in the

nothing stays the same, a/k/a the gentrification issue in Chelsea + Lower East Side

Sep. 1, 2011
Categorized in: change is a constant
Oh the serendipity of juxtaposition! If you looked at The Real Deal this morning (which is still in full spasm mode over the 100th edition celebrations) you’d have seen two items just 5 posts apart dealing with car service locations and future developme

throwing a coop board interview can come with a high price

Jun. 28, 2011
There is a fascinating AP interview with Barbara Corcoran on-line yesterday, which The Real Deal excerpts (badly) this morning. TRD picks out some nuggets, which started me in a different direction this morning in thinking about a blog post (mostly, in th

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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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