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Is Downtown Driving the Luxury Market?

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We’ve written many articles on the resurgence of downtown, from the luxury buildings along The High Line, to the rebirth of Lower Manhattan in the post 9/11 era. While Midtown developments, such as 423 Park Avenue, have certainly broken headlines for record prices, or price cuts on resales in buildings such as One57, downtown has provided much support for the overall Manhattan market. Midtown continues to see high prices for unit while volume has seen an uptick downtown.

During the middle week of May, Olshan reported a staging figured that showed the influence of downtown Manhattan on luxury transaction. Of the 21 contracts signed during that week for properties priced $4M and above, 10 were south of Midtown. Of the volume in Mid-May, nearly 50% was driven by properties in downtown Manhattan.

Why Downtown?

Buyers are flocking to Lower Manhattan for various reasons ranging from inventory, to empty nesters downsizing and looking for a new pace of life, to easy access to some of the best shopping and dining in the city.

Selection of New Development inventory in Downtown Manhattan is extensive in all neighborhoods, and these projects are bringing the most coveted architects and interior designers coupled with luxurious amenity offerings. The High Line is dotted with new buildings from the likes of Zaha Hadid and Soo Chan. In Flatiron, 45 East 22nd Street has been creating buzz and offers some of the best views of the city. Tribeca has a flurry of new projects including New York’s first Four Seasons Private Residences at 30 Park Place, the Woolworth Tower Residences, and many others such as 30 Warren and 108 Leonard Street. Meanwhile, the Financial District has welcomed 50 West Street and looks forward to the arrival of One Seaport and 130 William Street.

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In addition to a variety of inventory, Lower Manhattan is attracting buyers with cultural offerings as well. The best stores and restaurants have all opened spaces from SoHo to the Financial District. Additionally, new luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons and The Beekman offer a swanky place for guests to say and locals to frequent.

The Seaport is experiencing perhaps the biggest revitalization – we previously discussed the overall redevelopment of the neighborhood after it was battered by Hurricane Sandy. Most notably, Mr C is slated to open very soon. This will represent the Cipriani family’s first hotel venture in New York City after is launched the Mr. C brand in Beverly Hills in 2011. The hotel, which will be run by Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, will have 66 rooms, a Cipriani restaurant, and is being designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen.

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More Coming Downtown:

More exciting things are coming to downtown as it continues to establish itself as a culinary, entertainment, and shopping destination. We are continuing to track the development of the Seaport District and have the latest timeline of events.

Seaport Timeline:

June: Pier 17 opening with rooftop restaurant. Initial schedule of performers and entertainment released

July: Concert series returns to the Seaport with the Chase Sapphire outdoor bar now open. District wide events will be taking place

September: 10 Corso Como slated to open as well as Jean-Georges opening

November: A Winter Village pop-up is set to be installed for the season along with the opening of Momofuku

Want to Live Downtown?

The Victoria Shtainer Team currently as an exclusive rental opportunity on the market at the brand new 50 West Street designed by Helmut Jahn. Our listing, Unit 20B, is one of only a handful in the building that features a double-height living space with soaring 20' ceilings. 

50 West Street

50 West Street, 20B | 3 Bed | 3.5 Bath | $14,995/MO

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