What housing market crisis? “Every broker I know is doing very well right now. Last year was one of my best years ever,” says Bond New York’s Tom Doyle. “There are bidding wars again. I have four contracts already in January.”

 

Doyle’s recent sale of 92 Greene St. is just one of the properties he lists to prove it. “The previous owner made money on it! Two years ago they bought it as $4.3 million and just closed it for $4.6 million. Everyone is talking about how bad the market is, but I never felt it.”

 

The few-year-old cast iron building was the perfect penthouse for the initial owners until the family expanded with little ones, and suddenly 2,200 square feet felt like tight quarters. Described as “almost a duplex,” the three-bedroom, three full-bathroom home zigzags to the upper level, so it’s not a complete top floor. Colombian designer guru Andres Escobar (of Duvet, hotel le bleu and The Gretsch Building interior fame) is responsible, adding his panache to the space that also includes an almost 1,100-square-foot outdoor terrace. Yes, the outdoor space doubles the square footage of most Manhattan studios and one-bedroom apartments. Sigh.

 

– Shira Levine is a freelance writer living in New York City.

 

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