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JOSHUA WESOKY Wesoky Team at Compass / 917.744.3435 / jw@compass.com

Q: Tell me about your background in real estate. A: My career began in the real estate corporate finance department of Goldman Sachs. Every step of my career after Goldman involved a major real estate component. But my first love was always residential real estate, including architecture and design. When I decided to make a change in my career, I came back to residential real estate— it had been calling me for a long time.

backgrounds. While the bohemian and "cool" vibe that defined what people thought of as downtown still exists, the buyers include everyone—from artists and writers, to people in finance, entertainment, and publishing.

Q: Is there any news regarding downtown real estate you’d like to share? Have there been any recent trends to note? A: A lot! Downtown has seen an incredible transformation over the last decade and has eclipsed much of the uptown market in price and desirability. I think the obvious trends throughout the city are even more true downtown: the transformation of previously declining neighborhoods into the hippest places to live in the city. While I sell across the whole city, there is definitely a dynamism to downtown that is attracting people to move there. Empty-nesters who can afford to buy anywhere, are trading their large uptown homes for places downtown.

Q: Tell me about some of your exciting listings. A: 470 West 24th, #PHA. I'm partial to this listing for it's provenance as much as it's spectacular river views. It was the apartment of the late Susan Sontag, and her longtime partner Annie Leibovitz owned the penthouse in the tower to the south, so they could waive to each other—it's such a unique yet quintessential New York love story.

Q: Which neighborhoods do you think are best for couples and families? A: Honestly, every neighborhood downtown is now "family friendly"—with great parks, schools, activities, and amenities for kids. This is true for a number of neighborhoods now including Tribeca, the West Village, Lower East Side, East Village, Chelsea, Gramercy, SoHo, and FiDi. It's really about which neighborhood is best fit for the occupants' desires.

Q: What kind of people are attracted to your downtown properties and neighborhoods? A: I don't believe that there is a "typical" downtown buyer anymore—it is extremely diverse with buyers from all walks of life and

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London Terrace Towers at 470 West 24th Street, #PHA, in West Chelsea; $10,850,000.

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