Name: Todd Lewin
Current location: Brooklyn, NY
City you were raised in: Miami, Florida
Relationship Status? Married (it will be 1 year next month!)
Job Title and Company name: Associate Real Estate Broker with CORE
Social Media Handles: @toddsterrr
Please tell us more about what you do for a living: I’m a residential real estate broker in New York specializing in downtown Manhattan, North and Brownstone Brooklyn. I represent sellers, buyers, investors, developers and renters in the many facets of a real estate transaction.
Why and how did you get into real estate? I moved to NY from Miami to pursue my career as a writer and within the first year and a half, I found myself constantly moving apartments (5 to be exact). When the world fell apart in 2008 and I lost my job in advertising, I signed up for the real estate exam that day. I never looked back.
Could you give one piece of advice to anyone who wants to go into real estate, particularly in New York: One: be passionate. Two: be an expert. Three: differentiate yourself always
What’s your favorite market to sell/rent real estate in right now? Brooklyn! There’s so much opportunity and an amazing variety of neighborhoods to explore. Soho, NoHo and Nolita are always on my radar, too. [When in NoHo, don’t forget to have a cocktail or an overnight stay at the always popular, Bowery Hotel]
What’s the next hot neighborhood in New York City? Chinatown! [New to the area? Check out Nom Wah Tea Parlor for the best dim sum in Manhattan]
If someone wants to sell their apartment, what’s the most important room in the house to have updated? It depends but I’d say floors, kitchen and bathrooms.
Tell us in 10 words or less why you love New York City so much: The dichotomy of needing to leave, then itching to come back.
What’s your favorite neighborhood in New York? Why? There are so many but right now I am loving Red Hook. It’s a very special waterfront community adjacent to some of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The moment you arrive you feel transported to another period of time. Some of the coolest bars and restaurants in NY are in Red Hook and they are never crowded! It’s the perfect neighborhood and despite incredible growth and development, I think it will always remain off the beaten path. [Red Hook is well known for their food and drink scene; stop by the best in town at Fort Defiance]
You want to meet someone for drinks. Where do you take them? Soho House.
If you could pack up and move anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why? Right now? No where…I love it here.
Best place for a quick weekend away? Phoenicia in upstate New York. [Don’t forget to have breakfast or lunch at the area’s favorite eatery, Phoenicia Diner]
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian.
Fuck, Marry, Kill: Chocolate chip cookies, cold pressed juice, ramen soup: Fuck cookies, Marry Juice, Kill Soup
Rent or buy? Buy
Williamsburg or SoHo? Williamsburg
Working fireplace or doorman? Fireplace
Upper East Side or Upper West Side? West
Elevator or updated kitchen? Elevator
Easy subway access or access to parks? Subway
Gowanus or Long Island City? Gowanus
Terrace or garden? Garden
Home office or walk in closet? Walk in closet
Bathtub or rain shower? Bathtub (for my wife!)