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THE POWELLTON, 229 West 97th Street, 3JK - Upper West Side, New YorkSpace. Light. Value. Have it all at the Powellton! This spacious 2-bedroom 2-bathroom apartment with bonus office/flex room is the best value on the Upper West Side. There is no need to compromise on your wish list with this special home. This well-proportioned apartment features an eat-in-kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and a pass-through to the living room. The cheerful, south-facing living room gets excellent light and looks out across 97th Street. Both bedrooms are generous in size and are located at the other end of the apartment, making them quiet and private. There are 2 full bathrooms, both with windows as well as a bonus room that makes an ideal office. You even have your own washer and dryer.

The Powellton is a pre-war co-op built in 1899 and has restored and renovated its hallways and striking lobby back to their Turn-of-the-Century Grandeur. A Full time doorman, bike room, central laundry room, private storage, live in Super and very low maintenance makes this the best deal on the Upper West side. Pets are welcome!

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194 Riverside Drive, 6A - Upper West Side, New YorkDESIGNER 3-BEDROOM ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE!
Don't miss out on this special 3-bedroom (convertible 4-bedroom) 2-bathroom apartment in mint condition with bright, tree-top views onto West 92nd Street. Every detail of this stylish, yet practical home has been carefully considered by renowned designers, Julie Schaffer of Salles Schaffer Architecture and Elizabeth Conn of Elizabeth Conn Design. Contemporary lighting and a playful use of color complement the prewar details that have been carefully preserved throughout. Hardwood floors with inlaid wood ribbon borders, a lovely original fireplace mantel with glazed terra-cotta tiles and the gentle curve of the exterior wall give the living room an old world elegance while custom built-ins add practical storage and a contemporary flair.

As featured in Elle Decor magazine, the windowed chef's kitchen features beautiful walnut cabinetry, Corian countertops, and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances including a Wolf 6-burner range, Miele dishwasher, SubZero refrigerator and Meile washer/dryer. A cheerful banquette seating area is the perfect spot for casual dining. There are two fully renovated, windowed bathrooms. One bathroom features gorgeous marble floor and wall tiles, a beautifully crafted custom vanity in walnut and marble and a standing shower. The other full bathroom is appointed with a bathtub with rain shower showerhead, subway tiles and Toto toilet. The spacious and serene master bedroom offers a view of the river looking northwest, excellent light and plentiful storage. There are two other bedrooms both designed to maximize storage and a multi-purpose room currently outfitted with a murphy bed that could also be used as a formal dining room, den or a fourth bedroom.

Built at the turn-of-the-century by renowned architect and longtime Upper West Side resident, Ralph Townsend, 194 Riverside Drive is a stunning apartment building designed in the Neo-Renaissance style, setting itself apart from the neighboring buildings with its curvaceous façade of bay windows, classically inspired entrance with polished granite columns and charming lion head relief sculptures on either side of the main entrance. The beautiful lobby features an elegant barrel vault with decorative coffered ceilings as well as original stained glass. The building boasts a 24-hour doorman, landscaped roof deck, playroom, private storage, bike room, and excellent live-in Super. According to local legend, architect Ralph Townsend lived on a boat offshore in the Hudson Rivers while constructing the building. Today, the location on Riverside Drive just across from Riverside Park is one of the biggest draws to residents. Pets are welcome!

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239 Central Park West, 3E - Upper West Side, New YorkMake this grand Classic Six on Central Park West your new home! Enjoy gracious living in this lovely apartment in excellent condition with bright treetop views onto quiet West 84th Street. A formal entry gallery with beautiful herringbone floors ushers you toward the elegant formal dining room with chair rail and picture moldings, herringbone floors and high beamed ceilings. This spacious room could be repurposed as a third bedroom or is large enough for use as both a dining and a sitting area. The windowed, eat-in kitchen was created by combining the original kitchen and maid's room, making a spacious, modern kitchen with recessed lighting, excellent storage, beautiful Carrera marble countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Just off the kitchen, the original butler's pantry has been converted into an office and casual sitting area. There is also a powder room with a Bosch washer and dryer.

The sophisticated, over-sized living room features a wood-burning fireplace with original carved mantel, one of the lovely period details you'll find throughout the home. Built-in bookcases flank the fireplace and serene tree top views make the room cozy and inviting. Both bedrooms are generous in size and the master bedroom is a corner room with dual exposures, and features a walk-in closet and updated en-suite bathroom. The second full bathroom is also renovated with a standing shower.

239 Central Park West is a pristine, white glove cooperative built in 1925 in the Neo-Renaissance style. It showcases a beautiful façade and lobby and features a 24-hour doorman, elevator operator, gym, and privately owned storage units. Pet friendly.

This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman

What is happening in the New York City rental and residential markets as of 2.12.202.

thezwebenteam#grateful the award winning #thezwebenteam just closed 250w89th #11/12F! It's great when you love your clients! #tcob @douglaselliman

250 West 89th Street, 11/12F - Upper West Side, New York

DRAMATIC RENOVATED DUPLEX Move right into this stunning, beautifully designed duplex at the highly sought-after Savannah, perfectly located in the heart of the Upper West Side. This truly unique home boasts a dramatic, double-height living room with 17'4" ceilings and striking floor-to-ceiling windows, which showcase quintessential architectural city views to the north. This spacious home, with 2 floors of living space, has 1.5 baths and is an ideal layout for both entertaining and for privacy. The lower level of the apartment features a powder room and deep coat closet in the entry foyer, followed by a renovated kitchen with sleek granite countertops, Calcutta marble tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances and has a pass-through to the expansive living and dining room. With rich, double-espresso oak plank floors and custom automatic blinds, the stylish living room also has a Juliet balcony ideal for planters or just taking in the iconic city views. The spacious bedroom suite with full-bath and excellent storage is discreetly located on the second floor, up a newly built staircase with custom shelving. Both baths have new lighting, mirrors and hardware.Don't miss out on this beautiful home with a loft-like, downtown feeling, perfectly located in the full-service Savannah condop on the Upper West Side. Residents of the Savannah enjoy an exceptional staff, including 24-hour doorman, live-in superintendent, landscaped roof deck, laundry on every floor, recently updated fitness center, bike storage, on-site parking garage as well as flexible condo-like rules. Pets are welcome!

Two different careers- same apprenticeship

Almost every week, Carolyn and I get emails, texts and phone calls from agents, to join our team.

Yesterday was no different. I met a young man, who I have admired from afar for quite some time.

He has consistent drive and focus and he is a one man show. His qualities are similar to a self-taught chef, that runs a teeny tiny restaurant, eights tables, where his wife runs the front of the house.

Don’t get me wrong; I have the utmost respect for anyone that works in the restaurant biz, especially the mom and pop shops.

He asked me, what The Zweben Team could do for him.

The first thing I said was how could our team benefit from him being on our team and vice versa.

I told him that our team is consistently improving our craft (just like a chef), focused (just like a chef) and passionate, (just like a chef).

I explained to him with a kitchen analogy, what makes good cooks great.

I told him that in the late ‘80’s, you either worked at The River Café or you worked at Gotham Bar and Grill.

I chose the River Café. Both restaurants were similar to going to Wharton business school.

Every cook, every Sous Chef, every Pastry Chef and of course David Burke was better than me. At least at the start. We all pushed each other. We all grew together. We will strived to be faster, more precise, more imaginative, and more successful. We were colleagues, competitors, friends and family, (just like real estate agents)

 It was one of the best periods of my life.

The same goes for real estate. When I stared, 10 years ago, I had the luxury of joining my wife, Carolyn Zweben as her partner. She told me for the first year, just learn, don’t do any deals; learn your craft. She mentored me and helped me grow. Making a mistake under Carolyn’s watch was like sending out an overcooked piece of fish under David Burke’s watch. Not fun.

The moral of this story, whether you want to be a chef or a real estate agent:

As we are getting ready for Douglas Elliman’s 2016 Ellie’s Gala Award Event, I pause. I look back to thank Carolyn for helping me make my career change.

I look at 2016 for another successful award winning year for The Zweben Team!

And I look forward to crushing 2017 and beyond!


Photo credit goes to Rich Caplan

575 Sixth Avenue, 4B - Chelsea, New York


STUNNING CHELSEA LOFT! Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind 2-bedroom, 2-bath sunny, beautifully renovated loft in the heart of Chelsea and just blocks away from Union Square, the Village, and the Flatiron district. This spacious and dramatic corner apartment has lofty, 10+ foot ceilings, charming exposed brick and an open and airy layout with over-sized windows lining the walls of each room. The double-sized, combined living and dining room boasts quintessential city views to the south and east, filling the apartment with beautiful light. There are excellent closets throughout the home and both bedrooms are generous in size. The 2-full baths are fully renovated with the master bath boasting a deep-soaking Jacuzzi tub and the 2nd bath, a standing shower. With no stone left unturned, this mint-condition, gorgeous home even has a washer/dryer. 575 Sixth Avenue is a well-maintained, intimate coop with just 16 units and 9 floors built at the turn-of-the-century. Move right in to your downtown, dream home!


This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman

It is humbling to get 6 Zillow reviews, all with 5 stars! We work hard for our customers and it shows!


★★★★★ Highly likely to recommend

08/30/2016 - user30045

Written about Paul Zweben on 08/30/2016

Sold a Cooperative home in 2014 for approximately $1.6M in Upper West Side, New York, NY.

Paul and his team at Douglas Elliman are the best in the game. They want the extra mile to help get us a quick sale at top dollar. . While we initially had doubts with their pricing strategy, it worked just as they said it would. . Paul and Carolyn also made the process of buying and selling a co-op a smooth process and took care of all those annoying details for us. I have recommended them to other friends and only hear praise.


★★★★★ Highly likely to recommend

08/26/2016 - dbw79

Written about Paul Zweben on 08/26/2016

Sold a Cooperative home in 2014 in Upper West Side, New York, NY.

Paul and Carolyn Zweben are a powerhouse and the most amazing real estate agents you could dream of working with. They are the most hard working and honest people you could dream of working with. Their knowledge of the market is unsurpassed and they get the deal done. They have helped us purchase an apartment and sell an apartment and both experiences were a pleasure. You can have confidence when you work with them that nothing is going to fall through the cracks and they will do what has to be done to make things happen. Whether you are looking to buy or sell you have found the right team. If you are a first time home buyer/seller or a veteran you are in the best hands.


★★★★★ Highly likely to recommend

08/15/2016 - sloanjust1

Written about Paul Zweben on 08/15/2016

Sold a Cooperative home in 2014 for approximately $1.55M in Upper West Side, New York, NY.

Paul is extremely focused, knowledgeable, and approachable. We were confident being in his hands and he got us great results, while making the process as painless as possible. He's a true expert in his field who literally does not rest until his clients are happy.


★★★★★ Highly likely to recommend

08/04/2016 - zuser20150610071825688

Written about Paul Zweben on 08/04/2016

Sold a Cooperative home in 2016 in Upper West Side, New York, NY.

Paul and Carolyn were fantastic throughout the entire process. I had a terrible broker before who was unable to screen buyers and get a buyer through the coop process. Paul bought me three offers within the first open house and put together a meticulous coop package. The whole transaction was complete in two months. Don't go anywhere else.


★★★★★ Highly likely to recommend

07/27/2016 - MrsCKK

Written about Paul Zweben on 07/27/2016

Sold a home in 2014 in Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York, NY 10024.

I've recommended Paul Zweben and the Zweben Team to everyone I know! They were tireless in their search on our behalf for an apartment on the inventory-poor UWS. They made spot-on recommendations about appropriate bids and negotiated brilliantly on our behalf, helping us secure our dream apartment. And in selling our apartment, they showed us how to market it appropriately and stage it to best showcase its assets. They also did a terrific job of managing our expectations about what offers we could expect and, in the end, managed to get us way over our asking price. In my dealings with Paul and the Zweben Team, I found them to be unfailingly honest and fair, which is rare in this business. I cannot recommend them more highly.

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What makes a good Real Estate team?

I have been reading a lot of articles lately on teams. One in particular was very interesting. The article showcased Amy Kite’s team, a Chicago powerhouse, Ranked number 138 nationally for closed transactions in the rankings, the team had its best year ever last year, with 341 closed transaction sides, more than double its previous year’s performance. 341 transactions???? #OMG

What she wrote about Real Estate being no Part-time gig, resonated with me.

Real estate is no part-time gig

Having children led Kite to start her career in the industry. She came from a high-flying career in head hunting, where she used to say she was a Realtor — but she sold people.

“I’ve always been in sales, I’ve just always sold different products. I changed from headhunting to real estate because I had just given birth to our second child and I wanted to be able to drop in at home any time,” said Kite.

Endorsed by Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran as her go-to agent in Chicago land, the former corporate executive has never approached real estate as a part time gig. She was in no doubt about wanting to take real estate seriously.

“The fact is that it’s a business. Too many people don’t look at it that way; they treat this as a hobby.”

Which brings me to our team and how we got here.

5 years ago, my wife was pregnant with our Princess, Olivia. Pryor to Olivia’s arrival it was me, Carolyn and Heather Burns. We were mean and lean.

We wanted to prepare for growth, both in our personal life and professional lives. We had already cracked the $1,000,000 Gross Commission level, with just the three of us, but wanted to get to the next level.

In the last 5 years, we have moved to grossing over $2,500,000 in gross sales commissions, which is the equivalent to $100,000,000 in annual sales volume and ranking #18 out of over 6000 Douglas Elliman real estate agents.

We now have two assistants and 6 agents on our team. We are constantly focused on our customer’s needs, from the minute we start working with them, until the transaction is completed.

So, how do we do it?

My training as a Chef for 18 years of my life and working in the restaurant business for over 31 years has helped me in my Real Estate career. From developing and running the Calle Ocho concept, to working with Laurent Tourondel at BLT Prime and BLT Steak DC, to working with David Burke at the River Café. It taught me the following:

~The customer is always right

~No day is ever the same

~Customers want to be communicated to, in a quick, precise way, with accurate responses.

~If there is an emergency, ie. Short staffing, running our of food, special orders; FIGURE IT OUT! The customer doesn’t care that two cooks didn’t show up and you ran out of chicken.

~treat people with respect. Every person in the restaurant is important. It is a living, breathing machine and it must operate on all cylinders. If you derail one employee by screaming at them, the machine will not run smoothly.

Here are my tips on running a successful real estate team and being the team leader:

~Always be positive, no matter what. If the team leader is in a bad place, the entire team is in a bad place.

~ Have at least one monthly team meeting, if no more. You should have topics to discuss. Ideas, how to help each team members business to grow. Talk about the current markets we are in. what is each team member doing for future business? Are there any positive or tough situations that can be shared, for the entire team to learn from? During the meeting, all phones are off and everyone is 100% attentive. Bring in guest speakers.

~Keep tabs on all individual sold and closed and pending deals.

~Be a part of all deals. I want to be cc’d on the majority of communication with the buyer, sellers and renters for the customers that the team member has generated the business. This model makes us stronger and allows me to participate with negotiations on all deals and maintain outstanding customer service.

~If they are my buyers and sellers, then just my wife, Carolyn and our two assistants are copied on all communications.

~Be a great attentive listener

~Be proactive

~Treat every member with respect

~Share your knowledge. Share ideas. Share how you generate business.

~Teach your team members how to use video and social media to connect with current clients, past clients and future clients.

~The most important tip I can give you as a team leader is to be laser focused, passionate and have a fun running the team. If you can’t have fun in this business, maybe you need to get on another ride?

Best wishes-

The Zweben Team~


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