Warburg Lens


I finally feel like I’m back to my roots. And, thank you Town and Country magazine for the for the shout out and incredible encouragement in the online article. I’m loving my new opportunity working with Warburg realty. The bespoke inspired home’s decor and their quality of apartments coupled with the incredible people that work there, have made my transition into the real estate business flawless. Everyday, I see New York in a different way. All of this deserved a recap.

I started working in the Warburg Flatiron offices at 18 West 21 Street which are embellished with marble conference tables and the scent of Nespresso permeating throughout the office. As a welcome gift, my office desk was elegantly adorned with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose champagne and a white orchid. The bottle of Rose champagne will stay computer-side until I get my first big deal. And, the custom marble bathroom sinks and epic fittings are met with L’Occitane lavande hand soap and hand cream.  I find myself excited to get dressed up for work. Finally, I’m really practicing what I preach, as my day clothes have to work their way into after work drinks and events. Recently, I find myself looking up more. New York isn’t only an amazing street, but also its  facades and new and old buildings are filled with hidden treasures. I fortunately get the first look before you do.

I started at 42 West 9th which is a two bedroom/two bath apartment in an epic West Village building on a tree lined street. It has an incredible entrance, floor through, renovated bathrooms, and dinner ready chef’s kitchen. I wore feminine dresses like Love Shack Fancy and Jill Stuart to shoot the apt as it has such an old guard chic, beautiful, and romantic decor.

Next stop, I brought my daughter Sea to see the 1825 Cast Iron building designed by architect Shugeru Ban- a Pritzker winner, which is located on 67 Franklin Street in Tribeca. The double decker views were incredible and the modern amenities oozed high luxury. (Putting this on the kkb wish list.)

As we headed up the West Side highway near the Highline, we explored 520 West 28th Street. Iraqi architect Dame Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)- no relation to Supermodel Gigi Hadid- never even saw these modern museum-esque apartments to completion. I could see a famous actor, or a well- travelled business man living in these spaces. The closets beg for well tailored bespoke suits. All the details are finely edited, and honestly I almost took my shoes off since the floors were so gorgeous. Did I mention the incredible views, and walls made for art?

On the Upper West side, another new building is under construction. These floor through units at 207 West 75th Street have incredible finishes and outrageously large outdoor spaces. The kitchens are state of the art, and the bedrooms scream, ” bring your luggage.”

I hope you are enjoying my journey through New York real estate. Just so you know, I got my real estate license to help my father sell our family home after my mother passed. I had such a horrible experience selling my own home, and I wanted to take away any and all of the negativity that can be associated with the buying or selling of anyone’s biggest asset. This new and unexpected chapter in my life has proven to be so exciting for me. I’ve renovated a few apartments, jazzed a few clients’ apartments, and built my own home from ground up, so I’m very familiar with all of the subtleties which can turn a house into a home. Im also a hunter and constantly on the prowl to find the next hidden sanctuary. I hope I inspire you to see New York through the Warburg lens.

Check out my Instagram: @KellyBensimon for #realestatethursdays.

…xx kkb

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