The past few weeks have been an exciting time for actor/singer Justin Timberlake. His performance in The Social Network is garnering Oscar buzz, and he is rumored to be selling his loft in Tribeca and picking up a new penthouse in SoHo.

Timberlake purchased his 3 bed/3 bath loft only two years ago. Located at 414 Washington Street, he is currently within walking distance from St. John’s Park, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Tribeca, and the Hudson River Greenway. According to reports, Timberlake will be moving to the SoHo Mews.

Whether this move is real or not, it is sure to shake up the paparazzi for a little while, and Timberlake’s fans will be flocking to SoHo, hoping to see the famous singer/actor out and about.

Go to http://neighborhoodnyc.com/category/soho/ to check out other residential buildings in the SoHo area, and go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/06/justin-timberlake-moving-_n_752558.html#s151317 to see pictures of Timberlake’s Tribeca apartment.

At Benjamin James Real Estate, we love a terrible roommate story (see Worst Roommates on Craigslist Parts 1 and 2), so when we saw this post on Gizmodo, we had to share it with you.

There has been a lot of backlash over the iPhone 4 over issues with phone reception, but more recently, there has been backlash against people who use iPhones and other Apple products. Vince Thomas has such a strong hatred for Apple users that in his Craigslist roommate-wanted ad, he wrote:

I have two major criteria

1) NO IPHONE USERS. I refuse to live with anyone who has sold their immortal soul to Steve Jobs. I don’t care about your app that tells you when you need to water your plants. I don’t care that your phone can function as a Speak N Spell. I don’t care that your phone has a million “exciting” features that exist elsewhere. NO IPHONES. Oh, and probably no iPads, either. Upon meeting, you must show me your phone (no scammers! I will be calling it in person to confirm that it is indeed your phone)

I know what you must be wondering. What was Vince’s second major criterion? Was it doing the dishes, picking up dirty clothes, or having a vegan lifestyle?

2) STARCRAFT 2 experience is a big plus. If you play, please post a link to your battle.net profile. The more experience, the better. No bronze leaguers.

Oh boy.

To see the original ad, click here or go to http://gizmodo.com/5605714/this-is-probably-taking-your-apple-hate-too-far?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29.

Avoid the crazy roommates and find your own apartment at Neighborhood NYC at http://www.neighborhoodnyc.com.

Recently, pop sensation Lady Gaga was spotted checking out a 3-bedroom 3 bathroom penthouse apartment in SoHo. The apartment building, located at 304 Spring Street, is also home to Australian director Baz Luhrmann. Amenities include a private sundeck complete with outdoor shower and Viking kitchen.

To read more about the building and Lady Gaga’s apartment hunt, click here or go to http://therealdeal.com/newyork/articles/lady-gaga-looks-at-304-spring-street-penthouse-in-west-village. Will Lady Gaga be a welcome splash of weird in Manhattan? Comment below and let us know what you think!

Paul Haggis, best known for directing Crash and writing Million Dollar Baby, has purchased a large loft-style apartment in SoHo. The $3.95 million home features 11-foot high ceilings, limestone baths, and a 6-foot Waterworks soaking tub.

To read more about Haggis’ new apartment, check out the article here or go to http://www.observer.com/2010/real-estate/4-million-dollar-baby-paul-haggis-buys-new-place-crash.

A Manhattan Loft

A Manhattan Loft

After being away from NYC for several years, I was pleasantly surprised at the price reductions on apartments and lofts in the areas of Soho and TriBeCa. After being a real estate broker for over 16 years, I had watched loft prices rise and rise to a completely unaffordable price point – or at least unaffordable to most potential dwellers. Why should lofts in Soho or TriBeCa be so expensive? It made me sad because I grew up in a loft in Soho.

There are lofts with extremely high end finishes and are designed by top designers which are featured in Architectural Digest etc…However, there were and are plenty of lofts that are well appointed, yet are not design dream boats. Regardless, landlords were charging exorbitant rents for the more rustic spaces, no different than the well appointed lofts.  It was sad really.  Prices had reached a critical high.  I decided at that point to stop being a broker and move out to the Hamptons and spend my time surfing.

Now I have returned to Manhattan, and I am very pleased to see lofts prices and apartment prices in the Downtown area return to more realistic price points. I’m pleased to work with landlords that are negotiable with their rents, to a realistic point, and have once again put myself in a position to represent a very healthy amount of properties in the West Village, Soho and Tribeca. I won’t forget the East Village either. The inventory is plenty and I can once again feel good about finding people homes they love and can afford.

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Here are some price examples:

$8,900.00 down from $10,500.00 for a  2500 square foot  loft in Tribeca
$5,200.00 down from $6,500.00 for a 1900 square foot loft in Soho
$4250.00 even $4000 down from $5000
$3500 down from $4000………………………..you get the idea.

I’m accessible and you can call me if you want to check these deals out.

I can be reached by phone: 917-653-5257 or Email tiger@benjaminjames.com

You can also view some of my inventory here: http://www.benjaminjames.com/index.cfm?page=agents&state=profile&id=225

Tiger Koehn