Million Dollar Listing New York – Finale

Million Dollar Listing New York by NotInStCyr

Once again, we see Ryan rallying the troops.  After a little groveling, he was able to convince his wine-swilling client, Roger, to give him another chance after the sale of the townhouse in Iggy Azalea (Soho, for the uninitiated) fell through.  Ryan is determined not to give his client the satisfaction of firing him.  So, he’s finagled Roger’s Rolodex out of him, and he’s having the NestSeeker team cold call the 2,000 people on it.

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Since Zach Vella refused to fund a state-of-the-art sales gallery, Fredrik is doing everything he can to give potential buyers a sense of what they can expect to see at 290 West.  This time around, he’s steering clear of the construction site and, instead, is  meeting people in the showroom of the kitchen cabinet manufacturer.  The finishes are extraordinary, but prospective buyers willing to shell out millions of dollars for these units are pretty persnickety.

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Luis has arranged to meet Ryan in Cipriani’s vault room.  For RHONY fans, this is the same place where Sonja hosted a party and apparently forgot to wear panties.  If I could, I’d scrub that memory right out of my brain.  I really resent the fact it occupies needed space in there. Why do I remember Sonja’s lack of underwear and not my wi-fi password?  Any way, Ryan represents the owner of the last unit needed to complete the buy-out of the entire 12th floor planned by Ian Reisner and Luis.  Luis offered $1.5 million for Unit E-F, and Ryan outrageously countered at $7 million.  Luis thinks Ryan is delusional, asking him, “How can I give you a number when you are on Planet Jupiter?”  Ryan is playing a long game, so he lowers the asking price only by $2 million.  This, in turn, frustrates Luis even more, prompting him to say, “You start at outrageous and end at ridiculous!”  Ryan is hugely enjoying himself and decides to dig into the food while Luis seethes at the other end of the table.  Finally, Ryan gets up and moves into the seat next to Luis and lays his final, no bs demand:  it’s $4 million or nothing.  After Luis tells him he’ll only go up to $2.5 million, Ryan walks out of the vault.

Big Al drives Fredrik to a meeting with Vella to give him an update on the sales efforts for 290 West.  Fredrik tells him that he got 4 offers during the boat cruise, including one for one of the penthouses.  He then netted another 2 with his off-site sales strategy.  For those of you keeping score, that means Fredrik has sold out 50% of the building already. You’d think Vella would be happy and Fredrik would be leg kicking.  But no — Vella says those sales only cover the bank debt.  Unexpectedly, Fredrik brings up the outcome of the great egg hunt and asks Vella to be Milla’s godfather.  That finally makes Vella crack a smile.  He goes to get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.  Fredrik explains that he feels close to Vella.  They’ve worked together for 5 years on a dozen projects, and Vella was one of only 2 developers invited to his wedding.  BTW, Fredrik wrote his blog on his way to Vella’s wedding in a castle in Ireland.  Mazel tov!

Ryan goes to a hotel to meet with Roger about the Soho townhouse.  The NestSeeker team hit pay dirt with Roger’s Rolodex, which yielded 2 prospective buyers.  A former tennis buddy is offering $7 million.  Just when Roger starts to work himself up into a state of indignation, Ryan lets him know that another friend is willing to pay $10 million for the house.  Roger cools down and accepts the larger bid.  Ryan says that is the kind of deal that’s given him prematurely grey hair.  Don’t feel too sorry for him. He’ll be able to buy plenty of Just For Men hair coloring with the large commission he’s taking home for representing both the seller and the buyer.  Roger orders a $4,500 bottle of wine that Ryan insists is not coming out of his commission.

Luis meets with Reisner, who resumes calling him “Ricky”.  I wouldn’t blame Luis if he babalooed Reisner out onto the Central Park South sidewalk. Luis keeps his cool and informs Reisner about Ryan’s ridiculous demand for $4 million for the last unit on the floor.  Luis decides to call Ryan’s bluff and hold a party, ostensibly to begin marketing the $25 million apartment.  The only problem is, it’s not a $25 million apartment without Ryan’s client’s space.  Reisner, who can’t help himself, says, “Ricky, you have some selling to do!”

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Fredrik is back at the raw construction space at 290 West to check on the arrangements made for a meeting with his “most important client”. A table is set for dinner for 2 and a harpist strums dreamily in the background.  I was wondering if Fredrik was wooing a celebrity, oligarch or business mogul, but then someone sprinkled rose petals all over the concrete floor.  That can only be for the paint-splattered perfection that is Derek, the yin to Fredrik’s “whee!”  They walk over to the not yet glassed-in windows that overlook the Hudson River.  This will also be the view that Milla will enjoy from her crib, because Fredrik has bought the 3 bedroom apartment.   Derek doesn’t seem too surprised, so this was probably worked out beforehand.  Fredrik is grateful to have his hard work rewarded by success and, more importantly, to have found Derek after being alone for so many years.  He’s also lucky that Derek’s main interest is in being a strong family man.

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Luis is still playing real estate chicken with Ryan.  He’s gone ahead with the “launch” party, which is really a ruse to make Ryan think that they’re going ahead with the development of the Central Park South mega apartment.  As he mingles amongst the guests, Luis keeps an eye out for the arrival of his nemesis, who he made sure was invited.  Ryan strolls in late, completely aware of Luis’ gambit and thinking that the expense of the party could have been avoided if Luis had just contacted him directly.  After a little chit chat, Ryan cuts to the chase.  Even though we’re treated to a flashback in which Ryan’s client says he’s willing to accept $2.5 million, Ryan tells Luis that he’ll shake on a $3 million deal.  Luis accepts quickly, which makes Ryan wonder if he shouldn’t have held out for more.  Yet, all’s well that ends well, because Ryan gets a $90,000 commission and the pleasure of toying with Luis (priceless).  Luis, in turn, helps Reisner complete the buy-out of the 12th floor.  Luis admits that he and Ryan have had a rocky relationship because they’re both very competitive, but he feels that they’re walking away with a lot of respect for each other.

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It’s nighttime, and Emilia is taking Ryan to an unknown destination.  She won’t tell him what’s going on, so he asks if she bought him a pony.  LOL.  In his interview, he reminisces about the times he’s had.  He’s gone from being single (and a douchebag), to having a steady girlfriend and then a fiancé.  He’s enjoyed the unexpectedness of it all, saying that every year should be the craziest.  Emilia and Ryan end up at a high-end furniture store.  Ryan wants to know why they’re there, so Emilia explains that they have to buy a lot of furniture for that huge new apartment.  Yes, she’s turned down the offer to relocate to Switzerland.  She can get her cuckoos right there in New York.

The last scene we get is with Luis, who has bought spoons, plates and everything else necessary to host a dinner party in his apartment.  He can delegate more of his work, having hired more people for Team Luis.  Now he has more time to spend with friends and family.

This season, we’ve seen even more spectacular apartments tailored for the crème of the 1%.  I can’t help wondering if such outrageous opulence and wanton displays of wealth won’t stir the Occupy Wall Streeters into picking up their pitchforks again some day.  Remind me to look for my old college copy of Das Kapital.  The most gratifying part of the show has been seeing both Fredrik and Ryan humanized by love.  Fredrik seems less frantic and competitive.  His goal is no longer to be the top broker in the city, but to be a good husband and father.  There was a line in his blog that makes me think this could be his last year on the show, because of his shifted priorities.  Now, Ryan has practically evolved into another species.  He’s changed from primordial ooze into a decent human being capable of  love.  Emilia, the Ryan tamer, has performed a Lourdes-like miracle by drawing out the goodness that is in him.  I sense that he wants to be the best that he can be for her.  Good luck to both couples.  Although 2 of the 3 brokers have paired off, Luis is not ready for the ark yet.  He’s also dialing down his frenetic energy and allowing himself some down time for himself.  I’ve been a little harsh on him, because I don’t think he operates at the same level as Fredrik and Ryan.  However, Luis’s drive and ingenuity should take him there eventually.

Thank you to Veena for allowing me to do my first recaps on Lynn’s Place.  Veena has been terrific – I’ll miss this site, but she is deserving of a break. Thank you so much, Veena, for this opportunity.  I also appreciate the patience you all have shown with my ramblings.  Your kind comments made my day more than once.  Thanks!

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Thank you NoinStCry for such fantastic blogging!  See everyone at www.snackingandsnarking.com !

 

 
Once again, we see Ryan rallying the troops.  After a little groveling, he was able to convince his wine-swilling client, Roger, to give him another chance after the sale of the townhouse in Iggy Azalea (Soho, for the uninitiated) fell through.  Ryan is determined not to give his client the satisfaction of firing him.  So, he’s finagled Roger’s Rolodex out of him, and he’s having the NestSeeker team cold call the 2,000 people on it.

 

 

Since Zach Vella refused to fund a state-of-the-art sales gallery, Fredrik is doing everything he can to give potential buyers a sense of what they can expect to see at 290 West.  This time around, he’s steering clear of the construction site and, instead, is  meeting people in the showroom of the kitchen cabinet manufacturer.  The finishes are extraordinary, but prospective buyers willing to shell out millions of dollars for these units are pretty persnickety.

 

 

 

 

 

Luis has arranged to meet Ryan in Cipriani’s vault room.  For RHONY fans, this is the same place where Sonja hosted a party and apparently forgot to wear panties.  If I could, I’d scrub that memory right out of my brain.  I really resent the fact it occupies needed space in there. Why do I remember Sonja’s lack of underwear and not my wi-fi password?  Any way, Ryan represents the owner of the last unit needed to complete the buy-out of the entire 12th floor planned by Ian Reisner and Luis.  Luis offered $1.5 million for Unit E-F, and Ryan outrageously countered at $7 million.  Luis thinks Ryan is delusional, asking him, “How can I give you a number when you are on Planet Jupiter?”  Ryan is playing a long game, so he lowers the asking price only by $2 million.  This, in turn, frustrates Luis even more, prompting him to say, “You start at outrageous and end at ridiculous!”  Ryan is hugely enjoying himself and decides to dig into the food while Luis seethes at the other end of the table.  Finally, Ryan gets up and moves into the seat next to Luis and lays his final, no bs demand:  it’s $4 million or nothing.  After Luis tells him he’ll only go up to $2.5 million, Ryan walks out of the vault.

 

Big Al drives Fredrik to a meeting with Vella to give him an update on the sales efforts for 290 West.  Fredrik tells him that he got 4 offers during the boat cruise, including one for one of the penthouses.  He then netted another 2 with his off-site sales strategy.  For those of you keeping score, that means Fredrik has sold out 50% of the building already. You’d think Vella would be happy and Fredrik would be leg kicking.  But no — Vella says those sales only cover the bank debt.  Unexpectedly, Fredrik brings up the outcome of the great egg hunt and asks Vella to be Milla’s godfather.  That finally makes Vella crack a smile.  He goes to get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.  Fredrik explains that he feels close to Vella.  They’ve worked together for 5 years on a dozen projects, and Vella was one of only 2 developers invited to his wedding.  BTW, Fredrik wrote his blog on his way to Vella’s wedding in a castle in Ireland.  Mazel tov!

 

Ryan goes to a hotel to meet with Roger about the Soho townhouse.  The NestSeeker team hit pay dirt with Roger’s Rolodex, which yielded 2 prospective buyers.  A former tennis buddy is offering $7 million.  Just when Roger starts to work himself up into a state of indignation, Ryan lets him know that another friend is willing to pay $10 million for the house.  Roger cools down and accepts the larger bid.  Ryan says that is the kind of deal that’s given him prematurely grey hair.  Don’t feel too sorry for him. He’ll be able to buy plenty of Just For Men hair coloring with the large commission he’s taking home for representing both the seller and the buyer.  Roger orders a $4,500 bottle of wine that Ryan insists is not coming out of his commission.

 

Luis meets with Reisner, who resumes calling him “Ricky”.  I wouldn’t blame Luis if he babalooed Reisner out onto the Central Park South sidewalk. Luis keeps his cool and informs Reisner about Ryan’s ridiculous demand for $4 million for the last unit on the floor.  Luis decides to call Ryan’s bluff and hold a party, ostensibly to begin marketing the $25 million apartment.  The only problem is, it’s not a $25 million apartment without Ryan’s client’s space.  Reisner, who can’t help himself, says, “Ricky, you have some selling to do!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fredrik is back at the raw construction space at 290 West to check on the arrangements made for a meeting with his “most important client”. A table is set for dinner for 2 and a harpist strums dreamily in the background.  I was wondering if Fredrik was wooing a celebrity, oligarch or business mogul, but then someone sprinkled rose petals all over the concrete floor.  That can only be for the paint-splattered perfection that is Derek, the yin to Fredrik’s “whee!”  They walk over to the not yet glassed-in windows that overlook the Hudson River.  This will also be the view that Milla will enjoy from her crib, because Fredrik has bought the 3 bedroom apartment.   Derek doesn’t seem too surprised, so this was probably worked out beforehand.  Fredrik is grateful to have his hard work rewarded by success and, more importantly, to have found Derek after being alone for so many years.  He’s also lucky that Derek’s main interest is in being a strong family man.

 

Luis is still playing real estate chicken with Ryan.  He’s gone ahead with the “launch” party, which is really a ruse to make Ryan think that they’re going ahead with the development of the Central Park South mega apartment.  As he mingles amongst the guests, Luis keeps an eye out for the arrival of his nemesis, who he made sure was invited.  Ryan strolls in late, completely aware of Luis’ gambit and thinking that the expense of the party could have been avoided if Luis had just contacted him directly.  After a little chit chat, Ryan cuts to the chase.  Even though we’re treated to a flashback in which Ryan’s client says he’s willing to accept $2.5 million, Ryan tells Luis that he’ll shake on a $3 million deal.  Luis accepts quickly, which makes Ryan wonder if he shouldn’t have held out for more.  Yet, all’s well that ends well, because Ryan gets a $90,000 commission and the pleasure of toying with Luis (priceless).  Luis, in turn, helps Reisner complete the buy-out of the 12th floor.  Luis admits that he and Ryan have had a rocky relationship because they’re both very competitive, but he feels that they’re
walking away with a lot of respect for each other.

 

It’s nighttime, and Emilia is taking Ryan to an unknown destination.  She won’t tell him what’s going on, so he asks if she bought him a pony.  LOL.  In his interview, he reminisces about the times he’s had.  He’s gone from being single (and a douchebag), to having a steady girlfriend and then a fiancé.  He’s enjoyed the unexpectedness of it all, saying that every year should be the craziest.  Emilia and Ryan end up at a high-end furniture store.  Ryan wants to know why they’re there, so Emilia explains that they have to buy a lot of furniture for that huge new apartment.  Yes, she’s turned down the offer to relocate to Switzerland.  She can get her cuckoos right there in New York.

 

The last scene we get is with Luis, who has bought spoons, plates and everything else necessary to host a dinner party in his apartment.  He can delegate more of his work, having hired more people for Team Luis.  Now he has more time to spend with friends and family.

 

This season, we’ve seen even more spectacular apartments tailored for the crème of the 1%.  I can’t help wondering if such outrageous opulence and wanton displays of wealth won’t stir the Occupy Wall Streeters into picking up their pitchforks again some day.  Remind me to look for my old college copy of Das Kapital.  The most gratifying part of the show has been seeing both Fredrik and Ryan humanized by love.  Fredrik seems less frantic and competitive.  His goal is no longer to be the top broker in the city, but to be a good husband and father.  There was a line in his blog that makes me think this could be his last year on the show, because of his shifted priorities.  Now, Ryan has practically evolved into another species.  He’s changed from primordial ooze into a decent human being capable of  love.  Emilia, the Ryan tamer, has performed a Lourdes-like miracle by drawing out the goodness that is in him.  I sense that he wants to be the best that he can be for her.  Good luck to both couples.  Although 2 of the 3 brokers have paired off, Luis is not ready for the ark yet.  He’s also dialing down his frenetic energy and allowing himself some down time for himself.  I’ve been a little harsh on him, because I don’t think he operates at the same level as Fredrik and Ryan.  However, Luis’s drive and ingenuity should take him there eventually.

 

Thank you to Veena for allowing me to do my first recaps on Lynn’s Place.  Veena has been terrific – I’ll miss this site, but she is deserving of a break. Thank you so much, Veena, for this opportunity.  I also appreciate the patience you all have shown with my ramblings.  Your kind comments made my day more than once.  Thanks!

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Just a housewife ... who loves this place .... and loves to write ... You can reach me through this email: nomoredrama8@gmail.com. Lynn's Place is in tribute to Housewives blogger Lynn Hudson, who passed away in August of 2012.
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5 Responses to Million Dollar Listing New York – Finale

  1. Orson Buggy says:

    NotInStCyr, good blog. Hope you’ll be coming over to S&S.

  2. shamrockblonde says:

    thanks for the great blog NotInStCyr!! – much appreciated – I still think listening to Luis and Bethenny have a conversation would be absolutely hysterical – I love watching Ryan talk about Amelia – he truly has grown & I am very happy for Fredrik too – I still want to know what a puffer munchkin is though…..

    and again, many thanks to Veena – love you sweet one!!

  3. RabbleRouser says:

    Thanks for the blog.

  4. I’m not sure why I didn’t get into this RE show, as I love looking at such lovely spaces. I guess it really came down to a matter of time–Bravo has to give me some time to spend with family and take care of business of my own, amazingly enough.

    I do enjoy the photos you share, so thanks, StCyr.

    It is sad to come to the end of this long journey with Lynn and Veena, where I have cyber-met so many lovely people.

    Thanks again Veena, for being such a gracious blogger and host. See you all around.

  5. Stacey says:

    Veena thank you so much for all your hard work and great writing. You did Lynn proud 🙂

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