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Susan is professional, responsive and honest. Those are the three most important traits for a broker to have.
To me, the three most important traits in a real estate broker are professionalism, responsiveness, and honesty. In my opinion, these are Susan’s three best qualities. She is far and away the best agent I’ve ever met in terms of these attributes, and she’s a real pleasure to work with. I’d recommend her without hesitation. She’s incredibly knowledgeable about the Chelsea area and the buildings within the neighborhood.
Henry G.
Extremely pleasant, comfortable and successful experience.
My experience working with Susan was extremely pleasant and comfortable. Susan took the time to understand what I was looking for in an apartment and helped me find just the right one. Susan was thoughtful, patient, extremely professional and always responsive. She was able to facilitate and expedite the process so that both the seller and I were very pleased with the timetable. I believe that Susan is a strong negotiator who worked diligently to ensure that both parties moved smoothly towards an agreement and ultimately a contract. I can say for certain that I will turn to Susan again when I am in need of a real estate agent and I highly recommend her to all.
Mary G.
The "Queen of London Terrace," has orchestrated two purchases and a sale for me over the last eight years. Given that back in 2013 I was undertaking my first property purchase in the USA and knew nothing about Co-Ops, I needed extra special handling. Susan was patience incarnate. She's incredibly loyal and thoughtful and always maintains great communication. A thoroughly decent person, Susan's exactly who you need on your side in the crazy world of NYC property.
Sara K
Susan Singer was our real estate broker during the recent sale of our co-op in New York. Her work was exemplary. She got the sale and the closing done rapidly. She also quickly and efficiently surmounted the many obstacles that occurred during the period between the signing of the sales contract and the closing. All this was done while we were located outside of New York City. I highly recommend her and would use her again should the opportunity present itself.
Robert S
Susan is always a step ahead. Very pro-active.
I’ve bought and sold with Susan now, and I’ve never been as comfortable with another agent as I am with her. She’s very pro-active, is always a step ahead, but she keeps me well-informed with the whole process, so there are never any surprises. I highly recommend her. In selling my apartment, I think Susan priced the property perfectly, and her negotiating skills were remarkable. On the buying end, she took care of me while still representing her seller, and I really have the utmost respect for her because of that. Whether purchasing or selling, working with Susan is a wonderful experience.
Chris J.
I recommend her strongly. Susan is an advisor, an advocate, someone you can trust. I've had the most extraordinary circumstances that she has helped me navigate. She's committed to the long term relationship and is relentless in the pursuit of solutions that work(ed) for me. I would never venture into a real estate endeavor without her.
Morgan Shorey
Susan is very professional, highly detail oriented and very easy to work with. She is a straight shooter and extremely honest with her clients, wanting the best for them. I can highly recommend her to anyone seeking a truly professional Realtor.
Anuurag B.
Susan’s guidance, support and responsiveness made all the difference.
For a number of years we thought about living in New York City but quite frankly, the entire process overwhelmed us. This past May, we met Susan and the journey towards owning an apartment began. Susan’s help, guidance and support in our quest to become NYC apartment owners were immeasurable. She was by our side, step-by-step, providing valuable information about the market, community, co-op living, etc.
Michelle S.
Susan is very professional and has tremendous experience in the Manhattan real estate market. Her expertise was a huge asset in our sale since I was handling the sale of a very unique older penthouse from long distance. Without my need to fly to New York, she handled staging,marketing and showings. Highly recommended
Hal Shapiro
Susan provides the utmost level of service to her customers. When I sought to rent out my apartment, Susan took a commanding lead on the process, organizing the marketing, board approval process, document drafting, and numerous other details that I didn’t have to worry about. She has a keen sense of the market – my apartment was in contract the day after it was listed – and a confidence that I found reassuring throughout the process. Susan’s experience and knowledge at London Terrace are unparalleled. There is no doubt that I work with Susan again.
Marc S.
Susan was our broker for the sale of our co-op in New York. Our sale was a breeze thanks to Susan. When we sat down with her the first time, she came prepared with comps, and after viewing the apartment, she set the initial price that was just right. She was able to find buyers who truly loved our apartment, and we sold the apartment very quickly with no drama. Great communication and really accommodating. Having said that, what sets her truly apart from other brokers is her decades of experience imo (e.g. setting the right price, understanding the market and target audience). Highly recommended.
Y Nam
Susan didn’t just find me an apartment, she found me my home. Buying and selling in this city can be frustrating and, let’s face it, plain awful. But Susan was always there with her sage advice, reassuring words, and to tell me to “breathe.” Her support was needed and much appreciated. And in the end, I didn’t just find a home, I gained a friend.
Vicki Jacobson

PLANTING YOUR OWN MINI GARDEN

Susan Planting

Summer is in full swing and if you are anything like me then you are loving the variety of fresh produce that is available this time of year. Farmer’s markets are popping up all around the city, so that is where I turn to when it comes to buying fresh fruits and vegetables. Yet when it comes to herbs there is an easy (and cheaper!) way to add some excitment to your summer meals.

I’m talking about growing your own mini herb garden in your apartment. Unless you have as much space as this Upper West Side apartment then you are most likely going to have to go for a mini garden.

“It’s a great way to get hands-on and connect with your food from the seed to the table — and extra satisfying to prepare a meal with food you have grown yourself,” says Nikhil Arora, co-founder of Back to the Roots, which makes at-home gardening kits. “Fresh, homegrown herbs also taste great, maintain the most nutrients, and help avoid food waste from over-purchasing at the grocery store.”

THE BASICS

It is best to start off by evaluating which plants will work best in your apartment. This aspect largely depends on how much sunlight is available in your apartment and how much extra space you have.

“Let’s face it,” Erin Marino, marketing manager at Lower East Side boutique plant shop The Sill says, “Most plants prefer bright, indirect light, but many have adapted to lower light conditions.”

If you are lucky enough to have a sun-drenched apartment like this London Terrace Towers studio (right), then a trendy succulent or cactus may be right, or herbs like lavender, basic, or rosemary.

Don’t have as much light? Then perhaps go for more low-light favorites like the snake plant, ZZ plant, or pothos. Some herbs, like mint, chamomile, thyme, parsley, and cilantro do well in shade, too.

If you are looking for a place in NYC to pick up a variety of plants check out the Union Square Greenmarket which is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays year-round between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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PLANTING

So you picked your plants and where they will go. Okay now it is time to get their mini homes in order. That means investing in good, store-bought potting soil (that contains peat moss and bark), Marino says, or making your own.

Tree

For window boxes, choose a lightweight, fast-draining, potting soil. It is also recommended to not use plastic containers. Instead go for stoneware, fiberglass, ceramic or terra cotta pots. Don’t cram plants into boxes, either. Leave room for roots to breath and plants to grow.

If you want to save your valuable counter top space then look for a vertical wall garden. It is a great way to have the best of both worlds. Essentially it turns your wall into a living and edible work of art. This particular hanging garden to the left will grow anything from a 4” planter, making it easy to substitute your spice rack for a growing wall of basil, oregano and more. $139, gardeners.com (Photo Credit: Gardeners.com)

Besides being a multi functional piece, these vertical wall gardens also highlight your tall ceilings. For example, by placing multiple gardens high on the walls of this Chelsea apartment, guest’s eyes would naturally be drawn up to feature the high ceilings. Plus they are a great conversation starter for dinner parties!

Once your plants are in their new homes follow the care instructions for each specific plant, making sure to water and prune when necessary.

“Regular pruning keeps plants in a restricted space healthy and happy — and pruned plants grow back more thickly and compactly,” says Marino. Herbs especially benefit from constant harvesting. All the better since you can use them more often in summer recipes!

3 WINDOW BOX IDEAS

Tips and photos courtesy of The Sill:

Sedum

Sedum Window Box (for bright to moderate, direct light) 
If you have a brown thumb or busy schedule, this is the box for you. Sedum’s fleshy, succulent leaves mean you can skip a watering or two. Just make sure to find it a sunny spot to call home. They recommend an eastern or southern-facing sill that receives direct light.

Green Tree

Herb Window Box (for bright to moderate, indirect light)
Herbs are a popular choice for window boxes because their useful.  For a shadier spot, they recommend mint, chamomile, thyme, parsley, or cilantro. For a sunnier sill try basil, lavender, oregano, rosemary or chives.

Susan Planting

Leafy Low-Light Window Box (for moderate to low, indirect light) 
The Sill created these window boxes for a start-up’s NYC office. The windows are large in size, but they don’t get sunlight for more than a few hours a day. If your set-up is like this, choose a variety of moderate to low-light plants including areca palms, pothos, philodendrons, ivies, and dracaenas.