New York, NY – As capital from Korea and China continues to flow into the safe havens of Manhattan’s commercial real estate market, a private Korean-American investor, through his exclusive representative in the United States, Tony Park of PD Properties, has found a true “gem” just a block away from the city’s rapidly-evolving Diamond District.

4 East 46th Street is a 6-story, 16,000-square-foot office/retail building with 30,000 square feet of unused air rights for $16.4 million, equating to more than $1,000 per square foot. The seller was DJM Post Production – a longtime owner who occupied the building for 47 years.

Eastern Consolidated Executive Managing Director David Schechtman Esq. with Associate Director Steven Zimmerman and Senior Financial Analyst Paul J. Nigido, exclusively represented the seller, DJM, and procured the buyer with assistance from Tony Park and Elad Dror of PD Properties.

According to Schechtman, the deal occurred in an “extremely quick timeframe” and represents a growing trend in Manhattan’s investor market – the uptick in single-occupier purchasers. The buyer plans to utilize the property for personal use.

“With the European debt crisis still looming in the background, Manhattan remains to be a safe place to park capital, and because of that, we are seeing some very unique foreign buyers, especially money coming in from Korea,” Schechtman said. “Buildings right off Fifth Avenue in Midtown don’t come on the market often, and when they do, they sell quickly – and that’s what we saw here. We worked with a very assertive buyer who saw the inherent redevelopment potential in this asset and wasted no time getting the deal done.”

Located just 130 feet off Fifth Avenue on East 46th Street, the building lies within Midtown’s Special District and could be impacted by the pending Midtown East rezoning in the future. The property’s retail component on the ground, mezzanine and basement levels has been newly leased to Vitae Restaurant for 10 years, and it has rapidly become a popular Midtown business lunch hub as well as an after-work cocktail/dinner hot spot.  The upper floors (2-6) will be delivered vacant, and the property can support up to 45,000 square feet of redevelopment.

Attorneys on the transaction William Weisner, Esq. of Tarter Krinsky for the seller, and Samuel Ahne Esq. of Ahne Law, P.C., for the buyer

Eastern Consolidated

Founded in 1981, Manhattan-based Eastern Consolidated is one of the country’s preeminent full-service real estate investment services firms, offering unrivaled expertise in the greater New York marketplace to an impressive worldwide roster of institutional and private investor clients. The 40-person team of brokers, who, combined, offer fluency in 11 languages, come from a wide diversity of entrepreneurial and professional backgrounds.  With annual sales up to $4 billion, Eastern Consolidated focuses on the acquisition, disposition and finance of all types of properties.