Not all celebrities care about hiding their real estate adventures. Courtney Love was so consumed with finding the perfect downtown town house that she corresponded with the editors at Curbed NY, which was already chronicling her every move. After losing out on Milla Jovovich’s Greenwich Avenue town house, she checked out three other town houses suggested by Curbed, tweeting dozens of messages. Her search went on for months, but she ended up renting a place on West 10th Street for $28,000 a month, the Web site reported.
Curbed NY, not afraid to be servicey, in the New York Times.

To become a savvier renter, and to avoid deals that are too good to be true, it’s essential to get a good handle on the city’s real estate picture. The standard-bearer is Curbed NY, which mixes commentary about properties on the market with news and gossip. It is an excellent place to get a feel for the rough-and-tumble of real estate as well as to learn about new developments or conversions of older buildings.

The site’s founder, Lockhart Steele, moved to New York in 1996 after graduating from Brown University. To find his first apartment, he like everyone else searched through printed listing guides and newspaper classifieds, a process that he said now seems “outlandish and bizarre.”

Curbed Network founder Lockhart Steele on apartment hunting in the New York Times.
Curbed NY featured in group of blogs changing the NYC real estate world. The New York Times, 25 Jan 2009.
Notable: “‘You will see us moving toward more Web-based, cost-efficient advertising,’ said Stephen Kliegerman, the executive director of development marketing for Halstead Property, a Manhattan brokerage firm that advertises on Curbed and Brownstoner. ‘Blogs, in particular, have buyers and sellers who are sharing their stories,’ he said. ‘As more people come to their sites to read about the market, we feel like we will reach more potential buyers than ever before.’”

Curbed NY featured in group of blogs changing the NYC real estate world. The New York Times, 25 Jan 2009.

Notable: “‘You will see us moving toward more Web-based, cost-efficient advertising,’ said Stephen Kliegerman, the executive director of development marketing for Halstead Property, a Manhattan brokerage firm that advertises on Curbed and Brownstoner. ‘Blogs, in particular, have buyers and sellers who are sharing their stories,’ he said. ‘As more people come to their sites to read about the market, we feel like we will reach more potential buyers than ever before.’”