Urby Apartments Staten Island Casandra PropertiesI’m always happy to weigh in on Staten Island real estate and yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Tracey Porpora from Staten Island’s Advance.  Without question, we have seen a shift in the way people live here on Staten Island. From the millennials down, there has been a deviation from the traditional larger housing stock we have been accustomed to on Staten Island.


According to Rentcafe.com the average apartment in the US has shrunk by 52 square feet in 10 years.  So, why are people willing to pay more for less?  Many apartment complexes are adding high end amenities to their apartments and building commons spaces. With careful planning you are able to drive higher rents out of smaller apartments. However, today’s consumer is extremely…

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Shopping Center for Sale. 

2218-32 Hylan Blvd is a retail strip center totaling of approximately 9,880 sq. ft. of retail space. Zoning is C2-1.  There is ample parking in the front which is accessible from both Lincoln Ave and Hylan Blvd.  This commercial property’s mid-Island location is convenient to the Verrazano Bridge and Staten Island Expressway I 278.  With an average daily car count of over 45,000 vehicles, it has tremendous visibility.    This retail strip center has been family owned and operated for many years and is presented with possibilities of ample increased rental income for the right investor.

Call Sonia Tomai at 718.816.779 for further details or email info@CasandraProperties.com

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If you’re doing virtually anything in real estate, you are most likely to hear most, if not all, of these terms throughout your experience. Learn this list of terms and you’ll be well on your way to learning the language of your real estate agent.



An official offering of real estate on the market for sale.



Offers are official proposals for the exchange of real estate. They are like the buyer and seller’s questions to one another in a legal conversation where the ultimate goal is to get the other person to give you a plain and definitive “yes!” The first offer begins this legal conversation of how the real estate transaction is going to play out. Once an offer is accepted, it becomes a legally binding contract.


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Today marks the 7th annual Giving Tuesday.  After the excitement of shopping countless deals on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday we take a day to give back and provide for others in need. Giving Tuesday was created back in 2012 when two organizations, the 92ndStreet Y and the United Nations Foundation came together.  Their idea to set aside a day that was all about the generosity of giving sparked a now world-wide effort to care for and empower others. 


The holiday season is my favorite time of the year and this year I am profoundly excited to share the joy of giving with those around me.  Here at Casandra Properties, we have been blessed in many ways. It has been said that it is better to give than to receive and I couldn’t…

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When we sold the shopping center known as South Shore Commons to the Berman family back in March for Forty-One Million dollars, we noted big changes were on the way.  While we had satisfied both the buyer and seller, securing a sale price that was in lockstep with the market, we knew that if the new ownership team worked within the parameters of the exclusive Casandra Properties marketing and repositioning plan, there would be significant upside to be captured.  


On Black Friday, I was thrilled to join with ownership in presenting the first of many new marketing initiatives designed to capture, retain, and promote retail sales.  You can read the full story here.


South Shore Commons announced a few short weeks ago we were giving away a…

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705 Forest Ave is a commercial building consisting of both professional and retail space located in the Forest Ave Business Improvement District which is host to over 165 different business and one of Staten Island’s busiest commercial corridors with high foot traffic and car traffic. There are currently two suites available for lease in this convenient north shore location.  Each commercial space for lease consists of approximately 1500 sq. ft. of space.  The suites are ADA accessible and each has an ADA compliant restroom.   Both are suitable for professional offices, dance, fitness, music, arts, or personal services.   Off street parking is also available.  Ample signage opportunities accentuate this highly visible commercial space for lease. Join the…

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There are a few stages that every person must endure when selling their home. Let’s dive into them! 

Sale prep.

To kick off this process, you must prepare your home for sale. This should consist of a preliminary decluttering and cleaning of your space. Spruce up the place by removing extra furniture and depersonalizing. This will give prospective buyers the airiest feeling your home can provide, making it easier for them to envision themselves in the space. Freshen up your curb appeal by touching up on your landscaping. This’ll boost buyer’s first impression of your home. Make necessary repairs. Be sure that everything in your home is in good working condition. Read more about How to Prepare Your Home for Sale.  

Find an agent.


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The Holidays are here so let’s not forget about the furry part of our families.  While we may consider them as our human counterparts, they are not and certain items which we can handle are not tolerable to them and even dangerous. Let’s keep them safe so they too have a happy, healthy holiday season. Here at Casandra Properties, we love our pets!

Following are some tips and recommendations from the ASPCA and the American Veterinary Medical Association.   


Foods to avoid:

Chocolate – The toxicity of chocolate will depend on the type of chocolate and size of your pet.  Just be safe and keep all chocolate off limits and out of reach.

Sweets – Sweets which contain Xylitol have been linked with liver damage in dogs.  Xylitol is an artificial…

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Richmond Valley Atrium


Casandra Properties is proud to announce their appointment as exclusive leasing agent of Richmond Valley Atrium, 4864 Arthur Kill Road, located on the south shore in the Charleston section of Staten Island.  Charleston is the home to several national brands like TJ Maxx, Christmas Tree Shops, Ulta, Regal Cinema, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond as well as many more national and regional retail brands.  In addition to the national brands, the south shore of Staten Island is known to house some of the best restaurant options on Staten Island with vastly different cuisines.  It is a draw for many diverse customer needs and desires.

 4864 Arthur Kill Road is conveniently located by the Outer Bridge Crossing close…

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Casandra Properties is pleased to announce that 2120 Hylan Blvd is available for sale for the first time.  This high visibility corner lot on Hylan Blvd can be accessed from both sides of Hylan Blvd, one of Staten Island's busiest commercial corridors with easy access to SI Expressway and Verrazano bridge.   This land has the highly coveted C8 zoning.  This C8-1 zoning is suitable for a car wash, auto repair, auto showroom, auto dealership, gas station, funeral parlor or storage facilities.  Moreover, the C8 zoning is great for community facility use. Nearby retailers include Dollar Tree, McDonalds, Auto zone, Mobil Gas, BP Gas and Planet Wings.

This Mid-Island commercial land consists of approximately 8000sf of C8-1 with an additional 5000sf of R3-1…

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