“I consider myself a real estate sleuth!” opined Randy Lombard, the highly regarded Sotheby’s International Realty broker best known for her Gold Coast conquests. “Not even a pandemic has stopped me from investigating the City’s newest condominium developments and listings on behalf of my clients. My passion for architecture, exploration, and new experiences are what inspire me to traverse the city and see the many changing neighborhoods, whether in Carnegie Hill, Hudson Square, Hamilton Heights, Soho or DUMBO, I am always on an exciting quest.”
During the challenges of 2020 and into 2021, due to the pandemic, Randy made it her mission to personally visit the for-sale residences meeting clients’ criteria. She often began the search virtually, but unlike so many of her colleagues, this intrepid broker physically inspected dozens of listings before recommending them — and always mindful of maintaining safety protocols.
With an auspicious background spanning more than two decades, her commitment to her clients is one of the many reasons why Randy continues to successfully market and sell multi-million dollar cooperative and condominium residences throughout Manhattan and beyond. “I am always seeking the best opportunities for my clients. Interestingly, that has included an international group of pied-a-terre buyers, along with several long-time friends moving back to the city and seeking substantial footprints, including outdoor space.”
Randy’s client relationships often become long-lasting friendships. The result has been a history of working with multiple generations during her exceptional tenure. Recently, she helped a former client’s son, a young man whom she had known most of his life, buy his first cooperative apartment. His dream was to move to the Village after law school and after an extensive search, she was able to find an ideal location for him close to the Strand and on his favorite block. “This is one of those circumstances that felt as if I were working with my extended professional family. Moving forward, I expect he will eventually have his own family and need larger space. At that time, I will be delighted to help him find the next stage and in the Village or whatever neighborhood he chooses.”
In addition to helping sellers and buyers with whom she has long-established relationships, she has a well-developed referral network through reputation. It is not unusual for Randy to work with international investors, helping them identify the best properties for their real estate portfolios. Her highly diverse client roster includes art collectors, doctors, members of the financial services community, and prominent academics attracted to her unimpeachable work ethic and dedication to accomplishing their goals.
A former art history major with a graduate degree in art therapy, Randy’s career after returning to New York from Paris with her husband and son, not surprisingly focused on interior architecture. Prior to real estate, she developed an expertise in workplace design, ultimately selling high-end furniture to architects and designers, and such clients as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christie’s, The New Yorker, Fisher Brothers, and Cartier, among others.
Being a dedicated real estate sleuth, Randy makes it a point to carefully listen to clients’ wishes, and the details that are most important to them. She tactfully encourages them to describe their wish lists, including first choices for locations, building types, square footage, light and views, outdoor space, amenities, etc. As a broker whose experience includes familiarity with cooperative boards all over New York, but especially along the Gold Coast and in Carnegie Hill, she has been able to guide clients interested only in a cooperative purchase. Concurrently, when representing sellers in cooperative buildings, she understands the financial standards required by a board, as well as the type of offer that will be accepted. To expedite a recent sale for an exclusive listing at 1025 Fifth Avenue – a building in which she has sold multiple apartments — she worked with prominent architect Gary Paul to provide the buyer’s broker with schematics depicting possible layouts for the space. Within two months, there was an accepted offer and within a few weeks, a signed contract.
It is this same savvy that enabled Randy to sell the remarkable Pumpkin House a couple years ago. Randy and her partner on the listing, Renee Junewicz, were the fourth brokerage team to market the landmark-status, circa 1925 Hudson Heights home. A dramatic structure cantilevering over a cliff in upper Manhattan, it had been languishing on the market for yearsin need of repairs and mispriced by over-ambitious brokers. Randy’s love of architecture and art history background gave her an advantage in terms of marketing. In addition, her no nonsense, realistic acumen convinced the seller on the correct asking price. When it sold, she was practically hailed a hero – or a savant – in several publications!
Randy’s adventurous spirit and sophistication are equally supported by her appreciation of the culture of New York City and beyond. She is a long-time member of Art Table, The Art Deco Society of New York, Rubin Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Fotografiska New York. Less well known is that Randy is an accomplished hostess lauded for her beautiful table presentations and exceptional culinary skills, not surprisingly often focused on French cuisine.
As a quintessential New Yorker, Randy Lombard brings style, dedication, and integrity to her profession. But what also makes her stand out from so many of her peers is her earnest sense of collegiality and fairness, and love of the urban adventure!