Brooklyn Still Attracts Notable High-End Brokers

Stribling & Associates, a Manhattan-based luxury real estate firm specializing in high-end co-ops, condos and townhouses, has been active in Brooklyn for several years now but is now moving into the borough in earnest. With a brand-new Atlantic Avenue office, the firm hopes to create a strong presence in the borough of Kings.

“It's wildly exciting,” Elizabeth Stribling, chairman of the company, proclaimed. “I've personally lived in Brooklyn for the past three and a half years, and I just love the vitality and energy of Brooklyn.”

This was once hard to imagine for Ms. Stribling, a longtime resident of Manhattan's East 84th Street and member of the Junior League and the Central Park Conservancy. However, Stribling and her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, have embraced Brooklyn in recent years.

“My mother wasn’t even planning on moving to Brooklyn Heights when she first saw her condo, but when she saw it, she loved it, loved the view, and bought it right away,” Stribling-Kivlan said. “It’s a beautiful borough and we couldn’t be happier to be here. We just went to Junior’s on Flatbush Avenue for Mother’s Day.”

While most of the high-end real estate companies in Brooklyn set up shop in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO or Williamsburg, Stribling & Associates decided on the Atlantic Avenue location because it doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a firm that serves just one or two neighborhoods.

“What I saw for this office was Stribling for all Brooklyn,” Ms. Stribling said. “We are on the corner of Cobble Hill, of Brooklyn Heights, of Fort Greene, and right next to Park Slope. I thought we could service all the communities of Brooklyn from this fabulous location on Atlantic Avenue.”

Stribling & Associates has worked in Brooklyn for some time, selling properties at locations including One Brooklyn Bridge, One Hanson Place and 20 Henry St. Now that it has established a new office, it expects to have a much larger presence here.

“We've done a lot of business in the new development and resale arena without having an office,” Stribling-Kivlan said. “People were still asking us why we weren’t in Brooklyn, when we were going to be in Brooklyn. Now people will know where here and, most importantly, we’ll be better able to serve them.”

Stribling & Associates was formed in 1980 by Ms. Stribling when her daughter was just 10 months old. Stribling-Kivlan said that she initially wanted to create her own identity in the culinary world, but said that she quickly gave up on that and realized she was meant to work in real estate.

After two years working as a broker in San Francisco, she moved back to New York City. Thirty-three years later, Ms. Stribling has stepped down as the president of the company and is now the chairman, while Stribling-Kivlan has taken over as president.

"Both of them are active in each office, and they make it feel very much like a family company," said Catherine Witherwax, executive vice president and director of sales at the Brooklyn Office. "It creates a different atmosphere than some of the other firms give. It's a wonderful family atmosphere. It's very trusting, and it's a place where people wake up in the morning and they want to come to work."

Rob Witherwax, Esq. and his wife Catherine Witherwax, executive vice president and director of sales at the Brooklyn office at Stribling.

Rebecca Mason, EVP and director of sales at Stribling's Chelsea and Tribeca offices, and Lisa Wacks, company controller.

John Kaminsky, Sarah McCormick and Kirk Henckels, Stribling's vice chairman and director of private brokerage.

Steve Rutter, executive vice president and managing director, Stribling Marketing Associates; Eric Heras and Sarah Burke.